Edition 98 July 2015

Syncro Ident- Programmable LED Indication Panels


Syncro Ident panels provide a compact and attractive display for up to 24 indications from a Syncro or Syncro AS fire control panel. As with all inputs and outputs on the Syncro system, each indicator is fully programmable to indicate a variety of events as well as being fully programmable via cause and effects to operate in response to logically connected inputs. Each indication defaults to a zonal fire indicator but may be configured via the Loop Explorer configuration utility to operate upon any event type or combination of inputs.

Requiring only a low current 24V power supply and a 2 core data connection to the fire panel, Syncro Ident panels can be installed quickly and easily to provide supplementary information on the status of the fire alarm system with the minimum of cost and effort. The compact, slim line enclosure is unobtrusive and is ideal for mounting in locations where a larger control and indication unit would be unsuitable.

Each indication has a dedicated field for customized text to provide a concise description of the indication and multiple Syncro Ident panels can be connected to the Syncro serial bus to provide a diverse range of indications at multiple locations.

The Syncro Ident has many features including:

  • 8 & 24 LED versions available as standard or large versions can be made on special order
  • Red, yellow or green indications and customizable identification tags.
  • Multiple language options and lamp test control
  • Buzzer with silence control and re sound
  • Up to 16 x 24 ways Syncro Ident can be connected to each fire panel and programmable flashing or steady states.
  • Common Fire, Fault and Disabled indication and low power 24V DC supply

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Meet the Specials Department

Since Kentec formed in 1985 there has been a dedicated Specials Department who provide bespoke control panels to specific customer requirements which are different to the standard panels we produce. This can differ from shapes and sizes to colour finishes. The department today consists of several members with multiple skills who all contribute in getting to the final design and build of a special panel. As part of our commitment to this sector of the market, this month we are giving you a chance to meet the Specials department.

Jerri McDermott, Robert Gough & Steve Gaskin
Jerri joined Kentec in January 2015 as the Specials Engineering Administrator. Her role includes assigning workloads to the specials engineers, scheduling specials jobs through all relevant departments and liaising with customers regarding their specials order. Jerri’s background is in customer services and business admin which has enabled her to get her teeth into this role easily. In her spare time, Jerri enjoys spending time with her family and friends as well as cooking many delicious meals and of course eating them!

Rob joined Kentec in 2012 as a Specials Design Engineer; his role within Kentec is to design the metal work drawings. Rob also likes to get his hands dirty by helping out in other areas of the factory. Rob has a background in IT Support and Kitchen Design and in his spare time Rob practices martial arts as well as spending quality time with family and friends.

Steve Gaskin joined Kentec in 2013 also as a Specials Design Engineer. Steve works alongside Rob on the latest custom designs in order to ensure they meet our customers’ requirements. Steve has a background in Mechanical Engineering and in his spare time enjoys watching football and is a keen Tottenham Hotspur supporter.

Jaroslaw Andrulewicz & Tibor Toth
Jaroslaw, originally from Poland joined Kentec in 2006. He is now team leader of the Specials area where he monitors jobs that are in progress with the specials engineers and he also wires panels himself. Jaroslaw has a background in electrics which means he is no stranger to wires and in his spare time Jaroslaw enjoys travelling, his favourite place in the UK is Cornwall and he is a keen car enthusiast.

Tibor, originally from Hungary joined Kentec in 2008. He is the Specials area test engineer which means all the panels go to him for final testing before being dispatched to customers. Tibor has a background in servicing and installing fire control panels so already had a wealth of knowledge about panels before joining Kentec. In his spare time, Tibor enjoys motor biking and watching Tennis, his favourite player being former world number 1 Monica Seles.

Lukasz Jermak & Damon Clark
Lukasz Jermak, originally from Poland joined Kentec in 2007. His role within Kentec is to wire the control panels. Lukasz has a background in building and in his spare time enjoys going to the cinema and watching his favourite football team Arsenal.

Damon Clark joined Kentec all the way back in 1986 when Kentec was only 1 year old. Damon joined straight from school into Kentec to build the control panels and still builds panels today in 2015. So Damon has definitely seen many changes to Kentec panels throughout the years. In his spare time, Damon enjoys family days out with his children.

Richard Iles
Richard Iles joined Kentec in 2012 and now heads up the Specials Department as Specials Engineering Supervisor. Richard has previous experience having worked for a local electronics company in the R&D department; he also worked with fire alarm panels at IAS electronics so working with fire panels at Kentec comes naturally to Richard. In his spare time, Richard enjoys spending time with his wife and three children as well mobile DJ’ing and volunteering for Hospital Radio Medway.



Kentec in Great Shape at The Gym


A major expansion by the UK’s leading gym operator has seen new fire safety systems that use Kentec fire alarm control panels, installed in new premises across the country to protect users and staff.

The Gym Group is the UK’s largest gym operator with in excess of 500,000 members, just six years after it first opened its doors. The company, where members pay monthly fees with no contract commitments, plans to have 80 24-hour gyms across the UK by the end of 2015.

The fire safety systems at 21 of the Gym Group’s latest locations have been engineered and installed by independent system specialists Southern Fire Alarms, using Kentec Syncro AS fire control panels with Hochiki open communications protocol.

David Fell, Sales Director of Southern Fire Alarms explains that ‘24-hour member access means that gyms are not always staffed, so consideration had to be given to the positioning and accessibility of the fire control panels. Kentec’s unique tamper resistant window was chosen to protect the fire alarm panels from unauthorised access to its controls, whilst allowing access to the LED display and Zonal indicators. To allow for the needs of all gym members, staff and visitors, some of whom may be hard of hearing or users of MP3 personal music devices, fire alarm indicators were designed into each system to provide visual warning of alarm activation.

Kentec’s flagship ‘open protocol’ Syncro series is recognized as one of the most powerful systems of its type on the market today, guaranteeing the very highest standards of performance, safety and reliability that such busy sports venues demand.


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