Mining, both surface and underground, is a complex industry with significant fire protection challenges. Large and expensive off-road vehicles and heavy processing equipment are often run around the clock in extreme temperatures, harsh environments and remote locations. The presence of flammable fuel and lubricating oils in close proximity with electrical hazards threatens a high fire-risk. A fire would cause extensive damage to equipment, production downtime and potential loss of human lives.
Pyrogen’s IPEX (Impulse Podwer Extinguising Module) kit is a fire suppression solution designed for mining vehicles and mobile equipment operating under aggressive environments. It is a robust, reliable and effective fire protection system with no maintenance required.
Pyrogen’s IPEX system also for fire protection of buses, trains and transport vehicles operating in demanding environments. An advanced automatic fire protection system, its versatile size is ideal for bus engine compartments and its rapid discharge ensure minimal property damage and safety of bus passengers.
The IPEX module is a non-pressurised self-contained metal canister delivering a gas-powder extinguishing medium into a fire zone within seconds from activation.
The impulse discharge is achieved due to a special non-pressurised solid gas generator incorporated into the canister containing a special extinguishing powder. Upon activation of the system the gas generator operates releasing gases. The gases rapidly build up an internal pressure and aerate the extinguishing powder resulting in an impulse gas-powder delivery through a specially designed outlet.
IPEX is highly versatile – it can be installed in small enclosure (with no piping) or large areas (with simple piping and 4-6 distribution nozzles). IPEX has no pressure gauges and no moving parts – therefore it is easy to install and maintain.
Due to its heavy-duty modules which can withstand up to 95°C temperature, high vibration and extreme humidity levels, IPEX is highly suitable for aggressive environments.
Pyrogen basic IPEX kit is a simple manually-activated and stand-alone system. It includes just two components – the IPEX-15T extinguishing module and a manual pull-ring T-start activation device located inside a driver’s cabin (a second activation device can also be installed outside of the cabin).
PYROGEN IPEX ADVANTAGES
|Challenges to Fire Protection systems in Mining Industries||Pyrogen’s Advantages|
|Expensive maintenance for pressurized fire systems (foam, water systems etc)||Pyrogen’s IPEX is a non-pressurised system, with no liquids, no gases, no gauges, no moving parts and requires no maintenance|
|Semi-open & open areas (not suitable for most of gaseous and gas-like agents)||IPEX is suitable for enclosed, semi-open and open areas.|
|Rapidly developing fires (most of foam and water based systems have slow discharge up to 60 seconds)||IPEX offers impulse type rapid discharge up to 10 seconds, with early detection up to 6 seconds.|
|Interruption in operations (most of fire systems require a long downtime during changeover/expiry replacement)||IPEX ensures very short downtime – therefore no interruption to operations|
|Elevated ambient air temperatures in engine compartment (most of fire systems have temperature operation range only up to 60°C)||IPEX has temperature operation range up to 95°C ambient air temperature.|
|High vibration (resulting in caking, deterioration of agents)||IPEX is resistant to high vibration|
|Aggressive environments – salt sprays, dust etc||IPEX features heavy-duty execution and robust design|
|Activation Options||Pyrogen IPEX can be activated electrically or thermally, automatically or manually. Standard UL approved detectors with a fast (5-6s) response time.|