XFP 1 Loop 16 Zone Addressable Fire Panel (C-TEC CAST protocol)

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XFP 1 Loop 16 Zone Addressable Fire Panel (C-TEC CAST protocol)

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XFP 1 Loop 16 Zone Addressable Fire Panel (C-TEC CAST protocol)


C-TEC’s tried and trusted XFP single loop 16 zone addressable fire alarm panel – now available with C-TEC’s own digital fire alarm system protocol, CAST.


With a powerful 40V 500mA loop driver allowing the connection of up to 255 CAST devices, the installation of a cost-effective, feature-packed addressable fire alarm system has never been easier.


Always thought of the XFP as an entry-level fire panel? Think again. Thanks to CAST’s multiple type codes, high speed data transmission and two speedy soft addressing options (automatic via the panel or manually via a handheld programmer/device tester), it is undoubtedly one of the most powerful single loop fire panels around. This, and its ability to sit on a network of up to 8 XFP master panels, makes it ideal for use in small to medium sized stand-alone applications and larger, more sophisticated installations alike.


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CAST’ is the world’s most-advanced ‘distributed intelligence’ fire alarm system protocol. Conceived, designed and realised by C-TEC as part of a five-year, multi-million pound project, it involved the creation of a powerful proprietary communication protocol (C-TEC Addressable System Technology, CAST) and multiple control panels & field devices. Now available to purchase, its key features include:

  • 255 devices per loop.
  • Autonomous decision-making for faster response times.
  • Multiple type codes.
  • 40V loop drive voltage.
  • Two ‘soft’ addressing options – automatic via the panel or manual via a powerful handheld programmer.
  • Powerful multi-level addressing facilitates easy device addition and swapped device identification.
  • Multiple functionality at a single address (integrated devices) – due 2019.
  • Volumes, tones & detector modes can be changed at compatible panels.
  • High-speed data transmission and robust data transfer.
  • Intrinsically EN54-13 compliant.
  • Provides geographical location of short and open circuit faults (a short circuit isolator is included as standard in every CAST field device).
  • Replace device function.
  • Programmable multi-function status LED.
  • Future seamless integration with other CAST life safety systems reducing energy, servicing, installation and repair costs.
  • Designed and manufactured in the UK.



  • Certified to EN54-2/4 by the Loss Prevention Certification Board (LPCB).
  • Two independently programmable conventional sounder circuits.
  • Two programmable inputs.
  • A fault output relay and three programmable relay outputs with voltage free changeover contacts.
  • A selection of zone dependency/coincidence functions.
  • A day/night (building occupied/unoccupied) function.
  • An investigation delay period function.
  • Phased evacuation facility.
  • An alarm counter that records how many times the panel has been in alarm state.
  • Powerful short circuit protected loop drivers.
  • An integral EN54-4/A2 switch mode.
  • Adjustable contamination levels.
  • Earth fault monitoring.
  • Combined keypad / keyswitch entry to Access Levels 2 and 3.
  • 999 event monitoring.
  • An intuitive Windows based upload-download PC program.
  • Up to eight XFP main panels (any variant) can be connected onto a two-wire RS485 non-redundant network. Alternatively, up to eight XFP repeaters can be connected to any non-networked main panel.


Technical Specification:

  • Approvals/certifications: Certified to EN54-2/4 by the LPCB.
  • Protocol/compatibility C-TEC CAST.
  • Mains supply 230V 50/60Hz.
  • Mains rated current 350mA maximum.
  • Internal power supply 27Vdc nominal.
  • Total output current limited to 1.4A @ 230Vac (Imax.A 210mA; Imin. 40mA).
  • Quiescent current 50mA (loop unloaded).
  • Max battery size and type 2 x 12V 3.2Ah VRLA connected in series.
  • No. of loop drivers 1.
  • Max. loop output current 500mA (40V max).
  • Max. loop length 1KM.
  • Max. addressable devices per loop 255.
  • No. of conventional sounder circuits 2 (Max. length per circuit is 500m).
  • EOL resistor value 6800Ω 5% Tol. 0/25W (blue, grey, red, gold).
  • Max. sounder output current 400mA.
  • Auxiliary relays 3 x Programmable Relays (programmable from C&Es). 1 x Fault Relay (active when no faults are present). Volt free single pole changeover. Max. switch current 1A; Max. switch voltage 30Vdc.
  • Other outputs 24V Aux. Power (19.5V min, 28V max). Protected by a resettable fuse. Max. current 100mA.
  • Auxiliary inputs 2 x Programmable Inputs (programmable from C&Es). Connect to 0V to trigger, Max. input voltage 27V (non-latching).
  • PC connection PC connection via RS232 molex connector (supplied in XFP507 upload/download software kit); No printer connection available.
  • Indicators 2 line x 40 character backlit display; 16 Zonal LEDs, General Fire; Energised; Pre-Alarm; Remote Output Activated; Remote Output Disabled; Accessed; Disablement; Test; Silenced; General Fault; System Fault.
  • Connections Fixed, largest acceptable conductor size 1mm2.
  • Expansion connections 2-wire RS485 non-redundant network/repeater connection available via optional XFP761 network card. Max. 8 mains per network or 8 repeaters per non-networked main. Limit 1KM (main panel network) or 500M (repeater network).
  • Product dimensions (mm) 380 W x 235 H x D 96mm;
  • Hole required for flush mounting: 367 W x 220 H x 75 D mm. No bezel required.
  • Construction & finish Plastic lid and base; RAL7035 textured.
  • IP Rating IP30.
  • Weight 1.8kg (without batteries).
  • Operating conditions/temperature -5ºC to +40ºC. Max relative humidity: 95%.