08Apr, 2017


About C-TEC

Established in 1981, C-TEC is a leading UK independent manufacturer of quality life safety electronic equipment with a portfolio of products that includes conventional and addressable fire alarm system, power supplies, automatic extinguisher systems, disabled refuge systems, call systems and hearing loop systems. If you’re looking for quality life safety equipment, You’re Safe With C-TEC.


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When it comes to cost-effective and reliable fire alarm equipment and top quality service – you’re safe with C-TEC. All our products are manufactured using state-of-the-art production techniques, allowing us to guarantee excellent product quality and equipment that is consistently fit for its intended purpose. This commitment to quality is underlined by our ISO 9001 accreditation and our status as corporate members of the British Fire Protection Systems Association (BFPSA).

Reliability and durability are built into our products at all stages – from their conception at our dedicated R&D laboratory to construction, testing and despatch at our £1m purpose-built manufacturing headquarters.

Ease of installation, maintenance and operation are just three of the assets we believe make our products the obvious choice for users and installers alike. But its not just our products that set us apart from the competition, its our service too. The level of support offered by our knowledgeable sales and technical staff is second to none with comprehensive, practical advice readily available via phone, fax or email. Whatever your enquiry, we’ll do our best to help, as quickly and efficiently as possible. C-TEC’s FP Range of conventional fire alarm control panels is one of the most robust and cost-effective available. Fully compliant with BS 5839 part 4, the range encompasses no less than ten different variants, covering 1 to 14 zones. The size, durability and flexibility of the range makes it ideal for use in all types of commercial and residential property including small shops, factories, schools, warehouses, offices and houses in multiple occupation.

Often referred to as ‘the installer’s choice’, easy-to-follow wiring instructions are printed adjacent to the terminals of all variants and a lift-off lid guarantees an easy first fix and straightforward maintenance. The panel’s broad compatibility with virtually all known smoke and heat detector ranges and its ability to interpret a short circuit in any zone(s) as a fire or fault condition make it particularly useful for retro-installations.

An optional head removal facility (which utilises our BF378 range of end-of-line monitoring units) is also available.

Key features

  • Fully compliant with BS 5839 Part 4
  • Lift-off lid for easy first fix and maintenance
  • Robust metal lid and metal back box with heavy-duty base connections
  • Built-in 24V power supply and battery charger
  • Optional head removal monitoring facility
  • True three wire operation of sounder and detector circuits (Ov is common) for considerable cost savings on installation
  • Separate indicators for open and short circuit fault, sounder fault and battery/power supply fault
  • Non-latching ‘class change’ sounder input, latching fire and non-latching fault outputs (available via optional expansion loom)
  • Fault buzzer mute facility
  • Space available for the rated capacity of VRLA batteries
  • Short circuit = fire facility (pre-1980 BS, no resistors in call points), selectable on a zone by zone basis – ideal for retro-installations
  • True battery monitoring circuit
  • One man walk test and zone isolate facility (not on EFP1)
  • Ancillary connections for repeater panels and other system add-ons including fault relay modules, fire relay modules, sounder delay relay modules, sounder extender kits, etc (not on EFP1)
  • Multilingual variants available (subject to quantities)

C-TEC’s MFP Range of conventional fire alarm control panels fills the gap between low cost, low specificationfire alarm control panels and high price, high specification equipment. Expandable from 4 to 28 zones in four zone steps, the MFP’s balance of features and competitive pricing makes it ideal for a variety of applications, ranging from new installations to upgrades and extensions of new systems. Easy to follow wiring instructions are printed adjacent to the terminals of all variants and a lift-off lid guarantees an easy first fix and straightforward maintenance. Fully compliant with BS 5839 Part 4 and the head removal monitoring requirements of BS 5839 Part 1, a variety of ‘add on’ boards are also available, converting the MFP into one of the most sophisticated conventional fire panels available.

Fully compliant with EN54 parts 2 and 4, C-TEC’s CFP conventional fire alarm panel offers an array of user and installer friendly features. Supplied in an attractive flush or surface mountable plastic enclosure, 2, 4 and 8 zone versions are available, each featuring four conventional sounder circuits, class change and alert inputs, two fire outputs, a fault output and a reset output. A wide range of engineering functions are also provided including (depending on the model purchased) selectable zone delays, coincidence and non-latching zone facilities. Comprehensive test and fault finding facilities are also provided on all variants.

LPCB Ref. 176a to BS EN 54 pts 2 & 4

In addition to our standard and economy CFP panels, three LPCB approved versions are available. The LPCB stamp of approval is recognised worldwide and demonstrates that the CFP has been tested and certified as being compliant with EN54 parts 2 and 4 by the Loss Prevention Certification Board Key features 4 Fully compliant with EN54 Parts 2 and 4 4 Standard, Economy and LPCB approved versions available with 2, 4 or 8 zone circuits 4 Installer-friendly design accommodates easy first fix and straightforward maintenance 4 Attractive flush or surface mountable plastic enclosure 4 Four conventional sounder circuits provided on all models 4 Auxiliary remote, auxiliary fire, fault and reset outputs 4 ‘Class change’ and alert inputs 4 Low quiescent current 4 Intuitive user-friendly interface 4 End of line units included (one per zone) 4 Keyswitch or push button entry (dependent on model purchased) 4 Integral 1.5A switch mode PSU 4 Detector and sounder circuits share common negative allowing straightforward three-wire retro-installation 4 Ancillary connections provided for up to eight two-wire repeaters (one CFP761 network driver card required per system) and optional CFP relay boards (ancillary connections are not provided on CFP Economy panels) 4 Wide range of engineering functions The FP Automatic Extinguisher panel is based upon C-TEC’s well-proven FF382-2 standard two zone conventional fire alarm panel.

Cost-effective and easy-to-install, it can be configured to trigger automatically when both of its detector circuits are in a ‘fire’ condition or manually via its manual release circuit. An adjustable timer is provided to delay the extinguishant from firing for up to 120 seconds or, alternatively, instantaneous release can be selected via a secure link inside the panel.

A new Environmental Sensor Board, the BF384H, can also be connected to the panel if desired for use in remote monitoring situations where adverse environmental sensing, such as flood alert, is required.

C-TEC’s XFP range of networkable analogue addressable fire panels offer high performance at a competitive price. Certified to the latest versions of EN54 parts 2 & 4 by the Loss Prevention Certification Board, two versions are available – a cost-effective single loop 16 zone panel in a plastic enclosure and LPCBBRef ef..176bb a robust 1 or 2 loop 32 zone metal panel. Ideal for use in office blocks, shopping complexes and big industrial sites as well as smaller stand-alone applications, both versions offer an array of user and installer-friendly features, including:- 4 Full compatibility with Apollo’s XP95/Discovery and Hochiki’s ESP protocols 4 The ability to interconnect up to eight XFP main panels (any variant) onto a two wire RS485 network. Alternatively, up to eight XFP repeaters can be connected to a non-networked XFP main panel 4 Combined keypad / keyswitch entry to Access Levels 2 & 3 4 Two independently programmable conventional sounder circuits 4 Two programmable inputs 4 A fault output relay and three programmable relay outputs with voltage free changeover contacts 4 Three zone dependency functions (A, B & C to EN54-2 Clause 7.12)

4 A day/night (building occupied/unoccupied) function 4 An investigation delay period function 4 Individual sensitivity settings for each device 4 A phased evacuation and delays to outputs facility (to EN54-2

Clause 7.11)

4 An alarm counter that records the number of times the panel has been in an alarm state (to EN54-2 Clause 7.13) 4 Powerful short circuit protected loop drivers, capable of supporting up to 40 loop powered 10mA sounders per loop 4 An integral EN54-4/A2 switch mode PSU rated @ 185-260V a.c. 50/60Hz (1.4A on a 16 zone panel, 3A on a 32 zone panel) 4 Earth fault monitoring 4 An easy to read, 80 character back-lit display 4 40 characters of custom text per device 4 999 event monitoring 4 Comprehensive test facilities (to EN54-2 Clause 10) and a wide range of maintenance & commissioning functions including auto-learn loops, monitor a point, test outputs, one man walk test and loop continuity test 4 An intuitive Windows based upload-download PC program that allows the system to be programmed quickly and easily 4 Full compatibility with C-TEC’s Hush Button fire alarm solution for houses of multiple occupation 4 Optional flush-mounting stainless steel enclosures available (for 32 zone XFP panels only) Below is a diagram of a typical XFP analogue addressable loop fitted with a selection of detectors, loop powered sounders, modules and isolators, all connected to an XFP single loop 16 zone panel.

The diagram also illustrates how a series of XFP main panels can be networked using the range’s powerful RS485 network. KEY FEATURES OF THE XFP’S NETWORK PROTOCOL The XFP’s network protocol allows the interconnection of up to eight XFP main panels (any mix) over a two-wire RS485 network. Alternatively, the network can be used to connect up to eight XFP repeaters to one XFP main panel. It is not possible to mix XFP main panels and repeaters on the same network.

4 Allows the interconnection of up to eight XFP
main panels (any mix of single loop 16 zone XFPs
and 1 and 2 loop 32 zone XFPs).
4 Up to 1 km of cable may be fitted to an XFP main
panel network.
4 Each networked XFP main panel can be
programmed to accept Fires, Faults and Control
actions such as Silence Alarm Sounders and
Control Panel Reset from other main panels. They
will also Accept Disablement commands for zones,
sounders and output sets from other main panels.
4 All panels monitor all other panels for network
wiring faults.
4 Fires on remote panels are displayed on local panels
including the point description of the alarm’s origin.
4 Faults on remote panels are displayed on local panels

This diagram is provided for illustration purposes only and you should always refer to the relevant XFP panel/device instructions as appropriate before installation. Note that the descriptions and availability of the devices shown may not be applicable to all manufacturer’s protocols.