Electrical cabinets, panels and equipment can be found throughout every food manufacturing, processing and packaging facility. In many cases these electrical cabinets control machinery and equipment critical to keeping production lines up and running, or to manage HVAC, refrigeration and other controls necessary to prevent food spoilage.
Fires in electrical cabinets are typically caused by equipment failures, thermal overload and electrical arcing. An electrical fire can damage equipment, shut down production lines and cause smoke-related contamination of food and equipment. Left unchecked for even a short period of time, an electrical fire may spread to the building structure where it could threaten lives and property.
An electrical fire can result in significant revenue losses due to production stoppages and unscheduled downtime. Just a few of the many consequences of an electrical fire include:
- Repair or replacement costs for damaged equipment
- Interruption of manufacturing processes
- Line restart costs
- Smoke-related contamination of food and process equipment
- Loss of customers due to inability to meet schedules
Firetrace offers a unique solution for containing and isolating a fire before it can shut down a production line or contaminate food and equipment. The Firetrace system detects a fire inside the hazard area using pressurized detection tubing. The UL listed tubing combines leak resistance, flexibility, durability and precise temperature sensitivity, which allows it to react quickly to a growing fire. And every second saved results in less equipment damage and revenue loss from downtime.
By containing the damage to the individual electrical fire cabinet, damage is limited to that enclosure and the collateral damage often caused by traditional fire suppression is avoided. Firetrace cabinet fire protection systems act quickly in order to minimize damage and ensure the safety of your equipment as well as anyone in the vicinity.