Fire Extinguishers: Side Cartridge vs. Stored Pressure, Afex portable fire extingusher on a Hitatchi EX5500

Fire Extinguishers: Side Cartridge vs. Stored Pressure

You're in the market for a portable fire extinguisher as a means of egress for your heavy-duty mobile equipment operators. So, what's the difference between a stored pressure and side cartridge operated fire extinguisher? This article will walk through some frequently asked questions to help you make the right decision for your application.

What's the Difference?

Stored pressure extinguishers have the compressed nitrogen gas that is used as the propellant for the dry chemical agent stored in the same canister as the dry chemical.

Side cartridge operated units store the dry chemical in a non-pressurized container and the compressed nitrogen gas in a separate cartridge. Only at the time of actuation is the extinguisher under pressure and then, only briefly.

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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.

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AFEX Equipped Battery-Powered LHD’s Headed to Vale Coleman

Vale's Coleman mine recently received two battery-powered Artisan A4 load-haul-dumps (LHDs) equipped with AFEX fire suppression systems for a six-month trial.

The A4 is powered by a lithium battery that provides four hours of operation on a one hour charge. Vale intends to pursue battery-powered vehicles for it's underground mines across Canada when it's sure the technology will meet their needs and make economic sense. The goal is to reduce ventilation needs, and their associated costs, while also staying carbon neutral.

See here for more information on the A4 and Vale's plans.

Dual Agent Fire Suppression Systems on Mining Equipment

AFEX Provides Innovative Fire Protection to Industry Equipment

As featured in Construction Equipment Guide.

AFEX pioneered automatic fire suppression systems in the late 1960's in response to the fire risks associated with timber harvesting equipment in the Southeastern United States. Today, AFEX systems can be found on all seven continents protecting equipment in all heavy industries including waste handling, mining, oil and gas, and steel.

AFEX is different from other fire protection companies in that vehicle systems are the company's sole focus. As such, the systems are designed with vehicles in mind from the ground up. This specialist position enables AFEX to stay abreast of changes in the industry, and to be the first to respond to the needs of equipment owners and operators.

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Four Things to Consider Before Buying a Vehicle Fire Suppression System

As featured in SWANA Florida's Summer 2017 edition of Talking Trash.

Fire puts operators in danger, leads to costly machine repairs or replacement, and lost productivity due to downtime. The vehicle fire suppression industry is based on these simple facts, but how do you choose the best solution for your unique needs?

The following considerations are a good starting point for anyone looking to protect heavy equipment.

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AFEX Fire Suppression Systems on Frac Pump

Fire Suppression Systems Protect Frac Pads in Oil & Gas Industry

As featured in E&P Magazine.

Fire is the worst thing that can happen to an oil & natural gas collection site. All the time, effort, and resources dedicated to a good pad can literally go up in smoke in minutes, as was the case in Monroe County, Ohio. In this instance, there were thankfully no injuries, but there was a total loss of surface equipment (which estimates put at tens of millions), a temporary evacuation of local residents, and a fish kill in a nearby creek that is being investigated for ties to the fire. Thus far the Environmental Protection Agency, the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, and the Ohio Department of Natural Resource have been involved in the investigation process.

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Liebherr with AFEX Fire Suppression Systems at MINExpo 2016

AFEX Fire Suppression Systems Featured on Liebherr and Ground Force Machines 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 284 continues 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.

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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.

Combatting Machine Fires: What to Look for in a Fire Suppression System

AFEX Fire Suppression Systems Profiled in Canadian Mining Journal

Raleigh, NC, USA, December 11, 2015 – 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, Canadian Mining Journal 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.

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