The technological achievements of traditional Aspiration Smoke Detectors or ASD’s have taken the industry specialty of “very early warning” of smoke particle detection to a new level. The existing marketplace provides a variety of competitive systems that usually includes installation, maintenance, and testing, by factory trained vendors or contractors. The current ASD systems are typically independent, contain their own operating system and processor and interface to the buildings Fire Alarm Control Panel.
Although ASD systems are higher priced than traditional industry standard conventional or addressable smoke detection systems, when precise smoke detection location sensitivity is required in “mission critical” facilities like data centers or computer rooms, the extra costs are well worth the ASD investment. The ASD option is usually chosen to provide extra smoke detection and subsequent protection, to the facility’s monetary investments in raw materials, finished goods, computers, machinery, and other enterprise related high value resources.
Traditional ASD systems have a combination of multiple application engineered design features, usually offering smoke detection via 1, 2 or 4 distinct identifiable zones or distinct areas of protection. Recently, one manufacturer has offered a 40-zone system. The difference in design performance is worth the research, to choose the right manufacturer that offers the right features, functions and benefits that meets the projects application requirements. The availability of local qualified factory trained service technicians is probably the most important factor to consider when choosing the correct system to be installed in a facility.
Most traditional ASD systems offer similar or unique functions and benefits, either technically or with equal zone capacities. The one identical aspect of every ASD manufacturer’s system is each system is “proprietary”. Their systems functionality, software and serviceable internal replacement parts are available only from the original manufactures or OEM trained service organizations. The internal parts of different ASD manufacturers are not interchangeable with each other any more than, for example, we would expect from Ford, Chevrolet, or Dodge.
Proprietary systems, however, do have a major distinct advantage: they maintain the consistency of high factory quality with a sole source of responsibility. This includes factory trained service for ease of software upgrades, maintenance, and operation for the facility’s end users and operators.
“The most advantageous design features, functions and benefits of our new innovative ASD Aspiration Smoke Detector system is its basic core functionality. We have not reinvented our processor to interface with the building’s existing proprietary Fire Alarm Control Panel processor. Instead, we utilize the buildings existing proprietary Fire Alarm Control Panel system’s processor, as our processor, for all our new ASD devices and individual functionalities. Subsequently, we can add as many of our new, individually identified, ASD devices to the existing buildings Fire Alarm Control Panel as needed, subject only to the existing Fire Alarm Control panels initiating zone capacity.”
“Our new ASD detector is not proprietary; it is universal and scalable. These benefits also include using the existing facilities service provider to manage and service all parts, programming, software updates, maintenance, testing, placement supervision, primary and secondary backup power, and device sensitivity” said Lloyd Aronoff, Principal of Sterling Langley LLC.
“In addition to ensure the new Sterling Langley Aspirating Smoke Detector has compatibility and reliability, the buildings existing Fire Alarm service and parts provider is automatically the new systems host for the new ASD Aspiration Smoke Detector. We no longer require a separate ASD manufacturer’s technician on the project site. It is an economical “win-win” for all parties, a single sole source of responsibility for an economically scalable basic system,” added Lloyd Aronoff.
Sterling Langley LLC’s proposed primary market will provide facilities with the availability of basic ASD features and functions, economically, at a fraction of the standard ASD systems costs. The new innovative ASD detection design method is simple; install new ASD system devices, connecting to the buildings existing conventional or addressable smoke detection system that will be programmed to perform as a complete Fire Alarm system.
Sterling Langley is not competing with the major ASD manufactures existing markets. Sterling Langley is complimenting them by filling a cost void, discovered in smaller facilities that have a basic ASD requirement but does not have the budget for traditional technologically enhanced ASD systems.
“As we have said in the past regarding our previous projects, with expected validation from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, Washington, D.C., we are on schedule to present our findings to 3rd party domestic and global manufacturers for their consideration of licensing and adoption for commercialization”, said Lloyd Aronoff.
ABOUT STERLING LANGLEY LLC
After 35 years in the Life Safety Systems industry, Lloyd Aronoff established Sterling Langley LLC. As an “Open Innovation” Product Developer, the company is motivated to uncover hidden value in a manufacturer’s existing investment of electro/mechanical products and create new innovative peripheral devices.
All too often, a manufacturer’s R&D staff has been reduced or eliminated for corporate economic survival. Subsequently, brand new innovative product market share erosion may be recognized too late to economically adjust to todays and tomorrow’s competitive market demands.
“Designer-at-Risk™” is an exclusive industrial engineering business model designed by Lloyd Aronoff. Sterling Langley LLC is compensated only if the client agrees with the new creativity, ideas and intellectual property presented, that includes new features, new functions, and new benefits, for their clients’ own commercialization.
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