Safety First! - Test your Talentum

Safety First! - Test your Talentum

To be fully secure against fire, you need to test and ensure your entire flame detection system's integrity at least once per year. That means performing a full system loop test from the detector, through the wiring to the controller, and up to the actual alarm notification at the fire panel. The only way to do so, without lighting a real fire, is by using our external Flame Test Unit.

What?

The Talentum Flame Test Unit is designed to perform a functional test without a live flame. FFE has developed the Talentum Adapters to optimise the Flame Test Unit’s output for testing the complete range of flame detectors. These Adapters modify the unit to simulate a real flame test and let you know if there is a performance issue with the flame detector.

How?

If you do not have a Talentum Flame Test Unit or Talentum Adapter and would like to place an order please email sales@ffeuk.com. FFE provide Talentum Adapters free of charge. 

To modify your Talentum Flame Test Unit yourself, please follow these simple and easy to follow steps or watch the tutorial here

1. Remove the four screws that hold on the plate and filter that cover the bulb of the Test Unit using a 2.5mm Allen/hex key;

 

2. Remove the black cover and the blue filter behind it from the front of the torch including the four screws and washers and put them aside.

3. Fit the modification assembly so that the seven optical filters are positioned over the test torch bulb, and the UV source sits above the test torch on the keypad side, as shown below.

4. Take the new filter arrangement and, without removing any parts, use the four new screws to locate it on the front of the Test Unit. Gently tighten the four screws so that the filter is held securely.

You now have a fully modified Talentum Flame Test Unit.

It's time to simulate a Flame!

Power up the unit by removing the clip on the base of the Test Unit, push the power switch to “ON”, and the supply LED will illuminate ”green”. If the LED starts to flash, the battery is low. Hold the Test Unit as still as possible at approximately 0.5-3m (c.1.6-10 ft) from the detector, close to the centre of the detector's line of sight, taking care to point the Flame Test Unit emitter towards the detector's sensors. Activate the primary output source, press and hold down the * button on the Flame Test Unit. It does not need to be waved back and forth as it already mimics the characteristic flicker of a flame. The flame detector is expected to alarm within 30 seconds.

Why?

We encourage you to conduct regular testing of the Talentum Flame Detectors. Testing should be performed periodically. Many safety authorities and plant managers of high value/high-risk assets and facilities insist on quarterly "end-to-end" testing of their entire fire protection systems.

Please contact us if you require any support with conducting device testing. 

If any device fails to simulate a flame test, please notify us immediately at sales@ffeuk.com.

Other useful links: 

Talentum IR Test Unit Procedure

Talentum UV/Dual IR Test Unit Procedure

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