AFEX Releases Integrated Suppression Systems with Caterpillar, Inc.

Caterpillar Inc. and AFEX are pleased to announce that AFEX Fire Suppression Systems are now available as fully integrated and endorsed solutions for fire protection on CAT® Small Wheel Loaders. These systems, which can be installed on the K series small wheel loaders prior to shipping to the dealer, provide a reliable means to protect the machines from fire in the most at risk environments. The system is targeted towards customers in forestry, landfill, mill yards, transfer stations, and steel and slag industries.

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For over 45 years, AFEX has been designing and manufacturing fire suppression systems for off-road heavy equipment. Every component of the AFEX fire suppression system has been designed to be rugged and reliable, reducing ongoing maintenance costs and ensuring that the vehicle is properly protected at all times. The system is active 24/7, automatically monitoring for fires, even when the machine is unattended. In the event a fire is detected, the AFEX system automatically discharges, providing the rapid response required for limiting damage to the machine. The system can also be manually actuated by the operator from within the cab or from the ground level.

The AFEX Fire Suppression System can be found on the Cat Small Wheel Loaders price list. For more information, please contact AFEX directly at 1-800-231-3436.

Telematics: When Do You Want To Know Your Machine Is On Fire? Afex control unit with alert to discharge.

Telematics: When Do You Want To Know Your Machine Is On Fire?

As published in Heavy Equipment Guide magazine.

Because fire by nature is unpredictable, proactive companies choose to invest in fire suppression systems for their fleets of mobile heavy equipment. But at any given moment it is difficult to know if these systems in the field are fully functional, ready to protect your assets. Fortunately, that is about to change. You can now have your fire suppression system’s status provided in real time on any computer, or on a smartphone for monitoring outside of the office.

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Are fire suppression systems worth the money. A dozer in a peru mine with afex fire suppression system.

Hey Grinder Guy, Are These Fire Suppression Systems Worth The Money?

As printed in the December 2013 issue of WHEN (Waste Handling Equipment News).

Fire suppression systems are becoming more and more common due to the mandates in mines, above ground and below, along with some insurance companies requiring systems on insured machinery. In addition, with the increased pressures and complexity of hydraulics and the advent of Tier IV engines and their associated excess heat, fires could potentially increase.

So for real facts, I spoke with Kenneth Daniels of AFEX Fire Suppression Systems. AFEX call themselves the heavy equipment experts because that's all they service, heavy equipment. AFEX is in most major mines in the world, have CAT® endorsed products, and their systems are engineered into some John Deere® products. Without giving me the AFEX sales pitch, he explained why I had heard complaints about fire suppression systems in the past.

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Waste Handling Equipment with Fire Suppression System

Landfill Mobile Equipment Fire Prevention and Suppression Best Practices

As printed in the February 2014 issue of Waste Advantage Magazine.

When it comes to preventing fires on the heavy equipment at landfills, the first line of defense will always be keeping machines clean and well maintained. Using compressed air to clear out the radiator and other areas that tend to gather debris is a common way to do this, and doing it frequently is the easiest way to stay ahead of a problem. This is always time well spent. After all, failure to follow this best practice can result in a build up of flammable fluids and materials, which sets the stage for a fire.

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