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Case Study

RAPID FIRE SUPPRESSION FOR WASTE COMPACTOR

TANA WASTE COMPACTOR

FIRE SUPPRESSION CASE STUDY (2024)

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THE FACT

A waste compactor is designed to compress and compact a variety of waste materials. Some of these materials can be highly flammable, such as paper, cardboard, plastics, and certain chemicals. The process of compacting waste generates heat and friction which can be enough to ignite flammable materials, especially if there are sparks or if the waste is particularly dry and combustible. In addition, any failure or malfunction of motors or hydraulic systems can lead to overheating adding to fire risks. A fire suppression system can quickly detect and suppress any fires that start within the compactor protecting the machine, workers and property.

THE CHALLENGE

Waste facilities can cover acres of land and handle a large volume of waste. It was critical for this Queensland waste facility to have a fire suppression system fitted to the waste compactor that would allow sufficient time from discharge so the machine can leave the hazardous area before complete shutdown. The fire suppression system also had to be installed at the tip.

THE SOLUTION

A Muster foam-based fire suppression system was installed in a 20-hour timeframe. JSG Industrial Systems supplied their fire suppression system through a Brisbane-based distributor, Amet Industries. They were responsible for installation, servicing, and maintenance. The system included a 110L cylinder, F3 foam concentrate, a LHD (linear heat detection) system and Muster alarm panel.

THE OUTCOME

The Tana compactor was fitted with a Muster foam-based fire suppression system with a 110L LHD system that allowed for extra discharge time for the machine to leave the hazard area. The system was fully compliant with AS 5062.

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