Marcel Ruesink from Minimax answered the question how to mitigate fire events for LNG facilities at the LNG congress in Barcelona on 16-17 October 2017.
LNG facilities are exposed to fire risks. When a fire occurs due to failing equipment or inadequate fire control and protection measures, extended business disruptions may be the consequence. These will cause substantial costs and, at worst, may cause customers to turn to new suppliers elsewhere, if the delivery delays continue. The consequences originates due to the nature of LNG processing, the potential disperse of vaporized natural gas with its high fire load and rapid fire spread. The risk can be reduced by detection, fire control and/or extinguishing systems.
LNG fire has challenging facets. Minimax has the right fire control and protection solution for the various LNG facilities. Recommended fire control and protection applications which suit the requirements of LNG facilities are for example vaporization reduction with Hi-Ex foam, gas cloud dispersion control by water curtains, fire suppression with dry chemical and suppression system with inert gas systems for fire risks in enclosures like compressors and plant utilities.
Minimax understands the safety management issues at LNG operations and has in-depth know-how of codes and standards for fire protection, like IMO IGC (81/224), NFPA, EN & BS (66/224). Additionally Minimax has the ability to adopt local requirements, great track record on successful project completion and a company culture to meet expectations of global acting companies.
Minimax provides tailored solutions wherever there is a fire threat and has a widespread fire protection experience on industrial applications, including LNG facilities, jetties, loading manifolds, compressors, machinery rooms, steam and gas turbine driven power plants. So Minimax has the competence on both landbase and marine projects and the experience to integrate them.
Self-monitoring of detector optics in spark detection
The UniVario YMX5000 series offers new possibilities in spark detection in the wood-processing industry: for the first time there is a cyclic optics monitoring of all sensor units, as well for spark detectors. A new feature is that this detector series is suitable for extreme temperature ranges, and thanks to its modularity offers maximum flexibility in use.
The detection system of the UniVario YMX5000 series consists of a control unit with three connectors for remote sensor units. The electronics of the evaluation unit is self-monitoring, displays for example alarms or faults, and thus offers extra functional safety. The sensor units are connected to a control unit and allow dependable detection wherever there is an increased fire risk from sparks. The spark detection system is audited and approved by VdS.
New standards for additional safety: Self-monitoring in spark detection
Self-monitoring of optics has since become standard in flame detection. The UniVario YMX5000 system has succeeded for the first time in the world in transferring this standard to spark detection. At cyclic intervals the optics are monitored with regard to contamination or damage - a functionality that again significantly increases the operation safety of the system in the sometimes harsh areas of deployment in a wood-processing plant.
Extreme temperatures: From ice-cold to hot
The UniVario YMX5000 system is suitable for applications in extreme temperature ranges. The corresponding FUX sensor unit can even be used without fiber optic adapter at temperatures from -40°C to 105°C. The sensor units will be also available in an “Ex” version for use in explosion-hazard zones in Ex zones 1, 2, 20, 21 and 22.
Minimal downtimes: Easy, secure and long-lived system
Installing the sensor units is simple and safe thanks to the single-hole mounting with bayonet locking. The flush wall connection within transport- or suction channels minimizes the wear of the optics and guarantees a long lifetime. Possible air flushing does not affect the 120 degree viewing angle of the sensor system. Maintenance, for example for defective optics, is particularly easy thanks to a quick-change replaceable optics, so downtimes can be reduced to a minimum.
Minimax will be displaying the new UniVario YMX5000 detection system as a world first on the occasion of LIGNA 2017. In addition to this visitors to the Minimax trade stand at LIGNA can find out more about Minifog PressProtect, a solution for the protection of industrial presses, DryerProtect, the combined fire detection-, water mist- and spark extinguishing technology for driers, thermography systems and the Inveron hazard management system.
LIGNA 2017, Stand C24 in Hall 26
Dürr AG awarded Minimax as "Global Partner" among others for product quality.
The global plant and machinery installer Dürr AG honored its best suppliers with the Supplier Award for innovations, product quality and ability to always meet budgets and deadlines. Minimax fulfilled the international requirements in an outstanding way. "When it comes to their projects, we follow our longstanding customer Dürr around the world. We design, supply and install fire protection systems for the various Dürr construction sites according to country-specific regulations and on a global scale", says Minimax's Thilo Lindau.
Innovative fire protection design with fuel cell system from Fuji N2telligence with return on investment.
This collaboration sets off a revolution in fire protection. Minimax and Fuji N2telligence join a fuel cell system and an Oxeo Prevent oxygen reduction system and thus enable economically effective fire protection at the highest level.
Four in one: The fuel cell system generates electricity, air-conditioned coolness and heat and as a by-product oxygen-reduced air which is used for the Oxeo Prevent fire prevention system. A nitrogen generator is no longer necessary, operating costs are significantly reduced and at the same time the environment is treated gently. “The technology from Fuji N2telligence ideally complements our fire prevention system, and we look forward to a long-term collaboration”, according to Minimax CEO Jan Witte.
A landmark building and an important new place for music lovers has been created in the central port of Hamburg.
The Elbphilharmonie is set to attract local concertgoers and members from the music industry as well as visitors from around the world. Thus, dependable fire protection for this new landmark is paramount. HOCHTIEF commissioned Minimax with the installation of sprinkler systems, hydrants and monitoring systems. We accepted the complex and demanding large-scale project and Alfred Neumann and his team from the Minimax Reinfeld office successfully implemented it. 4 sprinkler pumps, 2 storage vessels, 6 hydrant pumps, 3 surveillance control centers, 23 alarm valve stations, 120 Zonecheck detectors, 195 hydrant cabinets, 13,000 sprinklers, 16,200 meters of main and distribution pipes and 41,000 meters of string pipes ensure safety in the Elbphilharmonie.
The extremely flexible and economic VN nozzle has been awarded the Security Innovation Award.
In the VN nozzle the screens are not a fixed component of the product. Depending on the extinguishing agent throughput required, an appropriate screen is only inserted during installation. For subsequent changes in the performance requirement only the screen needs to be changed, not the entire nozzle. This makes the VN nozzle an extremely flexible and economic solution.
Companies welcome newly relocated professionals and executives in the region
A new job, new colleagues and a new home - moving to a different region is not always an easy decision to make. This is particularly true if your partner and family are expected to move with you. To make newly relocated professionals and executives - as well as their families - feel at home in the HanseBelt region, the HanseBelt e.V. non-profit body regularly hosts a welcome reception. This time, it was the turn of Minimax GmbH and Co. KG in Bad Oldesloe to host the event. Managing Director Dr. Volker Bechtloff is very supportive of this particular initiative: "We offer our new employees anevening, where they and their partner can socialize and get to know other professionals and executives in similar situations. To feel at home in a new region, employees want more than just a good job. Social networking is a very important factor, both on a private and professional level."
50 professionals and executives from 19 companies enjoyed an entertaining evening while extinguishing a fire at the fire protection provider Minimaxs’ site. Another highlight was theimprovised theater play, which offered insights into typical Nordic quirks in a not so serious manner Ulrike Kammler, International Brand Manager at edding International GmbH, consciously decided to go with her new employer in the HanseBelt: "I lived in Bielefeld, when I started looking for a new professional challenge. In edding, I found a company with a family-oriented culture and international relations, which is able to offer me exciting professional perspectives in the field of international brand development. Another significant factor when deciding on edding as an employer and the related relocation was quite evidently the attractiveness of the HanseBelt region. Since I am originally from Wismar, the region has always held an attraction for me."
HanseBelt e.V. is committed to the development of the region. All 71 members signed a charter in which they commit themselves to a modern corporate culture. Scandinavian-inspired and based on Hanseatic values, the charter defines corporate values and etiquette. The members of the association jointly develop activities for a mutual exchange of ideas in order to learn from one another and to mutually support each other. The aim is to make the region a more attractive environment for living and working. Attractive employers play an important part in this regard.
For more information, please see www.hansebelt.de.
Minimax is represented at the CeBIT through one of our partners CANCOM physical infrastructure GmbH from Kempten.
At Booth B43 in Hall 12 of our partner CANCOM, professionals can take a look at the Minimax fire protection solutions for the digital economy. In a mobile data center (IT container), Minimax employees from Würzburg demonstrate a fully functional MX 1230 extinguishing system with a FMZ 5000 mod 4 fire detection and extinguishing control panel. In addition, a HELIOS AMX 5001 aspirating smoke detector is installed in the container.
Also available is a OneU fire protection system, which was developed for installation in closed 19" racks. In this case, the system is mounted in a BIG IT shelter.
The OneU fire protection systems are characterized by highly sensitive fire detection and residue-free extinguishing. A high level of data availability is ensured by redundant components and an integrated emergency power supply. OneU systems offer maximum flexibility due to modular expansion capability. Conventional fire protection systems require up to three height units in the rack. Thanks to its unique installation height of only one height unit (44 mm), OneU fire protection systems, on the other hand, leave much more space for the IT components in the expensive racks. At the same time, the OneU system is equal in function, quality and reliability to systems that need more space.
OneU fire protection systems guarantee maximum availability of technical equipment even in the event of short circuits, overloading, overheating or component error causing an incipient fire. They are an ideal component for availability concepts, such as:
Server and network technology, which ensures 24/7 availability of essential company data,
production controls, which control and monitor production processes,
telecommunication installations, which ensure fault-free, smooth communication throughout the company.
Function and design of extinguishing systems: We will show you how it works and provide practical training.
Hamburg (Volkspark Stadium) – "Practical Fire Protection"
Augsburg (WWK Arena) – "Practical Fire Protection"
Additional sessions are scheduled for November: on November 8 and 9, in the Commerzbank Arena in Frankfurt, and on November 15 and 16 in Signal Iduna Park in Dortmund.
Practical Fire Protection - Water Extinguishing Technology
Function and design of water extinguishing systems
Tried, tested and innovative
Water is the most natural of all fire extinguishing agents, usually available in sufficient quantities and affordable. It is environmentally-friendly and binds smoke and pollutants. Water extinguishing systems in the form of sprinkler systems or water deluge systems have therefore been a proven fire extinguishing technology in many applications for decades. Water mist technology is also considered an established standard in selected risk areas.
However, the wheel also continues to turn in the world of conventional water extinguishing systems. Modern versions of water extinguishing systems and innovative extinguishing concepts allow additional safety, water savings, planning convenience and easier installation
The right choice
Which water extinguishing system is most suitable for a type of application? What is the impact of a change in the type of extinguishing system on the design and overall planning? Which criteria need to be taken into account with regard to friction loss-free interfaces with other subsections?
Learn to answer these questions and others with the help of practical case studies. Experienced project managers and specialists from our Minimax team of experts will accompany you in the development of bespoke fire protection solutions using three realistic examples.
Practical Fire Protection - Gas Extinguishing Technology
Function and design of fire detection- and gas extinguishing systems
Fire protection in industrial businesses: the requirements are increasing.
The requirements for fire protection solutions in industrial companies have increased significantly in recent years. Manufacturing companies are required to keep up with the challenges of a dynamic market. Among other things, uninterrupted production- and delivery capacity are important prerequisites for long-term business success. For this reason, modern industrial enterprises increasingly require process-integrated fire protection solutions that are able to combat a fire as far as possible without leaving any residues and that reduce business interruptions to a minimum.
In future, this will present technical planners with the substantial task of not only taking essential fire protection requirements into account in their planning, but also to develop a bespoke fire protection concept that accommodates the need for reduced downtimes caused by fires.
The right extinguishing agent. The best solution.
One of the decisive factors is the selection of the ideal extinguishing agent. In addition, reliable detection and the design of the pipe system in relation to the quantity of extinguishing agent play an important role.
Learn from experienced project managers how to resolve the essential issues of a customized fire protection concept for an industrial business and develop solutions for three challenging case studies in collaboration with our experts.
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For further information and easy online registration via the Internet, please visit www.minimax.de/workshop.The Minimax Planner workshops are recognized by some professional engineering bodies as a further training measure. Each participant will receive a certificate.
From 17 - 18/02/2016, Minimax is exhibiting advanced solutions in inert gas and water mist extinguishing in Hall 10.1 at Booth 413.
Minimax, a leader in fire protection, will present their enhanced technologies at FeuerTRUTZ 2016. Also included are live demonstrations. This year's focus will be on the Oxeo inert gas extinguishing systems, Minifog ProCon XP high-pressure extinguishing systems and UniVario industrial fire detectors.
Oxeo extinguishing systems serve to minimize fire damage and consequential damage. They are suitable for sensitive areas containing valuable assets and sensitive equipment or that are subject to particularly high availability demands, such as archives, server rooms, control rooms or telecommunication systems. Oxeo extinguishing systems use the natural inert gases nitrogen or argon, which are electrically non-conductive, disperse homogeneously in case of a fire and displace oxygen from the fire source. In addition, these fire extinguishing systems are used mainly as fire protection for risk areas with flammable liquids or areas with high thermal load as they leave no extinguishing agent residue. Oxeo extinguishing systems offer all functions of modern inert gas extinguishing systems - from 300-bar-technology to the ConstantFlow option.
Minifog ProCon XP high-pressure water mist extinguishing systems offer optimum protection for minimal consumption of extinguishing water for enclosed turbines, machines and installations with flammable liquids. They disperse the extinguishing water very finely via special nozzles and increased operating pressures. At the same time the total surface area of the water is increased, enabling it to more quickly absorb heat and evaporate.
The accompanying cooling and smothering effect allows for effective firefighting. Using water as an extinguishing agent ensures that the protected space can be reentered immediately after the successful extinguishing, whereas in the case of the CO2 gas extinguishing systems traditionally installed on gas turbines and motor test benches, the extinguishing gas must first be extracted from the protected space. In addition, the VdS (independent German testing institution for fire protection and security)-certified Minifog ProCon XP system consumes up to 95 percent less extinguishing water, which reduces the risk of water damage to a minimum.
The flame and heat detectors in the UniVario product family, with their robust housing and installations, have been designed for harsh operating conditions in industrial applications. The detectors are distinguished by rapid fire detection at the same time as a high level of false alarm prevention, and are able to communicate with the fire detection control panel in Loop mode. Can be used indoors and outdoors in the immediate vicinity of the object, like the UniVario WMX5000 or at larger distances, like the UniVario FMX5000 IR. They work under extremely dirty processing conditions as well as explosion-hazard zones: for the latter classes of danger detectors graded by suitability in the Standard (without explosion protection), 3GD and Ex series (Zone 1 and 20) are available.