On fire at Electra Mining

On fire at Electra Mining

Fogmaker South Africa will use Electra Mining Africa 2022, which runs from September 5 to 9, as a platform to showcase its renowned fire suppression systems as well as to introduce new products and technologies to the mining industry.

“Based on our past experience, this mining exhibition serves as an excellent meeting point for all our stakeholders – from customers, end-users, and industry experts to our original equipment manufacturer partners,” says Fogmaker South Africa’s managing director, John Russell. “Alongside our proven Swedish-manufactured Fogmaker water-mist fire suppression system, this year’s show will also see the introduction of Q-TEC Fire’s foam fire suppression solution into our product portfolio.”

Essentially every diesel engine-operated vehicle and machine is susceptible to fires, due to the presence of heat, rapid airflow, and flammable fluids. Fires present a real and serious threat to mining operations. Ensuring that steps are taken to minimise the fire risk through design and operational procedures is paramount, as is putting in place an effective, certified and reliable fire suppression system where the fire risk is still unacceptable. A small fire in a mine can spread quickly, leading to catastrophic results including loss of life, as well as exorbitant costs linked to damages and downtime.

“Building on the tremendous success of the live demonstrations of our Fogmaker triple-action fire-suppression system at the 2018 show, visitors to our stand P17 in Nasrec’s lake area can once again look forward to seeing this highly effective system in action,” continues Russell. “Daily live demos will be conducted on a Fogmaker system that is fitted on an OEM mining machine, highlighting the total flooding capability of water-mist technology as well as the ability to integrate our technologies into OEM equipment to ensure safe operation.

“We are delighted and honoured that a large delegation from Fogmaker International will be traveling from Sweden to participate in the exhibition, and our stakeholders will be able to engage with them on Fogmaker’s global activities and operations,” says Russell.

The low-weight, low-maintenance Fogmaker system utilises the power of the purest extinguishant, water, in the form of high-pressure mist (50-micron droplets) to effectively suppress a fire in seconds. The system combines water with 3% Aqueous Film Forming Foam (AFFF) to rapidly attack all three components of the fire triangle – namely heat, oxygen, and fuel.

The Fogmaker system is suited to any application where diesel-driven machines are being operated, and is smartly engineered to be compact and installed in any orientation. This makes it particularly suitable for machines where space to mount a storage cylinder is limited (as is the case with most mobile mining equipment).

Fogmaker systems are manufactured according to ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 standards and have been certified by globally recognised authorities to meet global fire suppression standards.

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