About eight months ago, Roberts Automatic Products, Inc. had a fire in a Davenport screw machine without a fire suppression system and the machine was totally destroyed. The fire and equipment were too hot to manage and the plant was evacuated. They ended up with one inch of water on the floor throughout the plant.
After this experience and a little influence from their insurance company, they made the decision to add a Stat-X® condensed aerosol fire protection system to their new replacement Davenport lathe. The Davenport lathe is a multi-spindle screw machine (automatic lathe). The machine was protected with a detection panel and two Stat-X 250E generators. During a manned shift a tool broke and started a fire while the machine was making a stainless steel part, with oil as the coolant. Once the fire started, the Stat-X fire suppression system was automatically activated, and the lathe was shutdown. An employee noticed the event and by the time they crossed the aisle to the machine everything was done and the fire was extinguished. The only damage to the machine was the internal light bulb cover was slightly melted. The machine was back in production shortly.
According to Bill Roberts, engineer, Roberts Automatic Products, Inc., “the Stat-X fire suppression system performed as expected.”