Fire prevention measures in wood processing are of critical importance. We can provide the most accurate levels of fire protection in this dangerous environment.
The team at Fire Shield Systems have developed reliable, long lasting and precision engineered fire protection systems ideal for installation in wood processing sites.
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A multitude of fire risks can be found in the wood processing environment. The very nature of a site, which handles flammable materials on a daily basis, is one which could lead to catastrophe if the correct fire safety precautions are not in place.
Wood processing involves complex processes to do with crushing drying, gluing, sorting, sawing and milling wood. These processes are commonly serviced by automatic and pneumatic machines, sometimes also responsible for transporting wood to different areas of the plant.
Automated machinery operates at high production speeds, consistently, and for long hours, sometimes 24 hours per day. It is very likelyThe temperature of machine engines can rise, machine engines will heat up, and in this hot environment, the chance of combustion is elevated. Closely connected processing areas mean that once a fire starts, it canwill spread easily and quickly.
With large vehicles responsible for delivering and picking up materials, as well as transporting materials around the site, the threat of engines overheating is amplified.
Wood processing sites also present an often overlooked fire hazard and explosion threat: combustible dust. Dust suspended in the air, in a certain density, under particular circumstances, has the potential to combust or explode. The force from a dust explosion is capable of high levels of damage from injuries and death to the destruction of equipment and even entire buildings.
Early fire detection is essential to control and minimise the risk of damage and the spread of fire. But in a busy, loud and hot workspace, identifying the slightest environmental changes indicative of a fire requires absolute precision and attention to detail.
Selecting the right fire detection system could mean heading off a fire before the point of combustion without ever having to deal with damage control. Fire detection features such as ember detection, which is suited to detecting fires on moving production lines, are capable of picking up low levels of heat which flame detection systems may overlook.
In a plant where material is being moved quickly on automatic machinery, it may be difficult to pinpoint the exact location of a breakout of fire; this could become even more problematic when a spark or flame is being moved along a conveyor, for example, coming into contact with other materials.
In this situation, a deluge system can reduce the chance of fire being spread by covering a wide area in a matter of seconds. When activated through a fire detection system, the agent discharges through all heads in a deluge system immediately, working to quickly and efficiently control, suppress or extinguish the fire before serious damage is caused.
Where an outbreak of fire in a specific area needs to be targeted and dealt with, automatic fire fighting cannon systems can provide reliable support. Starting with the detection of a fire outbreak, these can be calibrated to disperse only water, or a range of firefighting additives depending on the unique situation.