The combination of wood chips, chippings and bark that whirl around, hydraulic oil, fuel and high temperatures constitute a high fire risk area in the engine compartment of a forest machine. As the forest machines often work in distant areas, the fire’s course of event is highly dependent on the machine and the operator’s fire suppression capacity.
The consequence of an engine fire in a forest machine is at best a production stop. In worst case the there is major loss of machinery and resource. A fire in an unprotected engine compartment is hard to detect in time and often develops in intensity extremely quickly. This type of fire is almost impossible to fight with a portable fire extinguisher.
The need for safety regulations has increased over time leading to the installation of completely automatic and permanent fire suppression systems in wood chip trucks and forestry machinery. This has spread to more and more countries, insurance agencies and manufacturers/operators throughout the world.
Fogmaker’s technology, using high-pressure water mist provides the right conditions to combat the complex conditions of a fire that may arise in an engine compartment.
Since 1995 Fogmaker International AB has been developing, manufacturing and marketing fire suppression systems for engine compartments with high pressure water mist.
Since 2006 over 15,000 Fogmaker systems have been installed in the UK and Ireland.
The Fogmaker Fire Suppression system has a unique suppressing performance as it both cools down and smothers the fire, at the same time as the foam additive effectively prevent the fire from reigniting.
Fogmaker holds a wide range of certifications and approvals including UNECE R-107, SPCR183-approved by SP, 2016, IATF-16949 and SS-EN ISO 9001:2015.
Once a year the system should be inspected and the functions tested by a certified installer. Normally, this does not take more than an hour. Every five years the suppression system should undergo a revision where the suppression fluids are also exchanged.
The total life span cost of Fogmaker suppression systems is low compared with competing systems. Installation costs often fall below the cost of re-setting deployed alternative systems.