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November 9, 2020

Will FM-200™ Kill You?

Clean agent fire protection systems that use chemicals like FM200 and discharge as a gas are considered to be safe in normally occupied spaces. FM200 complies with NFPA Standard 2001: Standard for Clean Agent Fire Extinguishing Systems, EPA SNAP Program (Significant New Alternative Policy), Underwriters Laboratories, Inc. (UL), and Factory Mutual Research Corporation (FMRC). FM200 is a clean and colorless agent that suppresses fires through heat absorption. It is electronically non-conductive, making it safe for sensitive equipment and leaving no residue behind minimizes the downtime after a fire incident.  

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April 28, 2020

5 High Profile Wind Turbine Fires

Fire in wind turbines is the second most common type of accident reported after blade failure. While certain types of wind turbines have a higher occurrence rate of fire, all wind turbines have fire risk factors. Within the nacelle, highly flammable materials including, hydraulic oil and plastics, are located near electrical wiring and equipment. A fire can quickly start and spread if there is an ignition source like an electrical arc or a fault within the transformer.

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December 16, 2019

Analysis of 24 Incidents Reveals #1 Cause of Machine Shop Fires

Most experienced machinists have seen at least one fire on the job. Cutting metals at high speeds creates plenty of opportunities for sparks to ignite flammable materials. Many fires in machine shops are preventable, either by minimizing sparks or making sure they do not ignite flammable materials. But mistakes can happen. Our analysis of 24 fires in machine shops shows that one mistake, in particular, causes almost 30% of all fires.

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October 7, 2019

How Increasing Automation in Machine Shops Enables Growth Without Taking Away Jobs

Adding automation to your machine shop will not just increase your overall productivity, it will help keep employees engaged. Using automation for repetitive and monotonous tasks, allows your workers to use their skills on larger, more important projects.

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October 1, 2019

Getting Up and Running After a Machine Shop Fire

Your response to a fire disaster is crucial in minimizing downtime and getting operations back up and running as quickly as possible. Downtime, as well as repair and replacement costs, rapidly add up. Learn three key guidelines to help you return to normal operations following a fire.

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September 12, 2019

Understanding Dust Collector Fire Protection

According to Dust Safety Science, in 2018, dust collectors ranked the highest when it came to combustible dust incidents with 51 fires, 12 explosions, 23 injuries, and one fatality. While reported dust collector fires are not as common as in other equipment, the damage and threat to personal safety are significant. Learn about fire hazards and fire protection methods.

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August 20, 2019

CNC Machine Fire Safety Considerations for EHS Managers

Machine shop health and safety professionals oversee and implement safety programs. These programs provide guidance on the use of personal protective equipment, machine guarding, and safety policies. The demanding environment of machine shops creates unique hazards, including fire risks. Learn ways to protect your workplace and personnel from fire.

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August 13, 2019

What US Utility Providers Can Learn From Their Counterparts in Africa

With the rise in number and intensity of wildfires, utility providers are looking at a number of ways to reduce risk. They are integrating traditional tactics with technological advancements. Utilities should also be looking at their counterparts aboard to learn how they are implementing fire protection.

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August 7, 2019

Three Levels of Data Center Fire Protection

Data center fire protection has been evolving over the years to keep up to date with new technologies and fire protection regulations. While fire risks are low for the data centers, they have specific industry challenges. Protecting valuable equipment, minimizing downtime, and business continuity are top priorities for data centers. If a fire occurs, the results could be devastating. Learn several ways you can protect your data center.

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August 1, 2019

How Do Electrical Fires Start?

Nearly 60,000 fires a year occur due to electrical fires. Electrical fires have several causes and understanding the reasons why fires start and the preventative measures to take will reduce the fire risks. This includes properly maintaining your electrical panel, circuits, and wiring.

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July 29, 2019

Should You Be Using an Oil Based Coolant?

In CNC machining, the two functions of coolants are to cool the tool and reduce friction in the cut. While functionality may be the same, machine shops have the choice of using water-miscible fluids, soluble oils, synthetics, and semi synthetics. The coolant used depends on the machining operation. We will explore the pros and cons of oil-based coolants.

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July 25, 2019

Fire Suppression System Maintenance

Not properly maintaining equipment puts it is at higher risk of failure. Numerous factors can contribute to damaging equipment. Fire suppression systems are no different. They need to be routinely inspected and maintained to ensure they work correctly in the event of a fire. Learn the risk factors and how often you should have your system inspected.

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