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Fire Rated Shutters: The unsung heroes of fire safety

Fire Rated Shutters: The unsung heroes of fire safety

Fire shutters play a vital role in fire safety of buildings and industrial premises. Their correct specifications, installation and use is paramount to the safety of all those who use the facility. Fire shutters are the unsung heroes of the fire safety because for most of their working lives they just work like any other doors. However, if fire breaks out, a fire shutter must fulfill its role as an engineered safety device, in order to hold back the spread of fire and smoke and to save lives and property. Fire rated doors / shutters are applied in various places such as industrial, commercial, institutional, and retail projects where fire protection is required. We take fire shutters for granted. We need to regularly check that all parts continue to function correctly without compromise. 

We expect a jobbing builder or small contractor to be able to install a complex engineered fire safety device. What he doesn’t realize is all of the components have to be able to work together to ensure the shutter assembly will work effectively in the event of a fire. Certified fire shutters with proper fitting is necessary to avoid any damage to property and lives.

Importance of fire rated rolling shutters

If you are running a business, then you should be very careful regarding fire incidents. At that time fire protection systems are a fundamental necessity in running a business as fire can easily sweep away everything you have worked so hard for. It is one of the greatest enemies of various organizations, especially organizations including shopping centers, hospitals, school canteens, restaurants, etc. A proficient framework for fire prevention must be created to secure the business property against fire. Different sorts of equipment should work hand in hand to limit the damage that fires can cause. Our fire rated rolling shutters are among the modern equipment that is used to compartmentalize a building in order to help prevent the fire from spreading.

Fire Shutters / Doors by Gandhi Automation are engineered carefully with features:

Auto-Closing Mechanism: Fire doors / shutters designed by Gandhi Automations are equipped with fusible link mechanism. Upon sensing a temperature of 74°C, the fusible link mechanism releases the brake of the motor and allows it to descend by gravity. The operating system can be directly wired for activation by fire alarm system or smoke detectors.

Sturdy Construction: Fire Doors / Shutters are constructed from cold rolled Galvalume / Galvanized Steel / Stainless Steel laths with a minimum thickness of 0.9 mm. The interlocked profiles are securely held using specially designed profile ends which act as a curtain alignment system thus eliminating lateral movement of the profiles. It can resist fire upto 4 hours. Gandhi and Warringtonfire (AUSTRALIA) Pty Ltd which comply with BS 476: Part 22: 1987 standards for stability and integrity for up to 4 hours.

Maintenance: Frequent inspection / maintenance of the components is of utmost importance. At Gandhi Automations our maintenance team checks that all parts continue to function correctly without compromise.

Available Modes of Activation

Industrial: Self closing by means of a fusible link activated at a temperature of 68°C and fitted to the underside of the hood. Shutter closing is initiated by means of a 24-volt solenoid release device connected to the fire alarm or smoke detector system and which automatically resets when the shutter curtain is fully opened by pressing the “up” button and when the alarm has been turned off. Option of mechanical fused link back up available.

Commercial: Fused link activation activated at 68º C which sends a signal to a relay to close the shutter under power down from the mains supply or from the battery backup unit. Shutter closing is initiated by means of a fire alarm relay which mimics the action of a solenoid on a conventional shutter and powers down the shutter from the mains supply or from the battery backup unit. A volt free normally open signal is required from the fire alarm.


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