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Foam is a highly effective extinguishing agent
April 15, 2020 - Technologies

Foam is a highly effective extinguishing agent

It exploits different extinguishing technologies: Cooling, suffocating, separating, plugging, insulating and displacing.

Dur­ing a fire, foam ex­tin­guish­ing sys­tems dis­trib­ute large-scale foam blankets via foam mon­it­ors, sprink­lers or nozzles. The foam is ap­plied to the burn­ing ma­ter­ial, ex­tin­guishes the fire and serves as a de­terrent against re-ig­ni­tion. Foam ex­tin­guish­ing sys­tems are suit­able for pro­tect­ing high-risk areas, e.g. due to flam­mable li­quids or plastics. The ad­justable low to ex­tremely high foam­ing op­tion of­fers an op­timum ex­tin­guish­ing ef­fect for every type of risk.

https://www.minimax.com/de/en/technologies/foam-extinguishing-systems/foam-extinguishing-system/

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Red Dot Award 2020 Product Design
April 7, 2020 - Technologies

Another international design award

Our fire alarm and extinguishing control panel Clunid FMZ6000 has won the Red Dot Award 2020 in the category Product Design!

The Clunid FMZ6000 is a mod­u­lar fire de­tec­tion and ex­tin­guish­ing con­trol panel, pre­cisely tuned and as­sembled to the par­tic­u­lar cus­tomer re­quire­ments. Since product design was in­teg­rated into the de­vel­op­ment pro­cess from the very be­gin­ning. And fi­nally, the award-win­ning design makes it clear at first glance that a new gen­er­a­tion of con­trol pan­els has been cre­ated: High op­er­a­tional re­li­ab­il­ity, simple op­er­a­tion and un­lim­ited ap­plic­a­tion pos­sib­il­it­ies make the Clunid FMZ6000 an out­stand­ing product.

About the Red Dot Design Award
A 40-member jury awards designs of high design quality. In the category “Product Design” products are awarded since 1955.

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April 1, 2020 - Solutions

Protection for industrial gas turbines

A new animated film for our TurbineProtect solution shows how we effectively protect turbines from fire.

Industrial gas turbines, which are used in the oil and gas industry, for example, drive generators for power generation or compressors (mechanical drives) for gas compression or gas liquefaction. The operating temperature inside turbine acoustic enclosures can reach up to 120°C and the surface temperature of the turbine itself up to 800 °C. Oils leaking from the leaks in oil pipelines can easily get ignited on these hot surfaces. Once lit, a fire can quickly spread to other areas due to the high air flow rate actually used for cooling. Long downtimes and higher costs are often the result. Our flexible fire protection solution: TurbineProtect. https://www.minimax.com/de/en/solutions/solutions-risks/turbineprotect/

 

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Clunid FMZ6000 with Design Award
February 25, 2020 - Technologies

Clunid FMZ6000 honored with Design Award

The design of our new fire alarm and extinguishing control panel has been awarded the iF Design Award in the 'Product' category.

The Clunid FMZ6000 is a modular fire detection and extinguishing control panel, precisely tuned and assembled to the particular customer requirements. Since product design was integrated into the development process from the very beginning. And finally, the award-winning design makes it clear at first glance that a new generation of control panels has been created: High operational reliability, simple operation and unlimited application possibilities make the Clunid FMZ6000 an outstanding product.

About the iF Design Award

For 67 years, the iF Design Award has been a globally recognized trademark for outstanding design, and it is one of the most important design awards in the world. Clunid FMZ6000 in the iF World Design Guide (here).

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Clunid FMZ6000 safety, user-friendliness and flexibility
November 27, 2019 - Technologies

From Touch Screen to Hot Plugging

Minimax shows the strengths of the new fire alarm control panel at the VdS-FireSafety Cologne.

Minimax has opened a new chapter in fire alarm technology with the new Clunid FMZ6000 fire alarm control panel. It sets standards in safety, user-friendliness and flexibility. The central signal processing unit and the processors on all modules and area control panels are redundant. This eliminates downtimes. Even when individual modules are replaced, operation is possible without interruption thanks to Hot Plugging. The full-color 7" touch screen makes operation simple, clear and intuitive. The documentation required by law is made easier by a continuously automatically generated system documentation. The powerful network technology of the Clunid FMZ6000 also enables complex control of fire protection operating technology. All modules fit into any slot, regardless of module type, making flexible and optimum use of the space available. Addressing is automatic, so that the control panel is immediately ready for operation. This substantially reduces the time needed for project planning and commissioning. You can test the functions of the Clunid FMZ6000 live at our stand.

Our colleagues Oliver Wissmann and Henning Liese will be presenting the status and future possibilities of IoT integration for fire alarm systems at the "Fire alarm systems" symposium on 5 December at 3.15 pm.

Minimax fire protection solutions are known for their dependability and efficiency. However, the fact that an innovative fire protection concept generates a return on investment is unique. Minimax shows how this can be achieved with Oxeo EcoPrevent FC: Minimax and Fuji N₂telligence combine a fuel cell system with an Oxeo EcoPrevent oxygen reduction system and thus enable economically effective fire protection at the highest level. The fuel cell system generates electricity, air conditioning and heat and, as a by-product, oxygen-reduced air, which is used for the Oxeo EcoPrevent fire prevention system. A nitrogen generator is no longer necessary, the operating costs of storage buildings, for example, can be significantly reduced and at the same time the environment is protected.

On 4 and 5 December 2019 the fire protection industry will meet in Cologne for the 8th VdS-FireSafety Cologne. The trade fair with theme forums and several symposia will provide an insight into current developments and trends in preventive structural, plant engineering and organisational fire protection.

You will find our stand D-19 in Hall 11.1.

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Minimax presenting turnkey fire protection at sea
October 21, 2019 - Solutions

Minimax presenting turnkey fire protection at sea

Minimax will present its Marine solutions at Kormarine in Korea on Oct. 22-25, 2019.

Their dependable fire protection systems help to save lives, valuable possessions and the environment.

At sea, safety is of the utmost importance because in the event of fire, rapid escape is usually impossible, and the prompt arrival of outside help cannot be expected. Apart from many other fire risks, panic and compromised maneuverability are further typical sources of danger which have to be taken into consideration when choosing an extinguishing system. The variety of fire risks on ships calls for a partner who provides fire protection from planning through to realization and who takes special requirements into consideration. Minimax is one of the leading full-service providers for fire protection worldwide.

A Minifog marine XP system for example can protect machinery spaces up to 8,235m³ in volume, with the new nozzle generation only requiring 0.077L/min/m³. This corresponds to water savings of up to 90%. As one nozzle can protect up to 32m² of cabin surface, significantly fewer sprinklers are required than in traditional systems. The use of the Minifog marine XP watermist system satisfies the demand for minimizing space and weight on ships, along with the highest safety requirements.

Furthermore, Minimax offers an alternative solution for use in engine rooms on ships and platforms – the MX 1230 marine extinguishing system with the proven and tested clean agent NovecTM 1230. As this extinguishing agent is neither corrosive nor electrically conductive, no damage can result in the engine room from short circuits or residue on sensitive components. This makes MX 1230 marine systems perfectly suited to effectively and carefully protect sensitive components.

The fixed Dry Powder fire extinguishing system is designed for fighting fires in the ondeck cargo areas of ships carrying liquefied gases in bulk (gas carriers) and in the area of gas fuel bunkering stations on board ships using gases as fuel. The system could be used as modular or multi zone system. Modular systems can be placed easily on deck and have no long pipe and pilot piping installations. For multi zone systems the required piping from the powder unit up to the monitors or hand hose lines could be up to 227m. The ambient storage temperature is up to -38,5 °C.

Expert teams realize appropriate and tailor-made fire protection solutions in accordance with the safety regulations of national and international classification societies as well as SOLAS and IMO recommendations. Additionally, Minimax has the ability to adopt local requirements, it has great track record on successful project completion and a company culture to meet expectations of globally acting companies.

KORMARINE 2019, German Pavilion

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Technology leader sets new standards with Clunid FMZ6000
July 1, 2019 - Technologies

Technology leader sets new standards

Today, Minimax launched Clunid FMZ6000, a brand-new fire detection and extinguishing control panel, thereby setting a milestone.

The systems engineering, developed and manufactured entirely in Germany, offers an extremely flexible technology and is ahead of its time. “Extensive experience gained from being the second largest fire protection company in the world went into the development,” stated André Lickefett, Managing Director for R&D at Minimax Viking. “At the forefront of this new technology is the fact that we, at Minimax, guarantee maximum security and user convenience for the entire scope of the applications – despite the complexity of the underlying technology.” The user-friendliness of the touch screen adds to the safety in operating the system.

Outstanding operational reliability

Each control panel is modular in design and thus equipped with precisely the technology required for the respective application. High computer performance and generously sized event and history memory enable the system to be scaled freely. With the Clunid FMZ6000, both the central signal processing unit as well as the processors on all modules and area control panels are run redundant of each other, meaning there are no downtimes or outages. Even when certain operating modules have to be replaced, the operation continues as a result of hot plugging. Automatic feasibility tests also stop errors from occurring during the configuration. The diagnosis functions, including suggestions for remedial action, enhance the reliability of the entire system in all operating modes. 

Easy to use

The full-color 7" touch screen makes operation easy and clear. Navigation is intuitive, operating status is visualized by means of the color of the display, and messages are displayed in full text. Additional functions can be visualized and operated conveniently via programmable operator panels. Lots of parameters can be input directly here in the control panel without the need to use other tools. Even the legally prescribed documentation has got simpler. The LogicManager configuration software automatically generates clear system documentation on an ongoing basis. Consequently, any changes made to the configuration as well as usage amendments are automatically carried out internally and amended. Performance checks for service activities, modernizing or maintenance measures are user-guided and are also documented securely and automatically in the control panel. Status information from plant operation supplements the documentation and is available at any time for trend evaluations. 

Unlimited uses

The high performance network technology of Clunid FMZ6000 makes it possible to operate even complex fire protection operating technology. Engineering has never been so flexible or economic. A broad range of detectors and actuators „is available for worldwide use All detector protocols are downward compatible for addressable devices in the loop. The modular concept offers a whole series of additional benefits for project planning and service. All modules have the same width and fit in any slot irrespective of the module type, meaning that the space in the control panel casing can be utilized flexibly and optimally. Addressing is done automatically at the same stage as a module is installed, so that the control panel is immediately operable. This substantially reduces the time needed for project planning and commissioning. International hardware and software requirements have also already been integrated and certified. And it goes without saying that it is downward compatible with the technology previously used by Minimax.

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No chance for warehouse fire
February 8, 2019 - Technologies

No chance for warehouse fire

LogiMAT 2019

The Minimax brand stands for dependable and innovative fire protection in modern warehouses and logistics centers. The Minimax logistics expert team supports customers with fire protection solutions that are tailored precisely to the respective risks through the selection of suitable technologies and competent engineering. You can meet the Minimax team of experts at LogiMAT in Stuttgart from 19 to 21 February 2019 at Stand D05 in Hall 7.

The fact that fire protection solutions dependably and efficiently protect logistics buildings is not new.  But the fact that an innovative fire protection concept generates a return on investment is unique. Minimax will be showing at LogiMAT how this can be achieved with Oxeo EcoPrevent FC: Minimax and Fuji N₂telligence combine a fuel cell system with an Oxeo EcoPrevent fire prevention system and thus enable economical fire protection at the highest level. The fuel cell system generates electricity, air conditioning and heat and, as a by-product, oxygen-reduced air, which is used for the Oxeo EcoPrevent fire prevention system. A nitrogen generator is no longer necessary, the operating costs of e.g. refrigerated storage can be significantly reduced and at the same time the environment is protected.
Visitors to the Minimax stand will be able to literally grasp the subject: The interaction of the two systems will be explained using a 3D model of the fuel cell and an animation.

As a rule, high-bay warehouses are protected with classic sprinklers. InRackPack sprinklers provide dependable shelf protection and save valuable storage space. The use of particularly flat sleeves and Minimax Type 21 sprinklers reduces the distance between the upper edge of the sprinkler pipe and the sprinkler deflector. The sprinklers used with with flat spray characteristics also allow smaller distances between the sprinkler deflector and the stored goods and thus offer maximum space for the goods to be stored on the shelf.
The fire protection experts will be demonstrating at the trade fair how the installation situation and spray pattern of InRackPack sprinklers and classic sprinklers differ with the functional model of a high-bay warehouse.

Hazardous material warehouses pose the greatest risks of a rapid spread of fire and the devastating consequences of a fire for people and the environment. This makes the use of the right extinguishing system all the more important. Depending on the stored goods, however, the entire spectrum of fire extinguishing systems is used in these warehouses. Oxeo inert gas or carbon dioxide extinguishing systems are often the preferred solution, as fires are extinguished quickly and residue-free and possible reactions between fire material and extinguishing agent are excluded.  Foam extinguishing systems are a possible alternative.

You can find out which extinguishing system is the optimum solution for your hazardous material store at the Minimax stand.

 

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Project Partner of the German Rescue Robotics Center
December 6, 2018 - About Minimax

Project Partner of the German Rescue Robotics Center

Supported by the German Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)

As the second largest fire protection company in the world, Minimax Viking GmbH supports the German Rescue Robotics Center (Deutsches Rettungsrobotik-Zentrum) in Dortmund. As the only project partner from the fire protection sector, Minimax Viking brings decades of experience in fire protection research.

Today marked the launch of the new specialist center on the former industrial site “Phoenix West” in Dortmund. Here, mobile robot systems for civilian hazard prevention are to be researched and developed. One of the center’s main features is the so-called “living lab” with in- and outside trial areas where the systems, together with their users, can be tested for their operational suitability in various scenarios.

The international fire protection company Minimax Viking has been working in fire protection research for decades. The Minimax fire protection research center celebrated its fiftieth jubilee in July of this year. “As one of the few private fire protection research centers in Germany, it is the biggest of its kind in Europe and carries out cutting-edge research into safety,” explained Klaus Hofmann, Chairman of the Executive Board. Minimax was the first company in Germany that used its own research center to expand its competency in the development of fire protection solutions. “This focus on innovation is characteristic of Minimax and remains a large part of the company culture,” Hofmann continued.

The German Rescue Robotics Center is aiming to gain international recognition. For the first time in Germany, emergency forces, researchers and industry will work together to develop autonomous rescue robots and a robotics task force acting on a national and an international level. They will compile testing and inspection criteria in order to guarantee the standardization and certification of different robot systems in the future. The basis is built on the four lead scenarios: fire, collapse and burial, detection of dangerous substances and flood, as well as the ensuing challenges for rescue robotics.

The starting point for the specialist center is the increased complexity of the challenges encountered by authorities and organizations with security responsibilities as part of their everyday tasks. Despite good training, mature, tactical concepts and reliable safety equipment, every year numerous members of emergency forces around the world are injured or killed at work. As technical development progresses it is, however, conceivable that mobile robotic systems will increasingly be able to take on tasks in the future, in order to make the handling of operations more effective and safer for emergency forces, endangered people and personal protective equipment.

The requirements from operational practices will be used to develop the rescue robots. Beyond the initiation and funding phase, a scientifically oriented specialist center is to be developed in order to make more efficient robotic technology available to rescue teams on the market.

The Project
The project is being supported with an initial investment for four years by the German Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and will be led by an interdisciplinary and well-known association of users, industry, universities and research institutes. The funding is part of the German government's “Research into Civilian Safety 2012- 2017”, as part the topic area “Civilian Safety - Innovation laboratory / specialist centers for robotic systems in hostile environments” (Funding code13N14852 to 13N14863)

More information available at: www.sifo.de or 
https://www.sifo.de/de/bewilligte-projekte-aus-der-bekanntmachung-zivile-sicherheit---innovationslabore-2322.html and
https://www.sifo.de/files/Projektstumriss_A-DRZ.pdf

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Recycling industry finds out at Recycling-Technik in Dortmund
November 5, 2018 - Solutions

Fire protection as a competitive advantage

Recycling industry finds out at Recycling-Technik in Dortmund

The rapidly growing industry of recyclable material processing finds itself confronted by a high level of fire risk. People, environment and companies are regularly threatened by large fires. Many business operations are now upgrading and in doing so are attaching importance to a comprehensive fire protection concept. On 07-08/11 at Recycling-Technik in Dortmund, Minimax is showing what such a concept should look like (hall 7, stand T26). 

Delivery and storage areas - detecting hot spots

There is a risk in these areas that stored substances will auto-ignite. Here, internal areas are particularly at risk, since dust can create an explosive atmosphere. In order to detect potential ignition hazards in good time, the recyclable material storage areas are constantly monitored. Thermography systems with infra-red cameras are used for this wide-area early detection of fire. They detect objects by their radiative heat transfer and spot critical temperature developments. If there is a threat of ignition, a signal is transmitted to the connected fire detection control panel. Extinguishing monitors are aimed at the target manually or via remote control. They provide effective fighting of the so-called hot spot via water enhanced with film-forming foam compound. Active smoke aspiration systems and industrial flame detectors provide extra security in internal areas. They can also cope with particularly tough environmental conditions and dependably detect potential fires. Their signals are sent to a fire detection control panel which evaluates them and in an emergency activates automatic extinguishing by a deluge system.

Mechanical conveyor systems - safety in motion

During the sorting process, recycling materials are continually transported via conveyor belt systems. This means multi-faceted risks: overheated roller bearings, sparks which may occur during maintenance- or welding work, or auto-ignition of the material to be conveyed. The combined installation of industrial flame detectors and multi-sensor combustion gas detectors is a proven fire-safety measure for dependable and early detection of a fire. Minifog ProCon water mist systems are a particularly efficient solution for direct fire fighting. After a fire has been detected, the section of the conveyor belt is extinguished and operation can be continued without major downtime. The crucial advantage of this extinguishing system compared with conventional water spray systems is the significantly lower use of extinguishing water.

Pneumatic suction and conveyor systems - no opportunity for sparks

Wherever flammable materials are pneumatically transported, there is an increased risk of fire. This applies particularly to the material mix in pneumatic suction and conveyor systems in the recycling process. Sparks, hot particles or glowing embers in the processing machinery which arrive in the delivery systems have risk potential. Dust explosions are also possible. Functionally monitored spark detectors which react to infrared radiation of potential sources of ignition flying past, ensure dependable and above all immediate detection. If the spark detectors identify potential sources of ignition in the materials being conveyed, a signal is sent to the control panel. This unit then activates the automatic extinguisher solenoid valve in milliseconds. The extinguishing water is released and introduced into the volumetric flow via self-closing nozzles. The glowing particles fly into the water mist formed by the nozzle. Particularly innovative spark detectors, such as the UniVario YMX5000 detector range, themselves monitor their optical system with regard to dirt or damage at regular intervals. Functions such as these increase operational safety in the challenging areas of application in a recycling facility.

For an integrated fire protection concept however, all areas of a recycling complex must be thought of. For this reason separation and crushing facilities, agglomeration presses or even ancillary areas such as server or control rooms and office buildings must also be taken into consideration.

We look forward to welcoming you to our stand, T26 in hall 7 at Recycling-Technik in Dortmund.

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