Mobile Mining Equipment

Bison Fire - Mobile Mining EquipmentMining Vehicles Need Fire Protection

There are several reasons why mining vehicles are susceptible to fire. Many operate virtually nonstop, 24 hours per day, 7 days per week. They use a host of flammable liquids including lubricating oils, diesel fuels, greases, and hydraulic fluids. And they generate considerable heat from engine blocks, manifolds, turbochargers, and brake systems.

When fire breaks out on a mining vehicle - whether underground or on the surface - the results can be dramatic. Expensive repair or replacement of valuable equipment is the obvious loss. Extensive downtime and business interruption can result in even greater expense as this equipment often takes many months to replace. And most importantly, fire on a mining vehicle can mean serious injury to the operator.

Insurance companies are well aware of these risks. That's why insurance rates are increasing and coverage for vehicles is becoming harder to find.

Systems You Can Depend On

In response to a need for mining vehicle fire protection in the 1960's, Ansul invented and introduced the A-101™ vehicle fire suppression system. Since that time, mining vehicles have grown in size and complexity - and Ansul has responded by refining and updating the A-101™ system as well as developing automatic detection and control systems for vehicles.

Ansul vehicle fire protection systems are installed, maintained, and serviced by a worldwide network of Ansul-authorized fire equipment distributors who are factory-trained and fully equipped to keep your systems fire-ready.

Insurance companies are well aware of these risks.  Insurance rates are ever increasing as are the risks and liabilities which is why very few fire protection companies are able to obtain the additional policies required to install and maintain these specialized types of fire protection systems.

Ansul Checkfire 110 and 220

Ansul has released the new Checkfire 110 and 210 detection and actuation systems. These new systems are designed to integrate with the A-101, LVS, and Twin Agent suppression systems. Ansul has made these new systems available only to the companies that attend the 4 day training seminars. These systems offer cutting edge technology in the industrial fire protection markets such as mining, forestry, and oil & gas. These very important industries require protection above and beyond the normal levels that would be seen in commercial operations.

Detection is the critical first step in successfully dealing with the threat of fire. The CHECKFIRE 110 & 210 offer two highly-reliable forms of detection used individually or in combination. Linear Detection Wire consists of spring-steel conductors separated by a heat sensitive insulator. At the temperature rating of the wire, 356°F (180°C), the insulator melts and the two conductors make contact, sending a signal to the detection module, which signals the control module to actuate the fire suppression system. With Spot Thermal Detection, the thermal detector contacts close and signal the control module to initiate fire suppression when the temperature reaches either 250°F or 350°F (121°C or 177°C) depending on the model selected.

Two forms of detection for those first critical seconds, upon receiving a fire detection signal, the display module activates the release circuit, which is capable of actuating up to 10 agent tanks via electronic actuators mounted directly onto expellant gas cartridges. The system can also be actuated manually by either the manual activation button on the display module itself or electric manual actuators used remotely from various locations on protected equipment.

    • Multiple detection and actuation options
    • Supervised, plug-and-play circuits
    • Built for extreme environments
    • Dust and water tight (IP67 rated)
    • Automatic or manual actuation
    • Internal reserve power source
    • Downloadable 4,000+ event history log with real-time stamp
    • System isolate feature
    • FM approved and CE marked

Click here to see the full specifications on the Ansul CHECKFIRE 210 system!

Authorized Ansul Cartridge Refilling

Ansul Incorporated has had over 40 years’ experience in the manufacture, refill and testing of gas pressure cartridges.  The large volume of extinguishers produced by Ansul permits us to manufacture all gas cartridges used in Ansul fire equipment.  This volume also justifies elaborate equipment for testing every critical feature of Ansul gas cartridges.  This is important since the gas pressure cartridge is the heart of a cartridge and the extinguishers and suppression systems that require them for actuation.

Over the years rigid standards for refilling Ansul cartridges have been developed.  As new inspection procedures have been added, labor saving tools for automation have kept pace.

The tools, fixtures, gauges and other test equipment required for filling and testing gas cartridges to the standards of Ansul Incorporated, representing a sizeable capital expenditure, and the liability of non-conforming cartridges is substantial.  Only the factory and authorized agents such as Bison Fire Protection realize the volume necessary to justify this expenditure. 

A few Ansul gas cartridges are being refilled by those not authorized to do so.  We, like the N.F.P.A. and other agencies, wish to discourage this practice.  Those not authorized to fill Ansul cartridges cannot possibly afford to install proper tools, fixtures, gauges and other equipment when their volume of Ansul cartridges is low.  Likewise, when volume is small, certain obvious short cuts in testing procedures must be taken so the operation shows a profit. When you consider this and the liability issues that come from using non-conforming re-filled cartridges that could fail. The costs to your business, injuries or worse to personnel will be devastating.

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