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Fire Suppression Systems

Automatic Fire Suppression Systems

Significant investments are made in mobile equipment and automatic fire suppression systems offer a proactive and reliable way of mitigating risks and reducing potential property damage, financial loss and operational disruptions. 

Fire Suppression

Fire Suppression Systems for your Industry

An automatic fire suppression system is essential for industrial equipment due to the critical role it plays in protecting valuable assets and ensuring the safety of personnel. Industrial equipment is often operated in high-risk environments where fires can have severe consequences.
An automatic fire suppression system detects fires at their early stages, triggering an immediate response to suppress the fire before it spreads and causes significant damage.

Fire suppression for Agriculture

Agriculture & Farming

Automatic fire suppression systems are of paramount importance for agriculture and farming machinery due to the unique risks and vulnerabilities present in these environments. The use of heavy machinery, equipment, and the presence of flammable materials increase the likelihood of fires in agricultural operations.

Fire suppression for Mining

Mining

Mining machinery operates in challenging environments with potential ignition sources, flammable materials, and limited escape routes. The presence of combustible gases, dust, and fluids increases the risk of fires, which can spread rapidly and pose significant threats to personnel and equipment.

Food & Beverage Industry

Food & Beverages

The presence of heat sources, electrical equipment, and combustible packaging materials increases the potential for fires. An automatic fire suppression system detects fires in their early stages, triggering immediate response and suppressing the fire before it can spread and cause extensive damage.

Fire suppression for Construction

Construction

The use of heavy machinery, electrical equipment, welding operations, and flammable materials significantly increases the risk of fires. Construction sites often have limited fire response capabilities and are susceptible to rapid fire spread.

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Our Range of Fire Suppression Systems

By deploying fire suppressants such as foam, dry chemicals, or water mist, the system effectively controls and extinguishes the fire, preventing further escalation. The automatic nature of the system ensures rapid intervention, even if personnel are not present, reducing the risk of injuries, property damage, and costly disruptions to industrial operations.
Below are some of the fire suppression system options.

Muster Foam Product Family with Control Panels

Foam Based System

Foam-based fire suppression systems are the most suitable solution for the protection of mobile machinery where liquid hydrocarbon fuels pose a high fire risk. 

Muster IPS Family - new

Impulse Powder System

Self generating, rapid discharge dry chemical powder in a non-pressurised canister. Compact in design for protected enclosures.  Mount directly within the risk area.

Muster-SAG-Family---new

Aerosol System

Self-generating, environmentally responsible, fire suppression system that provides immediate protection to confined spaces. Easy to install with long operational life.

TUFF System

TUFF System

Readily available fire fighting unit  providing a flexible fire protection solution. Easily attached or positioned on mobile equipment or the back of a support vehicle. 

Muster Fire Extinguishers

Portable Fire Extinguishers

Portable fire extinguishers that include handheld extinguishers and heavy-duty trolley mounted extinguishers. Full range of services and accessories.

CASE STUDY

FIRE SUPPRESSION FOR MINING EXCAVATORS

Three CAT 345 GC mining excavators were scheduled to be exported to a mining location. Muster foam-based fire suppression systems were installed and commissioned before the excavators were moved to the Brisbane port. 

The installation included a Muster LOP (loss of pressure) detection system offering full protection against fire hazards in critical areas like the engine bay, pumps and slew motor. 

Frequently Asked Questions

A fire suppression system is an engineered group of units designed to extinguish fires through the application of a substance. Unlike traditional fire sprinkler systems that use water, fire suppression systems often use other agents to suppress a fire, such as chemicals, gases (like carbon dioxide or clean agents), or foam. These systems are designed to quickly detect and suppress fires to minimize damage, downtime, and risk to human life. They are commonly installed in environments where water from sprinklers could damage valuable equipment or where fires need to be controlled without leaving residue that could harm equipment or require extensive cleanup, such as in data centers, commercial kitchens, medical facilities, and industrial settings.

Key components of a fire suppression system include:

Detection Devices: These sensors detect heat, smoke, or fire at an early stage and trigger the suppression system.

Control Panel: Acts as the brain of the system, receiving signals from detection devices and sending commands to release the suppressing agent.

Suppression Agent Storage: The system includes storage for the suppressing agent, which can be a gas, chemical, or foam, depending on the application.

Distribution Network: Once activated, the system disperses the suppression agent through a network of pipes and nozzles to the affected area.

Alarm and Notification System: Alerts occupants and possibly remote monitoring centers of the fire, ensuring evacuation and enabling a swift response to the emergency.

Fire suppression systems are designed to activate automatically when a fire is detected, although manual activation options are also typically available. The choice of suppression agent and system design depends on the specific risks and requirements of the facility being protected. These systems are critical in protecting against fire damage and in ensuring the safety of occupants and assets in various settings.

Fire suppression systems work by detecting fire or heat and then applying a suppressant to extinguish or control the fire. The specific operation can vary based on the type of system, but the general process follows these steps:

Detection: The system detects a fire through various means, such as smoke, heat, or flame detectors. These sensors are strategically placed throughout the protected area to ensure early detection of fires.

Activation: Once a fire is detected, the system is activated. Activation can be automatic, triggered by the detection system, or manual, initiated by a person through a manual call point or pull station.

Notification: Upon activation, many systems will trigger an alarm or notification process to alert occupants of the building to the fire and to initiate evacuation procedures. This may include audible alarms, visual indicators, or even direct notification to emergency services.

Discharge of Suppression Agent: The system then releases the fire suppression agent into the affected area. The type of agent used can vary depending on the system and the application. Common agents include:

  • Water in traditional sprinkler systems, suitable for general fire protection in many buildings.
  • Chemical agents which are clean agents that leave no residue and are ideal for protecting valuable electronics, data centers, and areas where water damage must be avoided.
  • Inert gases which work by displacing oxygen in the area and suffocating the fire.
  • Foam which is used to suppress fires by forming a blanket over the fuel, cutting off the fire’s supply of oxygen.
  • Dry chemicals commonly used in kitchens and industrial settings, work by interrupting the chemical reaction of the fire.

Suppression: The suppression agent works to extinguish the fire by cooling, smothering, or chemically inhibiting the combustion process. The goal is to control and extinguish the fire as quickly as possible to minimize damage and risk to life.

Post-Activation: After the fire is suppressed, the system may require manual reset or recharge to prepare it for the next emergency. Cleanup and maintenance will depend on the type of suppression agent used.

Fire suppression systems and fire sprinkler systems are both designed to combat fires, but they have distinct differences in terms of operation, application, and the agents they use to extinguish fires. Here are the key differences between the two:

Suppression Agents:

  • Fire Sprinkler Systems primarily use water to extinguish or control fires. They are designed to douse the fire and cool the surrounding area, preventing the spread of the fire.
  • Fire Suppression Systems may use a variety of agents including gases (e.g., carbon dioxide, clean agents like FM-200 or NOVEC 1230), chemicals, foam, or dry powder. These agents are selected based on their ability to suppress a particular type of fire without causing damage to sensitive equipment or materials in the area.

Application Areas:

  • Fire Sprinkler Systems are widely used in residential, commercial, and industrial buildings for general fire protection. They are suitable for areas where water damage is not a critical concern.
  • Fire Suppression Systems are typically used in environments where water could cause damage to valuable assets, such as data centers, server rooms, museums, and kitchens. They are also used in areas where the fire risk is particularly high or where the fire needs to be suppressed without leaving residue.

Method of Extinguishing Fires:

  • Fire Sprinkler Systems extinguish fires by saturating the area with water, lowering the temperature of the burning material to below the ignition point.
  • Fire Suppression Systems can extinguish fires by various means depending on the agent used, including reducing oxygen levels (inert gases), interrupting the chemical reaction of the fire (clean agents), or isolating the fuel source from the fire (foam).

Activation:

  • Fire Sprinkler Systems are typically activated by heat. Individual sprinkler heads open in response to high temperatures, releasing water directly over the area of the fire.
  • Fire Suppression Systems can be activated automatically by detection devices sensitive to smoke, heat, or flames, or manually via a control panel or pull station. The entire system can be activated at once, flooding the area with the suppression agent.

Residue and Cleanup:

  • Fire Sprinkler Systems leave water residue, which can cause water damage and requires significant cleanup, especially if the sprinklers operate for an extended period.
  • Fire Suppression Systems using clean agents or gases leave little to no residue, minimizing damage to sensitive equipment and requiring less cleanup. However, systems using foam or dry chemical agents may still require cleanup.

The cost of installing a fire suppression system varies widely depending on several factors, including the type of system, the size of the area to be protected, the specific application (e.g., commercial kitchen, data center, industrial facility), and the complexity of the installation. Here’s a breakdown of the key cost components:
System Type and Suppression Agent:

  • Costs can vary significantly based on the type of suppression system and the agent used. For example, systems using clean agents like FM-200 or NOVEC 1230 are generally more expensive than water-based systems due to the cost of the chemicals and the need for special handling and storage. Inert gas systems and chemical foam systems also vary in price.

Design and Engineering:

  • Custom design and engineering are required to ensure the system meets the specific needs of the facility and complies with local fire codes and standards. This includes detailed planning of the distribution network, placement of nozzles or heads, and integration with existing fire alarm and HVAC systems.

Components and Equipment:

  • The cost includes all components of the system, such as the storage containers for the suppression agent, piping, nozzles, detectors, control panels, and alarms. High-quality or specialized components can increase the cost.

Installation:

  • Labor costs for installation can vary based on the complexity of the system, the accessibility of the installation site, and local labor rates. Retrofitting a system into an existing building is usually more expensive than installing one in a new construction due to the additional labor required to integrate the system without disrupting existing structures and finishes.

Inspection, Testing, and Certification:

  • After installation, the system must be inspected, tested, and certified to ensure it meets all applicable standards and codes. This process can add to the overall cost, depending on the complexity of the system and the fees charged by certifying bodies.

Maintenance and Refills:

  • Ongoing costs include regular maintenance, inspections, and refills or replacements of the suppression agent after discharge. These costs can vary based on the system’s complexity, the type of agent used, and contractual arrangements with maintenance providers.

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