Heavy equipment plays a vital role in most consumer product purchases, as well as much of our everyday life. Every product that comes in on a ship is loaded and unloaded by massive harbor cranes and container handling or lifting equipment.
The Stat-X® 24/7 automatic fire suppression is ideal for these remote rugged environments.
While all of these pieces of equipment differ greatly as to their purpose, they all have one thing in common—they are incredibly expensive. A single tire on the dump truck mentioned above can cost over $40,000 USD. Tunnel boring machines can cost up to $80 million USD and earn anywhere from $100 million to almost $1 billion per mile of tunnel dug.
Large equipment requires large engines to operate them. Further, they are equipped with complex electrical systems. But rugged areas and harsh working conditions are often the order of the day for these machines. What’s more, they may be isolated from any readily available assistance.
The combination of fuel, hot engines, copious wiring and electrical components, rough treatment, and frequently being isolated from fire services support, create the perfect conditions for a large-loss fire. While significant damage to (or total loss of) an incredibly expensive piece of equipment is bad enough, the lost productivity is where the real pain is felt.
Take the $80 million tunnel boring machine for example; the loss of one mile of boring could exceed its cost several times over. If a port crane suffers a disabling fire, the port may lose the use of an entire berth and all the revenue from goods dues and handling fees. This accumulates into real money very quickly.
With the inaccessibility of most of this equipment to traditional firefighting resources, it is imperative that a fire suppression system be available on or in the equipment. It is also vital that the fire suppression system function automatically in the event of a fire.
Stat-X® condensed aerosol fire suppression systems are a proven solution for heavy equipment fire protection. The Stat-X units can be easily installed in engine compartments, electrical cabinets, and hydraulic enclosures. Depending on the application, they can be tied to a fire detection system, or the agent dispensing unit itself activates at a set temperature.
The Stat-X condensed aerosol agent quickly and effectively suppresses fire in its early stages, thereby minimizing damage to the equipment and shortening downtime. The agent itself requires minimal clean up after being discharged.