The new generation of fire protection
The new factory in Września is around 50 kilometres from the site in Poznan. The production site was quite literally established on a green meadow and is 220 hectares in size – an area equivalent to 300 football fields. At full capacity, up to 100,000 vehicles can be produced each year;
The most modern car factory in Europe
Volkswagen has built Europe’s most modern car factory at Września in under two years. A good 800 million euros were invested in the project, more than any other foreign investment in Poland. Up to 3,500 workers were employed on the large construction site – among them specialists from Schrack Seconet, who equipped the site with fire alarm systems to the latest standards. In doing so, Volkswagen decided to collaborate with a proven partner once again, since all other production sites in Poland are equipped with fire alarm systems from Schrack Seconet.
Fire protection for all factories
Since 1993, Volkswagen has built up extensive production capacities around an existing factory site in Poznan. There were good reasons why the company continued choosing Schrack Seconet for the fire alarm systems: “Our fire alarm systems have proven themselves to be technologically advanced and reliable in long-term use. Also important for Volkswagen: With our local network of technical specialists, engineers and safety experts, we can ensure well-versed implementation and ongoing support,” explains Grzegorz Cwiek, Head of Schrack Seconet Poland. The new factory in Września is around 50 kilometres from the site in Poznan. The production site was quite literally established on a green meadow and is 220 hectares in size – an area equivalent to 300 football fields. At full capacity, up to 100,000 vehicles can be produced each year; Volkswagen is now producing the new generation of the Crafter here, which has just been named International Van of the Year and comes packed with Formula 1 technology.
Diverse detection technologies
Concerning technical fire protection, special challenges had to be overcome for the seven production halls and numerous other buildings: The factory halls are more than 11 metres high. Following an exhaustive evaluation, the special fire alarm ASD 535 from Schrack Seconet was found to be the ideal solution and a total of 300 systems were installed. They meet the specific requirements for extensive building complexes with high rooms in Poland, are extremely reliable in ongoing operations and simplify maintenance and servicing. In addition, the high degree of detection precision of the ASD 535 minimises interruptions to the production process. Grzegorz Cwiek explains: “The ASD 535 can detect a fire in its very early stages, allowing it to be tackled without delay. Production is therefore only briefly interrupted and can be quickly resumed.
One of the largest networks in Poland
The goal in the office area was to satisfy other requirements – these buildings are monitored with the multi-sensor detectors MTD 533X. For EX zones, such as the fuel store, special precautions were taken in accordance with ATEX standards. Zener barriers are used to protect against explosion, while the fire alarms are protected against flying sparks. The fire alarms are connected to a total of 22 Integral IP fire alarm control panels, which are connected to each other by a fibre optic cable. All components are visually presented and controlled via two SecoLOG control stations. “With this we have implemented an extremely advanced installation in Września. Together with the other production facilities in Poznan, Volkswagen now has one of the biggest networked fire alarm systems in Poland,” emphasises Grzegorz Cwiek.