Raleigh, NC, USA, May 10, 2022 – AFEX Fire Suppression Systems, specialists in designing and manufacturing fire protection systems for heavy-duty mobile equipment, held its largest training school event in the company’s history on April 26-27, 2022, in Raleigh, NC. This annual, two-day event educated distributors on system components, installation, maintenance, and industry trends, all with the goal of certifying AFEX partners to excel at installing and servicing fire suppression systems for their end user customers.Read More
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.Read More
Is Fire Suppression System Maintenance Really Important?
The heavy-duty mobile equipment used in a variety of industrial applications, such as mining and forestry, 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?Read More
AFEX Publishes Whitepaper on Bottom Line Impacts of Heavy Equipment Fires
Raleigh, NC, USA, February 23, 2022 – AFEX Fire Suppression Systems, specialists in designing and manufacturing fire protection systems for mobile heavy equipment, has published a new whitepaper for industrial equipment owners and operators entitled, “What Are Heavy Equipment Fires Costing You?”. The whitepaper reveals eye-opening statistics related to vehicle fires in the USA and Canada, as well as the tangible and intangible impacts of fire on an operation. The publication aims to help professionals understand the severity of heavy equipment fires and reveal some practical measures to mitigate this serious risk.Read More
Fire Extinguishers: Side Cartridge vs. Stored Pressure
You're in the market for a portable fire extinguisher as a means of egress for your heavy-duty mobile equipment operators. So, what's the difference between a stored pressure and side cartridge operated fire extinguisher? This article will walk through some frequently asked questions to help you make the right decision for your application.
What's the Difference?
Stored pressure extinguishers have the compressed nitrogen gas that is used as the propellant for the dry chemical agent stored in the same canister as the dry chemical.
Side cartridge operated units store the dry chemical in a non-pressurized container and the compressed nitrogen gas in a separate cartridge. Only at the time of actuation is the extinguisher under pressure and then, only briefly.
AFEX to Display Fire Suppression Systems for Mobile Heavy Equipment at MINExpo 2021
Raleigh, NC, USA, August 11, 2021 – AFEX Fire Suppression Systems, specialists in designing and manufacturing fire protection systems for mobile heavy equipment, has announced they will be exhibiting at the MINExpo exhibition in Las Vegas, NV, September 13-15, 2021. MINExpo is the world’s largest mining event, covering the entire industry from exploration, mine development, open pit and underground mining, safety and more. AFEX will be exhibiting in booth #7885, with an installed dual agent system on display in Liebherr Mining Equipment’s booth #7627.Read More
AFEX Enhances Industry-Leading Control Unit for Vehicle Fire Detection
Raleigh, NC, USA, February 16, 2021 – AFEX Fire Suppression Systems, specialists in designing and manufacturing fire protection systems for mobile heavy equipment, has announced a significant upgrade to the industry-leading fire detection display, the Control Unit. With a focus on continuous improvement, AFEX leaders have listened to the feedback from distributors and end users and upgraded the Control Unit to include enhanced features to aid in system monitoring, data collection and more.Read More
AFEX Fire Suppression Systems Awarded ISO 9001:2015 Certification
Raleigh, NC, USA – AFEX Fire Suppression Systems is proud to announce that the company was awarded ISO 9001:2015 certification for our Quality Management System (QMS) by NSF International Strategic Relations on January 31, 2020.
The ISO 9000 family is the world's most best-known quality management standard. ISO 9001:2015 is built on various quality management principles, including a strong customer focus, the motivation and implication of top management, the process approach and continual improvement. Using ISO 9001:2015 helps ensure that customers get consistent, good quality products and services.Read More
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.”
AFEX Celebrates 50 Years
AFEX, the leading manufacturer of fire suppression systems for mobile heavy equipment is celebrating 50 years of helping 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 seven 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.