Deluge systems for industry
We design and build deluge systems for the protection of process equipment, production halls and oil transformers. We are familiar with the specifics of the energy, food, wood, waste processing and chemical industries. The deluge installations we install are in accordance with Polish standards as well as FM Global, VdS, NFPA and the insurance company requirements. We carry out work on the site in a way that minimises the impact on production continuity and takes into account in-house health, safety and fire regulations.
We specialize in
- wood industry
- food industry
- waste processing
- chemicals and petrochemicals
Fire safety guidelines and standards
- FM Global
- we select plant components to suit your operating environment
- experience in “difficult” industries,
- including C5M/C5-I corrosive environments
Cooperation with insurers
We are aware that most of investments in upgrading the fire protection system is due to the requirements placed on industrial plants by insurance companies. If you found yourself in such a situation, it is likely that the insurance company has indicated the standard or regulations for the fire protection systems to be implemented. The most important information for you is whatever requirements your insurer has outlined for you, we will meet them all.
The areas we protect with deluge systems
Power plants and combined heat
Waste sorting and incineration plants
Oil, fuel, gas tanks
An industrial facility is not a shopping mall
Many companies in the fire safety industry have extensive experience in building sprinkler systems for empty commercial buildings such as shopping malls, office buildings or logistics centres. The large availability of empty halls and their homogeneity in terms of fire extinguishing agent requirements make investments of this type relatively easy. The situation is completely different in industrial plants. Here, the deluge systems are installed on active plants, where the halls are filled with equipment that often requires a specific approach. Knowledge of safety and work permit rules is also necessary.
– KNOW ALL THE DIFFERENCES –
|COMMERCIAL BUILDINGS||INDUSTRIAL BUILDINGS|
|Impact of assembly on the operation of the facility.||The work is carried out during the construction of the facility or outside its normal operating hours||The work is usually carried out during normal operation of the facility and must not interfere with it
|Possibility of using scaffolding, trolleys, and hoists.||Work is carried out in spacious halls where scaffolding, trolleys and hoists can be used without hindrance.||The work is carried out in cramped halls with difficult access to the installation points.
|Risk of collision||The risk of a collision between the sprinkler system under construction and the hall infrastructure is practically non-existent||The high build-up of equipment and ancillary installations means that the risk of collision with the sprinkler system is high|
|Level of complication of the installation||The installation takes the form of a simple grid of pipework with a repeating deluge sprinkler system mounted under the ceiling||The multilevel installation of the equipment and the specific fire hazards generated by the individual equipment make for a compiled grid of piping and the density of delgue sprinkler deployment varies.|
|Age of the building||Installation of sprinkler systems is carried out in new facilities||The work is most often carried out in long-standing structures, which requires consideration of, for example, structural strength|
|Health and safety regime||Work is carried out under a standard health and safety regime||Work under a high health and safety regime which requires a number of arrangements and approvals for the work|
Construction and operation of a deluge sprinkler system
The deluge sprinklers system belongs to the fixed extinguishing system This solution is designed for facilities where a fire is likely to spread rapidly or where intensive cooling is required. The installation consists of piping, sprinklers, valves and pumps, as well as smoke and heat detectors for fire detection. When a fire is detected, the firefighting system automatically starts the pump and opens the valves, which sprays water from the nozzles. It is also possible to design an installation to be manually activated.
Installation of a deluge sprinkler system without affecting production
An unforeseen production stoppage is a costly nightmare for any production facility. We understand this, which is why we install sprinkler systems in a way that minimises the impact on your production. We anticipate potential problems already at the design stage. We are planning the work in conjunction with those responsible for production. We only operate on designated days and times. We adapt to the planned downtime or hours or days with lower production loads. If the situation demands it we work at night. We adapt the way we work each time to the specifics of the production in progress. All scenarios when modernising fire protection are possible.
WHAT DOES IT LOOK LIKE IN PRACTICE?
Eliminating/minimising production downtime.
Coordinating closely the assembly with production planning and UR.
We determine what we will bring to the site, e.g. skips/scaffolding/high-rise workers.
We follow all of your site’s internal procedures.
If necessary, we also work nights or weekends.
We move and work only in the areas which were made available to us.
We protect your machinery and equipment before installation.
After completing installation, we clean up to let you resume production as soon as possible.
Work that is safe for the owner’s property
At every stage of our activities, the safety of the owner’s property, which is accumulated in halls, warehouses and other production spaces, is crucial to us. We are aware that any damage caused through our fault may have subsequent repercussions in the continuity of production. We are therefore doing everything to ensure that such situations do not occur.
We define the scope of work with the owner
Read the safety guidelines carefully
We secure the workplace before starting work
Covering machinery and equipment
DURING AND AFTER INSTALLATION
We take extreme caution when moving on the premises
We take care not to damage anything
Thoroughly clean the site after installation
We ensure rapid restoration of production
Why do customers choose us?
We take care of the details.
How else does a fire system upgrade on an active plant differ from an investment in new buildings? These are, first and foremost, any requirements related to the owner’s internal procedures within the production building or the plant as a whole. Our site managers and fitters are used to meticulous safety procedures, weighing cars at the entrance and exit of the plant, the need to have all the necessary passes and regular contact with the client’s representatives, hygiene requirements especially in food production, or having a valid SANEPID (in Poland: health department) booklet also in the food industry.
Advice on how to prepare a plant for the start of work
We realise that for you such a fire installation upgrade is also a challenge. It is highly likely that no changes have been made to fire protection since the construction of the production halls or the warehouse. Due to that we also provide advice, based on our previous implementations, on how to prepare the production facility and crew for such work. We are at your disposal at all times, so that you always have the feeling that everything is running according to schedule, with no impact on production and storage processes
We operate to all standards and norms.
In our experience, the majority of investments in upgrading fire protection systems and installations start after the insurer’s audit. The requirements of an insurance company which apply to fire protection investments usually explicitly state the standards and/or norms to which the required solutions are to be designed and constructed. These could be requirements listed in the EN standard, or VdS, FM Global or NFPA standards. Whatever the requirements your insurer has outlined for you, we will meet them all.
Fire protection of production buildings in continuous operation – frequently asked questions
Check the documents first. Find out whether you have an up-to-date fire safety manual that contains factually correct information about the individual buildings and their current production use. If your fire safety manual is out of date, contact your fire officer for an update. At the same time, contact us to discuss the initial assumptions made by the insurer and to discuss what such a project might look like from the supply and installation side of fire protection systems.
Keep calm We have experience in this type of projects. The key to success is proper coordination of our work with maintenance and production planning. Our managers and fitters are like Himalayan climbers – they wait for the ‘weather window’, i.e. permission to enter a specific zone, to carry out the work, so that they can proceed to the summit attack, i.e. the ultimate success of the project. Sometimes it happens during the day, sometimes at night. Sometimes we can work for the whole day, other times only for 2 hours on a given day. We are used to this variability and know how to plan our work with this type of specificity of carrying out the works.
Large equipment resources could be worth many millions of zlotys. It is not without reason that experience becomes crucial to maintaining safety on such projects. Once a specific work zone has been made available to us, we first secure all the machinery and equipment operating there. Our staff are sensitive to ensuring that, when moving, no such activities are carried out that could lead to damage to your property. When the work is finished, we clean up thoroughly and restore the work zone to the state we found it when you made it available to us.
Fire retrofit activities are not common. It may be that no such works had ever taken place at your site since the plant was built. Hence you may not have developed any procedures for such situations. Based on our experience from previous projects, we will advise you on what activities are worthwhile in terms of organisation to make our cooperation run smoothly.
Of course. We have carried out quite a few projects in the food industry, so we have really extensive experience in this area. We are aware of the need to maintain hygiene standards, to have valid SANEPID tests. We understand the stringent requirements that may be imposed by the owner to protect the manufactured products from contamination. We follow all the requirements defined by the owner.
SCOPE OF WORK – deluge systems
- concept and necessary designs development for the deluge system
- selection and delivery of key deluge system elements
- control system design and implementation
- visualisation of the deluge sprinkler system
- integration with the existing safety systems
- installation, commissioning and service of the fire-fighting system
SCOPE OF WORK – complete fire-extinguishing systems
Apart from deluge systems, we design and implement integrated fire-fighting systems – their list may be found below. Depending on your needs, our work may cover all or only selected items listed below. In need, we integrate the supplied systems with the existing solutions.
- Fire alarm system (FAS) – wired and wireless
- Fire detection system
- Ventilation and smoke removal system
- CCTV monitoring
- Intruder alarm system (IAS)
- Voice alarm system (VAS)
- Access control as well as time and attendance control
- Emergency and escape route lighting
- Fixed suppression systems
DELUGE SYSTEMS – description
Deluge systems are provided with open extinguishing nozzles and may be divided into several extinguishing zones. At the moment a fire is detected, deluge sprinkler valves in the respective zone are opened. Water is released all over the protected area.
Deluge systems are the most appropriate solution if there is a need of fast extinguishing of fire and immediate cooling of the protected elements. They are applied both as internal and external building systems.
DELUGE SYSTEMS – basic elements
- spare water tank
- pumping station
- control and alarm unit
- a network of pipelines with deluge sprinklers over the whole controlled area
- pilot lines sending messages to the control and alarm unit,
- fire detection and extinguishing control panel.
DELUGE SYSTEMS – application
Our basic area of operation is the industry, specifically industrial plants characterised with heavy-duty conditions such as high dustiness and moisture, variable temperatures, presence of explosion hazard zones, etc. We are distinguished with a flexible approach. This means that we are capable of supplying individual systems (for example a deluge system) but also comprehensive fire-fighting systems comprising fire detection, alarm and extinguishing, ventilation and smoke removal systems, emergency and escape route lighting, CCTV, access control as well as time and attendance control.
Our solutions are particularly dedicated to the following sectors and equipment:
- power plants and cogeneration plants
- conveyor belts
- refineries and fuel tanks
- paint shops
- waste disposal plants
- wood industry
- food industry