What to know about heavy machinery fire suppression systems
Heavy machinery fire suppression systems protect you from fire
Australia's frequently harsh climate can make for hot and dry worksite conditions. Combined with heavy machinery and hot running engines, the risk of fire is very real and ever-present.
Should a fire occur, the effects can be catastrophic for operations: Site shut-downs; damage to expensive equipment; harm to workers and associated litigation. All these things and more can result from fire.
The good news is that while the threat is real, so too is the protection. Heavy machinery fire suppression systems defend you, your operation, and your workers from fire and the harmful effects of fire.
For information regarding specific products, see our heavy machinery fire suppression systems page.
How fire suppression systems for heavy machinery work
Heavy machinery fire suppression systems are installed where a fire is most likely to begin, inside of the engine bay. They are woven in and around your heavy machinery's engine, where they can immediately and completely extinguish a fire should one ignite. Your system will include the following:
- Pneumatic detection tubing - for detecting fire
- Dual chamber cylinder - for housing the extinguishing agent
- Discharge tubing and nozzles - for releasing the agent
In the event of a fire, the pneumatic detection tubing will burst at the hottest point (approx. 170°C) triggering sudden depressurisation, which in turn activates a special pressure differential valve.
Once the valve has been activated, the extinguishing agent is released from the dual chamber cylinder and via the discharge tubing and nozzles. Instantly, the engine bay is flooded with fire suppressing agent.
All of this takes place in just a matter of seconds.
The result? Any fires are suppressed fast before they can spread and cause damage to your heavy machinery and your worksite.
What heavy machinery fire suppression systems should include
Here's what you should look for when comparing fire suppression systems for heavy machinery.
Australian Standards 5062-2006. All fire suppression systems for heavy machinery used in Australia should comply with our standards regarding fire protection and mobile and transportable equipment.
All weather testing. Heavy machinery fire suppression systems should be tested to perform in 'real world' conditions to ensure performance regardless of the weather or climate.
Berki Cold and TS-55 fire extinguishing agents. Agents of this type are environmentally friendly and non-toxic. They are 100% safe for use near people, animals and plant life.
Customisable for different heavy machinery. No two types of heavy machinery are identical. So, whichever system you choose, it'll need to be customisable to suit your exact equipment.
SP Method 4912 Standards
One of the best ways of ensuring that your heavy machinery fire suppression systems are of high quality is by asking whether they've been tested to SP Method 4912 Standards.
SP Method 4912 Standards involves testing systems with a life-size replica of an engine compartment. Both the engine compartment and the system are subjected to a range of 5 fire sources in 11 differing scenarios.
This testing apparatus also includes measuring performance against various components and would-be obstructions that stand-in for common engine features and blockages.
By choosing fire suppression systems for heavy machinery that have been tested to SP Method 4912 Standards, you can be confident in your system's ability to perform effectively regardless of:
- Fire sources
- The amount of fire
- The intensity of flames
- Grade of obstruction
- The location of the fire
All of the fire suppression systems for heavy machinery which we supply at Bulbeck Fire have been tested to SP Method 4912 Standards.
Our heavy machinery fire suppression systems at Bulbeck Fire
At Bulbeck Fire, we recommend Vehicle Misting Compact Line Systems (CLS) for heavy machinery. Systems of this type deliver a range of benefits for operations. Including:
1. Compact and discrete designs.
Compact, it's in the name. CLS units feature a dual chamber cylinder that is just 55cm long with a total weight of 20kg. Likewise, the pneumatic detection tubing and nozzles fit neatly in and around the engine.
2. No accidental discharge of extinguishing agent
All Bulbeck fire suppression systems for heavy machinery feature a special heat-sensitive tube, which controls the release of the extinguishing agent. The agent will not be released until the tubing bursts and the tubing will not burst until a fire is detected.
3. Complete protection 24/7
Our heavy machinery fire suppression systems provide immediate and complete suppression of machinery fires. Once installed they give you 24/7 protection with little maintenance required.
4. No electricity supply needed
Unlike some other systems available in Australia, no electricity supply is required for our systems to operate effectively with your heavy machinery, and this reduces your electricity bill.
5. Cost effective
Our systems' pricing is extremely competitive when compared to other systems on the market, and after installation they require little maintenance, meaning very low running costs.
"Fire suppression systems for heavy machinery protect your worksite from machinery fires."
Learn more about heavy machinery fire suppression systems
At Bulbeck Fire, we are the Australian specialists in suppression systems and fire prevention. With a wide range of stock available now, we make installing your new systems fast and easy.
If you're unsure of which fire protection technologies are right for your operation, contact us. We can provide you with expert advice and support. Our friendly and knowledge team is here to help.
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