A Firetrol Fire Pump Controller experiences the pressures of a simulated earthquake through the International Building Code certification process.
Shake, Rattle and Roll!
Firetrol Fire Pump Controllers Feature Seismic Certification
Firetrol introduces a new feature, the IBC Seismic Certification, to its fire pump controllers which will help them shake off earth-shaking activity.
This technological development means the controllers are designed and built to operate during and after seismic activity. Firetrol received its certification from the International Building Code, or IBC.
In fact, Firetrol controllers withstood 300%g IBC Level Seismic Simulation with Importance Factor 1.5. This third-party testing provides credibility for Firetrol’s superior reliability, unlike self-certified units or those that rely on mathematical calculations that indicate the equipment “should” work during an earthquake.
The ability to operate during a severe earthquake is especially critical for states such as California, Washington, Nevada, Idaho and Colorado, which can experience frequent and sometimes intense earthquakes. Recent tragedies in Haiti and Chile also illustrate a worldwide need for seismic-certified equipment.
To earn IBC certification, a unit must pass a “shake test.” It’s bolted onto a hydraulic platform programmed to simulate a variety of seismic activities. The equipment must operate while it’s being shaken vigorously. This dress rehearsal provides much needed peace of mind to facilities managers and building owners that the equipment is designed to operate during an earthquake.
When you order your new fire pump controller, please add the option code “SEI” to your purchase order. You’ll receive a job specific Certificate of Conformance with your new unit.