What are Fire Pump Controllers?
A fire pump controller is part of a building’s fire prevention system. The controller has numerous devices that perform a basic function – this is where alarm device signals are received. Once the signals have been received, a succession of actions follow. These devices can be any of the following: pressure operated switches that are tripped, remote fire alarm equipment or sprinkler alarm valves detect the need for the pump to begin its work. Through the fire pump controller, and in order to provide power to the fire pump motors, motor control devices are activated.
Types of Facilities that Require Fire Pump Controllers
Fire pump controllers are part of a building’s sprinkler system and are therefore found in buildings were sprinkler systems are either required or recommended. The following buildings commonly use this type of fire prevention method:
- Assisted Living Facilities
- Manufacturing Facilities
- Retail Facilities
- Medical Facilities
- Multifamily Residential Buildings
- Commercial Buildings
- … and more!
Benefits of Installing Fire Pump Controllers
Fire pump controllers are strictly regulated by the NFPA. Because of this, they have numerous benefits applicable to the extreme, unique conditions under which they are required to perform. Some of these benefits are as follows (the following apply to NFPA 20 fire pump controllers):
- Short or open circuit (external circuit failure) should not hamper a fire pump controller’s operation.
- Shorting, disconnecting, breakage, etc., may cause a fire pump to run continuously, but should not prevent the controller from sending a signal to the pump, thereby starting it.
- Regarding remote stop buttons – there are none.
- Non-thermal type overcurrent sensors are used.
There are certain restrictions that apply with this piece of equipment, as well:
- These controllers must have a lever, or an emergency run handle, that closes mechanically.
- Only by opening a contact that is normally closed can external devices automatically start your pump.
- Certain things cannot be incorporated into your controller to prohibit the actuation of the motor contractor: other sensors, phase loss, or under-voltage.
Our Expertise in Fire Pump Controllers
One of the most admirable aspects of any fire prevention service is if they can work seamlessly, hand-in-hand with your building’s architect and engineering team. The expert teams at ASCO Fire do exactly that. We will team up with your people to create a sprinkler system using fire pump controllers. This system will be precise and unique to meet your specific needs, the needs of your staff members, and the needs of your building. What’s more, our teams are well-versed in fit outs, construction projects, equipment upgrades, renovations, code retrofits, and more.
Choose ASCO Fire for Fire Pump Controllers
ASCO Fire provides fire protection equipment and system repair and testing, inspection, and maintenance. We abate violations of fire codes and, should you desire, offer consulting services pertaining to fire codes.
Contact ASCO Fire today to schedule a complimentary consultation on fire pump controllers with our team. Call 973-633-7300 or email us at info@ASCOfire.com to get started!