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Product training – it’s (possibly) more than you think…

When someone mentions product training your first thought might be that you’re about to be trained in something new. Either that or you may dismiss the idea as you’re already using the product in question and therefore what could you possibly gain from training? Of course, before using any new…

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Looking after rechargeable battery packs

As with lots portable tools and gadgets these days most are powered by NiMH or Lithium battery packs.  (NiCad’s on the whole have been replaced long ago).  Many of us do not appreciate that rechargeable batteries have a serviceable life and will at sometime need to be replaced. Typical life expectancy for…

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Invest in your most valuable asset – the engineer

Managing a team of service engineers and keeping on top of customer requirements can be a hectic and somewhat challenging role.  As in all industries, the focus is often more on the growth of the business in terms of customer retention and new business meaning that topics such as staff…

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Does it test multi-sensors? Yes. Is that all it does? No.

A myth related to Testifire is that the tool is designed for testing multi-sensor detectors and that unless you are testing these type of detectors there is no value in using it. The truth is very different.  Yes, the ability of Testifire to functionally test smoke, and heat (CO model…

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Testing fire detectors in low ambient temperatures

Testing Smoke detectors with aerosol smoke canisters During the colder Winter months and whilst you’re wearing your woolly hat and gloves to keep warm, it is worth considering that your aerosol smoke canisters can also get cold. Colder temperatures can mean that if the canisters are left unprotected from the…

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Top marks for testing!

The University of Southampton is typical of many universities – with a number of large buildings occupied by both students and staff.  Buildings include libraries, lecture theatres, classrooms, offices, sports halls and accommodation.  The diversity of these buildings can make compliant testing of all fire detectors a challenge. One of…

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