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 minerias 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.

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 minería 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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AFEX Referenced As Industry Experts on Vehicle Fire Protection in Heavy Industry Trade Publication

Tom Jackson of Equipment World magazine wrote a great piece for the March edition about reducing machine fire risk which features a call out section about vehicle fire suppression systems. Quoted in the article is AFEX VP, Mr. Rod Cavallaro, who speaks to the state of the industry in general and how AFEX is always looking ahead to account for industry advancements and trends.

Read the article here.

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.”

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