All About Sprinkler Heads, New and Old

Automatic sprinkler heads activate when exposed to temperatures that would be excessive (usually about 165°F) for the particular area being protected.

When activated, a valve opens, releasing water stored in the attached piping. Heads activate individually, preventing water from being released in areas that are not threatened by fire.

Pendent heads are designed to be suspended below support piping. Upright heads are installed above support piping. Sidewall heads have an articulated deflector that directs most of the released water toward a wall.

Before 1953, all sprinkler heads could be used in either a pendent (hanging) or upright position. After 1953, standard spray sprinklers were designated for specific positions, either upright or pendent, to produce a more predictable distribution pattern to protect the specific hazard.

There are over 50,000 types of sprinkler heads available for designers to use in fire suppression applications, with variations in:

  • System Type
  • Activation Temperature
  • Orifice Size
  • Thread Size
  • Coverage
  • Finish
  • Fusible Type

Displayed here are currently manufactured automatic sprinkler heads and sprinkler heads from years past.

Current Production Sprinkler Heads

Chrome Finish
Pendent Head
Brass Finish
Pendent Head
Concealed
Pendent Sprinkler
Chrome Finish
Upright Head
Brass Finish
Upright Head

Brass Finish
Upright Head
286°F
Upright Head
Residential Upright
Sidewall Head
Chrome Finish
Sidewall Head
Residential
Sidewall Head
Dry Sidewall
Sprinkler

Historic Design Sprinkler Heads

Pendent/Upright
Head
Pre-1953
Upright Sidewall
Head
Pre-1953
Rundle Spence
Upright Head
1913
W. Kane
Pendent Head
1892
Kersteter
Upright Head
1889

Gleason
Pendent Head
1888
Clapp
Upright Head
1887
Jordan
Pendent Head
1885
Ruthenberg
Pendent Head
1885
Mackey
Pendent Head
1883
W. Kane
Pendent Head
1882

      

ABCO Family of Companies

ABCO Peerless
Sprinkler Corporation
Design and installation of fire suppression piping systems.
Modern Sprinkler Corporation
Inspection, testing and maintenance of water-based fire suppression systems. Established in 1932.
ABCO Peerless
Fire Suppression Corporation
Inspection, testing and maintenance of gaseous-based fire suppression systems.
ABCO Peerless
Engineering, P.C.
Engineering design services for all ABCO Peerless companies.

Did You Know?

In the majority of fires, only one or two sprinkler heads activate to control and confine the fire.
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