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3M™ Novec™ 1230 Fluid Fire Wire – Spring 2020

Fire Wire is 3M™ Novec™ 1230 Fire Protection Fluid’s quarterly fire suppression newsletter, developed for specifying engineers, architects and everyone else working in special hazards fire protection.

Why UL Listings and FM Approvals Matter

  • If a fire suppression system fails to discharge or operates incorrectly during a fire, there’s no second chances. That’s why specifying a trustworthy fire suppression system matters – one that has been rigorously and independently tested to perform to specifications. Across the industry, it’s a mark of quality when a system is UL Listed or FM Approved, indicating that independent testing and system validation has taken place.

    For more than 100 years, UL has tested and certified products for quality and performance. In order to earn the right to be UL Listed, a fire suppression system manufacturer has to invest in a detailed end-to-end process including:

    • Evaluating prototype designs prior to manufacturing
    • Ensuring that each and every component, from valve to cylinder to nozzle, meets UL standards for quality and performance
    • Conducting independent laboratory analysis of the agent and the system mechanism
    • Fire testing to demonstrate extinguishing performance
    • Reviewing all labels to ensure compliance with UL standards

    Similarly, earning FM Approval requires an evaluation, sampling and testing process for both the agent and the system. And the process isn’t a one-off – ongoing compliance audits of the manufacturing facility are required in order to maintain FM Approved Status.

    That’s why UL Listings and FM Approvals matter: they demonstrate to your customer that the system manufacturer has made a commitment to quality and consistency in the system and the agent. Because every component must be approved, the customer has the OEM’s assurance that nothing – not even the label – has been substituted for a non-approved component. When you specify a fire suppression system, include a requirement for the system to be UL Listed or FM Approved to ensure that your customer receives a system accredited and approved with the highest level of performance and quality.

Working on an international project?

  • If you’re working on specifying a project outside of the U.S., you’re not alone. In fact, wherever you are in the world, it’s quite likely that a facility near you already has a system installed using 3M Novec 1230 fluid. With more than 50,000 installations in over 100 countries – plus hundreds of marine installations – regional and global OEMs and distributors have designed, installed and maintained the latest technology in clean agent fire protection systems. With virtually no geographic restrictions, 3M Novec 1230 fluid can be specified whenever and wherever you need it. Take a look at a few global installations:

  • Global System Installations

    Global System Installations

    Click to explore seven of the more than 50,000 system installations using 3M™ Novec™ 1230 Fire Protection Fluid in over 100 countries.


    Click to explore seven of the more than 50,000 system installations using 3M™ Novec™ 1230 Fire Protection Fluid in over 100 countries.


911 Emergency Response

Keeping emergency response centers answering the call 24/7

Read Case Study (PDF, 611.55 KB)
Power Grid Substations

Fire protection in Iberdrola's underground substations

Read Case Study (PDF, 232.17 KB)
The St. John’s Bible

Protecting a priceless work of art in a beautiful public space that welcomes visitors

Read Case Study (PDF, 566.94 KB)
Kuwait University

Protecting critical university data and assets

Read Case Study (349.95 KB)
Viking River Cruises

Upgrading safety on the Viking river cruise line

Read Case Study (PDF, 4.97 MB)
Northern Ireland Railways

Managing risk and worker safety on the railroad

Read Case Study (PDF, 120.67 KB)
HDC 34 Data Center

Non-conductive, non-corrosive fire suppression for a data center in Montpellier, France. Using 3M Novec 1230 fluid saves space and offers a high margin of safety.

Read Case Study (PDF, 220.34 KB)

Fact or Fiction: 3M supports testing 3M Novec 1230 fluid in new applications

  • Two megaphones pointing in opposite directions, labeled “Fact” and “Fiction”

    Fact! 3M supports new applications development through our subject matter expert resources and fire testing facilities. It starts in the 3M labs. Our team of chemists and fire protection engineers works closely with OEMs and distributors to support the development of model systems and assist OEMs that are conducting rigorous analyses of 3M Novec 1230 fluid's effectiveness in potential new applications. Then, our lab professionals are also available to provide input on the testing parameters to confirm the models’ predictions as the OEM tests and evaluates their system to demonstrate real-world effectiveness to their customers. For example, when the U.S. Air Force was seeking a replacement for halon fire suppression systems in its Jet Engine Noise Suppressor Test Facilities (PDF, 119.42 KB), 3M collaborated with an OEM and distributor that were arranging two performance tests to demonstrate that 3M Novec 1230 fluid could be highly effective in a large open space similar to an aircraft hangar. Testing included:

    • A fire performance test in 3M’s Decatur, AL Fire Test Facility to replicate the fire hazard fuel load and geometry
    • An agent extinguishing concentration test in a Jet Engine Noise Suppressor Test Facility to confirm the system’s effectiveness at reaching design concentration

    Based on the successful test results, the U.S. Air Force selected an integrated system solution using 3M™ Novec™ 1230 Fire Protection Fluid.

    If you have a potential new industry application for a fire suppression system using 3M Novec 1230 fluid, contact us on our website.

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