Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Ansul CheckFire SC-N Phase Out

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Ansul has been a leader in mining fire protection for decades. When I saw the displays for the new CheckFire 110 & 210 at the International Mining Conference in 2012 I knew they had a winner. Since that time we have installed many of these new control systems for customers who appreciated being shown the new technology, and saw the value in keeping their fire equipment current.

One of the things that I appreciate and respecte from Ansul is their commitment to quality in the field. They developed a two day training course that takes technicians completely through the new systems so they understand all of the available benefits of the CheckFire. Ansul has only made the product available to the companies that invested in that training to ensure installation and service was at a very high level. What this means is that you can be an Ansul A-101 dealer, but not be given access to the new product. This is a bold approach, and the right one.

Since the release of the CheckFire Ansul has also been proactive in making distributors and customers aware that the old CheckFire SC-N would be phased-out. The final notice comes into effect June 1, 2015 and can be downloaded here. Other CHECKFIRE SC-N Detection and Actuation components will also be available as spare parts for seven years contingent upon availability from vendors. If you haven’t had an opportunity to see the CheckFire 110 & 210 please feel free to contact us to arrange a demonstration.

We are very diligent in staying current with changes in the market, and products that enhance the safety of our customers. Working with partners like Ansul is another example of how we continue to say……..

If you can make it burn, we can put it out!

Ansul CHECKFIRE 210 at Bison Fire Protection

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Wednesday, May 06, 2015

Use Caution With Cartridges

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Refilling suppression system cartridges is not for the faint of heart. Ansul has been using Cartridges as a means of storing their suppression system, and extinguisher agent for a very long time with a very high degree of success. What this means is that instead of storing pressure in the cylinder there is a separate cartridge attached that when punctured releases gas into the system forcing the agent out in a regulated way to the nozzles where it extinguishes the fire. 

As you can imagine Ansul is very protective of such a vital part of their systems allowing only a few highly trained and certified companies to perform this procedure outside of their own manufacturing facility. There is a high level of liability that comes with offering this service. We as re-fillers assume the loss if a cartridge we have refilled fails. The larger concern is when service companies choose to fill cartridges without any certification using non OEM parts, and not following protocols. In the event of a failure Ansul will not assume any liability as such everything falls back on the service provider, and the hope that they have sufficient insurance to cover the losses, some will, many won’t.

There are many steps to follow to ensure a safe refill of a cartridge. When you consider they are sitting with 1800 PSI stored pressure this is something you want to treat with respect. Asking for proof of certification isn’t an insult, and if you are not sure play it safe. As mentioned earlier not many are given this level of certification, and few take the steps necessary to ensure compliance. The business you protect is your own take a minute to research qualifications it’s worth it.

If you can make it burn, we can put it out!

Blown Ansul Cartridge Top ViewBlown Ansul Cartridge Side View

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