Dalton Nuclear Institute laser in on Nobel Fire Systems
Nobel Fire Systems has fitted its condensed aerosol Stat-X fire suppression equipment to three robotic cells housing high powered lasers at the University of Manchester’s Dalton Nuclear Institute. Launched in 2005, the Institute provides the prime focus for Manchester’s capability across the full range of nuclear science and engineering.
Nobel and specifically Stat-X won the contract because of the weight and space saving benefits associated with the product’s unique compact design with no requirement for additional pipework.
The robotic cells housing the lasers at the Institute are extremely restricted with space at an absolute premium, making the Stat-X system a natural choice for the task of fire suppression. An additional factor was that compared to a traditional gas suppression system, Stat-X offers significant cost savings.
The Stat-X family of fire suppression systems is a second generation Condensed aerosol technology, manufactured to ISO 9001:2008 standards with many internationally recognised approvals and standards such as UL in the USA. It’s a patented potassium-based aerosol that’s ecologically safe, up to ten times more effective than any current halon alternative with zero ozone depletion and no global warming potential.
Stat-X application technology requires no pressure vessels, manifolds, nozzles or pipe work. All factors which result in significant installation and maintenance savings.
On activation, Stat-X produces a potassium-based aerosol that suppresses the fire by chemically interfering with the free radicals of flame. It contains no stored pressure like most other systems and is hermetically sealed. It has a 10 year effective life under current UL testing.
The units are manufactured in high grade stainless steel and hermetically sealed so are equally at home in I.T rooms or at the other extreme, very aggressive machine tool atmospheres. It can even be substituted for a more traditional gas system using the original detection and activation system, making a very cost effective retro-fit for older installations.
The benefits of Stat-X can be stated as being:
• Up 10 times more effective than Halon alternatives
• Potential of lower initial outlay.
• Weight and space saving.
• No Pipework or nozzles.
• Less installation time
• No integrity testing required
• Aerosol stays in suspension for up to an hour giving long hold and securement times.
• Lower life time costs