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.Read More
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.Read More
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, the leading manufacturer of fire suppression systems for mobile heavy equipment is celebrating 50 years of helping customers maximize their safety and productivity.
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.
As featured in Construction Equipment Guide.
AFEX pioneered automatic fire suppression systems in the late 1960's in response to the fire risks associated with timber harvesting equipment in the Southeastern United States. Today, AFEX systems can be found on all seven continents protecting equipment in all heavy industries including waste handling, mining, oil and gas, and steel.
AFEX is different from other fire protection companies in that vehicle systems are the company's sole focus. As such, the systems are designed with vehicles in mind from the ground up. This specialist position enables AFEX to stay abreast of changes in the industry, and to be the first to respond to the needs of equipment owners and operators.
As featured in SWANA Florida's Summer 2017 edition of Talking Trash.
Fire puts operators in danger, leads to costly machine repairs or replacement, and lost productivity due to downtime. The vehicle fire suppression industry is based on these simple facts, but how do you choose the best solution for your unique needs?
The following considerations are a good starting point for anyone looking to protect heavy equipment.
As featured in E&P Magazine.
Fire is the worst thing that can happen to an oil & natural gas collection site. All the time, effort, and resources dedicated to a good pad can literally go up in smoke in minutes, as was the case in Monroe County, Ohio. In this instance, there were thankfully no injuries, but there was a total loss of surface equipment (which estimates put at tens of millions), a temporary evacuation of local residents, and a fish kill in a nearby creek that is being investigated for ties to the fire. Thus far the Environmental Protection Agency, the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, and the Ohio Department of Natural Resource have been involved in the investigation process.
Raleigh, NC, USA – AFEX Fire Suppression Systems is pleased to announce that Liebherr Group and Ground Force Worldwide will feature AFEX equipped machines at MINExpo 2016, September 26-28 in Las Vegas, NV.
Liebherr Mining Equipment will feature the AFEX system on their T 284 mining truck. An advancement of the successful T 282, the T 284 continues to be the lightest (lowest empty vehicle weight) and most capable (highest payload) ultra-class mining truck, while offering reduced fuel consumption and emissions through a Tier 4f engine, delivering over 4,000 hp. This further improved machine enables customers to meet production targets with fewer trucks, or in less time.
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.