Armstrong Fluid Technology at NFPA 2018

Armstrong Fluid Technology updates its Fireset Horizontal Split Case Pump line with two new models: a 5x4x10NF fire pump for installs requiring 500 gpm at pressures from 55 to 167 psi and a 8x6x15 option for applications requiring flows between 1,500 and 2,000 gpm at pressures from 54 to 168 psi. The new Fireset HSC pumps have double suction design for operating efficiency and high-flow performance, right- or left-hand suction configuration with electric-driven pumps for adapting to mechanical room piping arrangements and a compact design for easy installation and maintenance.

Armstrong Fluid Technology at NFPA 2018

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Armstrong Fluid Technology has started to emphasize its variable-speed pump expertise to the fire-protection market. Armstrong Product Marketing Manager Stephen Baird states the technology has been around more than a decade, but clients have yet to fully jump on board.

“It is new, but it isn’t too new,” he says. “Variable-speed fire-pump controllers have been around for about 15 years now and are available, but not a lot of people are taking advantage of it.”

Baird believes the reason for slow adoption of variable-speed pumps for fire protection is because industry members like to stay with tried-and-true solutions. Cost also has been a hindrance.

He also says the demand for new technology and products continues to stem from growth in the cities and elsewhere.

“You keep seeing taller, larger buildings,” he says. “You are seeing more and more demand for high-pressure pumps for those high-rises and at the same time you’re seeing larger warehouses, which require larger flows.”

Code compliance

Armstrong Fluid Technology is excited about a vote that will happen during the NFPA Expo. The company worked with the NFPA 20 committee to modify a version of HVAC pumps featuring a drive mounted directly on the pump. If approved by vote during the event, the code will be changed for the 2019 edition.

“It is being called a self-regulating, variable-speed fire pump unit,” Baird states. “Essentially the concept is you’re approving a pump with low-end drive and bypass as a single unit.”


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