June 6, 2019
TRUSSVILLE, ALA. — In my more than 30-year career in the fire suppression industry, I’ve heard every call a restaurant fire systems tech receives. From “Your fire system discharged for no reason!” to “My restaurant just had a fire, and your fire system didn’t go off!” I know the calls that fire techs dread. Amerex’s STRIKE ECS gives you the answers you need to combat these calls.
At Amerex, we develop and build our products at a state-of-the-art production facility in Trussville, Alabama, with commitment to the highest standards of quality, service, innovation and value, ensuring every aspect of our business lives up to them. Driven by that commitment to delivering the best for our customers, we are proud to announce the addition of our STRIKE Electronic Control System (ECS) to our KP™ Restaurant Fire Suppression System. STRIKE has completed UL testing and is now available for shipment to our network of fire equipment distributors.
The STRIKE ECS is the result of years of rugged mining, transit and military electronic evolution. Armed with the experience of developing electronics in these environments, we designed STRIKE specifically to work with our KP System, a staple in commercial kitchens around the world. STRIKE complements Amerex’s existing Mechanical Release Module (MRM) and Pneumatic Release Module (PRM), adding the next generation of restaurant system controls with enhanced capabilities. The STRIKE ECS is an alternative to a traditional control system, utilizing electronic circuits for detection, actuation, and manual pull stations rather than stainless steel cable, corner pulleys, fusible links and other mechanical components.
What does STRIKE mean for technicians?
Amerex is invested in having the most advanced and highest-quality commercial restaurant fire suppression systems available. According to a 2017 NFPA study, there are more than 8,000 fires annually in food and drink establishments, mostly related to cooking flames and flammable kitchen materials. Our food service industry customers choose Amerex’s UL-listed Class K fire extinguishers and fire systems when it matters most thanks to innovations like our Zone Defense coverage and contemporary improvements like silver agent cylinders. The KP system with STRIKE is another leap forward in the evolution of kitchen fire protection from Amerex, an industry leader for more than 40 years. To learn more about STRIKE, visit https://www.amerex-fire.com/products/amerex-restaurant-systems/.
Jamie Knowles first discharged a fire extinguisher onto a live fire at age 14, and he’s been involved in the fire equipment industry ever since. Jamie is currently the Restaurant and Industrial Systems Product Manager for Amerex. His passion for our products and industry expertise play a key role in our product development efforts.
McWane, Inc. is a family-owned business based in Birmingham, Alabama, with companies across the United States and the world. At the McWane Family of Companies, we cast ductile iron products--including pipe, valves, hydrants, fittings, and plumbing products--manufacture fire extinguishers, fire suppression systems, steel pressure vessels, and build network switches and monitoring equipment. We are the leader in delivering clean, safe drinking water around the world while focusing on the safe, environmentally-friendly manufacturing of our products. With more than 6,000 team members McWane has a longstanding commitment of support to the communities where we live and work.