Water-based fire suppression systems (sprinklers) are designed to protect people and structures. But when it comes to protecting high value machinery, computers and other electronic equipment, water can be more damaging than the fire itself! SSI has multiple products that provide solutions to protecting your valuable property / assets without the damage caused by typical sprinkler systems.
Clean Agent Fire Suppression Systems
A clean agent fire suppression system is the superior, cost-effective choice for protecting electronics and high-value assets – reducing the threat of costly downtime and business interruption. Since the elimination of Halon from the market in 1992 many alternative products have come to market. CFCs, Halons and other chemicals are destroying the vital ozone layer that protects us. Our Clean Agent Fire Protection Systems feature the non-ozone depleting clean agents providing our customers with the fire protection they need and still protecting the earth’s precious ozone layer. SSI provides five alternative clean agents for you to consider.
The first clean agent brought to the market in 1994 was Dupont™ FM-200®. Introduced as an alternative to the ozone-depleting Halon agents, FM-200® received quick attention and acceptance as the next fire suppression agent. Also known as HFC-227ea in NFPA 2001 Standard, this agent is odorless, colorless, liquefied compressed gas that discharges as an electrically non-conductive, clear vapor. The agent extinguishes fire by a combination of chemical and physical mechanisms. Stored in a sealed cylinder in a liquid state, FM-200® discharges through nozzles attached to a pipe network that is activated by a comprehensive control system of detectors and pull stations. As an extinguishing agent, FM-200® leaves no residue and does not require costly clean up unlike sprinklers and other fire protection systems. The discharge occurs in 10 seconds or less and extinguishes the fire quickly and effectively. This fast extinguishment translates into minimal equipment / facility damage and little to no business interruption.
FM-200® Clean Agent Fire Suppression Systems are great in applications ranging from telecommunications and data processing to switch gear rooms, military applications and cell sites to high-tech medical applications. FM-200® fire suppression is also a widely accepted replacement for Halon 1301. FM-200® does not displace oxygen and therefore is safe for use in occupied spaces without fear of oxygen deprivation. SSI offers HFC-227ea/FM200 clean agent fire suppression systems through our quality line of Fike Products. and micro-environment Firetrace Protection Systems. You can read about Firetrace Server Room Systems here.
Introduced to the market in 2004 by Fike, ECARO-25 is an electrically non-conductive, non-corrosive fire suppression agent that is free of residue and has a zero ozone-depletion potential. The ECARO-25 fire suppression system requires 20& less agent per cubic foot than an HFC-227 ea or FM-200 system and 30% less than FK-5-1-12 Systems. ECARO-25 is 15% more efficient in hold time than a HFC-227 ea or FM-200 fire suppression systems, and 25% more efficient than a FK-5-1-12 system. To suppress a fire, the agent relies upon its ability to absorb the heat energy from the combustion reaction at the molecular level along with forming free radicals that chemically interfere with the chain reaction of the combustion process. Stored in a sealed cylinder in a liquid state, ECARO-25 discharges through nozzles attached to a pipe network that is activated by a comprehensive control system of detectors and pull stations.
In addition, the superior physical properties of ECARO-25 allows us to utilize small diameter piping over long distances, making the clean agent pipe network design much easier and less expensive. ECARO-25 is 15% more efficient in hold time than a HFC-227 ea or FM-200 fire suppression systems, and 25% more efficient than a FK-5-1-12 system. ECARO-25 does not displace oxygen and therefore is safe for use in occupied spaces without fear of oxygen deprivation.
Typical applications include: computer rooms, record & data archive vaults, control rooms, media storage, clean rooms, art / historic collections, and many more. The ECARO-25 agent and associated system components are UL Listed and FM approved, and you can read more about it here. SSI offers ECARO-25 clean agent fire suppression through our quality line of Fike Products.
NOVEC® 1230 Fire Protection Fluid
NOVEC® 1230 was introduced into the market in 2005 and is also known as FK-5-1-12 in NFPA 2001. NOVEC® 1230 fluid is an effective fire extinguishing agent in standard fire scenarios where halons historically have been. The agent is stored in cylinders in its fluid form, and instantly vaporizes upon discharge as a clear, colorless, low odor, liquid that is super-pressurized with nitrogen and stored in high-pressure cylinders. NOVEC® 1230 fluid extinguishes fire principally by removing heat from the fire. Upon discharge, NOVEC® 1230 fluid creates a gaseous mixture with air. This agent/air mixture has a heat capacity much larger than that of air alone. A higher heat capacity means that this gas mixture will absorb more energy (heat) for each degree of temperature change it experiences.
NOVEC® 1230 has a zero ozone-depletion potential and has the lowest global warming potential of all the manmade clean agents on the market. The agent also has a 5 day atmospheric lifetime. NOVEC® 1230 does not displace oxygen and therefore is safe for use in occupied spaces without fear of oxygen deprivation.
Since its European introduction in 2003, Fike’s innovative ProInert® has become widely accepted as one of the best performing, most cost-effective, and environmentally friendly inert gas fire extinguishing systems. Since 2009 this same technology is available in the United States, and other parts of the world requiring UL and FM approval.
ProInert offers all the benefits of other inert gas systems with several significant design improvements – enhancements that not only mean a superior product, but savings to your bottom line! Most inert gas systems discharge from the nozzle into the protected space with a high surge flow rate, creating a hazardous pressure peak. These systems use pressure reducers further down the pipe network in order to mitigate safety issues, but also require both high-pressure and low-pressure piping.
Because of its unique patented valve assembly, the ProInert agent enters the protected room within the industry required 60 seconds, but at a steady flow rate — preventing destructive turbulence from occurring. This constant flow rate means you can use small-diameter, low pressure (and less expensive) piping from the inert gas container, all the way to the nozzle. And the necessary venting area is much smaller – reducing installation costs by as much as 60% on venting hardware. By using larger tanks, Pro-Inert can save up to 50% of the space required by other manufacturers. ProInert tanks can be filled with IG-55 or IG-541.
ProInert is the 100% environmentally friendly, people safe agent with Zero ozone-depletion potential, Zero global warming potential, Zero atmospheric lifetime. If you are looking for the 100% GREEN fire protection the choice is ProInert. ProInert agent and associated system components are UL Listed and FM approved. SSI offers ProInert inert gas fire protection through our quality line of Fike Products, and you can read more about it here.
SSI can provide the system components and accessories to meet your complete clean agent fire suppression system requirements. Intelligent or conventional control panels, delayed action devices, early warning smoke detection, warning signs, manual releasing devices, automatic detection and warning devices and fire alarm panels.
Water Mist & Hybrid Suppression Systems
Before we get into the three systems that SSI represents, let’s first understand how these systems work to control / extinguish fires.
How water mist fights the fire chemical process:
- Inerting: Steam is created when water is evaporated. Steam is an inert gas which does not take part of the oxidation process. It therefore helps reduce the amount of oxygen in the vicinity of the fire, since it replaces the “normal” atmosphere. The more inert gas kept close to the fire, the better the performance is.
- Cooling: The small water droplets are easily evaporated since they have a large surface area per volume water. When water is evaporated it costs energy and this energy is taken away from the fire. Since the energy source is removed from the fuel surface, no additional flammable gases can be created. Doing so enables the fire to suffocate itself.
- Fuel Wetting: Some of the distributed water droplets will cover the fuel surface and prohibit flammable gases to be created, the more water distributed on the fuel, the more effective it becomes.
The Fike MicroMist® fire suppression system produces a fine mist to extinguish fires quickly, with very little residual water. In fact, the MicroMist system releases 100 times less water than traditional sprinkler systems, yet effectively extinguishes the fire! That translates into less run-off, less damage and easy clean-up.
The Fike MicroMist fire protection system employs single fluid, intermediate pressure – which reduces installation and maintenance costs associated with redundant and high-pressure piping networks / fittings. Offered in two convenient cylinder size configurations, MicroMist is a self-contained (great for applications with or without an available water source), single-fluid, pre-engineered water mist fire suppression system and comes pre-assembled, tested and packaged with all necessary valves and actuation components for system operation, (system nozzles must be ordered separately). That’s portability, reliability and simple installation in one easy package!
In addition, the Fike MicroMist system does utilize water, so it is naturally environmentally safe, non-toxic, and people friendly. Combine MicroMist with the intelligent, peer-to-peer speed of the Cheetah Xi detection and control system and you have a cost-effective, fast fire protection system, ideally suited for total compartment protection of machinery spaces, compartmentalized gas turbine generators (FM approved) and many other applications.
MicroMist can be used in volumes of less than 9,175 cubic feet. Typical applications are: Gas & steam turbines, machine rooms, engine test cells, emergency diesel generators and many more. The Micromist suppression system is offered through Fike Products.
Fike’s DuraQuench pumped water mist system brings the benefits of water mist fire suppression within reach of most budgets and over the widest possible range of applications.
The heart of the DuraQuench system is a skid-mounted pump, electric motor and pump controller that can be directly connected to a building’s water supply or to a tank or reservoir. When connected to a building’s water supply, DuraQuench can provide
an unlimited discharge duration – something not possible with “containerized” water mist systems. Used with the appropriate machinery space or light hazard nozzle, the DuraQuench pump can protect nearly unlimited volumes with 75% less water than a conventional sprinkler system, and at much lower cost than other water mist systems.
Light Hazard Occupancies
The DuraQuench system is designed for the protection of light hazard occupancies such as offices, classrooms, churches, libraries, hotels and museums. DuraQuench is the ideal solution when the prospect of collateral water damage is a primary concern, or when existing water supplies are not adequate for a conventional sprinkler system.
Manufacturing and Processing
DuraQuench is an ideal system for protecting the wide array of hazards found in a manufacturing or processing plant – everything from transformer rooms and the production floor, to office spaces and common areas. Using the K6 machinery space nozzle, the OH-VSO light hazard nozzle, and selector valves, multiple hazard types can be protected with one DuraQuench pump.
Utilities, municipalities and independent power producers cannot afford unplanned generator downtime. DuraQuench provides fast-acting, environmentally sound fire-suppression for generators, turbines and pump and lubrication rooms.
Victaulic VortexTM is a hybrid high velocity low pressure dual fluid system capable of making water particles less than 10 microns in size. The suppression system shall incorporate separate pressurized streams of nitrogen and water which are combined and discharged as a hybrid inert gas micro mist into the fire hazard. The nitrogen gas and water shall be combined at the emitter outlet to atmosphere, where the nitrogen stream shall be approximately 25 psig and the water stream to the emitter shall mix to create a homogenous suspension of nitrogen and water by imbedding the water molecules into the nitrogen molecules The fire extinguishing system’s primary mechanism shall lower the flame temperature (by heat absorption due to the vaporization of the fine water particles) to the point where combustion cannot continue to exist. While this system does lower oxygen in the protected area it is safe for humans to be in the area during a discharge. NFPA Standards require that anyone in the room vacate within 5 minutes. The NFPA is currently writing a new standard (NFPA 770) which will include the Victaulic VortexTM system.
The Victaulic VortexTM system can protect a Class A fire using a 5/8” Emitter discharging .26 gallons of water per minute. The Victaulic VortexTM system can protect a Class B fire using a 1/2” Emitter discharging 1.06 gallons of water per minute. The use of less water helps in any concern for contaminated water runoff where sprinkler systems require containment systems. The Victaulic VortexTM system will discharge for 3 minutes in a Class A fire and 5 minutes in a Class B fire. The Victaulic VortexTM system does not require a door fan pressure test as is required with clean agent systems. The system is 100% Green and environmentally friendly utilizing nitrogen as the inert gas and water. To learn more about the Vortex System, click here for a PDF, or watch the video below.
SSI can provide the system components and accessories to meet your complete water mist fire suppression system requirements. Intelligent or conventional control panels, delayed action devices, early warning smoke detection, warning signs, manual releasing devices, automatic detection and warning devices and fire alarm panels.
CARBON DIOXIDE (Co2)
CO2 has long been recognized as an effective suppression agent in non-occupied environments, especially effective for local application protection of equipment. CO2 is an environmentally friendly, colorless, odorless, electrically non-conductive agent that continues to be used heavily in industrial applications.
The fire suppression agent works by removing oxygen from the environment of discharge, so precautions must be taken to minimize any exposure to life. The system discharges at high or low pressure, depending on system application and design. SSI is pleased to offer the Fike Products line of Co2 high-pressure fire suppression equipment, the Ansul line of low-pressure Co2 equipment, and the Firetrace line of equipment for protection of micro-environments.
MICRO-ENVIRONMENT SUPPRESSION SYSTEMS
SSI was the FIRST distributor of Firetrace equipment in the nation. The system provides cost-effective, stand-alone, automatic fire protection for critical equipment, electrical/technical systems and various types of enclosures. The system utilizes proprietary Firetrace tubing which detects a fire due to temperature sensitivity, allowing for a quick and effective discharge. The tubing can be run through small or complex enclosures to provide accurate fire detection and suppression for a wide variety of critical locations.
Typical applications include CNC machines, Fume Hoods, electrical enclosures, server rack cabinets and auto engine compartments. The versatile fire suppression system utilizes several agent options including FM200, Co2, Dry Chemical, FE-25 and more. The system requires NO electrical source, making it an ideal stand-alone suppression product for your specialized needs or an ideal supplemental protection system. To learn more about Firetrace products, click here.
Fire protection is important to your business. Finding the solutions to your fire protection needs is something we have been doing since 1983. Contact Suppression Systems, Inc. at 1-800-360-0687 for a System Sales and Design Consultant to perform a needs analysis at your facility.