Q. What testing has the system gone through?
Fogmaker has been tested by UL, Factory Mutual (FM), SP, and multiple other worldwide testing bodies. We are UL listed with heavy focus upon component level testing, we have completed all the Factory Mutual fire specific tests for the new Heavy Duty Mobile Equipment standard (#5970), we have received our P Mark with SPCR 183. Along with these standards and various others we continue to push worldwide test standards to ensure maximum protection with the various fire scenarios.
Q. What about reflash, we’ve had several lost due to fire coming back after deployment, does your system prevent this?
Fogmaker attacks the fire and helps to prevent reflash by attacking ALL three legs of the fire triangle. By knocking out the oxygen, we immediate capture and suppress the fire. We then focus on reflash prevention by both elimination of the heat and the blanketing of the fuel source. With the continued cooling we focus on driving temps below auto ignition temperatures for various fuel sources while also coating the surfaces with foam using our 3% AFFF mixture. This reflash prevention can be witnessed with our test results on both the SPCR 183 tests and the FM tests where reflash never occurred as temperatures dropped well beneath any auto ignition temperatures.
Q. How about overall maintenance, we’ve spent significant dollars to date with our other systems on semi-annual inspections and part cost – how does Fogmaker compare?
While some of our Fogmaker applications require inspection & service semi-annually, the majority only require an annual inspection. This is due to the overall design approach with a focus on mechanical systems that minimize service needs while maximizing performance. Parts may be required during the annual inspections however feedback to date from various sources whom utilize both Fogmaker and other systems in the market have clearly shown a reduction in overall maintenance cost.
Q. Water, what about electrical fires?
With our patented nozzles, we break down the water into atomized droplets thus giving maximum performance while also allowing for use on electrical fires. The water mist is nonconductive and as proven in the recent 2014 report by DOT / FAA water and other aqueous extinguishing agents were the most effective and nonaqueous agents were the least effective with cooling on various electrical fire scenarios including lithium batteries.
Q. What about false activations, how often and what is the cleanup process? We’ve had several activations due to restart of the bus & electrical surges causing our current systems to activate and then causing a major mess with cleanup as the powder went everywhere with the shop fans blowing.
Fogmaker is designed to minimize false activations with our 100% MECHANICAL input approach requiring ZERO electrical input. This approach both eliminates false activations due to electrical related issues while at the same time provides a ‘fail safe system’ which provides protection around the clock as it’s always active. In the event of a false activation or thermal event discharge, clean up is extremely easy as the suppressant is environmentally friendly with no special handling requirements. All that is required is power washing the protected area down with no impact to the environment, the area around the discharged system or any mechanics / others in the area.