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CONTENTS

SECTION 1: INTRODUCTION

1.1 About this manual

SECTION 2: BASIC ISSUES

SECTION 3: INSTALLATION

3.1 Mechanical/Pneumatic installation


3.1.1 Support system
3.1.2 Storage system
3.1.2.1 VGL040 valve description
3.1.2.2 Pressure switch
3.1.2.3 Pressure gauge
3.1.2.4 Manifold discharge pipe
3.1.2.5 Check valve
3.1.2.6 High pressure cylinders
3.1.2.6.1 Cylinder inscriptions
3.1.2.6.2 Halocarbon gas identifying label
3.1.2.7 Discharge flexible hose
3.1.2.8 Pressure switch
3.1.3 Release system
3.1.3.1 Halocarbon pilot cylinder and pilot valve
3.1.3.2 Manual lever release
3.1.3.3 Solenoid valve
3.1.3.4 Pneumatic actuator
3.1.3.5 Decompression valve
3.1.3.6 Release line Teflon/Stainless steel flexible hose
3.1.3.7 Supports
3.1.3.8 Nozzles
3.2 Electrical installation
3.3 Installation final requirents

SECTION 4: COMMISSIONING AND MAINTENANCE

4.1 System commissioning and reception


4.1.1 Component revision
4.1.2 Commissioning operations and operation tests
4.1.2.1 Blow out with nitrogen
4.1.2.2 Water tightness pneumatic test for open pipes
4.1.2.3 Operation test for pressure switch with locking device
4.1.2.4 Release circuit water tightness test
4.1.2.5 Operating test for pilot cylinder release solenoid valves
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4.1.3 Inspection and test for protected enclosure integrity


4.2 Maintenance
4.3 Manual use of devices
4.3.1 Re-assembly of pressure switch with locking device
4.3.2 Actuation of manual lever release and manual pneumatic release
4.4 Actuation in the event of failure of fire extinguishing system automatic activation
4.5 Actuation after cylinder bank discharge

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1. INTRODUCTION
1.1 About this manual
This manual is intended for fitters, maintainers and users of the Halocarbon gas fire extinguishing systems
manufactured by GIELLE, Via Ferri Rocco, 32, 70022, Altamura (BA), Italy. It contains the instructions for the
proper installation, commissioning, use and maintenance of the system.

2. BASIC ISSUES
The systems manufactured and designed by GIELLE for fire extinction by means of Halocarbon gas are
conceived to be solid, reliable and easy to assemble, thus allowing the checking of their operative status by
means of easy check operations included in this manual.
However GIELLE wishes to explain the following issues:
 Every single person who deals with the start-up, inspection, checking and maintenance of the
systems must be well trained in order to perform the different checks. GIELLE always recommends
the adoption of safety work practices according to the legislation in force on health and safety
procedural issues. It is also advisable for the personnel in charge of the installation and maintenance
of the fire extinguishing system to receive some training on the safety area as well as to carry out
both a complete and careful reading of this manual before engaging into any of the described
operations.
 Every single person who works in a monitored zone protected by Halocarbon gas must be informed
of the fire extinguishing agent properties and its possible effects both on people and protected
goods. The personnel who work in the monitored zone must be instructed on how to proceed in the
event of a possible alarm and in the different types of systems activation.
 Throughout the installation and maintenance operations the workers must wear industrial clothing
and safety footwear. When necessary a helmet and gloves must also be worn. Whenever the workers
are to drill holes for the pipe supports or for the positioning of the cylinder racking brackets, it is also
compulsory the use of safety goggles or a mask. This protection is also applicable when some
operations are to be carried out which may cause shedding of particles.
 Due to possible false alarms of the detection system (if any) produced by the dust or the smoke
caused by installation works, the detection system of the area shall be either isolated or disconnected
before and during the assembly operations.
 The whole equipment and piping network must be installed according to the project design. Any
modification of the design must be approved in writing by the client and the responsible engineering
company. The construction drawings must be corrected. The corrections to be submitted shall
include the modifications in the project.
 When moving the cylinder make sure that the valve protection cap is always firmly and tightly
secured.
 Use one or some of the following materials as thread sealing elements: Thread sealing compound for
0.4 mm clearance, Teflon tape.

Regardless of the sealing element used do not ever cover the first two screw threads in order to assure the
cleaning of the inside part of the piping network.
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3. Installation
During the assembly of the system it is advisable to always use the installation drawings supplied with the
delivery of components.
All of these drawings describe the GIELLE Halocarbon Gas standard rack system. In these plans it is possible
to see the layout of the system cylinder rack, the connection of the simple release system and the layout of
the standard support systems. The drawings are included only as an example, therefore those facilities to
have specific drawings should be guided by their own ones.
Proceed to check against the plans and the materials lists whether all of the components have been supplied.
Check also whether any of the components are damaged. Any defective component must be replaced.
Examine the position of the cylinders and the pipe sections in the drawings and check that no physical barriers
are to be found which require some modification of the cylinders, the brackets or the pipe sections. The
project engineer must be informed of any deviation with respect to the drawings.
Previous to begin to the assembly of the installation verify the position of the battery (it is usually indicated
in the plans). The most advisable position of the battery is the nearest room, although it should be away from
the protected risk. It should also be large enough to house the equipment as well as to make possible the
assembly and maintenance operations. The equipment must not be exposed to severe climatologically
conditions, direct action of the flame or to a too humid environment. It must be located away from
unauthorized handling and mechanical or chemical aggressions.

Material to be required to install the equipment


 Teflon tape, 0,4 mm joint sealing compound
 Set of ting spanners (6 to 22 mm)
 Adjustable spanner
 Hand electric hammer drill
 Hacksaw
 Drills (intended for work material)
 Ladders, scaffolding
 Sprit level
 Flex meter
 Philips and flat head screwdriver set
 Multimeter
 Set of Allen keys
 Clamps, pliers
 Pipe cutters
 M.12 plugs appropriate for the fixing surface

Note: in order to carry out the equipment assembly at least two workers will be necessary.

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3.1 Mechanical/pneumatic installation


The GIELLE Halocarbon gas centralized systems are divided into 4 systems:
 Support system
 Storage system
 Release system
 Distribution system

In the following sections you shall find both a description of the components to each system and the
explanation on how to perform their assembly. The order in which the components are described is also the
order in which they must be installed.

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3.1.1 Support system


Description
Metallic structure composed of a plate-holder (bracket) to support the cylinders and the manifold block.
The bracket assembly consists of two threaded bar, one bracket straps and on back channel. To securely hold
the container in position during the system discharge, two bracket assemblies are required per container.
The bracket assembly is designed to be mounted to a rigid surface with the container assembly resting on
the floor.
Assembly
On carrying out the installation it is important to take the following issues into consideration:
 Sweep the floor on which the battery will be assembled. Make sure by checking against the sizes
which appear on the drawing that the rack system fits perfectly in the chose position.
 The floor on which the bracket will be assembled must be as flat as possible;
 The wall where the bracket will be fastened (in case it should be necessary) must be at right angles
to the floor and it will be solid (avoid partition walls, Pladur or similar ones);
 In the event of having to fasten the bracket to a partition wall it will be necessary to prepare some
iron plates which shall allow fastening of the bracket from the other side of the wall as shown in the
figure 1:

Figure 1

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Mounting of brackets

Figure 2

For the assembly of the brackets and the position of the manifold follow these steps:
 Place the two line of top and bottom brackets (1 & 2 - fig. 2 )on the floor, touching fixing wall, and in
their working position according to foreseen positions in fig. 3. In case of cylinder banks comprising
7 or more cylinders using several transverse brackets (1 & 2), join one after the other to determine
distance between cylinders at end of cylinder bank and manifold;
 Place straps (3) on cylinders at ends of cylinder bank located onto the brackets (the shorter threaded
end is mounted on the transverse bracket). In the case of cylinder banks comprising more than 7
cylinders and using several transverse brackets (1 & 2), also place at least rods of 1 cylinder for each
set of transverse brackets.

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Figure 3

 Place cylinders located at manifold ends. In the case of cylinder bank of more than 7 cylinders (1 &
2) place at least 1 cylinder for each set of transverse brackets.
 Raise transverse brackets up to the height indicated in sketch (fig. 3);
 Tighten firmly straps (3 – fig. 2) in such a way that transverse brackets and cylinders make up a solid
assembly;

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 Lean assembly on wall, checking accurate position for connection to manifold outlet elbow;
 Mount manifold, check valves pertaining to cylinders placed on brackets. To mount, add sealing
compound or Teflon tape to manifold pipe thread connection where the check valve is fitted. Do not
apply same to the first threads. Place check valve onto manifold taking care that check valve arrow
points at manifold, never at cylinder. Tighten union firmly using a fixed spanner;
 Place discharge hose (10), pertaining to cylinders mentioned above, onto check valves mounted
previously. Tighten with a fixed wrench. Connection between discharge hose and check valve
requires Teflon tape;
 In accordance to a drawing data, fix manifold seats to wall (4) using metallic or chemical plug;
 Raise discharge manifold and place onto manifold seats (4). Fix using manifold “U” fixation (5). Do
not tighten. Allow manifold free movement. In the event of cylinder banks comprising a large number
of cylinders and one single manifold, the latter shall be of a large diameter. Mechanical help shall be
necessary for its mounting. Use pulleys or any other type of crane required by such operations;
 Remove cylinder protection caps;
 Connect discharge hoses to cylinder valve. Now manifold is accurately positioned in relation to
cylinders;
 Check position of all elements: cylinders, discharge hose, manifold, brackets, elbow and pipeline
system. Arrange position of components prior to final bracket fixation.
 Fix discharge manifold (8) into its seats (4) and butt tighten manifold “U” fixation (5);
 Mark transverse anchored points on the wall. It is possible to drill using as a guide mechanized fixing
drills on back transverse bracket. Fix bracket into its final position. High-power chemical or metallic
fixing plugs shall be used for fixation. Do not use plastic plugs.

NOTE: Valve protection cap must always be installed whenever a cylinder is being transported.

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3.1.2 Storage system


Composed of an assembly of steel cylinders containing extinguishing agent, discharge valves and discharge
manifold. The assembly is complemented with several control and auxiliary components.
The GIELLE discharge valves are type 2 valves in accordance to EN 12094-4.
Components comprising an HALOCARBON GAS storage system described below. The sequence to follow for
mounting is the same as the order described below.

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3.1.2.1 VGL040 valve description:


Description:
Figure 4

Valve installed directly onto bank cylinders. In the event of cylinder banks, activation may only be pneumatic
requiring a resource of external pressure (pilot cylinder).

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Differential opening valve. Mounted on cylinders of 50, 75, 100, 120 and 134 liters capacity. Pneumatic
activation subject to pneumatic release cone connected to port (at the same place of the plug 15 – fig. 4).
Supplied with a pressure gauge that fulfils EN 837 (14 – fig. 4) is incorporated.
To prevent uncontrolled accidental discharges during installation or maintenance operations or handling of
valve, remove head cap (7 – fig. 4) and place plug on outlet port (33 – fig. 4). This simple operation prevents
risks, such as in case of accidentally discharge, orifice will drive gas from cylinder to environment in a
controlled way, instead of through valve outlet. Safety disk cap (8 – fig. 4) is also perforated thus allowing
controlled gas discharge in case over pressure bursts safety disk.

Mounting:
Valve is delivered mounted onto auxiliary cylinder. Do not try to dismantle any of incorporated accessories.
Mounting of elements associated (discharge hose and release device shall be installed later, following the
order they are described).
Note: Valve union with pressure gauge and pressure switch is fixed. Dismantle is not allowed. Never try to
dismantle same.
Note: For any installation and maintenance operation, valve head cap must remain dismantled as a safety
measure. When any mounting, maintenance or test operation is finished, do not forget to replace head cap,
hand tighten, check that head cap “O” ring is mounted in its interior.

VGL040 valve functional protocol:


VGL040 valve makes use of cylinder internal pressure for opening.
The only way to activate valve is by making the piston move downwards (2 – Fig. 5).
When valve is at rest, pressure remains retained by closing elements (10, 24 – Fig. 5) and release disc (18 –
Fig 5).
Release pneumatic cone (the release cone is a part of manual actuator, pneumatic actuator and manual-
pneumatic actuator) incorporates in its interior a protractor piston. When pressure realeased by cylinder
approaches back of protractor piston, same is displaced until release disc (18) bursts. At that moment
pressure retained by release disk is released and driven over piston. Because surface relation between piston
and closing elements is 3:1, piston moves downwards thus, opening valve.

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Dimension
Valve gas inlet: 2 ½” 12 UN
Valve gas outlet: 1 ½” BSPP
Height: 180 mm
Weight: 6,5 Kg.
Pressure switch connection thread: M.10 x1-6h
Pilot pressure connection: M.30x1,5-6h
Solenoid connection: M.36x1,5-6g
Free flow cross sectional area: 904,77 mm2
Maximum working pressure: 88 Bar

Containers
VGL040 valve can be used in the following containers:
Container volume Fill ratio (Min and Max)
[l] [Kg./m3]
214 Kg./m3 ≤ (Novec 1230) ≤ 1480 Kg./m3
214 Kg./m3 ≤ (FM-200) ≤ 1230 Kg./m3
50, 75, 100, 120, 134 214 Kg./m3 ≤ (HFC-125) ≤ 929 Kg./m3

25 Bar at 20 °C / 42 Bar at 20 °C

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Figure 5

3.1.2.2 Pressure switch


The pressure switch are currently used as a control device. It can give or cut an electrical signal when pressure
changes are detected into cylinders. This component will be delivered already mounted by GIELLE. In any
case should these component be replaced or manipulated by other than GIELLE personnel.
Pressure switch to be installed shall fulfill valve connection as shown on data sheet. Connection shall include
a ¼” joint (M.20x1,5)
Working pressure
Maximum working pressure: 88 Bar

3.1.2.3 Pressure gauge


The pressure gauge is used for control the internal pressure of cylinders. It also acts as by-pass valve to allow
connection of cylinder internal pressure to activation devices. In such cases where pressure gauge is not
installed there should be a blind tape to fulfill the by-pass performance. In any case these components will
be delivered already mounted by GIELLE. In any case should these components be replaced or manipulated
by other than GIELLE personnel.

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3.1.2.4 Manifold discharge pipe


Description
Pipe where contents of all bank cylinders is discharged and which directs extinguishing gas to appropriate
pipe system. Made of black steel pipe in accordance with ASTM. Nominal diameter between 2 ½” and 6”.
SMAW welding process under approved procedure. Tested at 100 Bar. Painted in red. Threaded outlets for
connections to piping system, threaded inlets for check valve connections and also for pressure switch with
locking devices.
Mounting:
Manifold pipe is located above the cylinder bank, on fixed squares directly on the wall or on vertical supports.
Assembly of manifold is performed at the same time as bracket mounting. Avoid positioning manifold by
initially connecting it to distribution system as such operation may modify elevation between manifold and
discharge hose connections.
All manifold threaded connections shall be sealed with Teflon tape.
Figure 6

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3.1.2.5 Check valve


Description:
Device which prevents gas returning from manifold pipe to cylinders, thus ensuring a compete discharge of
all bank cylinders. Acts as a safety element by plugging the gas outlet to those cylinders which being
disconnected may cause a manifold accidental discharge during maintenance operations.
Minimum cross sectional area: 1017 mm2.
Mounting:
Once manifold is mounted onto brackets, mount all check valves.
It is always located between discharge hose connected to cylinder and discharge manifold. To mount apply
joint sealing compound or Teflon tape, to manifold pipe threaded connection where the check valve is fitted.
Do not apply same to the two first rows of thread. Place check valve on manifold taking care that arrow points
at manifold (upwards), never at cylinder. Tighten joint using a fixed wrench.
Dimensions:
External diameter: 80 mm.
Length: 113 mm.
Connection thread: 1 ½” gas M / 2” gas M
Max working pressure: 63 Bar

Figure 7

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3.1.2.6 High pressure cylinders


Description:
High pressure containers containing Halocarbon gas extinguishing agent charge. Cylinders of un-welded
drawn steel in accordance with specifications 84/525/ECC. Heat treated. Hydraulic test pressure 150 Bar. All
models are approved according to European Regulations applicable (P mark). Once valve is assembled onto
cylinder collar (1 – Fig. 8) and protection flange (2 – Fig. 8), the equipment is protected by a safety cap (3 –
Fig. 8) for transportation. Cylinders are supplied packed. Each unit protected by octagonal cardboard. All
cylinders are provided with identification labels indicating handling instructions.
Mounting:
Note: Do not remote protection caps from cylinders until they are fixed onto their brackets and only
immediately prior to installation of discharge hose.
Assembly cylinder-valve is supplied fully mounted. Place all cylinder onto brackets. To prevent damages to
cylinders by dropping them accidentally, locate front pieces of brackets prior to removing protection caps.
Tighten front pieces allowing cylinder freedom of movement. Next, remove valve head caps and remove
valve head cap. All cylinder valves shall be orientated in the same direction (manifold and valve GIELLE stamp
should be facing front).
Do not forget, when release system mounting is finished, to fix cylinders onto their brackets, tightening
firmly. When complete system installation is finished (including release) mount and tighten manually all
discharge valves head caps.
Figure 8

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3.1.2.6.1 Cylinder inscriptions


Under legal requirement, all cylinders shall have a number of inscriptions attached to their ogives indicating
name of manufacturer, quality trade names, hydraulic pressure test, gas contained and other data.
Arrangement of GIELLE cylinder marks are specified as follows:
 Manufacturer’s trade name;
 Outlet size;
 Cylinder dimensions (thickness, weight and capacity);
 Notified body identification;
 European standard of reference;
 Serial number;
 Working and test pressures;
 Date of manufacturing;

3.1.2.6.2 Halocarbon gas identifying label


In each delivery, GIELLE supplies one adhesive identifying label for each cylinder supplied. To prevent
damages during transport and cylinder installation, labels are delivered together with documentation
accompanying delivery. This label identifies gas contained in cylinder, quantity of gas contained, cylinder
weight when empty, working pressure, cylinder identification number and date of charge.
Halocarbon gas extinguishing agent experiences substantial pressure deviations depending on ambient
temperature. To avoid problems related with reading pressures on pressure gauges, GIELLE supplies an sheet
containing a diagram for pressure-temperature for each Halocarbon gas gaseous agent (e.g. FM-200, Novec
1230, HFC-125) depending on cylinder filling density.
As a Legal requirement, it is compulsory for each cylinder to have its identifying label. Therefore, it is very
important for the person performing the installation to have each label attached to its cylinder as soon as
the installation is finished.
To perform this operation, manufacturing lot number shall be compared with the number marked on each
cylinder ogive with identifying marks on labels supplied. Labels shall be attached directly onto cylinder body,
in a visible location and in a normal reading position. To adhere labels easier, first wipe away dirt, dust, oil or
grease from cylinder area where the label is going to be placed.

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Figure 9

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3.1.2.7 Discharge flexible hose


Discharge flexible hose for Halocarbon gas agent from cylinders to manifold pipe. Nominal diameter 1 ½”.
Made of tween steel wire braided and synthetic rubber. Working pressure of 90 Bar. Length 500 mm.
Mounting:
Connection (1 – Fig. 10) assembled swivel nut on VGL040 valve outlet port (discharge – Fig. 5). The other end
(2 – Fig. 10) connected to non return valve. Connection to check valve require Teflon tape, while connection
to VGL040 valve does not require and sealing element but it is recommended to add some Vaseline to union
thread to facilitate fitting.
First fix hose pertaining to check valve (2 – Fig. 10) taking care (1 – Fig. 10) that it faces valve outlet.
Figure 10

Dimensions & technical information


Construction: Twin steel wire braided. Oil resistant seamless
synthetic rubber
Max bend angle: 15° @ 0°C
Burst pressure: 360 Bar
Working pressure: 90 Bar
Nominal size Ø: 1 ½”
Hose I.D. Ø: 38,1 mm.
Hose O.D. Ø: 54,3 mm.
A: 1 ½” BSPP - 90°
B: 1 ½” BSPP
Temperature range: -20 °C to +50 °C

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3.1.2.8 Pressure switch


Description
Pressure switch which closes or opens a circuit when a gas discharge is driven through the manifold pipe. The
electric signal may be monitored on the panel board, or it may be used for stopping and / or starting up other
electric devices. Once activated it can only be reassembled manually by pulling off the sphere incorporated
in the locking system (C – Fig. 11). Reassemble should be performed at storage location, on the pressure
switch itself.
Mounting:
Mounted on manifold pipe (Fig. 6). Teflon tape to threaded connection. Do not apply Teflon tape to the two
first threads. Tighten union with a fixed wrench. Perform electric connection when installation mounting is
finished.
Figure 11

Dimensions & technical information


A – Pressure inlet: ½” gas
B – Cable connection: Ø 10
C – Resetting stud -
Body material: Brass CW614N
Maximum pressure: 353 Bar
Test pressure: 530 Bar
Operating temperature: -20 °C ÷ +60 °C
Contact rating (2 NO + 2 NC): 6 A @ 380 V
Protection grade: IP 65

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3.1.3 Release system


This is the system which allows command of discharge of gas contained in cylinders. GIELLE Halocarbon Gas
standard release system is pneumatic operated.
Pneumatic release may incorporate associated solenoid valves into manual release device which select
pneumatic opening for a selector valve. Located at outlet of pilot cylinders.
Components which may be included into an Halocarbon gas release system and mounting of each one are
described as follows. Mounting is performed in the order elements are described.

3.1.3.1 Halocarbon pilot cylinder and pilot valve


Pilot cylinder equipped with VGL040 discharge valve (1 – fig. 12) charged with Halocarbon gas.
Always for a system with more than one cylinder, the first cylinder take the function of pilot cylinder.
In case of system with only one cylinder, the same cylinder will be pilot cylinder.
Manual actuation (2 – Fig. 12), electric actuation (3 – Fig. 12) by solenoid valve. Once pilot cylinder discharge
is activated, Halocarbon flows through release line up to pneumatic actuator mounted on the slave cylinders.
Once activated it is not possible to interrupt cylinder discharge (total discharge).

Figure 12

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Description:
 1 VGL040 discharge valve;
 2 Manual release
 3 Solenoid valve

Note: Each pilot cylinder can operate up to 40 Halocarbon gas cylinders.


Mounting:
Fix pilot cylinder bracket to cylinder bank bracket in the position shown in installation drawings. The position
of cylinder shall be adequate for a possible manual operation. Unpack pilot cylinder. Fix same onto its bracket
and remove protection cap.
Tighten bracket leaving pressure gauge well visible and free access to the manual actuator (2 –Fig. 12).
Unscrew pilot valve head cap to prevent accidental discharge during release system mounting. Mount the
rest of release system. When competing all handling of release system, replace valve head cap.

3.1.3.2 Manual lever release (part number MNL000 & MNL001)


Device which allows manual actuation of bank pilot cylinders. It comprises a lever (1 – Fig. 13) which manually
operated downwards pushes a needle (2 – Fig. 13) against a release disc located on pilot valve body. Thus,
release disk bursts and opens valve. Provided with a seal (3 – Fig. 13) against accidental activations.
Dimensions:
Valve connection thread: M.30x1,5 -6g
Height: 80 mm.
Length: 65 mm.
Operation specifications:
Working force applied to lever: 25,5 N
Body: Brass
Actuation pin: Stainless steel AISI 303

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Mounting:
Check that the seal (3 – Fig. 13) are not damaged. Check that “O” ring (4 – Fig. 13) is in its location.
Put the manual lever release on VGL040 valve on connection port indicated in Figure 5 as pilot pressure.
Tighten union firmly using a fixed spanner. Do not apply sealing compound to threaded union as a sealing is
achieved by “O” ring (4 – Fig. 13).
Manual actuation devices shall be installed at normal operating height, at highly visible locations. They shall
be protected against being tripped accidentally. Each lever manual release device shall be clearly marked
indicating the protected zone it serves.
Figure 13
Manual actuator for a single cylinder (Part. No. MNL000)

Manual actuator for a multiple cylinders (Part. No. MNL001).


The manual actuator incorporates a connection for the pneumatic pilot signal output used for multiple
container operation.

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Note: Prior to installing the manual release onto the valve check that piston is deep seated inside its hosing,
by pushing down with a screwdriver.
Figure 14

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3.1.3.3 Solenoid valve (part number SOL000 & SOL001)


Description:
Electric device which allows opening of VGL040 valve. Connected (1 – Fig. 15) to pilot cylinder valve. Allows
actuation of pilot cylinders by means of an electric signal emitted by a panel board or by a release push
button. Comprising a coil (3 – Fig. 15) mounted on a stem. When coil excites internal core is draw up, thus
producing opening of the valve. The coil is fed electrically by means of the connector (4 – Fig. 15). This device
may be disassembled even when the pilot cylinder is charged.
Figure 15

Electrical actuator for a single cylinder Electrical actuator for a multiple cylinders
(Part. No. SOL000) (Part. No. SOL001).
The electrical actuator incorporates a connection
for the pneumatic pilot signal output used for
multiple container operation.

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Dimensions & technical information:


Valve connection thread: M36x1,5 -6g
Body: Brass, Teflon, EPDM
Swivel nut: Brass CZ121
Connection: 1” BSPP
Power requirement: 24 Vdc
Minimum voltage: 22 Vdc
Maximum voltage: 27 Vdc
Current: 0.5 A
Electrical connection: 3-pin plug connector
Temperature range: -20 °C to +50 °C
Testing: 100% Check on start/Finish position
Working: Normally closed
Reaction time: 6 mm.sec.

Mounting:
Solenoid valve is delivered mounted on pilot cylinder valve. Do not perform electrical connection until
pneumatic mounting for all the installation is completed. In case of having to disassemble for operation test,
remove connector (4 – Fig. 15), loosen nut (2 – Fig. 15) and remote coil (3 – Fig. 15).
Note: GIELLE does not recommend you to remove solenoid valve from pilot cylinder, in case of malfunction,
send valve + cylinder + solenoid valve to GIELLE.
If for any reason or breakdown, it is essential to remove solenoid valve from pilot cylinder valve, firstly,
disconnect valve pressure gauge. When you disconnect the pressure gauge, pressure supply to solenoid valve
is shout-off. This operation should be performed under great precaution and operate carefully to prevent
false operations. Therefore, the operator shall stand sideways to prevent a pressure gauge violent explosion.
Discharge of pilot cylinder may be produced and cause discharge on cylinder bank. To prevent this, dismantle
head cap of pilot cylinder valve. Next, dismantle connector (4 – Fig. 15), nut (2 – Fig. 15) remove coil (3 – Fig.
15) and last loosen fixing nut (1 – Fig. 15) with a rounded shape wrench.

Figure 16

Now it is possible to remove the rest of the solenoid valve. Mounting is performed by reversing disassembly
procedure.
Prior to mounting a solenoid valve check that there is no leakage by applying soapy water to all solenoid
valve body, previously removing connector and coil. Check likewise for leakage on valve head (head orifice).

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Figure 17

3.1.3.4 Pneumatic actuator


Description
The pneumatic actuator is an assembly similar to the manual actuator but without the pull knob. Pressure
from a master container or other sources is used to actuate the valve, via small bore piping or, preferably,
a flexible hose.
The pneumatic actuator is provided with an internal piston fitted with a protractor needle. When the piston
is pneumatically activated on receiving the gas from the pilot cylinder, the needle bursts a disk housed on
the valve body of the slave cylinder. Thus discharging the pressurized extinguishing agent contained in the
cylinder.

Figure 18

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Dimensions & technical information:


Body: Brass CW614N
Actuation pin: Stainless steel AISI 303
Pipe Connection: ¼” BSPP female
Min. actuation pressure: 12 bar
Nominal actuation pressure 25 bar
Max actuation pressure 60 bar
Pneumatic pressurized gas inlet: ¼”
Pneumatic pressurized gas outlet: ¼”
Valve connection thread: M.30x1,5
Max working pressure: 88 Bar

Mounting:
Pneumatic actuator is delivered mounted on cylinder valve. Otherwise, insert the protractor needle (1 – Fig.
18) into the cone body until it butts. Mount the pneumatic actuator to the VGL040 valve and tighten the
screw (2 - Fig. 18). Do not forget to insert the “O” ring (3 – Fig. 18) on the pneumatic actuator body.
Note: Prior to mounting the pneumatic actuator on the VGL040 valve, it is important to check that the
protractor needle (1 – Fig. 18) is completely retracted inside the cone, by pushing down with a screwdriver.
Protractor needle shall never stick out from cone or otherwise a cylinder accidental discharge may be
produced.
Figure 19

Put the pneumatic actuator on VGL040 valve on connection port indicated in Figure 5 as pilot pressure,
located on the opposite side to valve outlet. Use a rounded shape wrench for tightening. Do not apply sealing
compounds to threaded union as sealing is by “O” ring. Repeat operation till all cylinders are fitted with a
pneumatic actuator.

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Figure 20

Locate pneumatic actuator on each cylinder in accordance with sketch for cylinder bank mounting and
tighten.
Note: Burt disc, burst disc fixer and protractor needle SHALL be replaced by new ones after each single
actuation of the system.

3.1.3.5 Decompression valve


Description:
Decompression valves for pneumatic release systems prevent that excess pressure on release line produced
by micro-leakage may accidentally activate release systems, leaving an external outlet which closes in case
of real actuation of the pneumatic device.
Mounting:
¼” decompression valves shall be installed in accordance to drawings.
They are generally mounted on an outlet “T” at pneumatic actuator outlet.
Dimensions:
Connection threat: R ¼”
Working pressure: 240 BAR
Minimum working pressure: 2 Bar
Figure 21

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3.1.3.6 Release line Teflon/stainless steel flexible hose


Description:
¼” diameter Teflon hose fitted with brass ends used to direct release system gas from pilot cylinders to all
slave cylinders charged with Halocarbon gas.
Flexible hose are designed for a working pressure of 224 Bar. Burst pressure 621 Bar. Bending range 30 mm.
Available in two length: 700 mm. and 160 mm.
Mounting
The 700 mm. flexible pilot hose (part no. FLX700) is used to connect pressure activated devices to the system,
e.g. slave
container, pressure switch, etc.
The 160 mm. flexible pilot hose (part no. FLX160)is used to connect solenoid actuator to manual/pneumatic
actuator on the same cylinder.
Insert decompression valve according to drawing. In the event of system with selector valves, follow
connecting sketch pertaining to release drawing. Tighten threaded unions using a fixed wrench but do not
apply sealing compound. Add Vaseline to unions to facilitate threaded union.
Note: avoid twisting flexible hoses during mounting operations. Therefore, hold coupling cap with a pair of
pliers while joint is tightened by means of a fixed wrench.

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Technical information: Flexible pilot hose (part no. FLX700):


Description: ¼” Teflon flexible pilot hose with stainless steel
cover
Length: 700 mm
Material: Teflon / Stainless steel
Connection: ¼” female swivel bolt
Working Pressure: 224 bar (3249 psi)
Burst pressure: 621 Bar (9007 psi)

Figure 22

Technical information: Flexible pilot hose (part no. FLX160):


Description: ¼” Teflon flexible pilot hose with stainless steel
cover
Length: 160 mm
Material: Teflon / Stainless steel
Connection n. 1: 1/8” male
Connection n. 2: 1/8” female swivel bolt
Working Pressure: 224 bar (3249 psi)
Burst pressure: 793 Bar (11501 psi)

Figure 23

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DISTRIBUTION SYSTEM
Assembly of pipe and fittings which drive gas discharge from cylinders to protected zone.
Pipe and fittings
Pipes shall be installed in accordance with isometric drawing accompanying the project. Measures,
dimensions and pipe quality indicated in the drawing are to be comply with, as any modifications related to
pipe dimensions or measures would impair system operation. In case of requiring any modification, the
engineering department responsible for system design shall be notified as appropriate.
Pipe system shall comply with pressure requirements. Schedule 40, A105 ASA 3000 grade B steel pipe is
recommended.
Pipe painting shall be red (RAL 3000).

3.1.3.7 Supports
Every installation shall have a minimum of two supports to hold pipe system.
Maximum distance between two supports along pipeline shall never exceed the following values:
Nominal diameter Maximum distance
Nominal diameter [mm]
[inches] between supports [m]
10 3/8 1.0
15 1/2 1.5
20 3/4 1.8
25 1 2.1
32 1 1/4 2.4
40 1 1/2 2.7
50 2 3.4
65 2 1/2 3.5
80 3 3.7
100 4 4.3

Whenever pipeline is more than 2 inches (DN 50) and table distances cannot be adhered to because of
building designs, these distances may be raised to 6 m between supports, if pipeline is provided with double
supports.
Pipeline supports shall be located next to pipe unions, to elbows and pipeline reverse changes.
Supports shall connect pipe system directly to building structure and shall not be used to support other
objects. Parts of the building where supports are fixed shall be strong enough to take the load (see table for
design charge). Otherwise, additional straps shall be fixed to other resistant elements. Only pipes with
nominal diameters less than or equal to 50 mm may be attached to metallic structures in the shape of trusses
or concrete slabs (design shall be approved by the authorities). Fastening plugs in concrete slabs shall be
located at least 150 mm away from edge of slab.

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Distance between nozzle and its support shall be the shortest possible:
 For pipelines with a smaller or equal diameter to 25 mm, maximum distance from support to nozzle
shall be 0.1 m.
 For pipelines more than 25 mm diameter, maximum distance from support to nozzle shall be 0.25 m.

Supports type hangers or manifold "U" fixation are recommended. Pipe brackets and other fittings for holding
pipes, shall completely surround the pipe and close.
Supports shall comply with the following minimum requirements for sectional areas and depth anchoring:

Minimum depth of
Pipe nominal Design Support minimum Thread size
anchoring for fastening
diameter charge [N] section [mm] [metric]
plugs in concrete [mm]

Until DN 50 (2”) 2000 30 8 30

Between DN 50 (2”)
3500 50 10 40
and DN 100 (4”)
Between DN 100
5000 70 12 40
(4”) and DN 150 (6”)
Between DN 150
8500 125 16 50
(6”) and DN 200 (8”)

Minimum cross-sectional area of supports shall not be less than 30 mm2.


Support material shall be at least 3 mm thick. If galvanized, 2.5 mm thickness will be enough. In the event of
hot galvanized flanges, minimum dimensions shall be 2.5 mm x 1.5 mm for models not approve and 12 mm
x 1.5 for approved models.
The following types of support are enclosed as examples:
Fixed support: horizontal wall

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Z support: false floor

Fixed support: False floor False floor support

Floor fixed support

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Suspended ceiling support Suspended ceiling fixed support

3.1.3.8 Nozzles
Halocarbon gas is distributed within the protected area by the discharge nozzle which is sized to ensure the
correct flow of agent for the risk. Nozzles are available with four or eight ports to allow for 180o or 360o
horizontal discharge patterns. Ports are drilled in 0.1 mm increments to the specified system design.
Aluminum nozzles are supplied as standard with Brass and Stainless Steel as optional.
Mounting
Apply thread sealing compound or Teflon tape to distribution pipeline thread. Connect nozzle and tighten
using a fixed wrench.
Dimensions:
Part. no. Size Material
NZL010 10 mm. Brass
NZL015 15 mm. Brass
NZL020 20 mm. Brass
NZL025 25 mm. Brass
NZL032 32 mm. Brass
NZL040 40 mm. Brass
NZL050 50 mm. Brass

Figure 24

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Note: fixing of nozzles is very important. It is also important that nozzle orientation shall never point at false
ceilings or mobile parts as gas discharge could raise ceiling slabs or drag objects. Discharge nozzles shall never
be located directly on valve discharge orifice.
To prevent errors during installation, all nozzles shall incorporate legible and long lasting inscriptions
indicating diaphragm calibrated diameter and identification of its location in the drawing with reference to
project and system hydraulic calculations. Usually GIELLE performs a mechanic engraving (punched) of above
mentioned inscriptions on nozzle bodies.

Figure 25

3.2 Electrical installation


After performing installation pneumatic mounting and with pilot valve head caps dismantled, perform
electrical connection of components requiring so. When these components are fed through a control station,
it is recommended to read carefully the instructions for the station installation so as to prevent accidental
tripping through which electrical devices may, in some cases, cause complete discharge of the whole cylinder
bank.
Note: GIELLE electrical components do not have polarity. All electrical connections shall be performed in such
a way that the cables reach right to the device to prevent cable confusion later for starting up and
maintenance operations.
Pressure switch with locking device electrical connection:
Fora normally closed circuit connect to 21 and 22 terminals. For a normally open circuit connect to 13 and
14 terminals.

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Figure 26

Solenoid valve electrical connection:


Assure that electrical power supply is disconnected during electrical connections and VGL040 head cap is
removed. Connect solenoid valve as shown below:
After connection place VGL040 head cap back again.
Figure 27

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3.3 Installation final requirements


GIELLE Halocarbon Gas Systems may be equipped with non-electrical disable devices.
All cylinders, including pilot cylinders, shall have an adhesive label attached indicating identification number
(coinciding with the one engraved on its ogive) gross weight, net weight and date of charge. Time delay
cylinder does not incorporate an identification label.
Paint of all components shall be in perfect condition. Repaint those areas where the paint has undergone
damages. In case of any oxide, prepare surface, apply a coat of priming for metal and finish by applying a
coat of finishing paint. Colors for Halocarbon gas fire extinguishing systems are: red body and green ogive for
cylinders, and (RAL 3000) red for pipe system.
Each cylinder bank shall be identified by means of a notice indicating:
 Hazard protected
 Warnings
 Instructions for use and manual operation

Notices shall be firmly affixed and visible onto fixed elements, resistant to climatic and environmental
conditions which they may be exposed to (dust, dirt, humidity, etc.).

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4. Commissioning and maintenance


An Halocarbon gas extinguishing system shall be inspected and tested by competent personnel during system
commissioning after its installation phase. Furthermore, a system inspection and maintenance calendar
should be followed. The object of a periodical inspection is to ensure that the system is in perfect operating
condition at all times. It is also useful for identification of problems due to age, accidental and environmental
damages, unauthorized handling, changes in the contents of protected volume, uses, openings
communicating with rooms and in general all those factors which may affect negatively foreseen
extinguishing system output.

4.1 System commissioning and reception


Extinguishing system commissioning consists of an installation inspection to evaluate installed system
compliance with projected system and the execution of a series of tests which ensure proper operation of
the extinguishing system.
This document only deals with commissioning operations and inspections far cylinder banks and
extinguishing systems. For detection system commissioning operations consult your supplier or detector
manufacturer.
Only personnel properly trained in fire extinguishing techniques shall perform system reception inspection
and commissioning.
It is necessary to know properly cylinder bank connection and in particular release system.
As in some occasions only one release system is used to command discharge of several cylinder banks which
may even be located on different distant locations. We recommend to study carefully installation drawings
showing connection diagrams and GIELLE standard cylinder bank releases; in the case of commissioning of a
non-standard cylinder bank it is necessary to consider the drawing supplied together with bank components.
Tests to be performed for system commissioning shall follow the steps described in this manual, as a failure
in execution could provoke a system accidental discharge. Extinguishing system tests for components which
are not described in this manual shall not be performed.
During the performance of tests all personnel not assigned to commissioning operations shall evacuate
cylinder storage area and area or areas protected by the cylinder bank.
Protection masks and gloves shall be worn for component handling subject to pressure.

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4.1.1 Component revision


After installation of an Halocarbon Gas system you should proceed with a system reception inspection. This
consists of a component revision where condition, proper connection and installation of components in
accordance with project are inspected.
All component checking to be carried out are included on the checking list (supplied with system’s
components).

4.1.2 Commissioning operations and operation tests


For commissioning, it is recommended to perform all the tests described hereinafter.
Some of these tests are also performed for maintenance operations. Material supplied by GIELLE is subject
to factory quality control, thus the following tests on installed system constitute a complement to ensure
proper extinguishing system operation and to prevent possible damage resulting from mounting.

4.1.2.1 Blow out with nitrogen


Blowing out a pipe system with nitrogen (or any other suitable gas) ensures that the inside of the pipe is
cleaned and denounces pipe or nozzle obstructions. Nitrogen flow shall be continuous. To perform the blow
out, follow steps below:
 Remove auxiliary cylinder valve head caps;
 Remove pressure switch with locking device
 Connect to manifold free port a dry nitrogen cylinder, fitted with regulated outlet of 50 bar pressure
in accordance with enclosed sketch:

 Remove all nozzles comprising the system to be blown out. To perform nozzle reconnection, it is very
important to have available isometric drawings or project document where location of each nozzle
is specified, as internal bores are different.
 Plug all free pipe ends/terminals, except one.
 Open nitrogen cylinder valve and keep blowing out for 15 seconds approximately.

Note: pressure escape by free end is dangerous. Check that there are no persons inside the room and
evacuate or fix elements which could be hurled by the effect of the pressure.

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Performance of this test may produce clouds of dust. Through free outlet liquid and solid residues may be
hurled.
 Repeat the operation freeing a different pipe end each time and plugging the rest of them until all
pipe ends are completed.
 Remove all plugs and replace nozzles into their original position.
 Disconnect nitrogen cylinder and reconnect pressure switch with lacking device.
 Replace auxiliary cylinder valve head caps.

4.1.2.2 Water tightness pneumatic test for open pipes


This test verifies water tightness pneumatic test for open pipes.
When do you perform this test?
Always, except when:
 Other pipe tests have been performed which ensure its water tightness
 Very simple distribution system, provided with only one accessory which may change flow direction
between manifold and nozzle.

Limitations: lf pipe temperature undergoes variations above 10 °C during the 10 minute test, results of such
test will not be reliable.
 Remove auxiliary cylinder valve head caps;
 Remove manifold pressure switch with locking device;
 On manifold, connect a nitrogen cylinder to pressure switch port (nitrogen or any other suitable gas)
with regulated outlet of 3-5 bar. Insert a "T'' fitted with a sphere valve (relief)


 Disconnect all nozzles comprising the system. To perform nozzle reconnection, it is very important
to have available isometric drawings for pipe system or project document where location of each
nozzle is specified, as there are different models;
 Plug all free pipe ends, except one;
 Connect to free end a 0-10 bar pressure gauge or a pressure recorder device. Pressure recording may
be continuous or performed only at beginning or end of test;
 Pressurize pipe slowly at 3 - 5 bar. Wait for 10 minutes and register initial pressure value. Shut off
pressure supply, keeping pressurization for 10 minutes. After 10 minutes, register pressure again.

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Has the test been successful?


Pressure registered at the end of the test shall be at least 80% of the pressure registered at the beginning of
the test. Otherwise, look for system leakage: with pressurized pipe, check with soapy water pipe and
accessory unions. lf you do not find any leakage, depressurize and revise threaded unions. Repeat test.
 Depressurize system by means of the relief valve inserted into nitrogen the connection;
 Disconnect nitrogen supply and connect the new pressure switch with locking device;
 Disconnect pressure meter and unplug ends of free pipes. Place nozzles into their initial position;
 Tighten auxiliary cylinder valve head caps.

4.1.2.3 Operating test for pressure switch with locking device


This test shall be perform when the pressure switch is already connected (to manifold and to alarm station)
and it is not going to be disconnected again. Perform this test again in case of pressure switch disconnection
for maintenance operations or for any other reason.
 Remove electric system box cap;
 Remove box electric body without disconnecting wiring. With the help of a ball pen or a rod, push
lower piston until box upper terminals are short circuited by means of the contact rod. Verify that
control station receives corresponding alarm signal;
 Re-insert pressure switch body into its box, replace box cap and reassemble pressure switch;

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4.1.2.4 Release circuit water tightness test


 Remove caps from bank slave cylinders;
 Disconnect the flexible hose (or copper pipe) which feeds release cone for first cylinder;

 Disconnect discharge valve release cones. Holding the cone in your hand, remove the piston-
punch/needle assembly by pushing down with a screwdriver onto the narrower side of the cone.

 Overturn the piston-needle assembly and reinsert it in the cone until it butts, punch pointing to the
narrower side of the cone. Reinstall cones on valves with piston overturned.

 Apply a source of pressure of 8-10 bar onto free end of flexible hose line (<= in the figure). A nitrogen
cylinder is recommended, provided with a hand reducer, inserting a “T” fitted with a ( 1/2" or 1/4"
PN-16) relief valve.

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 Pressurize the line. Check with soapy water for flexible hose tightness. Check that there is no gas
leakage through the head orifice of the valve without a head cap.
 Depressurize and replace each cone piston-punch assembly into initial position.

Note: prior to mounting cone on valve it is very important to check that the piston is completely retracted
inside the cone, by pushing down with a screwdriver. Protractor needle shall not exceed the nut.

 Reconnect the first bank cylinder to the line coming from the pilot bottle;
 Replace auxiliary cylinder valve caps.

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4.1.2.5 Operating test for pilot cylinder release solenoid valves.


 Consider thoroughly drawings or installation of electric circuit feeding pilot cylinder solenoid valves.
Halocarbon gas systems only incorporate solenoid valves in pilot cylinders as to feed selector valves.
Solenoid valves are never mounted on Halocarbon gas auxiliary cylinder valves.
 Remove pilot cylinder valve head caps.

 Remove solenoid coil nut and pull coil out of its housing on its center stem. Remove all solenoid valve
coils pertaining to one release system. It is most important to ensure that they are all out of their
housing so as to avoid an accidental discharge during the test.

 Operate an electric release from fire station so as to excite coil.


 Once coil is excited, insert a suitable easily magnetized element (such as a light screwdriver) through
its center orifice. Proper operation is confirmed if a magnetic field is produced retaining the metallic
object inserted into the coil orifice. Minimum actuating time is 3 minutes during which a gradual
heating of the coil may be observed.

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 Repeat operation with each of the solenoid valves in one release system.
 To prevent accidents, prior to replacing each coil onto its stem, (it is vital not to muddle each coil
position) using same metallic object check for remains of magnetism through the coil orifice which
may activate the valve.

Important: It is advisable that the length of the cable for solenoid valves shall be such that it will not be
possible to mix up their position (the long cable for the solenoid valve which is further away and the shorter
cable for the one that is nearer).
 Slowly place coil onto center stem. lf there is any magnetism left, controlled leakage will take place
through the top of pilot cylinder main valve. lf so, remove coil quickly to interrupt leakage. Such
leakage shows that solenoid valve is still being fed. Shut off that supply.

 In the event of controlled leakage through the top of pilot cylinder main valve with the result that it
will be difficult to eliminate, to prevent slow discharge of cylinder, proceed to perform 2 or 3 rapid
placements with the excited coil (pulses not to exceed 1 second) on its stem to stop leakage. lf
leakage is uncontrolled; contact the Technical Service of GIELLE - technical@gielle.it .
 Once coil is replaced onto its stem, replace the hexagonal nut which was removed in step 3.

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Note: For whatever reason you decide to separate a pilot valve body from a solenoid valve stem it is
imperative to disconnect pilot cylinder main valve gauge first. This operation shuts off pressure supply to
solenoid valve.
Caution: cylinder is charged at 25 or 42 bar.
In case of malfunction, GIELLE recommends not to dismantle stem but submit pilot cylinder + solenoid +
valve assembly to the technical service.

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4.1.3 Inspection and test for protected enclosure integrity.


Check enclosure measurements and its adaptability to design project specified measurements. Verify that all
structural components are in compliance with drawings.
Enclosure gas tightness may be checked by following one of these methods:
 Door Fan Test: This test comprises determining an enclosure leakage area by means of a
pressurization and forced depressurization test. Operations for pressure changes are performed by
means of a fan installed at enclosure door. From results obtained we draw up period of time agent
maintained in the enclosure, that is, time design concentration is maintained at hazard located at
maximum height.
 Flooding Test: Comprises a real discharge subject to continuous registering the evolution of the
oxygen concentration in the room at three points of different heights. From results obtained we may
draw up period of time agent maintained in the enclosure.

Standards NFPA 200, ISO 14520 and ISO 15004 specify Door Fan Test as an enclosure integrity test (unless
Authorities Having Jurisdiction say otherwise). CEA and Cepreven specify flooding test for rate of maintained
time, except when any other procedure may be used. GIELLE has available means and qualified personnel to
perform any of these two tests.

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4.2 Maintenance
Halocarbon gas fire extinguishing systems shall be subject to a preventive maintenance program ensuring
proper operation in case of fire. This program and maintenance operations shall comply with regulations
applicable in the country or region where the system is installed. Herein Italian Law applicable is taken as a
base for installation maintenance. As manufacturer, GIELLE advises all system owners and final users to
demand, as a minimum, execution of maintenance operations described in this manual.
Safety manager as well as personnel in charge of maintenance shall be properly trained in system operation,
required safety conditions for the maintenance and Halocarbon gas effects on persons and property. They
shall also know and have access to system connection drawings, design project, maintenance and inspection
files, including reception inspection.
lf Halocarbon gas system is projected to include a release abort system (GIELLE Maintenance Box) prior to
each operation set such system in "MAINTENANCE" position. This valve position directs pilot cylinder
discharge towards a system external escape. Thus preventing cylinder bank actuation. Outlet for escape track
shall be installed in a reliable zone outside storage area. When you finish maintenance operations, do not
forget to reset release abort valve to its stand-by position.
Regulatory requirements for maintenance of Halocarbon gas installation.
 The last person responsible for installation maintenance is the final user or owner of same.
 In all cases, installation maintainer as well as user or owner, shall keep written proof of compliance
of preventive maintenance program, indicating, as a minimum, operations performed, results of
verifications and tests and replacement of detective elements carried out. Annotations shall be up
to date and shall be at the disposal of pertaining official inspection services.

GIELLE has performed a maintenance program in compliance with all Regulatory specifications for Fire
Fighting installations and Apparatus, including other maintenance operations recommended by GIELLE as
manufacturer. This program specifies the following terms and operations:
Quarterly:
 Check general condition of the installation using a checklist for Halocarbon gas fire extinguishing
installations.
 Check that installation identification notices, use and warning signs as well as cylinder adhesive labels
are in their appropriate location.
 Safety apparel far system handling and maintenance in perfect condition.

Annually:
 Nozzles: in dusty atmospheres check that discharge orifices are not obstructed;
 Releases: Perform operating test far solenoid valves. Test described in this manual.
 Alarms: check electric alarm devices far audible and visual operations. Give instructions from control
station. Check pressure switch with locking device far operation according to the test described in
this manual.

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Every two years:


 In areas usually dirty and dusty distribution system shall be blown out with dry nitrogen, as described
in this manual.

Every ten years:


 Proceed to re-stamping of bank cylinders (auxiliary cylinders and pilot cylinders), in accordance with
Regulations established by the Ministry
 Flexible hose and manifold hydraulic test far tightness. Flexible hoses and manifold are subjected to
a hydraulic test, pressurized at a limit of 1.5 times component own working pressure.

Any repair or maintenance operation performed in addition to those mentioned above shall be done with
the approval of routine inspection.

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4.3 Manual use of devices


Manual operations after an actuation
The following operations shall always been performed manually after a cylinder bank discharge.
 Re-assembly of pressure switch with locking device
 Decompression of release line

Manual operations in case of failure of automatic system:


In the event of failure of automatic discharge system or malfunction of any of its components, GIELLE has
made provision by designing components and systems in such a way as to allow manual actuation. The
following operations are included:
 Actuation of manual lever release

4.3.1 Re-assembly of pressure switch with locking device


Unlatch the pressure switch by pulling off the lever (C)
Pressure switch is located on the storage area, mounted on discharge manifold pipe.

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4.3.2 Actuation of manual lever release and manual pneumatic release.


Manual lever release is located on installation pilot cylinder valve.
To operate, pull hard to remove seal (3). Operate lever (1) by pulling hard backwards and downwards.
Halocarbon cylinders are charged at a pressure of 25 or 42 bar. Thus, there is a certain lever retrocession.
Perform same operations for use of manual pneumatic release.

4.4 Actuation in the event of failure of fire extinguishing system automatic


activation.
When extinguishing discharge is not released within delay time specified by Central Station (see Controll
Station technical instructions) plus pneumatic delay (usually 30 s) from fire alarm or if you can see a fire or
alarm system has failed to operate, wait until area is evacuated to manually activate extinguishment. The
following operations shall be performed quickly and in order:
 The person in charge of manual operation shall wear a helmet and gobbles which he will find on
storage area, next to cylinder bank and close to warning signs containing instructions for manual
discharge.
 Check visually condition of cylinder bank (flexible hoses, gauges on pilot cylinders show correct
pressure).
 Operate pilot cylinder release (actuation of manual lever release and manual pneumatic release).
This operation provokes opening of pilot cylinder valve and slave cylinder valves.

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4.5 Actuation after cylinder bank discharge


In the hazard:
 Prior to opening the door or operate hazard ventilation where discharge has taken place, wait for
the arrival of the fire brigade;
 Once the hazard is controlled clean the area
 Check visually condition of Halocarbon gas installation within the hazard (pipe general condition,
nozzle condition). It is recommended to follow pertaining items on "Checking list for routine
inspections for Halocarbon gas fire extinguishing installation “.

Cylinder bank location:


 Verify that all Halocarbon gas installation cylinders have been discharged (check that all pressure
gauges indicate 0 bar). Otherwise, remove head caps manually. Notify GIELLE technical department.
lf it is not possible to remove head caps manually do not force them. Call GIELLE technical personnel.
 Unlatch pressure switch (see reassemble pressure switch with locking device in this manual);
 Cut electricity supply to pilot cylinder solenoid valve;
 Decompress release line by means of the decompression screw. In the event of cylinder banks with
selector valves, for depressurization operation of solenoid valves + manual release which controll the
opening of selector valves, the latter should be open.
 Check visually Halocarbon Gas installation condition within the hazard (component general
condition). It is recommended to follow corresponding items on "Checking list for routine inspections
for Halocarbon gas fire extinguishing installation “;
 Dismantle cylinders from their brackets and send them to GIELLE to be recharged as well as all
damaged components for repair or replacement...
 After replacing cylinders and their components, revise all system release systems and reassemble
(e.g. replace manual release seals, release discs used, etc.);
 A new installation reception and commissioning of fire extinguishing system should be performed

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