Amazon Fulfilment Centre

UK & Ireland

A fault-tolerant network of 17 Advanced MxPro 5 panels with BMS integration and cause and effect has been installed at a new state-of-the-art Amazon fulfilment centre.

The hi-tech facility, boasting a four-storey, 80,000 sq m warehouse, with a substantial ground-floor office area, amenity areas, and an external gatehouse, is set to redefine the standards of efficiency and safety in automated warehousing.

Fire, security, access control and electrotechnical services specialists Broadway Brand Ltd undertook the project management and commissioning for this substantial project while Avalon Technology Group LLP designed, supplied and installed the equipment.

The fault-tolerant network, comprising 19 nodes and 2,700 devices, was meticulously connected using enhanced cable and duct grade technology where required. This robust infrastructure ensures seamless communication and data flow, even in the face of unexpected disruptions, thereby safeguarding the integrity of the entire network.

One of the standout features of this installation is the integration of Building Management System (BMS) functionality through the Advanced Commander. This powerful IP-based solution enables centralised control over various critical components, including sprinklers, door access modules, air handling and heat recovery units, conveyor and robotics shutdown, lifts, and speed gates. This level of integration not only streamlines operations but also enhances overall security and responsiveness in the event of emergencies.

The cause-and-effect programming capabilities allowed by the Advanced MxPro 5 panels add an additional layer of sophistication to the facility’s fire safety protocols. Particularly noteworthy is the protection afforded to high-priority data rooms, where cause-and-effect programming is tailored to ensure swift and precise responses, shutting down data servers if pre-action sprinkler systems are activated.

At the client’s request, a custom-built staff training panel was also provided, allowing new starters to receive training on all the equipment included in the network without the need to use a live site.

Phil Calvey, Regional Sales Manager at Advanced, said: “We take pride in empowering businesses with top-tier fire protection solutions. On this project, protecting a state-of-the-art facility, our MxPro 5 is a reliable ally in ensuring the highest levels of fire safety, safeguarding valuable assets and creating a safer environment for our clients.”

Kevin Harris, Managing Director of Broadway Brand Ltd, said: “One key factor in the selection of Advanced for this project was their unparalleled capability to adapt to evolving specifications. The cause and effect requirements were introduced later in the project, and Advanced’s technology seamlessly accommodated this addition. This flexibility and responsiveness underline Advanced’s commitment to providing cutting-edge solutions tailored to the unique needs of each project.”

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