New Datasheet: PYRA Flashing Strobe Lights, Modern alarms for Industrial Hazards

Pfannenberg range of PYRA Flashing Strobe Lights and Sounders are the best solution for many applications worldwide. Due to the large signaling coverage provided by Pfannenberg’s alarms, the amount of signaling devices required is significantly reduced. This supports an application that is economical while ensuring industrial safety.

PYRA range of Flashing Strobe Lights and Sounders includes:

PY X-S-05 Flashing Lights

  • Visible field of 180° x 360°
  • 60 flashes per minute
  • Separate control of horn and strobe
  • Low-profile design
  • Operates in harsh environments
  • Fast, easy and safe to install

PY X-M Flashing Lights

  • Visible field of 180° x 360°
  • 8,000,000 flashes life
  • Adjustable flash rate
  • Automatic flash sync of multiple units
  • Operates in harsh environments
  • Fast, easy and safe to install

PY X-MA Flashing sounders

  • 8 pre-programmed tones
  • Adjustable flash rate
  • Automatic flash sync of multiple units
  • Separate control of horn and strobe
  • Operates in harsh environments
  • Fast, easy and safe to install

>> Ask us about our NEW 15 JOULES PYRA L coming in 2017!


 

Pfannenberg’s PYRA visual and audible signaling devices offer extensive certifications including UL and CE in support of worldwide requirements. They also include a standard 10-Year Warranty, guaranteed to protect man, machine and the environment.

 

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Pfannenberg is proud to increase Industrial Safety with its robust, field-proven, visual and audible signaling devices for alarm, warning, and indication. Our business philosophy – Protection for man, machine and the environment.

 

Topics: Industrial Safety & Signaling Solutions

Pfannenberg Signaling Alarms Notify Personnel and Community of Chlorine Gas Leak

Chlorine Gas Detection Alarm System Works as Designed

In 2015 Pfannenberg provided signaling notification appliances (alarm horns and strobes) to the North Tonawanda Wastewater Treatment Facility as part of their new Gas Detection Alarm System. On the evening of Tuesday, September 13, 2016 there was a very small chlorine gas leak. Pfannenberg’s PATROL Signaling Alarms were triggered through the system notifying plant personnel and surrounding area. The alarms could heard up to a mile away from the facility.

>> All clear given following chlorine leak (VIDEO)


Even though the leak was very minor, everyone was pleased to know that the system worked as specified, providing adequate warning. Hopefully there will never be a larger leak, but if there were then it is reassuring to know that the personnel and community will have plenty of advanced warning to the potential hazard.

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Topics: Industrial Safety & Signaling SolutionsWastewater TreatmentGas DetectionAlarms

Pfannenberg Signaling Devices Help Protect the World Largest Cruise Ship


Photo source: Royal Carribean Press Center

‘Harmony of the Seas’, the World Largest Cruise Ship ordered by Royal Carribbean and constructed by STX France is finally ready to host its first passengers, after 36 months construction. As the only MED Certified Signaling Device manufacturer we are pleased that STX chose Pfannenberg’s PATROL Signaling Devices to be installed on this sea giant.Innovative attractions such as the highest sea slide have been designed for the 6,700 passengers that can accommodate this 1,187 ft long and 230 ft high floating city as “The Ultimate Abyss”.

The ship also features 20 restaurants, 23 swimming pools, many shops, a mini golf, surfing simulators, a ‘Central Park’ with 10,000 plants and a theater with 1,400 seats!

The best technologies will also be used on the ship such as a bionic bar, RFID wrist bands, iPad check in and high-speed internet which will definitely change the way we enjoy vacations at sea.


Royal Carribbean crew members and passengers can also count on Pfannenberg’s best Signaling Technology for their onbard protection with our 200 PATROL Signaling Devices already installed in various areas of the ship.

These MED Certified, modern, visual and audible signaling devices are used in all technical areas of the ship such as utility rooms, kitchens, storage rooms and machine rooms. Pfannenberg’s PATROL Signaling devices will ensure the 6,700 passengers’ safety against fire and CO2 threats.


Pfannenberg PATROL range of Signaling devices include a standard 10-Year Warranty, guaranteed to protect man, machine and the environment:

PATROL Sounders – versatile audible alarms:

  • 80 pre-programmed tones, up to 4 different even
  • Superior sound penetration and coverage
  • Operates in harsh environments
  • Fast, easy and safe to install
  • Can be surface-mounted or flush-mounted.

PATROL Flashing Sounders – combined audible and visual alarms:

  • Enhance safety with alarms that are seen and heard.
  • Utilize flashing strobes with higher energy/visibility.
  • 80 pre-programmed tones, up to 4 different events
  • Separate control of horns and strobes
  • Superior sound penetration and coverage
  • Operates in harsh environments
  • Fast, easy and safe to install

Click here to view our Marine Industry Datasheet.

Click here for more information about MED certification and to discover our certified Marine Fire Alarm Systems.

Pfannenberg, Inc. is a global manufacturer of Signaling Technologies, Thermal Management, and Liquid Cooling Solutions.

Pfannenberg is proud to provide solutions as a single source to its customers. Our business philosophy – Protection for man, machine and the environment

Topics: Industrial Safety & Signaling Solutions

Pfannenberg’s PATROL Alarms are the ONLY MED approved devices worldwide


As of May 26 2016, Pfannenberg is the ONLY Marine Equipment Directive approved manufacturer worldwide.

On board safety is mandatory and the quality of installed Signaling Devices is key to avoid risks of injuries whatever the conditions. Pfannenberg is proud to be the only manufacturer whose product quality is certified by the Marine Equipment Directive. This certification is also valid in the US with the Mutual Recognition Agreement (MRA) for testing and approvals according to the 96/98/EC Directive.


What is the MED Marine Approval?

The MED Mark of Conformity confirms that a product or piece of equipment is approved for use on board EU member state ships and ships of countries which have agreed to apply the Marine Equipment Directive 96/98/EC. This is sometimes referred to as the ‘wheelmark’ or ‘wheel mark’ and also known as M.E.D/MED approval or certification. It provides confirmation that the equipment or product is suitable for marine industry use. Its purpose is:

  • To enhance safety at sea
  • To improve the protection of the marine environment
  • To facilitate free trade of marine equipment within the European Union while maintaining a common safety level.

All approved and authorized products are stored in the MarED database which contains information about over 35,000 authorised devices. Pfannenberg Signaling Devices are the ONLY devices stored in the MarED database for the Fire Alarm Category. Products are tested by an independent third party, for use in the marine environment before being granted an approval certificate.


Our certified Signaling Devices

Pfannenberg offers an extensive range of products and solutions designed specifically to withstand the requirements of the marine industry.

Pfannenberg PATROL PA sounders and PA X combined sounders/beacons are MED certified by Germanischer Lloyd (a Notified Body under the terms of the MED) who has confirmed that these products meet the requirements of the directive. Pfannenberg’s MED certified visual and audible devices include the following:

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You can rely on Pfannenberg products whenever you need fire protection alarm devices, such as sounders or visual and audible combination units, for ship and marine applications.

Pfannenberg is proud to provide solutions as a single source to its customers. Our business philosophy – Protection for man, machine and the environment.

Topics: Industrial Safety & Signaling Solutionsboat alarms

Pfannenberg’s Marine Alarms Quality Recognized with MED Certification


Pfannenberg PATROL product line offer modern, visual and audible signaling devices to satisfy both requirements of the American Bureau of Shipping and the Marine Equipment Directive.


Emergencies aboard boats require immediate action, whether they are man overboard, generator failure or fire. To insure timely warnings of such events, visual and audible alarms need to offer superior coverage in rugged, weatherproof designs. Additionally, providing unique, distinctive boat warning for different events can allow the crew to react more quickly and more effectively.

What is the MED Marine Approval?

The MED Mark of Conformity confirms that a product or piece of equipment is approved for use on board for European ships and ships of countries which agreed to apply to the Marine Equipment Directive 96/98/EC. This is sometimes referred to as the ‘wheel mark’ and also known as M.E.D/MED approval or certification. It provides confirmation that the equipment or product is suitable for Marine Industry use.

All approved and authorized products are stored in the MarED databasewhich contains information about all authorized devices. Products are tested by an independent third party, for use in the marine environment before being granted an approval certificate.

Pfannenberg is proud to be one of the few companies to get the European Marine Equipment Directive (MED) Certification, recognizing the quality of our Marine fire alarm systems. This certification is also valid in the US with the Mutual Recognition Agreement (MRA) for testing and approvals according to the 96/98/EC Directive.

Our MED Certified visual and audible devices
Pfannenberg offers an extensive range of products and solutions designed specifically to withstand the standards of the Marine Industry. Our PATROL sounders and beacons are MED certified by Germanischer Lloyd (a Notified Body under the terms of the MED) who has confirmed that these products meet the requirements of the directive.

You can rely on Pfannenberg whenever you need fire protection alarm devices for ship and marine applications. Our Visual and Audible Signaling Devices for the Marine Industry features:

  • Non-metallic and corrosion-resistant housing
    (4X / IP 66 rated).
  • Multiple tones and separate control of horns and strobes for the best boat safety.

Click here to view our Marine Industry Datasheet.Click here for more information about MED certification and to discover our certified signaling devices.

Pfannenberg, Inc. is a global manufacturer of Signaling Technology, Thermal Management, and Liquid Cooling Solutions.

Pfannenberg is proud to provide solutions as a single source to its customers. Our business philosophy – Protection for man, machine and the environment.

Topics: Industrial Safety & Signaling Solutionsboat alarmsMaritime AlarmsMarine Alarms

Ammonia Gas Detection in Food & Beverage Facilities


Alarm and Warning Devices to Notify Personnel Regarding Dangerous Gas Leaks

Ammonia leaks are pretty uncommon, but when one does occur – the results could be lethal.  Ammonia gas is very toxic and flammable.  Typically ammonia can be detected by smell (a strong and pungent odor), but it is a colorless gas.

The human nose can detect an ammonia leak with exposure between 5-20 ppm. With exposure 25 – 1,000 ppm, employees with have teary eyes, difficulty breathing, and the instinct to flee the area. The time exposed and the amount of ammonia the employee(s) are exposed to, determines various effects on the human body – ranging from a slight smell to teary eyes and unable to breathe, possibly death.

There are both, caustic and hazardous versions of the chemical.  In most large scale food and beverage facilities one would find the caustic version of the chemical used to aid in refrigeration.  The chemical can also be mixed with water (ammonia hydroxide) to create a multipurpose cleaning agent. 

Majority of these leaks occur in the mechanical room containing the refrigeration compressors of the facility.  Most ammonia used within a plant is used for refrigeration.  Why do so many food and beverage manufacturers use ammonia refrigeration in their facilities when it is potentially dangerous?  Ammonia refrigeration is one of the most energy efficient and cost effective ways of storing and processing food and beverage product.

Food and beverage ammonia refrigeration applications include:

  • Cooling of beverages, beer, wine
  • Freezing of process foods
  • Freezing of ice cream
  • Cooling of dairy products
  • Freezing and refrigeration of meats

Unlike fire evacuations and being told to exit to the closest door… with ammonia leaks, employees are asked to wait for specific instructions in where to exit. Sometimes the closest exit may not always be in the right direction, away from the gas leak.  Ammonia evacuation signals must be different from fire alarms to avoid confusions.  All employees must be trained on the difference in the alarms.

Pfannenberg has had experience in protecting personnel from gas and vapor leaks.  Our robust and multi-toned flashing sounders, offer 80 different tones – perfect for alerting and protecting personnel. Due to the large signaling coverage provided by each alarm, the amount of signaling devices required is significantly reduced. This supports an application that is economical while ensuring industrial safety.

Generally speaking, a blue light/strobe is a warning color used for toxic gas leaks, and red is used as a warning color for combustible gas leaks – but users can use any color unless directed by a local code or law. Blue tends to be the favorable color used in Ammonia gas leak alarms.

Common refrigeration alarms alert people about high concentrations in a room where they should not go.  Our signaling will extend this warning to other operating employees in the facility who can be immediately alerted to a problem so corrective action can be immediately undertaken.



Pfannenberg industrial alarms with visual and audible notifications come with a standard 10-Year Warranty, guaranteed in protecting man, machine, and the environment.

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Topics: Industrial Safety & Signaling SolutionsFood & Beverage

Indication, Warning & Alarm Solutions for Food & Beverage Applications

Robust, field-proven, visual and audible devices for alarm, warning, and indication

Signaling confusion throughout many manufacturing facilities is a big problem. At the plant level, many OEM machines have the proper alarms, but they only emit a couple of tones and optional visual alerts, making it difficult to determine which machine had an event or why the alarm was triggered.

Pfannenberg’s visual and acoustic signaling devices can easily be installed on existing systems. Satisfying numerous alarm, warning, and indication requirements, including: machinery operating status, process monitoring, system startup, and building or area evacuation due to fire, toxic gas leak, spills, or intruder alert. With robust construction, up to 80 tones and the ability to withstand severe environments these devices are ideal for the state and federal safety requirements that companies need to obey.

Pfannenberg’s Signaling Technology: Protecting Man, Machine, and the Environment.

Typical Applications:

  • Machinery Startup Indicator
  • Heavy Equipment Movement Alarm
  • Machinery Malfunction Alarm
  • Process Upset
  • Evacuation Sounder
  • Gas Leak
  • Industrial Fire Alarms

Warn operators and employees anywhere of danger, accidents or technical faults – increase facility safety and reduce risks.  Process interruption indication lights alert personnel of machine/line status, minimizing costly downtime. Combination of audible/visual signals provide warning on noisy or busy production lines.


Pfannenberg industrial alarms with visual and audible notifications come with a standard 10-Year Warranty, guaranteed to protect man, machine and the environment.

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Topics: North AmericaIndustrial Safety & Signaling SolutionsFood & Beverage

PATROL horn with strobe

Pfannenberg’s PATROL & PYRA Industrial Alarms – Effective, Customizable & Easy to Install Signaling Solutions

Pfannenberg’s PATROL Sounders and PYRA Flashing Strobe Lights: Technically Advanced Signaling Devices for Safety Alarm Requirements

Pfannenberg’s industrial visual and audible signaling devices are the best solution for many applications worldwide. Due to the large signaling coverage provided by each alarm, the amount of signaling devices required is significantly reduced. This supports an application that is economicalwhile ensuring industrial safety.

Pfannenberg’s PATROL and PYRA visual/audible alarms offer extensive certifications including UL, GL and CE in support of worldwide requirements. They also include a standard 10-Year Warranty, guaranteed to protect man, machine and the environment:

PATROL Sounders – versatile audible alarms:

  • Superior sound penetration and coverage
  • Operates in harsh environments
  • Fast, easy and safe to install
  • Can be surface-mounted or flush-mounted.

PATROL Flashing Sounders – combined audible and visual alarms:

  • Enhance safety with alarms that are seen and heard.
  • Utilize flashing strobes with higher energy/visibility.
  • 80 pre-programmed tones, up to 4 different events
  • Separate control of horns and strobes
  • Superior sound penetration and coverage
  • Operates in harsh environments
  • Fast, easy and safe to install

PYRA Flashing Strobe Beacons – the versatile visual alarm:

  • Visible field of 180° x 360°.
  • Surface or flush/panel installation.
  • Mounts on top of metal conduit with standard 1/2 NPT compression fitting.
  • Operates in harsh environments
  • Fast, easy and safe to install

Pfannenberg’s design excellence for its Signaling Solutions is internationally recognized and has been awarded the prestigious Red Dot Award in 2013 for PATROL and in 2015 for PYRA-MA.

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Topics: Industrial Safety & Signaling Solutions

Pfannenberg’s Signaling Devices compliant with the Seveso III Directive


Enhance Industrial Safety: with the SIL/PL-compliant Signaling Technology from Pfannenberg, plant operators can guarantee standard alerting in accordance with the Seveso III Directive.

The EU Directive, Seveso III, is based on the catastrophic accident which occurred in the Italian town of Seveso in 1976 which prompted industrial companies that use dangerous chemicals to prevent and control such incidents. This can be achieved by installing appropriate industrial alerting and alarm systems.The amended Seveso III Directive has been enhanced and now stipulates that the authorities must do systematic assessments of all known plants with hazardous incidents as well as random inspections. Therefore, plant operators should, without fail, take the new legal situation into consideration when planning new plants – and check their existing plants for conformity to standards.

More industries concerned by the Directive
The Chemical Industry is no longer the only one affected by the Seveso III Directive legal requirements. Indeed, depending on the amount, type and risk category of the substances which are processed, the revised specifications can now be applied to metal processing and logistics companies or storage facilities for technical gases. A classification system (attachment 1 of Seveso Directive III) can be used to know how the new regulations apply to a company.

More safety with Pfannenberg’s sounders and flashing lights
An important requirement of the Seveso III Directive is to prevent failures and to limit the possible effects of incidents; for example, installing appropriate industrial signaling.

Pfannenberg’s SIL/PL Signaling Devices are therefore compliant to the EU specifications. Pfannenberg’s sounders and flashing lights are equipped with the safety-related parameters and can be integrated to your plant’s safety plan. Our DS Sounders or our Quadro Flashing alarms and PMF Series are, for example, particularly suitable for the compliant implementation of the revised Seveso III Directive.

“The deployment of our SIL/PL compliant Signaling Devices in industrial plants and companies reflects the consistent safety mentality of the planners and operating companies. Our products stand for more safety and reliability in the plants”, says Carsten Hippler, Product Sales Manager Signaling at Pfannenberg.

Topics: Industrial Safety & Signaling Solutions

Pfannenberg Signaling Solutions comply to the European standard EN54-3


Providing effective fire alarms has gained prominence in recent years. A major reason of this concern is the increase of ambient noise also called “acoustic smog”. The use of headsets, hearing protection and the consideration of deafness made the requirement of visual and acoustic alerts essential to save lives when a dangerous situation occurs.

European standard EN54-3

In order to meet these needs, The European Standard EN54-23 is effective since January 2014 and now sets requirements, testing procedures and performance features for audible alarms. The general requirements and specifications are made regarding the range of the audible alarm thus giving a certified area. Every certified tone has to be measured independently due to varying sound pressure levels.

In particular, the horizontal and vertical angle radiation characteristics of the signaling devices must be checked and defined for each individual tone allowing the total volume of area to be correctly alerted. This is an essential part of the approval which must be considered during the planning phase, as the number and location of devices is critical to meet approval.

Planning of audible signaling devices

Planning an audible alarm must be a complete process and further technical characteristics must now be considered:

  • The sound-pressure level [SPL] and the loudness (dB) of an audible alarm device is not identical for every tone. For planning requirements the SPL of the tone to be used on site always has to be taken as the basis for the plan. Never the loudest one available from the device.
  • The audible alarm device achieves varying dB depending on the radiation angle from the device. The maximum dB is at a 90° angle (head on) in most cases. The level is significantly reduced at the sides (0° / 180°) (see fig. 1: Polar diagram)

Specifically in the planning phase the respective signaling range of industrial sounders must be determined. This results from the existing ambient sound level, or background noise, at the project site in connection with the radiation characteristics. The technology used to create the sound also has to be checked and taken into account.

Pfannenberg visual and audible signaling devices

Pfannenberg PYRA and PATROL series of  industrial flashing sounders are the perfect option to comply with the highest European standards. Our experts assist our European customers to plan and design their signaling ranges with viable certified data and take into account their specific project conditions to determine and install the exact number of audible alarm devices required.


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Topics: Industrial Safety & Signaling Solutions