CNC Fire Suppression
A fire in a CNC or EDM machine can occur in an instant without warning
A hot metal chip, a tool crash, or even a spark of static electricity can ignite the petroleum-based metalworking fluids used in many of these machines. The fire risk increases when a machine is run lights-out or unattended.
Oil-based machine fires produce high heat and dense black smoke that can be difficult or impossible to fight with handheld fire extinguishers. If the CNC machine is fitted with a ducted mist collector, a fire has the potential to spread to the building’s structure, where it may grow to the point where it can threaten lives and property.
Should the building’s sprinkler system activate in response to a fire, the costs incurred from water damage can exceed the costs incurred from the fire itself; and indirect expenses, such as business interruption, missed deadlines, and lost customers, can be many times again as costly.
EDM Fire Suppression
The best way to protect against EDM fires is to
install a fast and reliable automatic fire detection and suppression system, which many shop owners consider mandatory. Several EDM manufacturers agree, which
is why many EDM machines now come equipped with automatic suppression systems as standard equipment or as an available option. If your EDM machine does
not have an automatic fire suppression system, you
can purchase an aftermarket system that can be installed on any new or previously installed machine.
An EDM machine fire can quickly damage or destroy a machine. Left unchecked for even a few minutes, it can cause catastrophic damage. In this article we’ll look at some of fire risks inherent in EDM machines and how you can protect against them.
Dust & Mist Collectors Suppression
Firetrace offers a unique solution for protecting dust and mist collectors against the threat of fires. The Firetrace system utilizes unique, flexible, pressurized detection tubing that can be easily routed inside the collector and through the ventilation ductwork. The tubing, which functions as a multipoint linear pneumatic heat sensor, is designed to burst when exposed to a fire’s radiant heat, triggering the release of the fire extinguishing agent. Because the tubing is located inside the collector and ductwork – right where a fire starts – incredibly fast fire detection and suppression is assured.
Another benefit of the Firetrace system is its ability to effectively suppress deep seated hazards, which
are common to dust collection systems. Deep-seated hazards are subject to smoldering fire conditions,
and are best extinguished by a three-dimensional extinguishing agent. Firetrace typically recommends the use of Carbon Dioxide (CO2) as the extinguishing agent.* CO2 is a highly effective, listed and approved three-dimensional fire extinguishing agent that can be easily scaled to fit virtually any size dust collector system. CO2 will quickly penetrate all parts of the collector to effectively suppress a deep- seated fire in seconds. And every second saved results in less damage and, ultimately, less downtime.
Electric Panel Fire Suppression
Because Firetrace takes the fire detection and suppression inside of the hazard, a growing fire can be caught quickly, preventing the spread of fire to other parts of the building that would require firefighters or water sprinklers to extinguish.
By containing the fire to the individual enclosure damage is limited to that enclosure or even the affected componant and the collateral damage often caused by traditional fire suppression is avoided.
IT Rack Fire Suppression
Firetrace automatic fire detection and suppression systems are the industry leading solution for protecting server racks and telecommunications equipment. And Firetrace now offers Total Flooding Systems that can effectively protect entire server and telecommunications rooms without the collateral damage caused by water sprinklers.
Using our unique, pneumatic Firetrace Detection Tubing (FDT), and “clean” fire extinguishing agents such as DuPontTM FM-200® and 3MTM NovecTM 1230 Fluid, a Firetrace system will quickly and reliably detect and suppress a fire before it can spread
to adjacent equipment or activate an overhead sprinkler system. And Firetrace Total Flooding Systems provide a second line of defense for those fires originating outside of the server rack, further reducing or eliminating the risk of equipment damage and downtime.