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Case Study: Firetrace System Saves Wind Turbine from a Catastrophic Loss

We recently sat down with an operations executive in the wind industry that experienced a fire in the nacelle of a wind turbine and the Firetrace system installed quickly suppressed fire. Learn more about his experience.

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Case Study: Implications of a UVIR Fire Detection System Failure

A multinational tool manufacturing company in Texas recently sat down with Firetrace to discuss their experience with different types of fire suppression they have had experience with, and why it is so crucial to assess your options before installing.

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Case Study: Citizen Screw Machine Saved

John Koerner is an entrepreneur that started his machining business on a loan, using his motorcycle as collateral. As the business grew, he invested in a Citizen screw machine. Because he was machining titanium with oil based coolant, he also invested in fire suppression. We caught up with John about entrepreneurship, risk taking, and his first ever experience with a machine shop fire.

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Case Study: Citizen A20 Saved

Rudolph, LLC is a precision machine shop specializing in small and micro components, mainly for the medical industry. While machining a titanium part, a spark from a hot chip came into contact with the oil mist and started a fire. Their Firetrace automatic fire suppression system immediately activated to release the clean agent, which suppressed the fire before they realized a fire had started.

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Case Study: $500k Saved

Guidemark Precision manufactures precision parts for aerospace and medical applications. To meet demand, they run lightly attended machining (24/7) of metals at high speeds using oil-based coolants. When a tool break led to a machine fire, their Firetrace automatic fire suppression system suppressed the flames within seconds, saving the machine and protecting the business and employees.

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Case Study: $350K+ Saved

United Standard Industries is a precision job shop focused on complex machining processes with 3, 4, 5, 7, 9 & 11-axis machining capability. When they had their first fire, there was $190K of damage between machine damage, facility damage, and business interruption. Since installing Firetrace, they have had several fires, but none that caused significant damage. The shop has saved hundreds of thousands of dollars.

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Case Study: 25% Reduction in Downtime

An Indiana manufacturer of brass ball valves for industry, home, and heavy equipment applications is no stranger to fire risks present in their coring manufacturing process. The coring process produces excess metal parts that fall into a catch basin. In many cases, the bar ends are still hot, which can ignite the other chips in the catch basin and start a fire.

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Case Study: $387K Saved

Engineered Machining Solutions manufactures aerospace parts and other components that require high speed, precision manufacturing methods using oil-based coolants to machine metal alloys. They purchased a new Tsugami BO385C Swiss Type Lathe to meet increased demand and had a Firetrace system installed because of the risk involved in cutting metal with oil.

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Case Study: $330K Saved

Absolute Turning and Machine manufactures aerospace parts and other components that require high speed, precision manufacturing methods using oil-based coolants to machine metal alloys. After experiencing fire incidents in previous companies, the team decided to have fire suppression systems installed in their Citizen machines when they were purchased.

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Case Study: Tool Change Error (Tsugami BO326)

High Tech Quality Manufacturing manufactures medical parts and components using high speed, precision manufacturing methods with oil-based coolants to machine titanium. Due to the fire risk involved with oil-based coolants and titanium, the company had an automatic fire suppression installed on their six Citizen and  four Tsugami machines.

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Case Study: $1.86M Saved

An electricity company distributes 97 percent of all electricity in their country and have seen their customer base grow significantly as the company builds more power plants and substations. Over the last ten years, the electric company has had several fires at substations. To protect against fires and minimize power outages, they installed Firetrace fire suppression systems at their substations.

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Security Cam Footage of a Real CNC Fire

This footage shows a Citizen Machine catching fire while running titanium screws. The fire is suppressed in under 5 seconds. The customer, EOS Cases, replaced some plastic air lines, and they were up and running within days.

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How It Works - Firetrace Tubing Systems

This 40 second animation explains how our pre-engineered indirect release and direct release fire suppression systems work. The systems are simple, robust, and provide reliable fire protection for a range of special hazards.

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Customer Testimonials | Precision Machining

Learn why precision machining businesses and manufacturers of CNC and EDM machines trust Firetrace to protect their equipment. Our customers share their experiences at PMTS 2019 in Cleveland, Ohio.

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Airport GSE Suppression Demo

Watch as Firetrace engineer Brian Cashion sets multiple small fires inside the engine of a towbarless aircraft tug. The Firetrace system quickly detects and suppresses the fire.

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Intro to GSE Fire Suppression

The June 2018 fire on a towbarless tug in Frankfurt, Germany has increased awareness of fire hazards in airport ground support equipment. Learn more about how to address this risk.

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Firetrace International Brochure

Overview of the benefits and key applications of our fire detection and suppression systems.

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Ground Support Equipment (GSE) Brochure

Overview of fire hazards in GSE and how to protect against them.

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CNC Machines

Overview of fire hazards in CNC Machines and how to protect against them.

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Electrical Panels

Overview of fire hazards in Electrical Panels and how to protect against them.

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Transit and Motorcoach

Overview of fire hazards in buses and motorcoaches and how to protect against them.

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Wind Energy

Overview of fire hazards in wind turbines and how to protect against them. Also available for download:

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Server Racks & Rooms

Overview of fire hazards in server racks and server rooms and how to protect against them.

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Fume Cabinets

Overview of fire hazards in fume cabinets and how to protect against them.

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Oil & Gas

Overview of fire hazards in the oil and gas industry and how to protect against them.

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Mining

Overview of fire hazards in mining equipment and how to protect against them.

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Heavy Equipment

Overview of fire hazards in heavy equipment and how to protect against them.

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Farm Equipment

Overview of fire hazards in farm equipment and how to protect against them.

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Armored Car

Overview of fire hazards in armored cars and how to protect against them.

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Mulhall Appointment

Steve Mulhall named Business Development Manager, Ground Support Equipment (GSE) Market

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Brunoehler joins Firetrace International

Peter Brunoehler named Vice President of Sales

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Celebrating Engineering Week

Our engineers have a passion to make a difference in the world.

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Intersec 2019

Firetrace International exhibits at Intersec 2019 in Dubai.

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Webinar: Causes and Impacts of Wind Turbine Fires

Our two-part webinar series brings together a panel of industry experts including, JP Conkwright, Professor of Fire Protection and Safety Engineering Technology at Eastern Kentucky University; Angela Krcmar, Firetrace's Global Sales Manager - Wind; Sally Wright, Principal Wind Turbine at DNV GL, to discuss the causes and impacts of wind turbine fires.

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Webinar: Oil-Based Coolants 101: What You Need Know

[45 Minutes] Eric Aune, Area Manager at Blaser Swisslube Inc., reviews different types of coolants and which coolants are best suited for what material and examines the pros and cons of the different types of oil-based coolants and best practices for your coolant management program to safeguard your machines, tools, and coolant.

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Webinar: CNC Fire Protection

[55 minutes] This webinar explains why fires start in CNC and EDM machines, factors that increase fire risk, and what your options are when it comes to fire protection.

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Webinar: Making of a Machine Shop

[65 Minutes] Hear from Adam Demuth from Demuth Tool & Design and Danny Rudolph from Rudolph LLC on how they took the leap to start their own machine shops.

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Webinar: Maximizing Efficeny to Sustain Your Shop Through COVID-19

[59 Minutes] With COVID-19 brining a lot of economic uncertainty, hear from machine shop efficiency expert Cullen Morrison insights on getting product out the door more quickly while using fewer resources, bringing in new work that fits in well with existing contracts, and how to optimize product mix for efficiency and profitability.

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Webinar: Safety and Data Drive Machine Shop Efficiency

[55 Minutes] Listen to the panel discussion with Eric Fogg, Machine Metrics, Conor Puckett, Bio-Chem Fluidics, and Mike Campo, Firetrace on how utilizing data can drive shop efficiency, safety, and overall output.

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UNECE R107 Product Certifications

Firetrace International fire suppression systems are certified by the following standards:

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RISE PMark Product Certifications

Firetrace International fire suppression systems are certified by the following standards:

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LPCB Product Certifications

Firetrace International fire suppression systems are certified by the following standards:

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In the Line of Fire

As wind turbines get bigger and more expensive, and the existing fleet is aging, fire risk is becoming a greater concern for the industry. This report looks at turbine size, turbine age, and three other emerging and evolving trends that threaten the sector and how to manage these risks.

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The Complete Guide to Wind Turbine Fire Protection

This report compiles data from insurance companies, academic research, and the media over the last 20 years breaks down the frequency of wind turbine fires, why turbines catch fire, and typical costs associated with a fire.

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