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Sprinkler protection system for hazardous goods warehousing facilities
December 3, 2020 - Solutions

Sprinkler protection system for hazardous goods warehousing facilities

Minimax presents new fire protection solution

Minimax has received approval from the German Association of Property Insurers (VdS) for their innovative fire protection solution, which protects hazardous goods warehouses by means of a sprinkler system using a foam agent. This concept combines high safety for people and the environment with a very fast, effective and localized firefighting. Moreover, the system helps to minimize operational downtimes in the event of fire, and there are very few construction requirements. It can be used in warehouses with large containers such as IBC and warehouses with narrow aisles.

The concept is based on several modules interacting with each other. In the event of a fire, spilling fluid is deliberately directed to the rack aisles with the help of sloped rack stands and baffles installed in the racks. So-called fuel stops are embedded in the floor at regular intervals along the aisles, which collect the flammable fluid, preventing it from spreading along the aisles. Special sprinklers are placed near the fuel stops, ensuring early release and targeted distribution of the water-foam mixture into the aisles. Additional quick-release sprinklers distribute water and a special foam agent into the racks. This concept enables rapid, effective and localized firefighting, helping to keep fire damage and operational downtimes to a minimum.

High personal safety and environmental protection
This fire protection system does not involve complete flooding of the protected room with firefighting agent. Consequently, it offers a higher degree of safety compared to agents hazardous to humans, such as high expansion foam or CO2. With the sprinkler solution there is also less danger of firefighting agent spreading to lower levels or neighboring areas. The early and localized firefighting, combined with fairly small amounts of water-foam used to fight the fire contribute to a better environmental footprint.  

Very fast and effective firefighting
The sprinklers are arranged at close intervals, both in the racks and in the aisles, facilitating early fire detection and immediate firefighting without any pre-warning period. Together with the fuel stops and the use of a special foam agent, fast, raging fires can be fought effectively – which is essential in case of flammable liquids spilling from large bulk containers.

Minimal operational downtimes in the event of fire
Only the sprinklers in the affected area release and the fire is rapidly fought resulting in little primary and secondary damage. This includes thermal stressing of the building and rack structures, corrosion or short circuits due to the flooding of technical installations (control panels, ventilation systems, conveying equipment). The subsequent removal of the firefighting agent is also far easier than in a building completely flooded with high expansion foam.

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firefighting turbine
December 1, 2020 - Technologies

MXOne High-Performance Firefighting Turbine

Innovative fire protection using water mist from a safe distance

Today, Minimax is launching the extinguishing turbine MXOne. This unique system has a 360° operating range and enables the highly precise application of water mist from a significant and safe distance. In the event of a fire, the water mist absorbs a huge amount of energy, cools particularly effectively and reaches hidden fire sources better than classic monitors. It binds flue gases, pollutants and odors, and is able to exert its efficiency quickly over large areas. The effectiveness of the turbine has been examined and confirmed in full-scale fire trials conducted by independent bodies, including DMT.

MXOne can be operated with potable water, seawater and with/without foaming agents. Spray patterns can range from a fine water mist to a full jet. The firefighting system reaches a flow rate of up to 4,000 liters per minute. MXOne can be aimed at a hot spot either fully automatically or manually via remote control. Thanks to a smart operating system, a single turbine can supply water alternately to two or more neighboring areas. Consequently, several fires can be fought in parallel, or nearby facilities threatened by fire can be specifically cooled in a targeted manner. The turbine can be easily integrated into existing plants and is suitable for use in areas with temperatures ranging from -25°C to +60°C.

A decisive innovation: throw distance
MXOne has the unique ability to fight a fire with water mist from a significant distance. The turbine is able to offset the susceptibility of small droplets to external factors such as crosswinds or headwinds using a smart control system and activating a supporting air stream. Furthermore, the system can be flexibly adapted to meet almost any challenge posed by different fire scenarios.

Efficient firefighting with water mist
When extinguishing a fire with water mist, the water is atomized under high pressure, meaning the smallest of water droplets and a larger reaction surface are formed that absorb heat. When water evaporates, its volume is increased many times over, thus displacing the oxygen at the source of the fire. The smothering effect fights the fire directly. The cooling aspect of the water mist protects people and property from the effects of heat. The volume of water consumed during the firefighting effort as well as the consequential damage caused by the water are extremely low.

Maximal flexibility in positioning and application
The control and direction of the extinguishing turbine can be done fully automatically, as follows: Information from at least two fire detectors (e.g. UniVario industrial fire detectors or infrared cameras) is assessed in the fire alarm and control panel and the location of the source of the fire is accurately determined before MXOne is activated. Alternatively, manual control of the turbine is always an option. Both stationary and mobile control variants can be implemented according to the operator's requirements.

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Corrosion-protected pipe system
September 10, 2020 - Technologies

Corrosion-protected pipe system

Minimax launched Fendium - a quantum leap for sustainable fire protection.

These polymer-enhanced steel pipes have a special polymer on both the inside and out to protect them against corrosion. In contrast to painted coatings and powder coating, this polymer protection is built up during a multi-step chemical process which unifies the polymer and steel. Independent research has confirmed that the polymer achieves extremely high resistance to corrosive influences.

Sustainability through a longer service life
When used as intended, Fendium pipes have a significantly longer service life than pipes that have not been treated on the inside. Minimax offers a 10-year guarantee against rust-through on Fendium pipes – a guarantee that greatly exceeds legal warranties and industry standards.

Consistent higher safety level
Corrosion in standard pipes can lead to rough surfaces, encrustations and deposits which, in turn, increase pipe friction and reduce the free cross-section of the pipes. As this takes place inside the pipe, changes are not noticed for a long time. With their internal and external corrosion protection, Fendium pipes increase the effectiveness and reliability of extinguishing systems over the long term.

Greater efficiency
The low pipe friction offered by the smooth Fendium pipes even makes it possible, in many cases, to use smaller nominal diameters or smaller pumps. The advantages include weight savings, easier installation and reduced space requirements.

Fendium pipes offer an ideal combination of a longer service life, increased safety and greater efficiency: a sustainable concept!

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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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