Fire Protection for Automated High-bay Warehouse for Hazardous Materials
In the automated hazardous materials warehouse at Fuchs Lubritech, WAGNER uses a fire protection solution consisting of oxygen reduction in combination with a CO2 extinguishing lake. This provides the Kaiserslautern-based lubricant manufacturer with a safe solution for the high-bay warehouse.
Safe storage of hazardous materials is a top priority for lubricant manufacturer Fuchs Lubritech GmbH. The diversity of the hazardous materials stored and the overall high fire risk place special demands on fire protection. Firefighting is severely limited by, among other things, the risk of poisoning and the release of hazardous substances in the automated high-bay warehouse. Fire protection concepts that reduce the hazard potential from the outset have proven effective for hazardous materials warehouses. For this reason, WAGNER developed an individual, holistic fire protection solution for the 42,600 cubic meter hazardous materials warehouse at the company headquarters in Kaiserslautern. The solution provides for a combination of two fire protection systems: active fire prevention with oxygen reduction and a CO2 extinguishing system. The certification of this individual solution was carried out by VdS.
Fuchs Lubritech is the world's leading manufacturer of specialty lubricants and release agents for industrial applications. The range includes more than 1,000 specialty products such as concrete release agents, bonded coatings and adhesive lubricants.
Fire Protection Concept Protects Hazardous Materials Warehouse from Fire
The ability to deliver and the flow of goods are to be maintained.
Oxygen Reduction with OxyReduct® in Combination with a Carbon Dioxide Dissolving Lake
The OxyReduct® oxygen reduction system for fire prevention permanently ensures a reduced oxygen level of 13.5% by volume in the automated hazardous materials warehouse. For this purpose, nitrogen is introduced into the protected area in a controlled manner. In this way, the oxygen content is reduced to a previously defined level below the ignition limit of most of the materials in the warehouse and continuously maintained at this level. The development or spread of fire can be almost completely ruled out.
As soon as the aspirating smoke detectors detect smoke development, the FirExting® CO2 gas extinguishing system is triggered. In the event of an alarm, the extinguishing system builds up an approx. 5 meter high extinguishing lake with the inert gas carbon dioxide. This then contains an oxygen concentration of 8% by volume. For this reason, particularly highly flammable and hazardous substances are only accommodated in the area of the warehouse.
When dealing with hazardous substances, there are various laws and regulations for companies such as the Technical Rules for Flammable Liquids, the Technical Rules for Hazardous Substances, the Chemicals Act and the Hazardous Substances Ordinance. VdS guidelines regulate, among other things, the use and storage of flammable substances in fire protection-separated areas. The fire protection concept applied at Fuchs Lubritech complies with these guidelines and laws.
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