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In today’s environment of new Seismic Bracing Codes and retroactive enforcement policies, the term RETROFIT might be on a lot of minds these days. What are your options when the code requires that past jobs be retrofitted to be compliant with current codes? In all too many instances the existing installations of HVAC and other mechanical systems, plumbing systems, and electrical cable trays, leave very little room for the installation of new seismic bracing components for Fire Sprinkler applications. Attachment of the braces to the building structure is critical, as is spacing requirements and the horizontal load factors of the bracing components. All of these factors combined can make new code compliance difficult and very expensive; especially if re-installation of entire fire sprinkler systems is necessary.

The fully Code-Compliant Seismic Bracing Cable by Loos & Co., Inc. (www.loosseismicbracing.com) offers a solution to this dilemma. Loos & Co, Inc. is headquartered in Naples, FL and has been active in the Fire Suppression Industry for over 20 years.  You may have seen Loos exhibiting at key industry trade shows such as AFSA, NFSA, and NFPA. Loos supports all of these associations.

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Loos & Co., Inc - Naples, FlLoos & Co., Inc. has been manufacturing wire rope, cable, and cable accessories since 1958. We are specialists in small diameter wire ropes and aircraft cables. You can find Loos' cables and cable assemblies used on critical flight control and mechanical control systems on the commercial and military aircraft manufactured by Boeing, Lockheed, Airbus, Bombardier, and Embraer, just to name a few. We are found on US Government military equipment, NASA flight systems, and on commercial lifting and rigging applications where connections and strength ratings cannot fail.

Loos has now applied this technology and our experience to the Seismic Bracing Industry. Demands for ever more stringent building code compliance, and the need for new, innovative, and cost saving building components, were the catalysts in the development of Loos' Seismic Bracing Cable System. Our system uses cable assemblies acting in tension, pulling from opposite sides of the braced component, therefore immobilizing the braced item. Our cables are attached to the actual building structural component. This causes the item that is braced to actually move with the building structure during a seismic event, allowing critical mechanical components, power supplies, fluid transfer systems, and fire sprinkler systems to remain operational after an earthquake has done its damage. After all, most losses from earthquakes come from fires that are caused by broken gas lines, chemical lines, and fire sprinkler systems that do not work.

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