Fires need oxygen, heat, and fuel to develop. Highly combustible packaging materials represent an ideal fuel source.
A high degree of warehouse automation is synonymous with an increased risk of fire, because, statistically speaking, technical defects and the resulting short circuits or equipment overheating can lead to fire outbreak. The carriers of fire risk in automated high-bay warehouses include conveyor belts, storage and retrieval machines, packaging machines, rolling doors, and building systems such as electricity, lights, and HVAC. As such, the fire protection requirements for automated high-bay warehouses are particularly high: planners need to ensure that fires will be detected immediately upon outbreak and prevented from spreading, so that stored goods are protected and delivery bottlenecks, downtime and resulting costs are avoided. The problem with conventional sprinkler systems is that they result in significant, costly extinguishing process-related and water damage, so downtime is unavoidable. WAGNER’s professionally engineered systems for high-bay warehouses represent an alternative to sprinkler systems, one relying on active fire prevention rather than damage control. With its OxyReduct® oxygen reduction system, WAGNER has established an innovative protective solution that minimises the risk of fire from the outset.
In our case, the most important thing is to protect the stored sugar. This means foam or water-based solutions were not an option for us.
Andrzej Biedulski, Project Manager at Pfeifer & Langen Polska S.A.
The solution speaks for itself: in our new high-bay cold storage warehouse, nothing can burn thanks to active fire prevention using oxygen reduction. Thanks to the high energy efficiency of the VPSA technology installed, we not only score big in terms of security, we also keep operation costs down.
Frank Huckschlag, Managing Director, New Cold Germany Rheine
OxyReduct® with VPSA technology is effective not only in terms of safety, but also as regards low operating costs.
Patrick Dixon, Head of Construction and Technology at the British Library