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EDM Today Article on Fires Locating the Firetrace tubing on the ram of the EDM allows for faster detection and suppression.
Tight margins and tight schedules are forcing many plant managers with EDMs to run machines with reduced staff. In spite of the many safety features on modern EDM equipment, fires that can destroy a machine or possibly spread through an entire machine shop, still do jeopardize workers' safety. Fires in EDM machines frequently result from a drop in oil level or other anomalies. When this occurs, the ready supply of coolant oil and oil vapor can turn a small spark into a major fire in moments. Firetrace's proprietary red Firetrace Detection Tubing (FDT) can be located unobtrusively on the ram to hover just above the oil surface. This placement offers detection right at the source of the threatened area. This tubing, due to its proximity to the source of the fire, typically responds many times faster than a traditional sprinkler head. In the event of a fire the tubing ruptures instantly starting the CO2 or FM-200 clean agent system discharge. A large nozzle delivers a gentle, yet effective, flow of agent to suppress the fire. The deployment of this agent is critical as more forceful flows can cause the burning oil to splash or splatter resulting in spreading rather than extinguishing the fire. Firetrace also offers options for manual activation and automatic machine shutdown in the event a fire is detected. Firetrace is also an effective fire protection solution for oil / mist collection systems. Already in use on more than 5,000 EDM and screw machines and with countless reports of successful fire suppressions Firetrace's EDM machine fire systems are a reliable and cost-effective solution for machine shop fire protection!
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