FM Approvals has been made aware of counterfeit automatic fire sprinklers found in the city of Yiwu in the Zhejiang province of China bearing an FM Approvals mark. FM Approvals has neither tested nor certified these products.
Product Identity: The sprinklers bear the marking "GLOBE" on the wrench boss and the sprinkler identification number (SIN) "GL5601," however, the identity of the manufacturer is unknown. Differences between the authentic sprinkler and the counterfeit sprinkler are shown in Figures 1- 3 (attached).
Description: ½" NPT frangible bulb type automatic pendent style sprinklers
FM Approval status: Not FM Approved
Hazard involved: These automatic sprinklers cannot be relied upon to react to or control a fire. Failure by any of the following mechanisms is possible: failure of the thermal element, orifice leakage, premature or delayed operation, bulb strutting (incomplete fracture), ejection of the deflector, inadequate or excessive discharge rate, corrosive attack, failure to operate, failure to produce an adequate discharge pattern, etc.
The sprinklers were not produced by Globe Fire Sprinkler Corporation.