Fire Protection Solutions for the MDF Industry
High-risk areas in a MDF factory are dryer(s), fiber/dosing bins, wind sifters, forming stations, line extraction, sanding as well as the press.
Dangerous sparks and hot particles can be generated in the process that can lead to loss of revenue and/or human life as well as major damage to the production line and machinery.
By tailoring a fire protection system using fast IR-radiation detection and flame detection in combination with effective water spray extinguishing and water mist suppression, Firefly aims to avoid costly fires and dust explosions in MDF factories.
It is well-known in the wood panel industry that a fire in a press spreads extremely quickly. A small flame can, in just a couple of seconds, develop into a large-scale press fire with devastating consequences/losses.
Combustible material (wood fibers, dust, various types of oil and wax), oxygen and ignition sources (often generated due to friction) are always present in and around a press. Considering that these are the parameters needed to start a fire, the question to be asked would not be if a fire will occur in a continuous press, but rather when.
The Firefly PressGuard® system consists of a detection- and water mist suppression system. The detection system is built upon a range of different detectors suitable for usage in different areas of a press, this to ensure the best possible accuracy and reaction time. The water mist suppression system uses a lower amount of water to minimize secondary damage/losses.