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Heavy Equipment Fires: 4 Steps for Operator Safety Using an Onboard Suppression System

You’ve invested in fire suppression systems for your fleet of heavy-duty mobile equipment, so it’s clear you prioritize the safety of your people. A key next step after the purchase and installation of a vehicle fire suppression system is operator training. Under a stressful situation, it’s easy for your operator to panic. But, with the proper training ahead of time, your operator can remain calm during a fire and execute the proper steps to actuate the system to safely exit the machine.

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7 Ways to Fail When Choosing a Fire Suppression System for Heavy Equipment 

Fire suppression systems for heavy-duty mobile equipment are investments worthy of close consideration and a thorough implementation plan. As a manufacturer of vehicle fire suppression systems with 50+ years of experience working in various industries across all seven continents, we’ve seen clients make mistakes that have threatened the success of their projects. We want to help alleviate any pain upfront and review some sure ways to fail when selecting and deploying fire suppression systems. We don’t believe you have to be the one making mistakes to learn from them. 

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How Relevant is Third-Party Testing for Automatic Fire Suppression Systems?

When deciding on the best automatic fire suppression system for your heavy-duty mobile equipment, there are several factors to take into consideration. In addition to a manufacturer’s experience and the knowledge of their distributor network, system quality and reliability hold considerable weight when making a purchase. Sure, you can ask a manufacturer about the dependability of their fire suppression systems; however, third-party testing will give you peace of mind you’re making the safest choice for your organization.

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Ask These 5 Questions When Evaluating A Heavy Equipment Fire Suppression System Provider

You’re convinced of the importance of heavy equipment fire suppression systems for mitigating the risks associated with fires. Your next step is to select a system manufacturer you’d like to work with. With so many choices, how do you ensure you’re choosing the best partner with the most reliable product? 

Based on decades of experience interacting with end users, equipment dealers, and distributors, we’ve compiled a list of five questions to ask when evaluating a potential fire suppression system partner. 

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The Ins and Outs of Vehicle Fire Suppression Systems

Heavy-duty mobile equipment assets carry out essential duties across a variety of industries. Performing this work is not easy on the equipment. Hydraulic shovels, haul trucks, wheel loaders, and similar off-road equipment execute rigorous tasks under some of the harshest conditions – extremely hot temperatures, moving and pushing combustible debris, engines running constantly without breaks. In such dangerous environments, measures must be taken to protect these machines from risks capable of compromising or completely halting operations.

One significant risk to an operation is fire. What may start as a small fire can quickly grow to overtake an entire mobile equipment asset. To combat this risk, organizations across the globe are implementing vehicle sistemas de supresión de incendios. Let’s explore the ins and outs of these unique systems.

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7 Tangible and Intangible Impacts of a Vehicle Fire

When it comes to a heavy-duty mobile equipment asset catching fire, there are a range of resulting impacts - and all are devastating to an operation. A small fire that goes unnoticed can rapidly engulf an entire machine and lead to a total loss. So, what are some of the tangible and intangible impacts of a vehicle fire?

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4 Fire Suppression System Inspection & Maintenance Recommendations

Fire suppression systems are the first line of defense against heavy-duty mobile equipment fires and the associated risks. And, to ensure these systems work as intended, regular maintenance is a requirement. Failure to properly maintain a fire suppression system can result in excessive wear and tear on components, which can ultimately render a system ineffective. So, what does fire suppression system maintenance involve? Let’s explore four key recommendations. These recommendations come directly from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and system manufacturers.

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Is Fire Suppression System Maintenance Really Important?

The heavy-duty mobile equipment used in a variety of industrial applications, such as minería y de industrias forestal, operate for long hours under harsh conditions. And equipment owners are accustomed to performing routine maintenance to keep their investments working at maximum efficiency. However, when it comes to a tried-and-true safety accessory for heavy equipment, fire suppression systems, maintenance is often overlooked or underestimated.

Is maintenance on fire suppression systems really necessary? What could happen if routine inspections and maintenance are neglected?

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Extintores de incendios: Cartucho lateral frente a presión almacenada, extintor portátil Afex en una Hitachi EX5500

Extintores de Incendios: Cartucho Lateral vs. Presión Almacenada

Usted está en el mercado de un extintor de incendios portátil como medio de salida para sus operadores de equipos móviles de servicio pesado. Entonces, ¿cuál es la diferencia entre un extintor de incendios operado por presión almacenada y un cartucho lateral? Este artículo analizará algunas preguntas frecuentes para ayudarlo a tomar la decisión correcta para su aplicación.

¿Cual es la Diferencia?

Los extintores de presión almacenada tienen el gas nitrógeno comprimido que se utiliza como propulsor para el agente químico seco almacenado en el mismo recipiente que el químico seco.

Las unidades operadas con cartucho lateral almacenan el químico seco en un contenedor no presurizado y el gas nitrógeno comprimido en un cartucho separado. Solo en el momento de la actuación el extintor está bajo presión y luego, solo brevemente.

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AFEX Proporciona Protección Contra Incendios Innovadora Para Equipos Industriales

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AFEX fue pionera en los sistemas automáticos de supresión de incendios a fines de la década de 1960 en respuesta a los riesgos de incendio asociados con los equipos de recolección de madera en el sureste de los Estados Unidos. Hoy en día, los sistemas AFEX se pueden encontrar en los siete continentes para proteger equipos en todas las industrias pesadas, incluida la manipulación de residuos, la minería, el petróleo y el gas, y el acero.

AFEX se diferencia de otras empresas de protección contra incendios en que los sistemas de máquina y equipo pesado son el único objetivo de la empresa. Como tal, los sistemas están diseñados pensando en las máquina y equipo pesado desde cero. Este puesto de especialista permite a AFEX mantenerse al tanto de los cambios en la industria y ser el primero en responder a las necesidades de los propietarios y operadores de equipos.

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