We have made our name helping thousands of properties meet building regulations using Automist’s BS 8458 fire performance. Automist products have saved at least five lives. Our newest solution, Automist Smartscan Hydra enables up to six heads to be connected to a single pump. Now the same benefits of reduced plumbing requirements and less disruption can be applied cost-effectively to more properties. Automist is designed for the objective, not just the Standards, and can operate earlier, before the temperature required to burst the glass bulb of a sprinkler, tackling fires before they generate that amount of heat, helping to reduce smoke and maintain survivable conditions.
How does Automist Smartscan Hydra Work?
When Automist Smartscan is triggered by a ceiling-mounted multi-sensor wireless or a wired detector, all the linked spray heads 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 and the pump turns. It then delivers watermist to the location of the fire.
Watermist uses a different principle of firefighting to 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.
If any wired or wireless detector connected to Automist Smartscan Hydra is removed or faulty (or has a depleted battery), it will cause the system to enter fault mode and sound. This condition can be hushed for 12 hours by pressing the STOP button but can only be permanently removed by addressing the fault.
Is Automist Smartscan Hydra WRAS Approved?
Automist is compliant with the water regulations advisory scheme (WRAS), provided the fittings are installed according to the conditions given with the approval.
The product is also supplied with a non-verifiable single check valve assembly (suitable for backflow prevention up to Fluid Category 2), intended for installation at the inlet. Maximum working pressure: 10.0 Bar. Cold water use only.
Product Quality Assurance
Plumis is ISO 9001 accredited for the design, manufacture and supply of water mist fire suppression systems and installer support.
Third-party certification by ISO 9001. Quality Management System certification enables us to demonstrate our commitment to quality and customer satisfaction, as well as continuously improving our company's operations. The internationally recognised quality management system standard is the preferred solution for organisations worldwide.
The maintenance of consistent processes is audited frequently, this is done by internal and external audits.
When a deviation in the quality system is found, it is addressed and documented in a Corrective Actions procedure.
A key part of maintaining quality in Plumis products is through a rigorous Quality Control process. This ensures product quality even before it leaves the supplier. In case there are issues with components or finished products, whether at Incoming Quality stage or post installation, these are handled by the Non-Conforming Product Procedure.
Being a life safety device, product performance and reliability are critical. Plumis continually improves the reliability of its products by foreseeing and designing out potential failure modes as well as acting on in-the-field feedback.
The overarching ethos of the Plumis Quality Assurance process is that of Continual Improvement. The drive to continually improve everything that we do is not only reflected in the Plumis processes, it is the basis of the organisational mindset as well. Rather than seek to blame others for past mistakes and to deny the consequences, Continual Improvement seeks to bring errors out into the open so that individuals, and the company as a whole, can learn from mistakes and strive to ensure that they do not happen again. Continual Improvement breads a culture that looks to the future with excitement, rather than to the past with regret.
Applied in practice, Continual Improvement means that Plumis actively seeks customer critique as it is this feedback that enables us to drive continual improvement in the reliability and functionality of our products and services. Through eliciting customer feedback, approaching issues with open minds and harnessing the tools of Continual Improvement, Plumis has been able to drive down the likelihood of accidental water damage from our systems to such an extent that insurers consider such losses to be minor both in actual terms and relative to traditional sprinkler systems. Having a Continual Improvement mindset means that Plumis thoroughly investigates field issues (from false activations to real life-saving activations) to gather real-world data that enables us to not only issue the user with detailed reports, but also allows us to make those data-based decisions that ensure ever growing product efficacy in the field of misting fire suppression.