Applications

Cold Storage Warehouses

Cold storage facilities are at extreme risk because of the dry air and insulation within these areas presents the biggest challenges in a cold storage facility. We offer a fire suppression system that can cater to all the hazards posed in the cold storage warehouses. Implementing a protection system within a cold storage warehouse may carry some challenges.

Conventional wet systems pose several problems, not least the fact that sprinkler or water systems have height restrictions on nozzle placement and movable shelving systems have to be worked around. To overcome these challenges, an Inergen inert gas systems will be the best solution for the cold warehouses and units.

INERGEN® is an environmentally friendly extinguishing agent, consisting of gases which are already present naturally in the earth's atmosphere. INERGEN® contains no liquid, is non-toxic and non-flammable. INERGEN® is made up of 52% Nitrogen (N), 40% Argon (Ar) and 8% Carbon Dioxide (CO2), the benefits of using the INERGEN® system are that it is harmless to people, machines and no effect on the environment.

Data Centers / Server Rooms

Aside from the loss of life from a fire, there is nothing more devastating than mass property destruction and loss of information that impede on productivity. In the case of data centres or server rooms, traditional fire protection equipment such as sprinklers can cause just as much or even more damage to the equipment than the fire it intends to put out. Therefore, the implementation of an Eckoshield HFC227ea gas system could eliminate this threat.

Possible causes of fires include surges, induction, short-circuits, sabotage, vandalism, operator error or simply negligent handling of electrical equipment.

Eckoshield HFC's gas system stands out for its versatility, delivering safe extinguishing for equipment and individuals in hazards of any size. The system is very stable, safe after long periods without use and clean, not damaging these sensitive units.

 

The benefits of the Eckoshield HFC's systems are that it is ideal for occupied areas, it won’t reduce the oxygen levels in the rooms, very high extinguishing capability and non-corrosive on electronics.

Archives / Libraries

A fire in the archive, library or cultural buildings carries heavy consequences and are often irreplaceable and irreversible. Within these archives, libraries and cultural buildings often contain items and structures that can be susceptible to fire, given the high concentration of combustible items.

The fire can be devastating not only due to the fire damage but also factors such as smoke, fumes and heat which can cause considerable damage to existing components and structures.

Fires in libraries and archives can cause two types of damage: material loss of the collections and perhaps the building; and social damage. The objectives are to minimise the loss of property and limit smoke damage to surroundings.

The cost of restoring documents and books damaged in a fire is substantially greater than what would be spent to store the materials using optimum fire protection system installations.

Food Processing Plants

Food processors and manufacturers are increasingly recognising the importance of preventive measures in protecting costly equipment and facilities, as well as safeguarding employees.

Most materials in the food industry are dry, fine and in most cases organic, these materials can ignite and explode if an ignition source is present in layers or within a dust cloud.

Electrical cabinets, panels and equipment can be found throughout every food manufacturing, processing and packaging facility. The electrical cabinets are the central control units for most machinery, refrigerators, production lines or other necessary equipment to prevent the food from spoiling.

 

The key to maintaining business continuity is to prevent a small fire from developing into a large one. Quick action at the first sign of fire is critical if it is to be controlled and extinguished before it can spread, either along the chain or to either side.

Electrical Panel Rooms

Electrical panel rooms house the electrical and automation systems for factories, businesses and large retail centres. It is one of the key areas for companies’ production.

 

Electricity is a major fire hazard. A simple short circuit can cause large fires if not controlled in time.

 

Uninterrupted protection must be ensured since a fire here would mean the failure of all systems, resulting in dramatic consequence.

 

Without an adequate fire protection system in place, a fire could spread quickly to other areas and increase damages exponentially.

Historic Buildings / Museums

Historical buildings, museums and archives require critical safeguarding and preserving for the future generations. Throughout the ages, a fire has been the biggest enemy of historical artefacts and buildings. Unfortunately, fire threats are still an issue today.

 

The preservation and safeguarding of paintings, historical documents, books, wooden historical structures that are highly susceptible to fire. However, the suppression system safeguarding against the fire threats should not be a liability and could cause damage to the items.

 

The systems implemented to safeguard the items or rooms should not carry the possibility to destroy the items they are protecting in case of a fire. The system design and selection should balance the needs for life safety with preservation of that which is of cultural or historical significance.

 

Most fire risks found during site reviews can be dealt with easily and with minimum difficulty or expense. Eliminating these risks is an important part of fire safety, especially in unprotected buildings. The first step towards sound fire protection is prevention—a quick way to prevent fire losses.

Telecommunications

Telecommunication downtime Including the downtime of the following service’s: Telephone’s, ATM’s, Teleconferencing services, Video conferencing services, Electronic funds transfer, Cable TV, Internet access etc. can cost a company million’s.

 

Fire and subsequent interruption of communication translates into a loss of income and the possible loss of customers to competitors.

 

Areas susceptible to fire includes control rooms, substations, transfer stations, data storage facilities to name a few.

 

Apart from human life these areas store a vast amount of data, which in some cases are irreplaceable.

Power generation

Generators / Battery Rooms / Control Rooms / Cable Tunnels

 

Using a modular or engineered system with the correct piping and nozzle quantities, either IG541 or HFC227 gaseous fire suppression systems are ideal protection for these types of areas.

 

Increasingly, main computer rooms and electrical plant rooms are fitted with a gaseous Inergen or FM200 fire suppression system to minimise fire damage.

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