Automist

Automist

A modern solution to an age old problem


Benefits of using Automist®

Automist activates electronically overcoming the constraints of existing sprinkler systems by operating earlier, before the temperature required to burst the glass bulb of a sprinkler and tackling fires before they generate that amount of heat, helping to reduce smoke and maintain survivable conditions. For many scenarios, Automist is proven to operate 2.0 to 13.7 times quicker than a concealed sprinkler.
Automist Smartscan® uses 90% less water than traditional sprinkler systems, minimizing consequential water damage. It runs off a standard ½” domestic feed drawing only 1.6 gals per minute. Automist consumes less water than a power shower, removing uncertainty around water supply on site.
Automist offers industry standard performance, whilst minimising consequential water damage, and the scale and cost of remedial work, if the system is activated. When a traditional fire sprinkler activates it can produce 60 litres of water per minute, enough to fill a bathtub in 2 minutes! Not only do fires trigger sprinkler heads, but accidental activation can also occur, especially in areas with high traffic flow or boisterous behaviour.
Automist is triggered by a dependable electronic trigger. It records and stores a timeline of events when activated. Every time the detector is triggered, it is logged on our internal memory system. If the intelligent nozzle scans, our system logs this too, as well as capturing the temperatures recorded by the infrared sensor. This data is useful for providing a more informed account of what happened with any fire incident – which can be beneficial when making an insurance claim.

Testimonials

This system is a lifesaver. There are a lot of benefits to this, as firefighters, we know this is going to help us.

 
David P Michaels

Fire Chief - David P Michaels City of York, Fire Rescue Services

This revolutionary new system can detect fires, locate them, and put them out preventing the destruction that can be caused by fire and water in our historic property. We are proud to be the first in the U.S. to install the Automist System and comforted to know that our visitors’ safety is assured and the Goodridge Freedom Center is protected from fire related damage.

 
Carol Kauffman

Carol Kauffman Community Development & Housing of Crispus Attucks

This simple but clever device should become a permanent safety feature in the home. Smoke alarms are an essential part of modern life but have remained fundamentally unchanged for forty years. Automist not only detects a fire but can put it out as well.

 
James Dyson

Sir James Dyson British inventor & founder of the Dyson company

An innovative design concept that elevates the principle of fire sprinklers to a new level. The system is defined as an integrated part of the interior and equipped with highly advanced functionality. The topic of fire safety is thus expanded by a pathbreaking novel interpretation. This fire sprinkler system emerged as a design element within a living space, unifying safety with elegance.

 
Red Dot

Red Dot Jury Product Design Design Award 2016

We are on the crest of a new system that will do exceptionally well and cause less water damage.

 
Sonny Scarff

John “Sonny” Scarff Led Marriott’s Fire Protection & Life Safety Department for 38 years


How Automist Works

When triggered by a multi-sensor wireless or wired detector, all the linked spray heads will begin scanning. They start measuring the temperatures within the room using an infrared sensor. The scan is looking for an exceptionally high-temperature reading, or a differential increase between scans. Once the temperature exceeds a threshold that head is deemed to have successfully located a fire. All heads which locate a fire during a scan are then compared to see which has the best view.

The selected spray head will lock onto the selected location, and activate the high-pressure pump, driving mains water through the unique nozzle unit, quickly directing a dense fog into the location of the fire. The high momentum vertical spray orientation with a horizontal trajectory is designed so even shielded fires are saturated with a turbulent flow of mist, suppressing the fire.

Watermist uses a different principle of firefighting than traditional sprinklers, which suppress fires by wetting surfaces and directly cooling the flames with large water drops. Watermist uses fine droplets, that evaporate at the base of the fire, to extract heat and displace the oxygen fuel. This results in fire control, suppression, or extinguishment. Our spray heads are wall-mounted (around light switch height) to avoid ineffective evaporation in the hot layer in the ceiling and the upward flow of hot combustion products. Automist leverages the natural turbulence the fire creates and seeks to ensure watermist is entrained into the fire plume.

Installations are logged in a Plumis central database including everything from the software version to the maintenance cycle. Each unit also has a 'black box' for capturing fire incident data which can be very useful during an insurance claim.
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