AFEX Fire Suppression Systems are Factory Mutual (FM) HDME Approved

AFEX Fire Suppression Systems Approved to Factory Mutual Standard 5970 – Heavy-Duty Mobile Equipment Protection Systems

Raleigh, NC, USA – AFEX Fire Suppression Systems is proud to announce that AFEX dry chemical, liquid agent, and dual agent fire suppression systems were awarded Factory Mutual (FM) 5970 Approval on September 21, 2017.

FM Approval Standard 5970 - Heavy-Duty Mobile Equipment Protection Systems, was developed over the course of four years, and represents a collaborative effort amongst FM Approvals and industry experts. This new standard represents the industry’s most comprehensive and rigorous testing program for vehicle fire suppression systems.

The effective date of FM Approval Standard 5970 is August 2018. Even systems that were previously approved under prior FM standards must be reexamined to FM 5970. Per FM, “Products FM Approved under a previous edition shall comply with the new version by the effective date or forfeit Approval.”

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AFEX Fire Suppression Systems Celebrates 50 Years in Business

AFEX Celebrates 50 Years

AFEX, the leading manufacturer of fire suppression systems for mobile heavy equipment is celebrating 50 years of helping our customers maximize their safety and productivity.

Bill Lease founded the company in 1968 as Lease-AFEX, Inc., primarily to serve the Southeastern timber harvesting industry, and the waste handling industry shortly thereafter.

Bonaventure Group, Inc. purchased AFEX in 1986, and expanded into other heavy industries such as mining, steel, and oil and gas as well as international markets.

Today, AFEX Celebrates 50 Years of systems that can be found on all 7 continents, protecting all types of equipment. Although we have grown and expanded many times over, we remain focused on manufacturing only effective, reliable, purpose-built products designed to withstand the abuse of heavy industry.

It's all we do.

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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Fire Suppression Systems in the Oil & Gas Industry

 

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.

The fire at the Eisenbarth property was so hot that first responders had to fall back and allow the flames to die down before they could mount a successful firefighting effort. Clearly, site personnel was not able to fight the fire themselves. Even if they could have maneuvered into position quickly enough, which is questionable, they would not have had enough firefighting agent on hand with only handheld portable extinguishers at their disposal. (Once the fire became established, tankers filled with water from a nearby river had to be brought to the site in support.) But even if they had the resources, the dangerous nature of a congested fracking spread makes it inadvisable for anyone other than a trained, professional firefighter to make the attempt. Fortunately, the wells themselves were not involved in this instance. Had they been, the entire situation likely would have been far worse, as other thermal events over the years have shown. Even so, with just the surface equipment involved, eight regional fire departments were needed to fight the conflagration.

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Liebherr and Ground Force to Feature AFEX Fire Suppression Systems 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 284continues 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.

Liebherr will feature an AFEX equipped PR 776 dozer, the world's first hydrostatically powered crawler tractor in the 70 tonnes category. The modern drive concept of the new PR 776 offers extremely efficient and safe operation to customers. Visit Liebherr’s exhibit in booth 7627 to learn more.

Ground Force Worldwide designs, engineers, and manufactures mine support equipment for surface and underground mining applications. They offer over 40 product lines, including the world’s largest fuel and lube trucks, water trucks, and cable reel trucks. Their designs provide the best return on investment in addition to keeping your revenue producing “iron” running efficiently. Visit Ground Force in booth 6971 to learn more and see their AFEX equipped truck.

AFEX delivers rugged, reliable fire suppression solutions for mining equipment that maximize machine safety and productivity. With 50 years of industry experience and Factory Mutual, ActivFire, and CE approvals, AFEX is the leader in heavy equipment fire protection. Visit us at MINExpo in booth 7062, or online at https://afexsystems.com.

AFEX System Profiled in Mining Industry Trade Magazine

Raleigh, N.C. – 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, the magazine 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. The digital edition can be accessed here.

ABOUT AFEX
For over 45 years, AFEX has been designing and manufacturing purpose-built fire suppression systems for off-road heavy equipment. To learn more about why AFEX is the #1 manufacturer of vehicle fire suppression systems in the Americas, visit www.afexsystems.com or contact AFEX directly at 919-781-6610.

AFEX Control Unit and System Featured in International Mining Magazine

AFEX Fire Suppression Systems would like to thank International Mining for including their Control Unit in the October issue. Included in the piece is an overview of dual agent systems which combine the benefits of a dry A:B:C powder agent and a liquid agent. The magazine itself is a global, technical publication which is written for miners by miners. The article may be read in it's entirety here.

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