Agricultural machines have a high risk of fires due to the buildup of debris such as straw and crop residue. The heat from the engine and exhaust components can ignite this debris, resulting in a fire which damages or destroys the machine and can spread to the surrounding crops. A rigorous maintenance and cleaning policy will go a long way to reduce your fire risk, and a purpose-built fire suppression system will help minimise damage to your machine if a fire does occur.
Construction machinery works long hours under demanding conditions. Mechanical failures are an unavoidable part of doing business, which is why it is so important to have your equipment protected from expensive fires that can often result in a total loss. And now, with the arrival of TIER 4 engines that are running hotter than ever, the risk of fire has been compounded. Utilising a dual agent system that can address these high temperatures is the most efficient approach to fire protection, and AFEX leads the heavy equipment industry in this area.
Today’s forestry industry has better equipment, better-trained operators, improved resource management and more sophisticated business management. Technological advances have created machines of greater size and strength and have improved operator comfort and ease of operation. However, these bigger and stronger machines have more significant fire risks. The large volumes of hydraulic fluids operating under high pressures create potential fire hazards when hoses leak or rupture. Engine compartments designed to prevent the accumulation of debris inhibit access for routine cleaning and restrict the effectiveness of handheld fire extinguishers and water tanks. Engine compartments located at the rear of the machine hide the fire from sight and make early detection difficult.
Since logging equipment is often operated in remote areas away from the local fire department, a small fire can rapidly turn into a total loss. Equipment losses are not only losses in capital, but also losses in production. In response to their losses, insurers raise rates, increasing the overhead burden for loggers. Unfortunately, due to many myths about fire suppression in the forestry industry, many machines are improperly or inadequately protected. AFEX can help make sure your equipment is protected.
The machines used in the mining industry are some of the most expensive pieces of heavy equipment available. For this reason, mine operators want a fire protection system that’s effective, reliable, and automatic. Because a down machine can halt production, they need a system that’s low maintenance and easily serviced.
The AFEX system is purpose-built to withstand the everyday abuse present in the mining industry. AFEX systems are commonly installed on wheel loaders, dozers, and excavators. Our 125 lb tanks and dual agent (dry and wet chemical) systems are perfect for larger machines such as haul trucks and hydraulic shovels.
Oil, Gas, and Energy
The physical layout of the average hydraulic fracturing spread or drilling operation is a logistical nightmare when it comes to fire. The vehicles operating side-by-side with little room between them create an environment where fire can quickly spread and access for fire fighting is nonexistent. Frac pumps, blender units, and diesel generator set all present a significant fire risk, and a fire on a single machine can rapidly spread and burn through the millions invested in the site.
Thankfully, there is already an established way to combat the fire on heavy equipment. AFEX fire suppression systems are a proven safety and productivity product that stand ready to fight a vehicle or Genset fire at a moment’s notice, attacking the source of the flames before they have a chance to become established and spread to your other machines.