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Intelligent ESP Range from Hochiki offers so much more

Hochiki's ESP intelligent range of addressable fire detection and alarm equipment has been leading the market in addressable life safety for over 30 years. And now with the opening of the new state of the art warehousing facility in Kent customers of the innovative ESP range can expect a 25% increase in manufacturing capability, improved despatch efficiency and the option of next day delivery.

Manufactured to the highest international standards and offering a solution of incomparable reliability, this is the reason Hochiki’s ESP range is chosen time and time again for the fire safety of multiple business types, across a range of industries including travel hubs, manufacturing, hazardous areas, offshore energy production, health care, education, retail and entertainment.

Titanic Distillers is one of Hochiki’s customers who have recently installed the ESP range in their Irish Whiskey production site. Gavin Nesbitt, Technical Sales Manager at Atlas World commented “The distillery sits within a listed building, sees a huge number of tourists visiting each year and of course is using highly flammable compounds such as ethanol as part of the traditional whiskey making process. We needed a range of fire safety devices that would be up to the job – Hochiki’s ESP was the obvious choice.

Using a modular design, it was incredibly easy to fit the products, especially in comparison to competitors. Plus, as the ESP range is vast, we were able to pick and mix depending on the varying requirements of the project.

It is this modularity that allows for a more flexible and value for money approach when fitting the range to any environment which makes it so popular with customers.

In fact, the ESP addressable range of Sensors delivers everything you’d expect, and quite a bit more.

4 Hochiki Sensors

Hochiki A/V group

The main sensor range offers four models - optical smoke detection, heat detection, multi-criteria detection (smoke and heat) and multi-criteria with CO detection which can detect sudden rises in CO or long-term exposure. The sensitivity setting across the board can be adjusted to suit the environment, giving the end user huge flexibility within their buildings. Subtle case markings identify the model used and all models come in a choice of colours to help with the aesthetics of any project.

The main range uses one electronics-free mounting base, making ordering, stockholding and installation simple and efficient. The sensors can be electronically addressed in just a few moments using a hand-held programmer via Hochiki’s ultra-reliable ESP protocol, negating the need to mechanically address on site.

The ESP open protocol is supported by all leading fire panel manufacturers for complete flexibility for the installer when it comes to panel choice and comes with features such as extended addressing, sub-addressing, adjustable sensor sensitivity and drift compensation.

The sensor range has been extended into other disciplines such as rail and those environments that require Safety Integrity Level 2 (SIL2) protection by the attainment of specialist, third-party approvals. The range also includes an IP65 weatherproof back box, perfect for adapting to harsh environments such as the marine sector.

This extensive range of addressable alarm devices includes beacons, wall sounders, base sounders, combination sounder/beacons and a sub-range of EN54-23 approved VADs (Visual Alarm Devices). Sounders are all loop-powered and equipped with 51 EN54-approved tones with a wide range of sound levels and light outputs, in the case of sounder/beacons, for any application.

As standard, the Hochiki ESP range is fully approved to EN54 and compliant to world recognised standards such as LPCB and VdS. The range is made using premium quality materials offering the high performance, exceptional reliability and sophisticated false alarm reduction features.

After finishing a recent installation project at Pastificio Rana, a global food production facility in Italy, working alongside the installation company CUBI Impianti Tecnologici, Ezio Danese, Project Manager at Hochiki Italia, explained how ESP heat sensors and aspirating devices have helped to protect the site:

“In the corridors of the cold rooms, an environment with a lot of humidity and steam, Hochiki’s weatherproof ACB-EW detector was fitted. Incorporating a variable fixed temperature heat element and a ‘rate of rise’ heat element, both of which are controlled from the control panel, this device is perfect for these cold storage environments where the risk of fire is higher compared to other environments.


To protect the factory’s cold room cavities aspirating systems were fitted, this was due to the difficulty of accessing this area for installation and maintenance.”

To find out more about Hochiki’s ESP range of devices and how they might work for your next project visit our ESP page.