The ZX1e is an intelligent fire alarm control panel. It has been designed and is constructed around proven and reliable microprocessor technology. This simple approach has produced a modular, scaleable fire alarm platform suitable for protecting all types of premises.
The ZX1e control panel supports a total of five industry leading protocols, allowing fire detection devices to be independently selected based on performance or aesthetic appeal. The ZX series control panels seamlessly integrates with Apollo (Xplorer, XP95 & Discovery), Hochiki ESP, Nittan, Morley-IAS and System Sensor detection device protocols.
Designed for maximum flexibility the ZX1e control panel is supported by a complete suite of peripherals and software tools. Information on the location of fires, faults and system status can easily be displayed or printed in multiple locations. Integration to Voice Evacuation Systems, paging systems and third party control systems is supported through a range of peripheral interface units.
This adaptability, support and intelligence means that the ZX1e is suitable for new projects, system expansions, retrofits and system upgrades in all application areas. Offices, industrial units, entertainment venues, industrial plants and hospitals are a few of the many installations that can benefit from the features of the ZX1e intelligent multi-protocol fire alarm control panel.
The ZX1e control panel forms the heart of the fire detection system. A steel enclosure contains all the required components – microprocessor, power supply plus a clear LCD (Liquid Crystal Display), system status indicators and the control buttons that are the user interface.
A quick glance enables users to assess the condition of the fire alarm system. Alarm and Fault conditions are highlighted by LEDs and supported by enhanced text descriptions on the LCD display. Clearly labeled buttons allow users to quickly manipulate the system providing both audible and tactile feedback of successful operations.
Accidental operation is prevented by user passcodes that are required to gain access to functions. Basic functions (Evacuate, Reset, Mute, Accept, Silence) are available at one access level whilst more advanced operations are protected by a secondary level passcode. Individual device isolations, test modes and configuration data are all protected by these secondary access levels.
Inside each control panel the microprocessor maintains a log of the events or actions occurring on the system. Fires, Faults, tested devices and diagnostics are all electronically logged for future reference. Remote (or local) printers can easily be connected to provide a paper copy of events as and when they occur or provide a historical record.
The control panel can be configured to support any one of the five detection protocols by installing the correct loop driver cards in the control panel. The control panel will support a total up to 126 devices using Apollo, Hochiki or Nittan protocols and up to a maximum of 99 sensors and 99 modules (call points, monitor, control, conventional zone modules and addressable sounders) using the Morley-IAS or System Sensor protocol.
The flexibility of the ZX1e design allows the control panel to connected to a wide variety of peripheral devices. From display repeaters to custom mimic displays, printers, serial data interfaces and switching relay interfaces.
The initial installation of the system is aided by sophisticated features like AUTOLEARN. An internal routine that will automatically detect all the devices on the detection and peripheral loops saving the time of entering all the devices individually.
Basic programming is also configured during the Autolearn process resulting in only fine tuning of the system being required to complete the system configuration.
An off-line Windows� configuration tool is available to further enhance the process, making text entry and specific device programming easier. Complex cause and effects programming is simplified through clearly designed user interfaces. Once completed the configuration of the panel can be saved for future reference. Enhanced features allow the complete archiving of the control panel history log and a Virtual Panel Interface enables all control commands to be entered using the computer.
The ZX1e intelligent fire alarm control panel has been designed to help with the normal operation of a fire detection system. Standard weekly testing is available through a simple menu structure allowing selection of the zones to be tested and the optional activation of the outputs or ringing of the sounders.
The status of individual devices can be analyised to determine whether cleaning or replacement is required. This information can either be viewed directly on the LCD or printed for reference.
As the installation grows the ZX1e can expand with the installation, adding additional devices, printers, display repeaters or interface devices. If the installation becomes too big for a ZX1e it can be upgraded by using the larger ZX2e or ZX5e control panels.