Waste and Recycling facilities regularly experience fires. When not immediately detected and extinguished, these fires often result in catastrophic loss, including personal injury and even death, as well as devastating damage to the facilities and the environment. Utilising the latest in technology, Unifire AB, a global leader in fully automatic fire detection and suppression systems, have engineered a fully automated fire detection and suppression system using robotic nozzles to deal with modern fire protection needs.
Distributed by Kidde Australia, the FlameRanger™ is a high capacity, fully automatic, fire detection and suppression robotic nozzle system that operates completely autonomously around the clock, while providing constant system status information and human operator intervention and remote control at all times.
The system uses an Array of IR Detectors to detect and locate a fire with the ability for up to 4 fires to be detected simultaneously. Within seconds of a fire breaking out, the flame detectors send a signal to Unifire AB’s TARGA™ PLC indicating the presence of a fire and its size and location data. Activation of the system requires multiple IR detectors to independently detect the fire before the system reacts, reducing the risk of false alarm to nearly zero. The TARGA PLC then accurately aims the robotic nozzle at the fire, opens the valve, and dynamically suppresses the fire with a large volume of water (or agent), until the fire is extinguished. When fire is no longer detected, the TARGA PLC closes the valve, yet remains actively detecting for fire, ready to intervene should fire break out again.
The technology is entirely automated and incredibly effective. Unlike traditional sprinkler systems—which, by comparison, react slowly and provide only a wide area of small water droplets, FlameRanger reacts almost immediately, providing accurate suppression with a high volume of water directly onto the fire. This dramatically increases the effectiveness and also cuts down on water damage to the surrounding environment because it only targets the fire at its source. At all times, the system uses real-time data to direct the nozzles. This means that if the fire moves, changes size or position, or more fires break out, the robotic nozzle reacts accordingly, capable of suppressing up to four separate fires detected simultaneously.
Each robotic nozzle in the system is able not only to work independently, but can also take in and react to data from the other ‘cells’. This means that a cell that detects a fire would suppress it, while a neighboring robotic nozzle could react by either assisting, or cooling surrounding equipment or structures.
Another innovative feature of the system is the UniWeb™ Human User Interface. UniWeb provides the ability for one or more human operators to monitor and remotely take control of any robotic nozzle in the network, open and close valves, view the CCTV camera images, etc. All of this information and control can be accessed from any standard computer, laptop, tablet or smartphone with a secure network connection, including over the Internet. Each system can be customised to the customer’s needs, including functionality, logic sequences, language settings, etc.
FlameRanger™ has been designed to protect facilities such as waste management, recycling plants, tunnels, oil and gas facilities, aircraft hangars, exteriors of large buildings, atriums, sports arenas, arrival halls at train stations and airports, storage facilities, warehouses and much more.
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For more information about FlameRanger, Contact Kidde Australia today: www.kidde.com.au
Kidde Australia Pty Ltd, a Carrier company, is a leader in fire detection and suppression solutions.