Electronic fire panel remotely monitors systems

26th August 2016


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Fire engineering design specialist Failsafe Fire Projects, which provides mines and industry with fire detection and suppression systems for heavy vehicles and machines, will be using Electra Mining Africa 2016 as the platform to launch its newly developed electronic fire panel.

The patented, locally manufactured fire panel is fitted with a remote monitoring GPS system, which allows the company to remotely monitor its customers’ fire suppression systems.

Failsafe Fire Projects GM Andrew Hossack explains that the company can remotely analyse the data it receives from the newly developed system, allowing it to establish if there has been a loss in pressure in the system or if there has been a discharge of the complete suppression system.

“Our head office notifies our respective technicians, enabling prompt service turnaround. This results in operational cost savings, improving productivity and reducing machine downtime. This also ensures an electronic monitoring function, which acts as a backup for operator inspections of the suppression system to ensure it is in a fit-for-purpose state,” he adds.

The new system allows for specific zone identification monitoring of a vehicle or respective machine, which offers the flexibility to customise monitoring requirements for clients.

Hossack says the fire panel will also have one of its training rigs on display, which is used at point of contact with clients’ machine operators.

“Training in the competent use of the fire suppression systems is imperative for operators’ understanding and proficient use, especially in a highly stressed fire situation. We offer this training service free of charge as and when required by our customers.”

Failsafe Fire Projects has been specialising in fire suppression for heavy-duty vehicles and standalone machines over 20 years. In addition, the company also supplies systems covering in-cabinet protection, motor control centres, storage facilities, turbines, cranes, conveyor systems and many other industrial applications.

All Failsafe Fire Projects’ suppression systems are manufactured in South Africa, which Hossack says not only supports local industry but also achieves more stable price points compared with imported products. Manufacturing and minor assembly takes place at its head office, in Durban, from where the products are dispatched to other offices in South Africa.

Failsafe Fire Projects exports to African countries and has appointed representation in Namibia, Botswana and Mozambique. The company is investigating expanding into Zambia, the Democratic Republic of Congo and other African countries.

Occasionally, the firm’s own technical employees are sent cross border to inspect and help install or service systems to ensure they are up to Failsafe Fire Projects’ standard.

Some of the company’s customers include Caterpillar, Komatsu, Fermel, Bird Machines, Petra Diamonds, Sappi, Liviero, New Denmark Colliery, Bell Equipment, Dust-A-Side, Assmang, Engineering Top Tech, Hitachi and Richards Bay Minerals.

Hall M2 Stand 24

Edited by Creamer Media Reporter


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