UK – Firetrace International – a manufacturer of fire suppression solutions for commercial, industrial, government and military applications – has achieved FM approval for its advanced E4 engineered clean agent total flooding system.
E4 obtained was approved for its high-performance 500 PSI/35 bar 3M Novec 1230 systems.
FM Approval is a testing standard issued by FM Global, a worldwide company that provides comprehensive commercial and industrial property insurance. The FM Approval, means global FM-insured companies now have access to the Firetrace International E4 system.
E4, which is also UL Listed, delivers a host of performance enhancements when compared with traditional clean agent total flooding systems. These include superior performance, greater flexibility, improved value, speedier installation, and a measurable competitive edge for system installers.
“Our E4 system takes full advantage of the unique characteristics of 3M Novec 1230 Fire Suppression Fluid,” said Mark Cavanaugh, president and CEO of Firetrace International. “It’s a fantastic achievement to obtain FM Approval for E4 and reflects the hard work of our team in ensuring that our products meet the highest international standards.”
Increased pressurisation ups performance
Thanks to the unique properties of Novec 1230, E4 systems are safely pressurised to 500 psi (35 bar) in low-pressure hardware. The increased pressurisation enables incredible performance gains when compared with traditional total flooding systems that conform to conventions developed for Halon in the 1980s; conventions that were continued by many HFC system manufacturers and ultimately on to their Novec systems.
The increased pressure of E4 offers greater design flexibility and lower overall hardware and installation costs. Its capabilities include a dramatic increase in both vertical and horizontal cylinder to nozzle distance when compared with traditional clean agent total flooding systems.
E4 systems use between 25% and 40% less piping and provide over 600% liquid agent to pipe volumes. This is the largest network possible without the need for expensive supplementary nitrogen driver systems.