The Emmi Kaltbach Caves, Kaltbach, Switzerland
The caves of Kaltbach are located in the Canton of Lucerne. They have been used to age cheese since 1953 and today, Emmi – the world’s leading producer of Swiss cheese – stores arround 156,000 cheese wheels in the caves at the same time. The sandstone naturally regulates the caves’ humidity and supports the unique flavor of the cheese that matures here.
The smallest amount of smoke caused, for example, by a cable fire is all it would take to render the cheese inedible and therefore unsaleable. That is why a fire detection system was needed to provide protection for the employees, visitors and products alike. Additionally the complex maturing process, the mineral-rich cave climate that is so crucial for ageing cheese also poses special challenges for fire protection. That is why detectors were needed that will function correctly and won’t corrode in the salty and ammoniacal air that has a humidity of more than 96%.
Emmi decided for the Sinteso fire detection system for the Kaltbach caves because of its unsurpassed deception-free detectors. About 200 ASA detectors of the Sinteso S-LINE with wet sockets as well as two linear smoke detectors monitor the caves. Fire doors prevent fire and smoke from spreading into other zones. Acoustic and optic alarming devices reliably warn employees and visitors. This allows safe and rapid evacuations as well as fast interventions to protect the sensitive products.
The fire detection system Siemens from Siemens offers maximum reliability
The detectors with ASAtechnology detect all types of fire quickly, reliably and free from deception in the most demanding environments
The Sinteso system is more cost-effective than other comparable systems
Rapid evacuation within 84 seconds – faster than the legally specified maximum evacuation time
1 FC2060 main fire control panel
2 FT2040 terminals
200 Sinteso FDOOT241-9 S-LINE detectors with ASAtechnology
2 FDL241-9 linear smoke detector with ASAtechnology