New fire system for Old West

Located northwest of downtown Tulsa, Okla., the Gilcrease Museum is one of the country's most comprehensive facilities for the preservation and study of American art and history. Drawing thousands of visitors from around the world for a glimpse into the past, the Gilcrease Museum houses the world's largest collection of art and artifacts of the American West.

07/01/2008


Located northwest of downtown Tulsa, Okla., the Gilcrease Museum is one of the country's most comprehensive facilities for the preservation and study of American art and history. Drawing thousands of visitors from around the world for a glimpse into the past, the Gilcrease Museum houses the world's largest collection of art and artifacts of the American West.

Several years ago, museum officials were applying for museum re-accreditation. The museum's insurer, as well as the Smithsonian Institution, which certifies many of the museum's exhibits for authenticity, requires reaccreditation. As part of the process, officials determined that the museum's existing fire protection system was insufficient, lacking the reliability that the insurer required. In addition, the system did not comply with the 2003 International Building Code and NFPA 72. A new fire protection system would have to be installed.

Because the museum is a department of the City of Tulsa, the museum was required, like all other city and state agencies, to secure a number of bids for the job. The museum chose to go with the bid from Mac Systems, an Oklahoma supplier of fire detection, alarm, and suppression, as well as facility communications and security systems.

After careful deliberation, the museum and Mac Systems chose the NFS2-3030 panel with six signaling line circuits (SLCs) and a UniNet Interface as the heart of the system. The NFS2-3030 is part of the ONYX series, a patented intelligent sensing technology that delivers rapid, intelligent response to incipient fire signatures while reducing nuisance alarms.

An intelligent fire alarm control panel designed for medium- to large-scale facilities, the NFS2-3030 is ideal for most applications due to its modular design and can be configured to a project's unique requirements.

Offering as many as 10 SLCs, the NFS2-3030 supports up to three devices offering 180 intelligent addressable configurations each. In addition, the panel's large 640-character LCD screen presents information to operators concerning a fire situation, fire progression, and evacuation details. A maximum of 159 detectors (any mix of ion, photo, laser photo, thermal, or multi-sensor) and 159 modules (normally open manual stations, two-wire smoke, notification, or relay) per SLC can be integrated with the system.

The Gilcrease Museum needed the system's ability to handle such a large number of detectors and other appliances, given the following installations:

  • 10 remote power supplies

  • 28 addressable manual pull stations

  • 26 intelligent heat detectors

  • 235 photoelectric smoke detectors

  • 259 intelligent laser smoke detectors

  • 30 intelligent air-duct smoke detectors

  • Eight intelligent photoelectric beam detectors

  • Strobes and alarm horns

  • Waterflow switches and fire sprinkler valve supervisions switches.

Interfacing with the system is the UniNet 2000, an advanced network that allows users to monitor and control security, fire, card access, CCTV, and other facility information over a proprietary LonWorks network. UniNet 2000 allows a mixture of different technologies and manufacturers to operate on the same network.

A PC workstation provides the operator interface to the UniNet system, featuring plug-in applications and allowing continued expansion of workstation and network functions. The workstation features customized screens that allow a wide variety of configuration options for any situation. The UniNet 2000 workstation also has the ability to monitor multiple local-device networks and remote sites.

Roger Harmon, director of security at the Gilcrease Museum, was impressed with the speed of installation, as well as the system's performance.

“The installation was completed in just nine months,” said Harmon, who is responsible for the protection of Gilcrease's entire collection. “This was a relatively fast process considering the scope of the system and myriad city codes requiring compliance.

“The system is working even better than we expected, and has already paid for itself many times over,” Harmon said. “In fact, it has already detected one problem in an overheating transformer that could have been disastrous.”

Information provided by Notifier, Northford, Conn. Notifier is part of Honeywell's Life Safety Group, Morris Township, N.J.



AT A GLANCE

The Gilcrease Museum needed a new fire protection system as part of its reaccreditation process and to meet insurer standards. The museum chose the NFS2-3030 panel with six signaling line circuits, part of the ONYX series from Notifier.

NFS2-3030 provides as many as 159 detectors and 169 modules per signaling line circuit.

UniNet 2000 interfaces with the system. This network allows users to monitor and control security, fire, card access, CCTV, and other facility information.

The Gilcrease Museum installation was completed in nine months.



No comments
The Top Plant program honors outstanding manufacturing facilities in North America. View the 2015 Top Plant.
The Product of the Year program recognizes products newly released in the manufacturing industries.
The Engineering Leaders Under 40 program identifies and gives recognition to young engineers who...
Hannover Messe 2016: Taking hold of the future - Partner Country status spotlights U.S. manufacturing; Honoring manufacturing excellence: The 2015 Product of the Year Winners
Inside IIoT: How technology, strategy can improve your operation; Dry media or web scrubber?; Six steps to design a PM program
World-class manufacturing: A recipe for success: Finding the right mix for a salad dressing line; 2015 Salary Survey: Manufacturing slump dims enthusiasm
Getting to the bottom of subsea repairs: Older pipelines need more attention, and operators need a repair strategy; OTC preview; Offshore production difficult - and crucial
Digital oilfields: Integrated HMI/SCADA systems enable smarter data acquisition; Real-world impact of simulation; Electric actuator technology prospers in production fields
Special report: U.S. natural gas; LNG transport technologies evolve to meet market demand; Understanding new methane regulations; Predictive maintenance for gas pipeline compressors
Warehouse winter comfort: The HTHV solution; Cooling with natural gas; Plastics industry booming
Managing automation upgrades, retrofits; Making technical, business sense; Ensuring network cyber security
Designing generator systems; Using online commissioning tools; Selective coordination best practices

Annual Salary Survey

Before the calendar turned, 2016 already had the makings of a pivotal year for manufacturing, and for the world.

There were the big events for the year, including the United States as Partner Country at Hannover Messe in April and the 2016 International Manufacturing Technology Show in Chicago in September. There's also the matter of the U.S. presidential elections in November, which promise to shape policy in manufacturing for years to come.

But the year started with global economic turmoil, as a slowdown in Chinese manufacturing triggered a worldwide stock hiccup that sent values plummeting. The continued plunge in world oil prices has resulted in a slowdown in exploration and, by extension, the manufacture of exploration equipment.

Read more: 2015 Salary Survey

Maintenance and reliability tips and best practices from the maintenance and reliability coaches at Allied Reliability Group.
The One Voice for Manufacturing blog reports on federal public policy issues impacting the manufacturing sector. One Voice is a joint effort by the National Tooling and Machining...
The Society for Maintenance and Reliability Professionals an organization devoted...
Join this ongoing discussion of machine guarding topics, including solutions assessments, regulatory compliance, gap analysis...
IMS Research, recently acquired by IHS Inc., is a leading independent supplier of market research and consultancy to the global electronics industry.
Maintenance is not optional in manufacturing. It’s a profit center, driving productivity and uptime while reducing overall repair costs.
The Lachance on CMMS blog is about current maintenance topics. Blogger Paul Lachance is president and chief technology officer for Smartware Group.
This article collection contains several articles on the vital role that compressed air plays in manufacturing plants.
This article collection contains several articles on the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and how it is transforming manufacturing.
click me