Integrated fire safety solutions for the life science industry

In a life science facility, there are different risks in different rooms. Whereas in a laboratory, the key is to prevent explosions and safeguard people from toxic substances, clean rooms face the challenge of high air velocity which increases the need for rapid and reliable fire detection.

An integral fire safety concept is therefore crucial to protect people, assets and processes and to ensure maximum uptime of operations. With more than 160 years of experience in fire safety, Siemens understands the specific requirements of life science facilities and each of their applications in terms of prevention, detection, response, and recovery. Our tailored solutions and services comply with the highest safety standards, and incorporate products and systems that meet industry-specific requirements and regulations.

Fast and highly reliable fire detection

Fire detection in clean rooms can be challenging for traditional smoke detection systems as fires typically start slowly with a long period of overheating and smoldering before erupting into flames. Detecting smoke early is therefore essential to avoid the onset of flames. However, the high levels of ventilation necessary for air circulation also disperse smoke, making it more difficult to detect and enhancing the risk of a fast fire distribution to other rooms.

Our fire detection concept for laboratories, clean rooms and other critical environments with high air velocity combines aspirating smoke detection with highly accurate smoke detection with SintesoTM S-LINE detectors, on one loop. Aspirating smoke detectors counteract the high ventilation levels by providing continuous air sampling and analysis. When smoke particles are detected, a pre-alarm is generated, triggering a ventilation shut down and enabling S-LINE detectors to verify the alarm. On alarm confirmation, the extinguishing system is activated.

Fast and reliable extinguishing

Based on innovative technologies and 100 years of extinguishing experience, our solutions are tailored to your life science facility’s individual need and size: they extinguish fires quickly and reliably, thereby protecting people, assets and processes.

Especially clean rooms present several fire risks that require a reliable extinguishing solution. In most cases, an object protection is the preferred solution due to the complexity of planning an extinguishing system in combination with the sophisticated air circulation concepts typically found in a clean room with a certain low- or overpressure.

Our Sinorix extinguishing portfolio provides fast and reliable solutions for all three essential fire classes:
Class A: solids
Class B: flammable liquids
Class C: combustible gases

The preferred extinguishing agents in a clean room are generally inert gases. We provide solutions based on Carbon Dioxide, Argon and Nitrogen which are chemically neutral, a great advantage when protecting all types of clean rooms as machines or the goods under production will neither be damaged nor contaminated.

In addition, we offer you a family of control panels combining both fire detection and extinguishing control with the XC10. The panels can function as a stand-alone solution or be efficiently integrated into larger fire safety systems.

Safe evacuation when needed

As in any fire situation, ensuring people are alerted immediately and know what to do in case of an incident is top priority. Alarm sounders and sounder beacons from Siemens provide immediate audible and visual alert to people in the danger area.

The E100 voice evacuation system from Siemens – automatically activated by the fire safety system – provides clear and precise instructions through live or pre-recorded voice messages to ensure people evacuate the danger area quickly and safely.

Multi-discipline alarm management

The MM8000 danger management system provides centralized supervision and alarm handling for fire safety, security, and control systems in life science facilities. This functional interaction between the different systems provides an optimal incident response, supported by a step-by-step guided incident response process and can easily be integrate into subsystems from Siemens or from third parties via standard interfaces such as OPC or Modbus.
The system improves operator efficiency by providing a uniform operation of all integrated systems, with simple to use graphical site overviews.

Benefits at a glance

  • ­Sophisticated management station backed by decades of expertise ­

  • Centralized danger management and supervision ­

  • High configuration flexibility to support the required safety and security strategy ­

  • Outstanding guidance capabilities during event treatment ­

  • Open architecture and scalability from small to large systems

  • Future-proof and secure investment in case of changing requirements