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Fire Prevention and Protection

Fire suppression system boasts improved efficiency, reduced harmful emissions

By: Clement Deane     3rd November 2006 Gas manufacturer Afrox in 2005 became involved with an Underwriter’s Laboratory (UL)-listed fire-suppression system called Afrox FS 125. 

‘Uphold the law – or you may get burnt’

By: Matthew Hill     7th April 2006 Chubb Fire national accounts operations manager John Knighton tells Engineering News in an exclusive interview that it is a legal requirement for property and business owners to have their fire-protection equipment serviced, and that the service provider is approved. 

New premises for fire protection company

By: Matthew Hill     7th April 2006 In December last year Security and Fire Projects (SFP) moved into its new, purpose-built premises in Ormonde, which at 2 000 m2 is some 1 200 m2 larger than its previous premisis. 

New confederation for fire-protection industry

By: Matthew Hill     7th April 2006 The fire-protection industry has been fragmented in the past, Fire Protection Association of Southern Africa (FPASA) MD Peter Davey reports in an exclusive interview with Engineering News. “Every company was focused on its own particular products, and did not communicate well with other... 

New temperature-monitoring system arrives in South Africa

By: Matthew Hill     7th April 2006 In November last year Bartec, of Germany, launched RedGuard, a new all-in-one temperature-monitoring system for industrial applications. Bartec South Africa heating manager Neil Syrett reports to Engineering News that RedGuard Temperature Monitoring System is ideally suited to applications such... 

New range fire-safe ball valve is launched

13th May 2005 Local supplier Dupleix Liquid Meters (DLM) has launched the new Habonim range of fire-safe ball valves. 

Ceramic coating cool under fire

By: peter cromberge     8th April 2005 Following trends in the US, Europe and South East Asia, ceramic coatings are being used increasingly to treat mining and earth-moving equipment to reduce the risk of fire when hydraulic fluid spills onto hot exhaust manifolds. 

Military explosion and fire-prevention system goes commercial

By: peter cromberge     8th April 2005 An explosion or fire-detection and suppression system, originally developed for the South African military, has now been commercialised for use in industry. 

Insulation system withstands extreme temperature stresses

8th April 2005 Local company Calidus Von Roll Isola is a specialist in electrical insulation materials and industrial laminates and manufactures a range of products designed to cope with high-temperature applications. 

New fireman's emergency switch launched

8th April 2005 Local company Legrand has launched a new fireman’s emergency switch that enables easy disconnection to the mains from outside a building, quickly and effectively, at no risk to the user. 

Two export orders for fire-door specialist

8th April 2005 East Rand-based company Bitcon Industries has secured several new orders for fire and security doors, including two export orders to East Africa. 

Firefighting equipment for industry

By: Zonika Botha     8th April 2005 Although not a large company Chem Power Fire Control Consultants has been providing firefighting equipment to various industries for the past 20 years. 

Foam firefighting technology ensures better safety

8th April 2005 Fire in any unplanned form creates panic, shock, disruption and loss, which makes the use of advanced fire extinguishing technologies a must to all areas of our society, especially at industrial and commercial sites, reports Railtraction Engineering national sales manager Kobus Loubser. 

W Cape fights fire with technology

By: Jill Stanford     25th February 2005 A PILOT project that will use early detection cameras and foam-spewing fixed-wing bomber aircraft to help contain and stop fires sweeping through dense informal settlements is being tested in Stellenbosch and Cape Town until the end of April. 

Contract soon for Hout Bay fire station

By: Jill Stanford     28th January 2005 A CONTRACT is to be awarded shortly for the construction of a new R8-million fire station in Hout Bay, in Cape Town. 

SA start-up lands Canadian fire-alarm camera contract

By: tom robbins     3rd September 2004 South Africa’s world-first smart cameras are being used to spot forest fires in the timber-rich Canadian province of Alberta. 

Butterfly valve declared fire-safe

By: elizabeth rebelo     14th May 2004 A new fire-safe design of the butterfly valve DANA1S 150 has passed the fire-safety test according to API 607 standard (American Petroleum Institute). 

R3m fire-system contract awarded by power station

By: zeena isaacs     9th April 2004 Fire and security systems project manager Security and Fire Projects has been awarded a R3-million contract to install fire systems at the Victoria Falls power station, in Zambia. 

Capital investment leads to high growth

By: zeena isaacs     9th April 2004 One of the largest manufacturers and suppliers of fire protection equipment and services in South Africa, Centa Holdings, reports that business has increased by 28% this year, following steady growth over the last six years. 

Refinery, airport, gas and other industry contracts under way

By: zeena isaacs     9th April 2004 Leading passive fire protection company Pyro-Cote reports that it is on track to completing its fireproofing project at the new Poly Plant at the Engen Refinery in Kwazulu-Natal. 

Financial constraints hamper the fire services sector

By: zeena isaacs     9th April 2004 The South African Emergency Services Institute (Saesi) reports that the local fire-services sector faces severe budget constraints, which influence service delivery. 

Firefighting learnership being investigated for introduction next year 

By: zeena isaacs     9th April 2004 The Eskom Emergency Services Academy reports that steps are under way to implement a professional fire-fighters learnership next year. 

Instructors raise own funds for training simulator

9th April 2004 Firefighting instructors of the city of Cape Town handed over an advanced fire training simulator, the first facility of this type in South Africa, along with other training equipment to the City at a ceremony held at the Epping Fire Station in October last year. 

Flame arresters promoted for safety reasons

9th April 2004 Flame arresters can be used in any plant or process that uses a flammable gas where ignition is a possibility. 

Smoke-extraction motors – contributing to fire safety

9th April 2004 Smoke inhalation is a significant cause of injuries and deaths in fire-burning situations. 

Emergency switch launched

By: zeena isaacs     9th April 2004 Electrical equipment and wire accessories company Legrand has launched a new fireofficer’s emergency switch that enables quick and efficient disconnection to the mains from outside a building at no risk to the user. 

Combustion-equipment control solution proposed

9th April 2004 In today’s industrial scene, the requirement of combustion equipment meeting stringent standards in both efficiency and emission-control, is becoming more prevalent. 

System prevents electric-cable fires

9th April 2004 The Roxtec sealing system, containing flexible, multi-diameter modules, greatly increases the safety and protection of electric cables from the elements, which penetrate walls in buildings and other structures, such as switch panels. 

Fire firm develops top cross-air technology

9th April 2004 A leading manufacturer of professional test and service equipment for fire-detection systems, No Climb Products, is behind the cross-air technology (Cat) developed by researchers at its headquarters in southern England. 

National fire danger-rating system by June

By: zeena isaacs     9th April 2004 The Department of Water Affairs and Forestry (Dwaf) is hopeful that the proposed national fire-danger rating system (NFDRS) for South Africa will be fully-operational by June. 

Suppressing flames with minimal damage

By: Karel Smrcka     15th August 2003 Finish company Marioff Corporation, of Vantaa, has achieved the position of market leader as a supplier of fire extinguishing systems for passenger ships throughout the whole world, and it also sells similar systems for on-land premises. 

SA gets to grips with biodiversity threat

By: katharine mckenzie     25th April 2003 Over the last few years government has become increasingly concerned with the impact of foreign vegetation on South Africa’s agricultural land and natural resources. 

New fire-detection system is launched

By: Helene Le Roux     11th April 2003 Control solutions company Honeywell Southern Africa reports significant interest in a new fire-detection system 

KZN calcium silicate manufacturer achieves export success

By: Helene Le Roux     11th April 2003 Kwazulu-Natal company Insulite manufactures calcium silicate, marketed and sold under the brand name Insulite, which can replace most applications where asbestos insulation was always used, such as firedoors, boiler, piping and vessel insulation. 

Pretoria laboratory conducts 120 project tests a year

By: Helene Le Roux     11th April 2003 The South African Bureau of Standards’ (SABS’) Fire Protection Engineering laboratory in Pretoria is one of only two laboratories of its kind in the country, and offers a wide variety of local and international testing capabilities. 

Increased safety in mines is driving fire-resistant product development

By: Helene Le Roux     11th April 2003 The renewed emphasis on safety in mines is resulting in the development of technologically-advanced fire-resistant products, especially in the field of plastics, reports Fire Technology and Consulting Services MD Kobus Strydom. 

Local manufacturer enters agreement with UK company

By: Helene Le Roux     11th April 2003 Local manufacturer and service provider of fire-fighting equipment and products, Chubb Fire, reports that its Angus Fire division has entered into a five-year agreement with the UK’s Kidde Fire Protection Services, one of the world’s largest manufacturers of fire-fighting foams and... 

Passive fireproofing found lacking

By: Helene Le Roux     11th April 2003 The attitude towards passive fireproofing, which entails the use of fire-resistant materials in the construction of plants and buildings, is not improving. 

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