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Fire Suppression Agents: Are Two Really Better Than One?

Are you researching fire suppression systems to protect your operators and mobile equipment? If so, you’re likely weighing the pros and cons of the different types of agents available in these systems, striving to select the one that will be most effective at fighting the types of fires associated with your application. While there are several types of agents offered, the two most popular for suppressing vehicle fires are dry powder and liquid chemical. But could the combination of these two really be the most effective? Are two agents better than one? 

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Should You Add an Engine Shutdown Package to Your Vehicle Fire Suppression System?

Fire suppression systems can come equipped with several accessories to enhance safety and performance. One such add-on is an engine shutdown package. This package automatically powers down the heavy equipment engine and radiator fan when the fire suppression system discharges. The benefit? Shutting down the engine helps to reduce or eliminate the fire’s fuel source and decreases the chance of fire reignition.

With this in mind, is it necessary to add an engine shutdown package to your equipment’s fire suppression system? Let’s explore some commonly asked questions about engine shutdown as well as some key factors to consider before moving forward.

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Installation of fire suppression detection options. Linear wire and spot sensors, installed on heavy duty equipment.

Linear Wire vs. Sensors: Which Should You Go with for Heavy Equipment Fire Detection?

Fire suppression systems are an organization’s first line of defense against mobile equipment fires so it’s vital that the onboard suppression system be able to detect a fire quickly and accurately. There are two common fire detection methods among fire suppression system manufacturers: linear wire and spot sensors. What’s the difference? Is one more effective than the other? What are the pros and cons of each method? Let’s explore the answers to these questions and more.

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AFEX Fire Suppression Systems dual agent system installed on a Caterpillar Haul Truck

AFEX Publishes Whitepaper on Key Next Steps after Installation of Fire Suppression on Heavy Equipment

Raleigh, NC, USA, June 27, 2023 – AFEX Fire Suppression Systems, specialists in designing and manufacturing fire protection systems for heavy-duty mobile equipment, has published a new whitepaper for the owners and operators of vehicles with fire suppression systems entitled, “We Just Got Fire Suppression for Our Heavy Equipment. Now What?”. The publication outlines vital next steps after the purchase and installation of a fire suppression system to help maximize effectiveness and longevity, ultimately ensuring the safety of the equipment operator. 

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Heavy Equipment Fires: 4 Steps for Operator Safety Using an Onboard Suppression System


You’ve invested in fire suppression systems for your fleet of heavy-duty mobile equipment, so it’s clear you prioritize the safety of your people. A key next step after the purchase and installation of a vehicle fire suppression system is operator training. Under a stressful situation, it’s easy for your operator to panic. But, with the proper training ahead of time, your operator can remain calm during a fire and execute the proper steps to actuate the system to safely exit the machine.

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AFEX Fire Suppression Systems Provides Continuing Education to Distributors at Annual Training School Event

Raleigh, NC, USA, April 27, 2023 – AFEX Fire Suppression Systems, specialists in designing and manufacturing fire protection systems for heavy-duty mobile equipment, held its annual distributor training school event on April 18-19, 2023, in Raleigh, NC, USA. AFEX partners from around the globe were invited to convene for continuing education and discussions around fire suppression system installation, maintenance, and inspection. At the conclusion of the event, distributors completed an exam to obtain a two-year certification, arming them with the knowledge and skills to support the AFEX system. 

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AFEX fire suppression system install on a caterpillar haul truck

B&B Hydraulics Finds Success Adding AFEX Fire Suppression Systems to Product Portfolio

Raleigh, NC, USA, March 28, 2023 – B&B Hydraulics has had a reputation for quality work, timely service, and competitive prices since their inception in 1989. Headquartered in Hutchinson, KS and servicing several states in the Midwest, B&B offers a wide product portfolio specific to outfitting and repairing vehicles of all sizes with parts ranging from hydraulic cylinders, automated lubrication, and valves, to motors, pumps, hoses, and more. In 2021, after numerous requests from existing customers with heavy equipment, B&B decided to explore adding fire suppression system solutions to their existing portfolio.

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AFEX Expands Footprint in Africa, Growing Heavy Equipment Fire Suppression System Presence in the Continent

Raleigh, NC, USA, February 22, 2023 – AFEX Fire Suppression Systems, specialists in designing and manufacturing fire protection systems for heavy-duty mobile equipment, recently announced its official expansion into the African market. AFEX began making significant investments in sales and marketing in late 2021 to better serve the needs of end users, equipment dealers, and OEMs across the continent by supplying its third-party approved fire systems through a trusted distributor network.

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7 Ways to Fail When Choosing a Fire Suppression System for Heavy Equipment 

Fire suppression systems for heavy-duty mobile equipment are investments worthy of close consideration and a thorough implementation plan. As a manufacturer of vehicle fire suppression systems with 50+ years of experience working in various industries across all seven continents, we’ve seen clients make mistakes that have threatened the success of their projects. We want to help alleviate any pain upfront and review some sure ways to fail when selecting and deploying fire suppression systems. We don’t believe you have to be the one making mistakes to learn from them. 

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