ISO 9001 Certification Announcement

AFEX Fire Suppression Systems Awarded ISO 9001:2015 Certification

Raleigh, NC, USA – AFEX Fire Suppression Systems is proud to announce that the company was awarded ISO 9001:2015 certification for our Quality Management System (QMS) by NSF International Strategic Relations on January 31, 2020.

The ISO 9000 family is the world's most best-known quality management standard. ISO 9001:2015 is built on various quality management principles, including a strong customer focus, the motivation and implication of top management, the process approach and continual improvement. Using ISO 9001:2015 helps ensure that customers get consistent, good quality products and services.

Earning the ISO 9001:2015 certification was a rigorous process and a collaborative effort throughout the entire AFEX organization. It reaffirms our commitment to quality and exemplifies our focus on continuous improvement.

“We’ve always had a commitment to quality, so our certification to ISO 9001 further demonstrates AFEX’s company values; Do it Right. Do it Safe. Do it Better.” said Scott Matthews, Quality Manager.

About AFEX Fire Suppression Systems

AFEX Fire Suppression Systems deliver rugged, reliable fire protection solutions for heavy-duty mobile equipment that maximize machine safety and productivity. With over 50 years of industry experience and Factory Mutual, ActivFire, and CE approvals, AFEX is the leader in heavy equipment fire protection.

For more information on AFEX Fire Suppression Systems or our ISO 9001:2015 certification, please contact AFEX at (919) 781-6610 or visit us online at afexsystems.com.

AFEX Fire Suppression Systems is the First Manufacturer Approved to Factory Mutual Standard 5970 – Heavy-Duty Mobile Equipment Protection Systems.

Raleigh, NC, USA – AFEX Fire Suppression Systems is proud to announce that AFEX dry chemical, liquid agent, and dual agent fire suppression systems were awarded FM 5970 Approval on September 21, 2017.

FM Approval Standard 5970 - Heavy-Duty Mobile Equipment Protection Systems, was developed over the course of four years, and represents a collaborative effort amongst FM Approvals and industry experts. This new standard represents the industry’s most comprehensive and rigorous testing program for vehicle fire suppression systems.

The effective date of FM Approval Standard 5970 is August 2018. Even systems that were previously approved under prior FM standards must be reexamined to FM 5970. Per FM, “Products FM Approved under a previous edition shall comply with the new version by the effective date or forfeit Approval.”

To achieve FM 5970 approval, systems must pass numerous fire suppression, electrical immunity, environmental, and shock and vibration tests. These tests are designed to simulate real-world scenarios and long-term exposure in the field. FM 5970 is the first standard to test all systems in the same manner regardless of the suppression agent used.

AFEX believes strongly in the value of third-party testing and approvals. AFEX fire suppression systems were listed under UL Standard 1254 for over 30 years, and have carried FM Approval since the introduction of FM Approval Standard 5320 in 2009. AFEX fire suppression systems are also ActivFire approved to Australian Standard 5062, CE marked, and certified for use in Russia.

For AFEX, achieving FM 5970 certification represents a culmination of 50 years of experience in the heavy equipment industry and countless hours of research and development.

AFEX Celebrates 50 Years

AFEX, the leading manufacturer of fire suppression systems for mobile heavy equipment is celebrating 50 years of helping our customers maximize their safety and productivity.

Bill Lease founded the company in 1968 as Lease-AFEX, Inc., primarily to serve the Southeastern timber harvesting industry, and the waste handling industry shortly thereafter.

Bonaventure Group, Inc. purchased AFEX in 1986, and expanded into other heavy industries such as mining, steel, and oil and gas as well as international markets.

Today, AFEX systems can be found on all 7 continents, protecting all types of equipment. Although we have grown and expanded many times over, we remain focused on manufacturing only effective, reliable, purpose-built products designed to withstand the abuse of heavy industry.

It's all we do.

Visit AFEX at WasteExpo 2017

Where do...
... waste and recycling leaders find inspiration?
... the best minds in the industry look for innovation?
... experts in the business turn for guidance?
WasteExpo of course!

Visit AFEX Fire Suppression Systems and our distributors, ASFE Fleet Solutions (booth 4114) and FQS Bear Equipment (booth 4077), to learn more about our robust, purpose-built solutions that maximize safety and productivity. AFEX systems offer industry-leading reliability and performance, along with the lowest total cost of ownership of any vehicle fire suppression system.

WasteExpo 2017 will be held May 9-11, 2017 at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, LA.

Thank You for Visiting AFEX at MINExpo 2016

MINExpo 2016 was hosted September 26-28, 2016 in Las Vegas, NV. With a focus on solutions for the mining industry, attendees learned about new technologies including autonomous vehicles, remote controlled operation, drones, and of course, fire suppression. Well attended by industry experts, leaders, and managers, MINExpo remains the premier conference for mining industry professionals.

In addition to the AFEX exhibit, visitors had an opportunity to view AFEX fire suppression systems installed on a Liebherr T 284 mining truck and PR 776 dozer, as well as a Ground Force GF45EFLT fuel and lube truck.

We hope you enjoyed the show. See you again in 2020.

Liebherr and Ground Force to Feature AFEX Fire Suppression Systems at MINExpo 2016

Raleigh, NC, USA – AFEX Fire Suppression Systems is pleased to announce that Liebherr Group and Ground Force Worldwide will feature AFEX equipped machines at MINExpo 2016, September 26-28 in Las Vegas, NV.

Liebherr Mining Equipment will feature the AFEX system on their T 284 mining truck. An advancement of the successful T 282, the T 284continues to be the lightest (lowest empty vehicle weight) and most capable (highest payload) ultra-class mining truck, while offering reduced fuel consumption and emissions through a Tier 4f engine, delivering over 4,000 hp. This further improved machine enables customers to meet production targets with fewer trucks, or in less time.

Liebherr will feature an AFEX equipped PR 776 dozer, the world's first hydrostatically powered crawler tractor in the 70 tonnes category. The modern drive concept of the new PR 776 offers extremely efficient and safe operation to customers. Visit Liebherr’s exhibit in booth 7627 to learn more.

Ground Force Worldwide designs, engineers, and manufactures mine support equipment for surface and underground mining applications. They offer over 40 product lines, including the world’s largest fuel and lube trucks, water trucks, and cable reel trucks. Their designs provide the best return on investment in addition to keeping your revenue producing “iron” running efficiently. Visit Ground Force in booth 6971 to learn more and see their AFEX equipped truck.

AFEX delivers rugged, reliable fire suppression solutions for mining equipment that maximize machine safety and productivity. With 50 years of industry experience and Factory Mutual, ActivFire, and CE approvals, AFEX is the leader in heavy equipment fire protection. Visit us at MINExpo in booth 7062, or online at http://afexsystems.com.

AFEX Fire Suppression Systems Now Factory Installed on John Deere Wheeled Feller Bunchers and Skidders

Raleigh, NC – As of July 21, 2016 AFEX systems are available as a factory-installed option on John Deere tracked feller bunchers, wheeled feller bunchers, and skidders. Simply choose the appropriate option code at the time of purchase to ensure your machine will be delivered with a factory approved fire protection system. The cost of the system will be included within the financing package, making for improved cash flow. Contact an AFEX Specialist at (919) 781-6610 or visit deere.afexsystems.com to learn more about this program.

AFEX and has also partnered with Paladin CustomWorks to offer AFEX fire suppression systems on any John Deere vehicle platform. Contact AFEX or Paladin to learn more.

AFEX Fire Suppression Systems Used in Army Corps of Engineers Special Project

In a notable first for Caterpillar Forest Products, three remote-controlled 521B feller bunchers were used to successfully clear a gunnery range, littered with unexploded bombs and other military ordnance, inside of Fort Bragg, NC. The machines, sourced through a partnership with Milton CAT and custom outfitted with a remote control system designed by Applied Research Associates, allowed them to remove nearly 1,000 acres worth of trees and vegetation from a safe distance.

Of course, a high-tech machine needs a high-tech fire protection solution. That’s where AFEX and Katahdin Fire Company come in. Using the Control Unit, Katahdin was able to integrate the vehicles’ AFEX fire suppression systems with their remote control systems, allowing the systems to be remotely actuated in the event of fire.

These state-of-the-art configurations were made possible by forward-thinking, technologically advanced companies pushing the envelope of what is possible with remote operated machinery. As more and more industries are moving towards remote and autonomous operations for safety and productivity, AFEX fire suppression systems will be ready to meet the demands of these technologies.

Coal Age Features AFEX In Its Operating Ideas Section

Raleigh, N.C. – In conjunction with AFEX, Coal Age Magazine has published an article entitled “Combining the Benefits of Dry and Liquid Agents for a Better Fire Suppression System” in its November issue.

The article provides an overview of the differences between a dual agent system and a liquid-only system. Some of the particulars covered are the value of utilizing a dry chemical agent and, conversely, the need for significantly more agent when utilizing liquid alone.

AFEX System Profiled in Mining Industry Trade Magazine

Raleigh, N.C. – In conjunction with AFEX, the Canadian Mining Journal has published a Special Report entitled "COMBATING MACHINE FIRES: What To Look For In A Fire Suppression System" in its December issue. As Canada's first mining publication, the magazine provides information on mining and exploration trends, technologies, mining operations, corporate developments and industry events. The article provides an overview of key considerations for purchasing agents in the market for vehicle fire suppression systems. It covers some particulars about the features and benefits of a rugged, purpose-built system. The digital edition can be accessed here.

ABOUT AFEX
For over 45 years, AFEX has been designing and manufacturing purpose-built fire suppression systems for off-road heavy equipment. To learn more about why AFEX is the #1 manufacturer of vehicle fire suppression systems in the Americas, visit www.afexsystems.com or contact AFEX directly at 919-781-6610.

AFEX Is Exhibiting At The 31st International Mining Convention in Acapulco

AFEX will be in Booth 041 along with our distribution partner Resisa. On display will be a demonstration model of a dual agent system, showcasing the rugged and robust components which have made AFEX the leading manufacturer of fire suppression systems throughout the Americas.

The 31st International Mining Convention is organized by the Asociación de Ingenieros de Minas, Metalurgistas y Geólogos de México, A.C., and takes place from October 7-10, 2015 at the conference center Mundo Imperial, located in the Port of Acapulco, Guerrero, Mexico.

This trade show has been held since 1955 and has become one of the most important meetings in Latin America. In addition to the high-level technical program, the Convention will also include an exhibition of mining machinery, equipment and services, showcasing the most modern mining technologies.

The convention is attended by ten thousand people from all sectors, by the most important companies of the Mexican mining industry, and by visitors from at least 20 countries.

AFEX Gets Specific About Fire Suppression Options and Advantages at Bluefield Coal Show

Raleigh, NC FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Bluefield Coal Show organizers invited Brad Lamberton, Director of Business development for AFEX Fire Suppression Systems, to present the options and advantages of vehicle fire suppression at their 2015 event. Among those in attendance at the talk was Mr. John Burkhart, Sales & Marketing Manager for Carroll Engineering Co., who says, “Brad Lamberton did an excellent job presenting the key differences and advantages the AFEX system brings to market. Customers really do have another choice in fire suppression, and Carroll Engineering Co. is proud to be able to offer sales, support and service of this quality safety product to our customers."

Mr. Lamberton was able to demonstrate how the AFEX Fire Suppression System differs from other options, and discussed the benefits in using the AFEX Side Cartridge System, with a Control Unit Monitor and Stainless Steel Distribution. Dave Tobery, of Superior Technologies LLC says “…the presentation was spot on, Brad was able to explain the product in its entirety. I thought the product was very well built.”

AFEX always looks forward to attending the Bluefield Coal Show and were honored to be one of the presenters this year. "A highlight of the Coal Show is always the tradition of the two Technical Sessions in the tent," said Bill Reid, publisher and managing editor CoalZoom.com and chairman and moderator of the sessions. "Brad Lamberton pointed out there really is an alternative manufacturer with a complete range of fire suppression systems for mining equipment and other heavy equipment. This is certainly good for the industry to know."

ABOUT AFEX
For over 45 years, AFEX has been designing and manufacturing purpose-built fire suppression systems for off-road heavy equipment. To learn more about why AFEX is the #1 manufacturer of vehicle fire suppression systems in the Americas, visit www.afexsystems.com or contact AFEX directly at 919-781-6610.

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