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FM-1 automatic fire curtain

A fire curtain is used where, if there is a fire, it is necessary to create a temporary barrier within an opening that seals off the area on fire. The curtain descends and prevents any fire and smoke from spreading from one area to another. It also allows people access to protected escape routes without any loss of fire resistance.

SKC controls: a new “super brain” for Colt FM-1 fire curtains

A FM-1 fire curtain can be made capable of operation as an integrated part of a smoke control and fire management scheme, with emergency power units and the facility to interface directly with a fire alarm system.

In general a simple system that lowers the curtains in response to a fire signal is all that is needed.

However Colt fire curtains can also be specified with our SKC-SC control system where more sophisticated control is required.

Download our SKC-SC datasheet.

SKC-SC has been tested to BS 8524. It is designed to meet the requirements of the pr12101-9 product standard. It has a local power supply system to maintain all control functions over a period of at least 72 hours, meeting the requirements of EN 12101-10.

The SKC-SC is a kind of “super brain”: it has all-round capabilities, is of modular build, has many different functions, and it’s amazingly simple to configure and use.

The SKC-SC can set the height of drop of an individual curtain (placing it in a so-called "multi-position mode"), irrespective of whether its motor is drive-down or gravity fall. This enables the system to more flexible in its response to different kinds of scenarios. There are three different heights of drop available.

In addition to standard features such as sounders, announcements, smoke detectors and flashing lights, the SKC-SC has some extra features:

  • At least 72 hours standby power supply in the event that the normal power fails
  • Continuous monitoring of the closing curtain using radar detection
  • Automatic stopping of the curtain, if for example there is an obstacle or a person in its way
  • Continuous monitoring for open and short circuits
  • Logging of the history relating to system status and fault events within the internal memory.

The SKC-SC includes many release options, with the conventional means of achieving this being via the fire alarm system. However besides a fireman’s switch the system can also accommodate a push-button which opens the curtains if required (for a maximum of 30 seconds) to allow people to leave the fire area, for example. This feature not only makes it unnecessary to install emergency doors within smoke curtains - it can save lives.

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