AFEX Exhibiting at DUG East Trade Show: Proactive Fire Protection Makes for Safer Working Conditions for All Involved in the Inherently Dangerous Oil & Gas Business

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Raleigh, NC – AFEX Fire Suppression Systems is introducing its safety accessory product to the hydraulic fracturing industry at the DUG East trade show (Booth 733) in order to mitigate the risk of surface equipment fires engulfing well pads. By suppressing vehicle fires on frac pumps and blenders before they become fully involved, the entire fracturing fleet is protected, in addition to the well itself. An established approach to safety in many heavy industries, including mining, forestry, waste/recycling, and steel, fire suppression systems have a long history of protecting the vehicles they are mounted on, thereby protecting the asset, its operators and the productivity of the machine.

Vehicle fires are often the result of atomized flammable fluids spraying onto hot surfaces once a hose has worn through or been otherwise damaged. With the intense heat, twisting and vibrations found on the average frac vehicle, the stage is set for just this type of fire, especially as its hours spent in the field accumulate. Instances of these surface equipment fires spreading to the surrounding vehicles are not uncommon, such that losing one machine is less likely than losing an entire fleet due to the very tight parking configurations required. Fire suppression systems provide a proven solution to this pressing safety problem.

AFEX to Exponor 2015

AFEX is pleased to announce that we will be joining our distributor Fluitek at the Exponor 2015 show in the Region of Antofagasta of Chile from May 11 to May 15.

With over 1,200 exhibiting companies, it is one of the best shows of its kind. Please be sure to stop by Stand 51 in Pavilion B if you will be there to learn about our robust vehicle fire suppression systems.

AFEX Fire Suppression Systems Exhibiting at INTERSCHUTZ 2015 Trade Fair

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AFEX Fire Suppression Systems will be exhibiting in the U.S. Pavilion, Booth 38, at the upcoming INTERSCHUTZ 2015 event in Hannover, Germany. Beginning June 8th experts from around the world will gather at the week-long trade fair. The show is one of the world’s leading exhibitions for rescue, fire prevention, disaster relief, safety and security. AFEX will be there to exhibit its product line to the multifaceted, international audience and to show its support for the global fire suppression industry. The company will be taking applications for distributorships while in attendance, in keeping with its continued growth in size and scope.

“As an international company, we are excited to be involved with INTERSCHUTZ as the event draws well over 100,000 highly qualified professionals,” explains VP Rod Cavallaro, who will be working the show. “Continually expanding awareness of our vehicle fire suppression system is key to our year-over-year growth as a company, and rarely do we have the opportunity to speak to so many potential partners in one place. AFEX is known for its rugged, durable product and for being completely focused on heavy duty, off road equipment. These facts resonate well with quality-conscious decision makers the world over, regardless of their industry.”

For questions about heavy equipment fire suppression systems, contact AFEX directly at 919-781-6610 or visit www.AFEXSYSTEMS.com to learn more.

AFEX Fire Suppression Systems Annual Training School A Tremendous Success

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Visitors from around the world received two days of intensive training on the AFEX product line and the state of the fire suppression industry recently. The annual event, held once again at the Sheraton Imperial Hotel and Convention Center in Durham, NC, had outstanding participation, which included a night out to the Durham Bulls ballpark for participants to take in a game while fostering relationships.

A broad range of topics ranging from various system applications, to correct system configuration, to appropriate system sizing, was covered by Presenters at the School. Among the specifics discussed were the continuing emergence of dual agent systems, which use both dry chemical and liquid suppression agents together, and the importance and value of third party certifications. Training sessions included extensive hands-on exercises with the telematics-compatible AFEX Control Unit, as well as a review of a number of industry technology trends, such as Tier 4 engines and autonomous 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. A focus again was placed on customer service, including an emphasis on thorough documentation for the end user and operator training. A certification test was given to all attendees at the closing of the event.

“The Training School gives our partners the opportunity to meet with their peers and discuss their field work in a more direct way than they otherwise would, which is something we always hear is much appreciated,” said VP Rod Cavallaro. “AFEX would like to thank the participants for the commitment they have shown through their attendance. As an organization, we truly appreciate the chance 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.”

Proactive Fire Protection Makes For Safer Working Conditions For All Involved In The Inherently Dangerous Oil & Gas Business

Raleigh, NC – AFEX Fire Suppression Systems is introducing its safety accessory product to the hydraulic fracturing industry at the DUG East trade show in order to mitigate the risk of surface equipment fires engulfing well pads. By suppressing vehicle fires on frac pumps and blenders before they become fully involved, the entire fracturing fleet is protected, in addition to the well itself. An established approach to safety in many heavy industries, including mining, forestry, waste/recycling, and steel, fire suppression systems have a long history of protecting the vehicles they are mounted on, thereby protecting the asset, its operators and the productivity of the machine.

Vehicle fires are often the result of atomized flammable fluids spraying onto hot surfaces once a hose has worn through or been otherwise damaged. With the intense heat, twisting and vibrations found on the average frac vehicle, the stage is set for just this type of fire, especially as its hours spent in the field accumulate. Instances of these surface equipment fires spreading to the surrounding vehicles are not uncommon, such that losing one machine is less likely than losing an entire fleet due to the very tight parking configurations required. Fire suppression systems provide a proven solution to this pressing safety problem, and at the smallest fraction of the price of fleet replacement.

Grinder Guy Explains How AFEX Can Help Protect Grinders From Fire

In his Waste Handling Equipment News article [Oct. 2014] titled, "Grinder fires can cost you" author Dave Whitelaw, a.k.a. The Grinder Guy, covers a number of preventative maintenance techniques grinder owners can use to help avoid equipment fires. But no matter how diligent owners are, there might still come a day when a fire suppression system is all that stands between a machine with minor damage and a total loss. AFEX thanks Mr. Whitelaw for helping to spread this important fire safety message to his readership of chipper and grinder owners.

Mentioned in his latest article is his interview with AFEX Marketing Director, Ken Daniels. That original piece, "Hey GrinderGuy, are these fire suppression systems worth the money?" may be read in its entirety here.

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.

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