FM Approvals has been made aware of a falsified FM Approvals Certificate of Compliance (CoC). The document (attached as Figure 1) is an image of the falsified CoC misrepresenting Hydrocore High Pressure Water Mist Systems Protection of 260m3 Machinery and Turbine in Enclosures Application as FM Approved. FM Approvals contacted Hydrocore and they claim they are not responsible for the falsified document. Hydrocore is investigating the origin of the falsified CoC.
Hydrocore does not claim FM Approval of any of its product lines. If you have any information pertaining to the falsified CoC in Figure 1, bring that information to the contacts listed below.
Mr. Tony Sims, Director
Craven House, Harpings Business Park
Harpings Rd., Hull HU5 4JF, UK
High Pressure Water Mist Systems.
Geographic Area Impacted
The falsified document was reported to email@example.com and did not indicate a geographic area.
The products described in the falsified Certificate of Compliance in Figure 1 below have never been tested or certified as FM Approved.
Using This Product?
If you suspect you are in possession of any of the affected equipment listed above bearing the FM Approvals certification marking, please bring that to the attention of:
Figure 1. Comparison of the counterfeit frame (1A) to the new Viking “compact” frame (1B) and an authentic older style Viking frame (1C)
Figure 2. Comparison of the counterfeit frame (2A) to the new Viking “compact” frame (2B) and an authentic older style Viking frame (2C)
Figure 3. Comparison of the glass bulb used in the counterfeit sprinkler (3A) and an authentic Viking VK100 sprinkler (3B)
Figure 4. Deflector markings stamped into the deflector of the counterfeit sprinkler (4A) and an authentic Viking VK100 sprinkler (4B)
Figure 1 shows a comparison of the frame of the sprinkler identified as counterfeit to the frame of an authentic Viking VK100. The new VK100 uses a frame noticeably different in shape. The “VIKING” marking is no longer applied to the wrench boss of new authentic sprinklers, instead only the letters “VK” appear. Also shown is an older authentic Viking sprinkler after which the counterfeit sprinkler appears to be modeled. There are greater similarities in the shape of the frame. The font used for the wrench boss marking differs between the counterfeit and authentic sprinklers. The counterfeit also has a lower luster chrome plating with a smoother appearance. The rougher appearance of the authentic sprinkler frame is thought to be due to the sand casting process used to produce it, while the counterfeit appears to be a forged/pressed piece. The yellow arrows in Figure 1 show the protrusion of the tip of the load screw used to impart force on the orifice seal. The load screw used in the counterfeit has threads cut down to the tip where it contacts the dome of the glass bulb. In both versions of the authentic Viking sprinklers, the load screw has a taper in the last one to two millimeters of length.
Figure 2 shows the opposite sides of the three sprinklers pictured in Figure 1. The wrench boss marking on the new authentic Viking frame only shows the two digit year of manufacture “14” and drops the previously used model series designation “M.” The counterfeit sprinkler uses a marking scheme very similar to the older authentic Viking sprinkler.
Figure 3 shows close views of the glass bulbs used in the counterfeit sprinkler (left) and an authentic Viking VK100 sprinkler (right). The counterfeit sprinklers obtained use Job F5 5mm diameter glass bulbs, while authentic Viking VK100 sprinklers only use the Job G5 bulb.
Figure 4 shows a comparison of the deflector markings on the counterfeit sprinkler (left) and an authentic Viking VK100 sprinkler (right). The content and position of the markings on the counterfeit sprinkler are very similar to authentic sprinklers. The only discernable difference is in the font type used. The counterfeit FM Approvals marking can be seen in the lower right quadrant of the left photograph, highlight by the yellow arrow.