Coopers Fire launches new Smokestop Concertina smoke curtain
Smoke and fire curtain manufacturer Coopers Fire has added to its range of smoke and fire curtains with the launch of the innovative new SmokeStop Concertina smoke curtain barrier system.
According to Coopers Fire, the unique features of the SmokeStop Concertina allow it to be used in place of traditional control, allowing architects, fire engineers and specifiers to create open plan designs which meet all the requirements of a building’s smoke control strategy.
Barriers remain invisibly retracted until activated by an alarm or detector signal, at which time they descend safely to their operational position to control smoke and assist with smoke channelling, ensuring that areas, such as means of escape, remain tenable and free from smoke, the company says.
Suitable for a range of building applications, the SmokeStop Concertina is a multi-sided smoke curtain that removes the requirement for columns, corner posts, side guides and intrusive ceiling interfaces. This allows it to be used instead of multiple, individual vertical smoke curtains and integrated with ceilings unobtrusively.
Available in closed shapes, such as squares and faceted circles, the SmokeStop Concertina “closed” system is manufactured on a bespoke basis for each project. Available in unlimited widths, with a maximum drop of 6m, the SmokeStop Concertina can be also be supplied in open (U, L, arc and dog leg) shapes.
The smoke and temperature resistant fabric used in the Concertina is innovatively folded to allow the fabric to stack neatly into the compact steel head box, and fall perfectly when the smoke curtain is deployed, Coppers Fire claims. The SmokeStop Concertina also features Coopers Fire’s patented Total Gravity Fail-Safe (TGFS) system which ensures the barriers deploy by controlled descent upon initiation or during any power or system failure.
Like all Coopers Fire smoke and fire curtain products, the SmokeStop Concertina has been rigorously tested. It is CE marked and is third party certified through Warrington Fire’s Certifire scheme and classified as compliant to EN 12101-1, DH60 and BS EN 1363.
Coopers Fire has a successful history of manufacturing fully compliant fire and smoke curtain barrier systems and recently became the first manufacturer to achieve full compliance to the new British Standard BS 8524 Parts 1 & 2 for active fire curtain barrier assemblies. In addition, Coopers Fire is the only fire and smoke curtain manufacturer with independent third party accreditation for the installation, commissioning and maintenance.