AFEX Fire Suppression Systems Now Factory Installed on John Deere Wheeled Feller Bunchers and Skidders

Raleigh, NC – As of July 21, 2016 AFEX systems are available as a factory-installed option on John Deere tracked feller bunchers, wheeled feller bunchers, and skidders. Simply choose the appropriate option code at the time of purchase to ensure your machine will be delivered with a factory approved fire protection system. The cost of the system will be included within the financing package, making for improved cash flow. Contact an AFEX Specialist at (919) 781-6610 or visit deere.afexsystems.com to learn more about this program.

AFEX and has also partnered with Paladin CustomWorks to offer AFEX fire suppression systems on any John Deere vehicle platform. Contact AFEX or Paladin to learn more.

AFEX Fire Suppression Systems Used in Army Corps of Engineers Special Project

In a notable first for Caterpillar Forest Products, three remote-controlled 521B feller bunchers were used to successfully clear a gunnery range, littered with unexploded bombs and other military ordnance, inside of Fort Bragg, NC. The machines, sourced through a partnership with Milton CAT and custom outfitted with a remote control system designed by Applied Research Associates, allowed them to remove nearly 1,000 acres worth of trees and vegetation from a safe distance.

Of course, a high-tech machine needs a high-tech fire protection solution. That’s where AFEX and Katahdin Fire Company come in. Using the Control Unit, Katahdin was able to integrate the vehicles’ AFEX fire suppression systems with their remote control systems, allowing the systems to be remotely actuated in the event of fire.

These state-of-the-art configurations were made possible by forward-thinking, technologically advanced companies pushing the envelope of what is possible with remote operated machinery. As more and more industries are moving towards remote and autonomous operations for safety and productivity, AFEX fire suppression systems will be ready to meet the demands of these technologies.

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 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.

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The Impact of Autonomous and Remote-Controlled Off-Road Equipment On Fire Suppression. Autonomous vehicles operated by a woman with a smart tablet

The Impact of Autonomous and Remote-Controlled Off-Road Equipment On Fire Suppression

The advent of unmanned equipment in heavy industries has arrived, and so manufacturers of fire suppression systems need to address how this impacts the type of coverage these units receive. Whether a machine is used in mining, timber, recycling or some other niche, this new (and growing) paradigm requires a modified approach when it comes to fire protection.

Because the human factor is largely being removed from the firefighting equation as a result of this conversion process, the opportunities for an in cab operator to identify a fire and manually actuate a fire suppression system on the vehicle itself are all but gone. Fortunately, fire liability is not drastically increased by going the unmanned route, assuming those responsible for overseeing the vehicles have the ability to actuate the system from a distance.

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AFEX Fire Suppression Systems Annual Training School A Tremendous Success

Raleigh, NC, USA, April 27, 2015 - 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 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.

Combination of Hands-On and Classroom Instruction

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.

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Conducting an Equipment Fire Risk Assessment for New Fire Suppression Equipment

The Impact of Fire Risk Assessments on Suppression System Designs

As featured in Mining Magazine.

When determining how best to protect a piece of heavy off-road equipment from the threat of fire, a Fire Risk Assessment is the most indispensable procedure one can use. This process entails an evaluation of the main hazards of a specific machine and its operating environment. The assessment provides a decision-making framework to help one evaluate a vehicle's risk potential, implement changes to mitigate those risks, and, when deemed necessary, to design and install a fire suppression system that appropriately addresses those risks. It is so helpful, the US National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has a guide to explain and encourage its use.

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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.

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Liberty Frac Pumps with AFEX Fire Suppression Systems for the Digital Oilfield

Fire Suppression Systems Reduce Risk in Oil & Gas Industry

As published in the magazine: The American Oil & Gas Reporter

From North Dakota to Ohio to Louisiana and Texas, wherever hydraulic fracturing is being done there have been fire incidents over the years which have resulted in total surface equipment loss. The bottom line cost of such “thermal events” is generally in the tens of millions, which is to say nothing of productivity losses and any associated public relations damage done to the affected stakeholders. All things considered, adding fire suppression systems to at-risk machinery is a safe and cost effective solution to this potentially devastating problem.

A vehicle fire suppression system is a safety accessory that is mounted on a piece of machinery, such as a pump or blender, to protect it in the event of a fire. Comprised of tanks filled with fire-fighting agent, fire-detecting sensors, and a distribution network of tubes, hoses and nozzles, it is permanently affixed to the machine. In the oil & gas industry, these systems are appropriate for use on the vehicles used in hydraulic fracturing and on any diesel generators used on site.

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Fire Detection Units for Automatic Fire Suppression Systems

AFEX Introduces a New State-of-the-Art Control Unit

Raleigh, NC, USA, April 15, 2014 - 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.

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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.

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