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.

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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AFEX Fire Suppression System Makes Television Appearance

Raleigh, NC, USA, March 14, 2014 - AFEX is pleased to announce that its purpose-built fire suppression system appears on the new History Channel television network series, Rise Of The Machines. The "Mega Truck" episode, which aired on March 11, 2014 on the H2 channel, provides an overview of the Barrick Gold Corporation owned and operated Cortez mine. Focusing on the Liebherr T284, one of the world's largest capacity haul trucks, the show uses impressive computer-generated graphics to illustrate some of the advanced onboard technologies, including how an AFEX fire suppression system works to protect the operator and the massive piece of equipment.

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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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