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Vehicle Fire Suppression Systems in ON and MB: FLO Components; Onboard Dry Chemical, Liquid Chemical and Dual Agent Fire Suppression Systems for loaders, pavers, excavators, hydraulic shovels, mining and other heavy equipment

Vehicle Fire Suppression Systems – CONSTRUCTION, MINING & MORE

 

FLO Components Installed Vehicle Fire Suppression System
FLO Components Installed Vehicle Fire Suppression System
FLO Components Installed Vehicle Fire Suppression System
FLO Components Installed Vehicle Fire Suppression System
FLO Components Installed Vehicle Fire Suppression System
FLO Components Installed Vehicle Fire Suppression System
FLO Components Installed Vehicle Fire Suppression System

WHAT IS A VEHICLE FIRE SUPPRESSION SYSTEM?

Heavy duty equipment fires can be devastating to an operation. A single downed machine can cost thousands of dollars a day in lost production. Fire is a real threat to operators, assets and productivity. To combat this risk, organizations across the globe are using fire suppression systems – the only reliable method to quickly and efficiently extinguish a fire when it does inevitably occur.

A fire suppression system is a safety accessory permanently mounted to a piece of heavy-duty mobile equipment to serve as protection in the event of a fire. Organizations consider these systems their first line of defense against total equipment loss, raised insurance rates, and the other impacts of fire.

 

 

Five Key Components of a FLO Installed Vehicle Fire Suppression System

1. Fire-detecting linear wire or spot sensors
2. A control panel to detect a fire and alert the operator
3. Actuators discharge automatically or manually to activate system
4. Tanks filled with fire-fighting agent
5. A distribution network of tubes, hoses, and nozzles

FLO has teamed up with AFEX to help FLO customers protect their critical heavy equipment with the only Fire Suppression Systems designed specifically for heavy mobile equipment. AFEX fire suppression systems are purpose-built to withstand the everyday abuse heavy duty machines experience; they’re rugged, reliable and easy to service.

Five Key Components of a FLO Installed AFEX Vehicle Fire Suppression System

To mitigate a fire as soon as it happens, fire-detecting linear wire or sensors are strategically placed around the machine. When the high heat of a fire penetrates the linear wire or is detected by the sensors, a signal is sent to the control panel in the vehicle cab.

The control panel alarms and alerts the driver to quickly evacuate the machine. At the same time, the panel automatically initiates the actuator, which discharges the fire-fighting agent inside the onboard tanks and sends it through a distribution network comprised of stainless steel tubing and/or hydraulic hosing. An actuator can also activate the system when pressed manually by the operator.

At the end of the distribution network, the agent is disbursed into the equipment’s protected areas via nozzles aimed at the machine’s high-hazard components, like turbochargers, starters, fuel filters, batteries, alternators, and transmissions to extinguish the fire quickly and efficiently.

 

Fire Risk Assessment

Fire Risk Assessment for Fire Suppression Systems

The first step in selecting a fire suppression system is to conduct an on-site Fire Risk Assessment to analyze the unique fire risks of your machines, the safety concerns of your operators and the potential financial impact of a fire. This assessment allows us to provide you with a custom fire protection system to fit your unique needs.

Categories covered when conducting your Fire Risk Assessment include:
• Ignition sources – high temperature areas, electrical components, material being handled, welding/cutting
• Fuel sources – Class A, B or C materials
• Probability of co-existence of fuel and ignition sources
• Personnel exposure
• Economic risk
• Risk reduction
• Available fire suppression alternatives
• Selecting fire suppression system hardware

 

fire suppression system options

The next step in selecting the right fire suppression system is to determine the type of agent needed to successfully suppress an off-road vehicle fire. The effectiveness of each agent type depends on the risks identified in the Fire Risk Assessment. There are two key agent types – dry chemical and liquid. AFEX also combines these two agents to offer a dual agent or twin agent system. Regardless of agent type, all AFEX systems are suitable for temperatures as low as -40°C (-40°F) and third-party tested and approved by FM HDME, Activfire, AS 5062, and CE.

 

FLO Installed Dry Chemical Fire Suppression System

Dry Chemical Fire Suppression System
Dry chemical fire suppression systems provide the fastest fire knockdown and greatest total coverage, making them the industry standard for heavy equipment applications. Dry chemical systems provide fire protection against Class A (debris), Class B (fuel), and Class C (electrical) fires. This system is effective by flooding a volume of space, such as a vehicle engine compartment, with a fire fighting agent to suffocate the flame.

• Total-flooding, especially in well enclosed areas
• Unparalleled fire knockdown speed
• Spring loaded hinges keep nozzles clear of debris with minimal maintenance
• Manual and automatic system discharge
• Small footprint
• Class A, B and C fire protection
• Available in 20, 30, 60, 125 lb. sizes

 

FLO Installed Liquid Chemical Fire Suppression System

Liquid Chemical Fire Suppression System
Liquid chemical fire suppression systems provide exceptional cooling abilities to suppress Class A (debris) and Class B (fuel) fires. The liquid agent works by cooling hot surfaces, separating fuel hydrocarbon molecules to prevent fire reignition and forming a layer of foam to suffocate flames. Liquid systems are especially designed to protect high risk vehicle components, such as turbochargers, exhaust components, and Tier 4 aftertreatment components.

• Effective at cooling hot surfaces in open areas
• Fight against fire reignition
• Penetrates debris and suppresses pooled fuel fires
• Manual and automatic system discharge
• Class A and B fire protection
• Available in 5, 15, 30 gal. sizes

 

FLO Installed Dual Agent Fire Suppression System

Dual Agent Fire Suppression System
As technology advances, equipment manufacturers are designing machines that are more powerful and productive while also reducing emissions. The downside to these advancements is a growing risk of more severe fires due to increased heat throughout the engine compartment and hydraulic systems. Dual agent systems join the best features of AFEX dry and liquid chemical vehicle fire suppression systems for the ultimate protection against fire. The dry chemical system provides fast fire knockdown and total-flooding of enclosed compartments, while the liquid chemical system targets hot surfaces for fast cooling and protection against fire reignition. Dual agent systems are so effective that the National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA) require them for large hydraulic shovels.

• Total-flooding, especially in well enclosed areas
• Unparalleled fire knockdown speed
• Effective at cooling hot surfaces in open areas
• Fight against fire reignition
• Small footprint
• More economical than liquid chemical systems alone
• Penetrates debris and suppresses pooled fuel fires
• Manual and automatic system discharge
• Class A, B and C fire protection

 

CONTROL PANELS FOR AUTOMATIC FIRE SUPPRESSION SYSTEMS

Control Panels for Fire Suppression Systems

Control panels are crucial to an effective heavy equipment fire suppression system. When the system detects a fire or other operational problem, a signal is sent to the control panel to alert the cab driver to act. The panel may alert the operator with flashing LED lights, an audible alarm, and, on certain models, an intuitive LCD screen.

This constant system monitoring by the control panel protects the machine operator, allows for quick discharge to suppress a fire, and minimizes overall equipment damage.

AFEX control panels for automatic fire suppression systems are available in two models to fit your unique requirements and desired features.

 

Circuit Monitor Panel for FLO Installed Fire Suppression System

Circuit Monitor Panel (CMP)
The CMP is a basic fire detection panel done well. Using a combination of LED lights, buttons and a horn, the panel regularly monitors the vehicle’s fire suppression system and keeps the equipment operator informed of the system’s status. At indication of a fire, the display will activate the suppression system automatically while notifying the operator to evacuate the vehicle immediately.
Circuit Monitor Panel (CMP) for Vehicle Fire Monitoring and Alerting

• Visual problem and alarm statuses
• Audible alarm
• Test mode
• Adjustable delay
• One detection and one actuation
• External power required

 

Control Unit for FLO Installed Fire Suppression System

Control Unit – Advanced Defense System
This industry-leading fire detection display is durable, powerful and easy to use. The Control Unit’s integrated LCD display is intuitive, assuring the machine operator that their equipment is being actively protected. Should a problem condition arise, an on-screen message combined with both audible and visual alarms will notify the operator. The system will also store the alert on the Control Unit’s internal log for quick and easy troubleshooting in the field. The Control Unit is also highly configurable; multiple input and output circuits allow for fire suppression system customization ideal for the unique needs of your operations. The programming can be accomplished right at the panel with no need for external hardware.

• Programmable LCD display available in multiple languages
• Audible and visual alarms
• Internal data log for troubleshooting
• Telematics connectivity for remote system monitoring, real-time system statuses and manual system actuation
• 1-year stand-alone power
• Up to two simultaneous detection circuits with adjustable delay
• Compliant with ISO 13766 and other EC standards
• Third-party tested and approved by FM HDME, Activfire and CE

 

Telematics Connectivity
Using outputs from the Control Unit and inputs on a vehicle’s telematics system, equipment owners can remotely monitor their automatic fire suppression systems. They even have the ability to manually discharge the suppression system when signaled by the vehicle remote control.

Fire Suppression System Telematics Connectivity

AFEX Control Unit integrates with virtually any vehicle management system, including:

• CAT Product Link
• Komatsu Komtrax
• Case SiteWatch
• Navman Wireless
• Telogis
• J1939 CAN Bus
• Modular Mining
• Trimble VisionLink
• Jigsaw

 

Download the Vehicle Fire Suppression Systems Flyer for wheel loaders, pavers, hydraulic shovels, graders, mining, heavy equipment

 


Contact us now to book a Fire Risk Assessment and ensure your equipment stays out on the job making money.

 

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