Smart, efficient and cost-effective fire-suppression solutions

FOGMAKER South Africa used Electra Mining Africa 2022 as a platform to showcase its renowned fire suppression systems as well as to introduce new products and technologies to the mining industry.

“Based on our past experience, this mining exhibition serves as an excellent meeting point for all our stakeholders, from customers, end-users and industry experts to our OEM partners,” says Fogmaker South Africa’s Managing Director, John Russell. “Alongside our proven Swedish-manufactured water-mist fire suppression system, this year’s show will also see the introduction of Q-TEC Fire’s foam fire suppression solution into our product portfolio.”

Essentially every diesel engine-operated vehicle and machine is susceptible to fires due to presence of heat, rapid airflow and flammable fluids. Fires present a real and serious threat to mining operations. Ensuring that steps are taken to minimise the fire risk through design and operational procedures, and where the fire risk is still unacceptable, that an effective, certified and reliable fire suppression system is in place, is paramount.

“Building on the tremendous success of the live demonstrations of our Fogmaker triple-action fire-suppression system at the 2018 show, visitors to our stand can once again look forward to seeing this highly effective system in action,” continues John.

The low-weight, low-maintenance Fogmaker system utilises the power of the purest extinguishant i.e. water, in the form of high-pressure mist (50-micron droplets) to effectively suppress the fire in seconds.

The system combines water with 3% Aqueous Film Forming Foam (AFFF) to rapidly attack all three components of the fire triangle namely heat, oxygen and fuel.

The system is suited to any application where diesel driven machines are being operated and is smartly engineered to be compact and installed in any orientation. This makes it particularly suitable for machines where space to mount a storage cylinder is limited as is the case with most mobile mining equipment.

“We recently expanded our reach for solutions into very large mobile equipment and fixed plant with the introduction to our product portfolio of the Q-TEC Fire Services foam fire suppression system. The system is ideal for larger mobile mining equipment, as well as fixed plant such as diesel bowsers and conveyor belts,” adds John.

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