May 9, 2017
End users rely on clean agent fire suppression systems to protect their important assets and operations, making the quality, safety and reliability of an agent paramount. Branded agent and system manufacturers and distributors have invested substantially in their technologies, brands and reputations, so they also have a lot at stake for the ultimate performance of these systems to put out fires and help keep people safe. Because the quality requirements for an agent are so high, market penetration of generic sources has been limited – even when branded and generic suppliers use essentially the same manufacturing process.
Quality concerns associated with potential future generic sources of FK-5-1-12 are further heightened because these sources would use a drastically different manufacturing process than the process used to manufacture Novec 1230 fluid. Patent filings and promotional materials over the past few years suggest that a generic FK-5-1-12 agent may enter the market in the coming years. However, specifying a generic agent can have significant consequences because 3M™ Novec™ 1230 Fire Protection Fluid is more than just a molecule and it’s a clean agent you can trust.
April 22, 2017
Today marks the 47th Earth Day – a perfect time to reflect on how our actions have made a positive impact on the environment and to recommit to a greener future. Day-to-day business decisions can become routine, but by choosing sustainable solutions instead of those that have high global warming potentials (GWPs), you’ve helped protect our planet in unimaginable ways.
March 30, 2017
Anechoic chambers are specialized areas that absorb reflections of sound and electromagnetic waves. These rooms generally contain high value, sensitive assets for telecommunication and electronics testing. These chambers have unique fire suppression needs and now there’s a sustainable clean agent to help protect those spaces and assets.
Anechoic chambers absorb reflections of sound and electromagnetic waves using pyramid shaped radiation absorbing material (RAM). The material generates heat as it absorbs wave reflections which can cause it to combust if the heat is not properly dissipated. Due to the high value of the contents in the room, gaseous fire suppression systems are commonly used to reduce this risk as described in FM Global Data Sheet 1-53: Anechoic Chambers.
March 14, 2017
Every new administration comes with its own wave of policy and regulatory change. The fate of hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) policy and regulation under the Trump Administration was clouded with uncertainty. Until now.
The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) publically defended the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) Significant New Alternatives Policy (SNAP) rule to limit use of high global warming (GWP) HFCs at the D.C. Court of Appeals hearing for Mexichem, a Mexican chemical manufacturer, and Arkema, a French chemical company. In their lawsuit, Mexichem and Arkema argue that the U.S. EPA only has authority to change the status of ozone damaging chemicals, such as halon, and not to the list of substitutes, such as HFCs. According to E&E News’ GreenWire, the DOJ argued that the EPA is permitted by law to make changes when the older chemicals pose a danger to health or the environment. And because HFCs have high GWPs, many times the heat trapping potential of carbon dioxide, the DOJ considers the EPA justified in taking them off the list of acceptable substitutes for that reason.