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The Firetrace concept is simple: detect and suppress a small fire before it grows, consumes the hood, and requires extinguishment by the building’s sprinkler system. Aside from increased damage caused by smoke and flames from a growing fire, sprinkler system activation can result in significant water damage. In fact, the damage caused by fire can pale in comparison to the collateral damage from smoke and water, which is why a Firetrace system provides the perfect “local” fire protection solution for fume cabinets.

The Firetrace concept is simple: detect and suppress a small fire before it grows, consumes the hood, and requires extinguishment by the building’s sprinkler system. Aside from increased damage caused by smoke and flames from a growing fire, sprinkler system activation can result in significant water damage. In fact, the damage caused by fire can pale in comparison to the collateral damage from smoke and water, which is why a Firetrace system provides the perfect “local” fire protection solution for fume cabinets.

Detecting a fire in its early stage is of paramount importance in reducing the risk of injury to personnel and/or the damage to equipment. Our proprietary Firetrace Detection Tubing (FDT) is the key to fast, accurate fire detection. This flexible, heat sensitive, polymer tubing is mounted behind the baffles of a fume cabinet. As a fire begins, the flames immediately follow the airflow into the cabinet’s baffles. With the Firetrace tubing crisscrossing the baffles, quick detection is assured.

How does it work?

Once the FDT senses heat of approximately 212°F (100°C), it bursts and automatically triggers the fire suppression system. A Firetrace suppression system provides immediate fire protection. With nozzles placed strategically within the fume cabinet, the best suppression agent for the application, such as FM-200 (HFC-227ea), CO2 or dry chemical powder, is administered directly on the fire automatically. Plus, the Firetrace system requires no electricity to activate and needs no personal intervention to function.

Summary Features
  • Fast, reliable 24/7 automatic detection and suppression
  • Suppresses a fire in seconds before it can threaten life and property
  • Extinguishes a fire even if the sash is open
  • Prevents the release of fumes that can damage instruments and equipment
  • Installs quickly and easily (no need to drill holes)
  • Requires no electrical power to operate
  • No false alarms, reacts only to open fire or flames
  • Can be integrated with fire control systems
  • Manual release option is available
  • Compatible with most commercially available fire extinguishing agents
  • Accepted and endorsed by leading MCC and VFD panel manufacturers

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