Almost everything we do relies on technology. From how we communicate to how we are entertained and find answers to problems, technology plays an integral part. And behind the scenes, powering our ability to connect the devices in our hands and the computers on our desks with the world, is a complex network of control panels, data cabinets, switches and servers, that all rely on electricity. And if these fail, the consequences can be devastating, especially if the cause of the downtime is fire.
Electrical fires are incredibly challenging to predict and once started, if left to burn undetected, their effects can destroy equipment beyond repair and spread quickly to nearby equipment or structures. Outdated infrastructure, faulty wires, poor maintenance and overloaded circuits are all risk factors for fire. And if fire strikes, it can bring a business crashing down, with operations coming to a standstill and a loss of sales being very real scenarios.
The critical concept is detecting and suppressing the fire right where it originates. Due to the nature of the contents being valuable and dangerous, the majority of energised equipment is exceptionally well enclosed. This means that traditional fire detection and protection systems will be mounted externally to the cabinet, delaying the detection of the fire and impeding the fire protection medium from getting to the heart of the fire quickly. It’s here that a Direct fire suppression system will offer exceptional protection. Not only will the system offer the protection directly where the fire originates, but they are also compact and sized for the electrical enclosure or cabinet they protect. This will result in a significantly reduced cost of ownership as only a few kilograms of clean agent are being used and therefore need replacing in any fire conditions. Compared to that of a large total flood application where the system sizes are much higher, so every discharge will come with a bigger price tag to replace or refill, not to mention the logistics and downtime.
Automatic detection is controlled through the use of the Detection Tube. The tube is pressurised with dry nitrogen at 15.0bar @ 20°C. It is the detection tube that provides the detection and delivery of the extinguishing medium. The CT Direct™ valve technology and tubing combine to automatically detect the fire and actuate the system. The pressurised tubing is installed in and around the fire risks within the protected areas, always in communication with the system contents. When a fire occurs, the tubing will burst at the point of highest heat. As the contents of the systems are directly in communication with the detection tube, immediate discharge of the extinguishing agent is started at the point of detection. This means that fully automatic fire suppression is ready 24/7 365, day and night, keeping watch over the asset it is protecting. With no power requirements, when the system detects fire it automatically activates, rapidly discharging the suppression agent inside the cylinder to the seat of the fire, knocking it down before it has an opportunity to take hold.
Kidde Australia’s clean agents are electrically nonconductive, noncorrosive and leave no residue, meaning that the most delicate and sensitive equipment can be protected safely and effectively. The electrical cabinet system can be scaled for use with a wide range of applications ranging from a single electrical panel right through to wind turbines.
Available in modular or multi-zone protection methods, protecting your critical asset has never been so easy or cost-effective.
Contact your local Kidde Australia representative or visit www.kidde.com.au to learn more.