AFEX Exhibiting at Oil & Gas Trade Show

AFEX Fire Suppression Systems is pleased to announce its Sponsorship of the upcoming DUG Eagle Ford Conference & Exhibition, which runs from September 15th through 17th in San Antonio. The event features over 400 exhibitors that comprise and service the oil & gas industry. As manufacturers of a pre-engineered, robust fire protection accessory, AFEX is dedicated to providing a solution for frac vehicle fires that sets the standard for the market.

The DUG conferences have proven to be instrumental in providing opportunities for industry members to stay current on emerging technologies within the industry like vehicle fire suppression. AFEX encourages attendees to visit a fire suppression Specialist at Booth 7071 to learn more.

The State-of-the-Art AFEX Control Unit

AFEX fire suppression systems are designed and purpose-built to protect heavy off-road equipment from the threat of fire. At the heart of these critical safety attachments is the AFEX Control Unit, which combines the latest in micro-processor technology with the company’s signature durability, resulting in the ultimate fire suppression system control and performance.

To ensure your machine is protected in the event of a fire, audible and visual signals alert the operator to any problem or alarm conditions. These alerts are stored on the Control Unit’s internal log for subsequent troubleshooting and are shown on the LCD display in the local language, meaning they can easily be reviewed directly on the machine itself.

A pioneering component of telematics integration within the industry, the AFEX Control Unit enables asset managers to track a fire suppression system’s status alongside other key operating metrics quickly and conveniently. Using dedicated outputs from the AFEX Control Unit and inputs on the telematics system, end users can monitor for problem, alarm, and discharge status. Beyond that, for autonomous vehicle applications, the AFEX system can be configured to discharge when signaled by the vehicle remote control.

Introduced at MINExpo 2012, the AFEX Control Unit now has over two years of field-proven application in the mining, waste, and forestry industries. It is FM approved, CE marked, and certified for use in Russia and Australia. Compact enough for console mounting, the box itself is tightly sealed to protect the internal components, and its battery provides a year of stand-alone power. It utilizes a customizable harness with standardized connectors for efficient/affordable installations and water-tight connections.

The AFEX Control Unit supports two distinct detection circuits, which allows users to monitor two separate parts of the machine independently. Able to support two separate electric actuators, systems may be designed to have secondary discharges when desired. Another benefit is that there is no limit to the number of tanks the Control Unit can support. Programming of the desired options is a simple matter with the integrated screen, and push-button actuation is available.

The AFEX fire suppression system itself is designed for redundant system activation, so in the event of an electrical system failure, the system can still be actuated manually. The agents used in the system are either an A:B:C dry chemical, an environmentally-friendly liquid agent (rated for use down to -40 degrees C/F) or a combination of the two agent types. As hot-running Tier 4 engines become more common in the field, these dual agent systems will often be the right approach as they take advantage of both the fast knockdown of the dry chemical and the cooling effect and suppressive properties of the liquid agent.

AFEX Fire Suppression Systems Chosen By First Quantum Minerals at Cobre Panama

This Komatsu WA600, one of approximately 50 machines owned by Minera Panama with AFEX systems, is an auxiliary machine which will be used for site preparation at the Cobre Panama project. AFEX distributor Fluitek can be seen here completing the installation of a two-tank dry chemical fire suppression system with automatic detection and actuation. Upon completion, the mine will be one of the largest copper mines in the world.

AFEX Installs Vehicle Fire Suppression Systems on Railroad Maintenance Machines in New Zealand

AFEX recently had the opportunity to install fire suppression systems on a tamper and a ballast regulator for KiwiRail of New Zealand. The Harsco Rail machines, part of the rail maintenance division, operate out of Palmerston North. "We are proud to work closely with KiwiRail to help protect its personnel and equipment from the threat of fire," said AFEX's Product Support Manager, Scott Hillman. "Our distributor, Viking Sales & Service, did a fantastic job. Everyone was pleased with the project from beginning to end." Additional units operating out of Auckland and Christchurch are soon to follow.

AFEX Installs CAT Endorsed Product Fire Suppression System

AFEX is pleased to report that it has installed another fire suppression system through its CAT Endorsed Product program, this time on a 930K to be used in the waste handling industry. The Senior Sales Coordinator from the dealer of record, Foley Inc. of New Jersey, reports that the end user has taken delivery and is very pleased with their new system. “Our mechanics were quite impressed with the finished product also. AFEX did a great job insuring their fire suppression system is well integrated with the machine; it looks very professional,” said Ms. Patricia Romond. “I was pleased with the whole process. Everything went really smoothly.”

AFEX Fire Suppression Systems Annual Distributor Training School Biggest In Company History

Visitors from around the globe received two days of intensive training on the state of the fire suppression industry and the AFEX product line this past week at the Sheraton Imperial Hotel and Convention Center in Durham, NC. The event had outstanding participation as distributors from nine different countries were represented.

Presenters covered a broad range of topics ranging from various system applications, to correct system configuration, to appropriate system sizing. Among the specifics discussed were the continuing emergence of dual agent systems, which use both dry chemical and liquid suppression agents together, and the intrinsic value of third party certifications. The training sessions included extensive hands-on exercises with the company’s telematics-compatible Control Unit, as well as a review a number of industry technologies, including Tier 4 engines, fleet management, and hybrid vehicles. The presentation was supplemented with a number of videos, including a segment focused on fire suppression from the History Channel produced “Rise of the Machines” television program. As always, a focus was placed on customer service, including an emphasis on thorough documentation for the end user and operator training. The company also introduced its new 30 gallon liquid suppression agent tank. The school was capped off with a certification test.

“The Distributor Training School provides our partners in the field the chance to interact with one another and to share industry knowledge in a personal way. Each year the feedback on that aspect of the event is extremely positive,” said VP Rod Cavallaro. “AFEX would like to thank the attendees for their commitment in attending. Many traveled for more than 24 hours just to get here, and that high level of dedication ought to be recognized. As an organization, we truly appreciate the opportunity to share with our network of service providers the most current and relevant trends and insights we’ve identified across the many disciplines of our industry.”

AFEX in Heavy Equipment Guide Magazine

AFEX is pleased to announce that its article “When Do You Want To Know Your Machine Is On Fire” has been published in the March 2014 edition of Heavy Equipment Guide magazine. The piece explains how AFEX has taken the lead in telematics integration in the fire suppression industry, allowing end users to better track their assets in the field.

"What is important to our partners in the heavy equipment industries is important to us, so telematics has been a point of emphasis for AFEX for a number of years now. Being able to give managers an enhanced ability to monitor their fleet has been gratifying and the response has been very positive," said Rod Cavallero, VP and General Manager.

For questions regarding telematics, contact AFEX at 919-781-6610 or visit www.AFEXSYSTEMS.com to learn more.

AFEX Fire Suppression System Makes Television Appearance

AFEX is pleased to announce that its purpose-built fire suppression system appears on the new History television network series Rise Of The Machines. The "Mega Truck" episode, which first aired March 11th on the H2 channel, provides an overview of the Barrick Gold Corporation owned and operated Cortez mine. Focusing on the Liebherr T284, one of the world's largest capacity haul trucks, the show uses impressive computer-generated graphics to illustrate some of the advanced onboard technologies, including how an AFEX fire suppression system works to protect the operator and the massive piece of equipment.

Explaining how the truck itself is on constant fire alert thanks to a series of thermal sensors, the entire process of a system discharging is shown in detailed three dimensions: from detection of the fire, through activation, and on to distribution of the powdered agent. There is then a demonstration of an actual system discharge which clearly exhibits just how quickly the fire-fighting chemical is dispersed into the engine compartment. "I just feel like she's watching my back," says the vehicle's driver, Alice.

The episode can be seen in its entirety on the official website for the show.

For questions about these types of heavy equipment fire suppression systems, contact AFEX directly at 919-781-6610.

AFEX to Attend EXPOMIN 2014 in Chile

AFEX is pleased to announce that we will be joining our distributor Fluitek at the upcoming EXPOMIN show in Santiago, Chile from April 21 to April 25. Billed as "The Center Of The World Mining Industry" with over 1,600 exhibiting companies and attendance which typically tops 80,000 visitors, it is one of the best shows of its kind. Please be sure to stop by Stand 1626-2B if you will be there to say hello to one of our fire suppression Specialists.

AFEX Article In Waste Advantage Magazine

AFEX is pleased to announce that its article "Fire Prevention and Suppression Best Practices" has been published in the February 2014 edition of Waste Advantage magazine. The piece explains the basics of how fire suppression systems help to protect the heavy equipment it is on. The topics covered range from choosing the right type of system for the particular circumstances, to proper installation, to maintenance concerns.

Author Ken Daniels, AFEX's Marketing Director, appreciates the platform for spreading important safety messages. "As a part of the heavy equipment industry, AFEX looks for opportunities to reiterate ways people in the field can do the most to protect themselves, their equipment, and the productivity it provides from the very real threat of fire."

For questions about its line of premium quality fire suppression systems, contact AFEX at 919-781-6610 or visit www.AFEXSYSTEMS.com to learn more.

AFEX Releases Integrated Suppression Systems with Caterpillar, Inc.

Caterpillar Inc. and AFEX are pleased to announce that AFEX Fire Suppression Systems are now available as fully integrated and endorsed solutions for fire protection on CAT® Small Wheel Loaders. These systems, which can be installed on the K series small wheel loaders prior to shipping to the dealer, provide a reliable means to protect the machines from fire in the most at risk environments. The system is targeted towards customers in forestry, landfill, mill yards, transfer stations, and steel and slag industries.

WE KNOW HEAVY EQUIPMENT

For over 45 years, AFEX has been designing and manufacturing fire suppression systems for off-road heavy equipment. Every component of the AFEX fire suppression system has been designed to be rugged and reliable, reducing ongoing maintenance costs and ensuring that the vehicle is properly protected at all times. The system is active 24/7, automatically monitoring for fires, even when the machine is unattended. In the event a fire is detected, the AFEX system automatically discharges, providing the rapid response required for limiting damage to the machine. The system can also be manually actuated by the operator from within the cab or from the ground level.

The AFEX Fire Suppression System can be found on the Cat Small Wheel Loaders price list. For more information, please contact AFEX directly at 1-800-231-3436.

AFEX Launches Redesigned AFEXSYSTEMS.com

AFEX is pleased to announce the launch of the newly redesigned https://www.afexsystems.com. The new platform provides a modern, simple, structure with which we can more effectively provide you with information pertinent to AFEX, our systems, and the industries we serve.

We channeled our 45 years of experience as the heavy equipment specialist to provide more information on new and growing trends in the industry such as dual agent systems and telematics connectivity. Furthermore, our stories can be easily shared with your colleagues and customers through your preferred social networks. As we move forward you can look forward to ongoing content updates on these and other topics as well as an increased social media presence.

We plan to provide content in Spanish and Portuguese for our international customers in the very near future and an improved distributor portal is in development for launch in the next few months.

We hope that you will peruse the new site and continue to check back frequently as it evolves. Your feedback is valued and sincerely appreciated.

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