Protecting surface and underground mining equipment against fires can be challenging. Mobile equipment such as excavators and dozers contain large quantities of diesel fuel, lubricating oils, and hydraulic fluids. Fluids come in contact with hot exhaust or engine parts or an electrical fault can quickly erupt into a fast-spreading fire that can result in expensive repairs and unscheduled downtime. And most importantly, an unchecked and uncontrolled equipment fire can pose a serious threat of death or injury.
Firetrace offers a unique solution for protecting all types of mining equipment against the risk of fires. The heart of the Firetrace system is the company’s unique, pressurized Firetrace Detection Tubing (FDT), which can be routed in and around the hazard areas of mobile and electrical mining equipment. The heat-sensitive tubing is designed to burst when exposed to a fire’s radiant heat, which automatically triggers the release of the fire extinguishing agent.
The detection tubing is immune to gas, oil, dirt, vibration and temperature extremes that can cause other fire systems to fail, yet is reliable enough to avoid false discharges. And because the detection tubing is located in the hazard area where fires begin, it can react many times faster than conventional fire detection systems.
Firetrace systems are compatible with most commercially available fire suppression agents, including “clean” extinguishing agents such as Chemours FM-200 and 3M Novec 1230 as well as CO2 and ABC dry chemical powders, ensuring the best agent can be chosen for any particular application.
Firetrace fire detection and suppression systems are available exclusively through a worldwide network of distributors who are factory trained and certified to install, maintain and service Firetrace systems.