Victaulic has developed the VicFlex™ Style AB6 Assembly for cold storage applications. The company says the VicFlex reduces hands-on installation time by as much as 75%. With the technology, company officials believe users will no longer have to wrestle with rubber boots or messy foam sprays or wait for glue to dry. There also is no need to cut and measure hard pipe.
In addition, the new VicFlex Style AB6 Bracket eliminates condensation making it a safer option for cold storage applications. If openings in the freezer wall are not sealed air-tight, condensation can drip down the sprinkler barrel and freeze, interrupting the sprinkler’s spray patterns, which can be dangerous in the case of a hazard. Victaulic officials claim its new line eliminates this worry.
The VicFlex bracket can also combat differential movement between ceilings. This is important because in the event of seismic activity or any settling of a building, the external structure and the freezer box inside the structure can move in different directions. With hard pipe the seal and positioning of the sprinkler can be compromised during these times, however, when using flexible systems like VicFlex, the sprinkler will move with the activity and adjust accordingly.