We are excited to announce that we have expanded our testing lab services to include Sprinkler Head Testing beginning in December 2016. Our state-of-the-art sprinkler test tunnel will be used to ensure that sprinkler heads are in compliance.
The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Standard for Inspecting, Testing and Maintenance of Water-Based Fire Protection Systems, NFPA 25, requires building owners to have a sample of their installed sprinklers periodically tested by a recognized testing laboratory. NFPA states “a representative sample of the sprinklers in a system should consist of a minimum of 4 sprinklers or 1% of the number of sprinklers per individual sample, whichever is greater.”
Our independent laboratory services customers throughout the world. Dyne’s primary business has been testing firefighting foam and antifreeze solution but will now also include testing sprinkler heads. Using a state-of-the-art sprinkler test tunnel, Dyne will test the sprinklers’ thermal sensitivity and make sure the waterway is properly functioning according to the standards. We pride ourselves on “Quick, Easy, Accurate and Independent Testing”, says Mark Spaniol, President of Dyne Technologies. “Accuracy and being Independent is a cornerstone of our lab, we are ISO 9001 certified and take pride in the quality of our test results. Our customers demand and deserve a quick and easy testing process and this is why we offer free test kits with free shipping and five day turnaround on testing results.”
We perform a visual inspection in addition to subjecting the sprinkler head to a plunge oven test to determine the release time. This test is designed to ensure the sprinkler head will release in a specified time when exposed to a specified temperature. As required by Underwriters Laboratory 199, International Standards Organization 6182-1, and Factory Mutual Class Number 2000, the Response Time Index (RTI) value (meter/second)1/2 between 80 and 350 is required for a standard sprinkler while a maximum value of 50 is required for a quick response head.
Dyne Technologies was founded in 1999 by Joan Leedy, who is the Technical Director at Dyne Technologies. She explains, ”Our number one goal is accurate test results to ensure that our customers’ fire protection products are performing as designed. This holds true for firefighting foam, antifreeze solutions and sprinklers.”