April 13, 2015

Put it out before it burns

Ultra-modern extinguishing systems for environmental service providers

Vollautomatisches System von Rosenbauer löscht, bevor Brand ausbricht

Tönsmeier, a German environmental service provider, relies on ultra-modern stationary firefighting equipment from Rosenbauer. At three of its sites (Porta Westfalica and Paderborn in North Rhine-Westphalia, Oppin in Saxony-Anhalt), turret extinguishing systems ensure the highest safety in combination with an infrared temperature monitoring system.
Family-run Tönsmeier operates sorting and recycling systems for the preparation and recovery of household, industrial and commercial waste at all three sites. Some of the waste is also processed further as replacement fuel. A total of eight stationary extinguishing systems – each of which is a combination of turret and infrared temperature monitoring – protect areas to which the waste is delivered or stored. Sprinklers and spray water systems don't offer optimum protection. In contrast, Rosenbauer extinguishing systems offer constant monitoring, and, in the event of an emergency, start the extinguishing process before a fire can really break out.

Fully automatic system

If the infrared monitoring system detects a significant temperature rise, the coordinates of this hot spot are sent to the turret. The extinguishing agent pump starts working and a water-foam compound mix is fed to the turret via the continually ready pipelines. The turret autonomously orients itself to the seat of the fire and quickly and reliably starts the extinguishing process.
The infrared monitor detects hot spots very quickly. Conventional fire protection systems often only react if certain temperatures or flue gases are measured on the hall ceiling. In comparison, Rosenbauer's system detects dangerous situations a lot earlier and can therefore greatly minimize the risk of production downtimes due to fire.
A further benefit: through the use of the water-foam compound mix the hot spots are covered very well, cooled and at the same time the oxygen that is needed for the combustible material is removed. Relatively little extinguishing agent is needed for this, so contaminated material can be removed without any problems. Positive side effect: more safety and continuity in production.