FanTestic Integrity

  1. How do I install FanTestic or Integrity using Chrome, Firefox, or MS Edge browsers?

    If you are using a browser that is NOT Microsoft Internet Explorer you may get errors when you run the setup.exe that you downloaded.  If you get errors, use Microsoft Internet Explorer and choose to "Run" the installer from the internet rather than downloading.

     The FanTestic and Integrity installer relies on the use of the Internet Explorer Browser, as do all applications distributed using ClickOnce technology.  In order to successfully install, start Internet Explorer on your computer and navigate to the download link in Internet Explorer.  If your computer has a different browser set as default, you will have to copy the link from that browser into Internet Explorer.

    On Windows 10, the new Microsoft Edge browser is NOT Internet Explorer.  On Windows 10, you must type "Internet Explorer" into the Cortana search bar and choose to open "Internet Explorer (desktop)".

    If you continue to have errors installing when using Inter

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  2. How do I pass a small room?

    I am having diffuculties passing a small room with an integrity test.  Is there anything I can do or allowances I can make?

    1. Make sure all the sealing has been completed.
      1. Most often small rooms leak at the wall to lower slab joint. This must have a continuous caulk bead from the sheetrock to the concrete slab.
      2. Next, check the wall to ceiling slab joint. It must be continuous and can usually be sealed with expanding foam. Paint over with intumescent paint if a fire rating is a concern.
      3. Next, all cable bundles must be checked for leaks through the center of the bundles. Separate the cables and sealed between each cable.
      4. All ducts entering or leaving the space must be dampered but even when seating properly those dampers alone may be enough to make the room fail. A smoke tight damper must be used.
    2. If a suspended ceiling is in place.
      1. Consider flooding the space above the suspended
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  3. Why is the positive peak pressure for FM200 zero or negative?

    How can the positive peak pressure be calculated as a negative number or zero when there is a value provided for the leakage area required for venting?

    The calculation of peak pressures depends on a curve, and when the circumstances are particular, the peak pressures can be very close to zero.  The curve is not optimized in this area, as peak pressures near zero are not a worry.  Integrity makes the value of peak pressure zero when the calculated value using the curve goes below zero, as at this point it does not matter how small the pressure really is.

    Previous versions of the software variously showed the positive peak pressure as negative or as a blank instead of a zero. 

    - blanks instead of zeros in report are fixed in Integrity versions >5.7.7.24
    - peak pressures showing negative instead of zero in the UI fixed in Integrity versions >5.7.7.24

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  4. How can I get rid of the warning about envelope area in FanTestic Integrity?

    When calculating hold time using FanTestic Integrity software, I am getting an error which says "Envelope area not specified. Unable to determine permeability result." but there is no place to enter envelope area.  How can I get rid of this warning?

    If you are seeing the following error:

    you can prevent it from coming up by modifying your settings.xml file.

    You can find your settings.xml file in your MyDocuments/Retrotec/AppData directory.  Open it using Notepad (you can right-click on the filename and choose "Open with" and then click on "Notepad").

    If you are using one of the NFPA standards, add the following text to the file:  <Setting Name="NFPAPermeabilityRefPa">0</Setting>

    When you are done it should look like:

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  5. How do I determine overpressure during a clean agent discharge?

    The leakage rate IS important because there is a direct correlation between leakage area and peak pressure.  If the leakage is small enough, every room will face destruction upon discharge. The reality is that most rooms are so leaky that the opposite is a problem. The agent typically leaks out so quickly that the enclosure doesn't pass the hold time requirements which means there is very little peak pressure which is why many systems do not require venting. For most FM200 systems there is a leakage range where the enclosure is tight enough to maintain sufficient hold time but not leaky enough to require vents. You'll only know if you're in that zone by performing a door fan test according to Annex C of NFPA 2001. ISO has a near identical Annex E.

    Both Standards require a peak pressure evaluation to determine whether or not the enclosure will be damaged upon discharge. Unfortunately neither standard provides the peak pressure formula. Traditionally, manufacturers of ine

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  6. I am having problems with FanTestic Integrity software, how do I get help?

    FanTestic Integrity software  calculates hold time calculation for Enclosure Integrity for users in the fire suppression market.

    Please detail the specific sequence of steps that led you to arrive at the problems, as we cannot offer you a solution or fix them if we cannot understand how to reproduce them.

    Did you receive an error message? If so, what did it say? If you can reproduce the error message, please copy the error message details and reply with these details.

    This PDF gives details on what information is needed for us to be able to diagnose your problem, and where to find the information on your computer.

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  7. How do I determine overpressure during a clean agent discharge?

    The leakage rate IS important because there is a direct correlation between leakage area and peak pressure.  If the leakage is small enough, every room will face destruction upon discharge. The reality is that most rooms are so leaky that the opposite is a problem. The agent typically leaks out so quickly that the enclosure doesn't pass the hold time requirements which means there is very little peak pressure. This is why many systems do not require venting. For most FM200 systems there is a leakage range where the enclosure is tight enough to maintain sufficient hold time but leaky enough not to require vents. You'll only know if you're in that zone by performing a door fan test according to Annex C of NFPA 2001. ISO has a near identical Annex E.

    Both Standards require a peak pressure evaluation to determine whether or not the enclosure will be damaged upon discharge. Unfortunately neither standard provides the peak pressure formula. Traditionally, manufacturers of ine

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  8. How do I fix the error: "The signature of this program is corrupt or invalid" when I try to install Retrotec software?

    This problem is often caused by anti-virus programs. In particular we have found that using Internet Explorer and a virus protection program from Microsoft called 'Windows Smartscreen'.

    Disable your anti-virus program, uninstall the earlier version and download and install the new version from the website:

    https://retrotec.com/software.html

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  9. Are our reports NFPA or ISO certified?

    NFPA and ISO do not certify any equipment or software directly. They are simply a standards writing body who takes input from the industry.  In the case of hold time calculation and peak pressure evaluation the input from the industry was primarily from Colin Genge the CEO of Retrotec who wrote the original NFPA Enclosure Integrity Procedure for NFPA in 1984 and has been the only force in making changes to the Standards ever since.  As a result, Retrotec training certification is accepted across all equipment manufacturers, end users in over 60 countries.

    Colin Genge is used as a resource by Siemens, Tyco, Kidde, Ansul, Chemetron, Janus, Fike and 3M. If there is a question about enclosure hold time or peak pressure, he is the one who answers it. 

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  10. After I install FanTestic I get the message "Application cannot be started. Contact the application vendor." How can I fix this?

    Checking with Microsoft Windows Click Once  Installer information, the error message you are receiving tells us the following: 

    "These are generic error messages that occur when the application cannot be started, and no other specific reason can be found. Frequently this means that the application is somehow corrupted during download, or that the ClickOnce store is corrupted."

    So it would seem that some of the files did not download correctly or that your ClickOnce user store may be corrupted.

    Go to your Control Panel and Uninstall FanTestic.  If you get a message box asking if you want to roll back to a previous state or to Uninstall, choose the Uninstall option.  Then restart your computer.  If there are any FanTestic shortcuts left on your desktop, you will need to delete them.

    Install the latest version from the website:

    https://retrotec.com/software.html

    Restart your computer.

    If after the install

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