Video Smoke Detection for Warehousing

Video Smoke Detection is ideal for the protection of high-roofed logistics depots, where the extreme elevation of the ceiling heights means that roof-mounted fire detection systems are unsuitable.

At roof heights above 7-10 metres, ceiling mounted smoke detection such as point type, beam or aspirating detectors may be unsuitable. This is due to a phenomenon called ‘Stratification’, which is where the smoke hits a layer of warmer air in the roof void which prevents it from rising further. Instead, the smoke just flattens out on this thermal layer, never reaching the ceiling mounted detectors.

Video smoke detection is able to ‘see’ the smoke at its source, without the time lag spent waiting for the rising smoke to (hopefully) activate a high level detection system.

Additionally, video smoke detection enables you to use the CCTV footage to immediately identify and verify a detected risk – saving you valuable seconds in your response to a fire alarm.

Blazequel are UK & Ireland agents for the Araani Smokecatcher system.

Contact Blazequel, specialists in fire detection systems to discuss your application in more detail, or visit our video smoke detection page for further information.

Video Smoke Detection for Waste Recycling

This video shows Smokecatcher Video Smoke Detection detecting a simulated fire at a waste recycling facility, demonstrating the incredible speed of detection which can be achieved!

This building’s roof is almost 20 meters high! If a ceiling-mounted fire detection system was in use, it could take several minutes for the smoke to reach the roof, by which time it could be too late.
If flame detection was used, it would detect nothing at this stage of a fire. Flame detectors will only detect when the incident has developed into a real fire, by which time it may be too late.

Video Smoke Detection provides the fastest detection speed, the most reliable false-alarm resistance and the best resistance to harsh operating conditions.

Contact Blazequel, specialists in fire detection systems to discuss your application in more detail, or visit our video smoke detection page for further information.

Video Smoke Detection in MSW Hall (Real Fire Incident)

This video shows a real fire incident which was detected at a waste recycling facility by video smoke detection, outside of the facilities operational hours.

Remarkably, the fire detected wasn’t even in the same building as the video smoke detection (VSD), but was in an adjoining area. The area where the fire started was protected by flame detectors, but these did not activate.

The key difference between VSD and Flame detection is that a flame detector will not detect smoke. Until the fire has developed into a flaming incident, a flame detector will not detect it, whereas video smoke detection will detect smoke almost immediately.

As a smoky, smoldering pre-combustion stage is typical of waste recycling fires, it is very important to ensure that your fire detection systems are really suitable for your risk areas, and the type of material stored onsite.

Additional benefits of video smoke detection include the ability to immediately verify the detected risk by viewing the CCTV footage, and the ability of VSD to survive in harsh operating conditions where most smoke detection is unsuitable.

Contact Blazequel, specialists in fire detection systems to discuss your application in more detail, or visit our video smoke detection page for further information.

Video Smoke Detection for Waste Recycling (real incident) – SRF Storage Fire

This shows a real-life incident where unfortunately the clients site burned down. Smokecatcher was working properly and detected the fire as shown – giving 4 hours of pre-warning. Unfortunately for the client their fire alarm monitoring wasn’t operating and by the time the alarm was raised externally it was too late.

This video demonstrates the importance of catching these fires in the ‘smoking’ stage. By the time spontaneous combustion occurs it is really too late – from becoming a flaming fire it took just 4 minutes for the fire to reach the camera. Flame detectors would only detect the incident at this flaming stage.

Contact Blazequel, specialists in fire detection systems to discuss your application in more detail, or visit our video smoke detection page for further information.

Thermal Imaging – Early Warning Fire Detection

Thermal Imaging allows you to spot a fire risk, long before its even started to emit smoke or flames.

This is an invaluable feature for high risk industries, such as bulk storage of flammable materials such as coal or biomass, and the waste recycling industry where self-heating and spontaneous combustion is a ever-present danger.

Through proactive monitoring of the temperature of your material stockpiles, thermal imaging will allow you to identify excessive temperature hotspots, or a sudden rate of risk in temperature which could indicate a potential fire risk.  This allows you to take the necessary action to deal with the emerging risk before it develops into a fire.

Clever algorithms and technology built into the software will allow it to identify between hotspots caused by operational activity (such as plant machinery with hot exhaust manifolds) and the hotspots caused by a genuine fire hazard.

That’s not the only application for our thermal imaging camera range either.  Our sophisticated solution can be used for process control monitoring on cement kilns, steel production and other quality control applications.

If your thermal imaging system detects a fire, it can raise multiple levels of pre-alarm, and raise the risk alarm or activate a fire suppression or water cannon system to engage the identified risk immediately.

Please contact us on sales@blazequel.com, or call 01234 357357 for more information!

 

Process Machinery Fire Suppression

This video show a water mist fire suppression system installed on a shredder at a waste recycling facility.  In the event of a fire, the system will activate within milliseconds to extinguish the risk and ensure that the fire isn’t carried into the high-value MRF area.

Automatic fire suppression on high risk waste recycling processes and extract systems, can protect your facility from a devastating fire and the downtime and high insurance premiums that inevitably result from a fire incident.

Video Fire Detection

Video Fire Detection is the ideal solution for protecting high risk areas and complex environments where conventional fire suppression systems are not suitable.  Outdoor areas, high level buildings and dusty environments are all risk types that VFD takes in its stride.  Contact us today to discuss your video fire detection requirements.