Fire Prevention

We can say that some industrial sectors are more exposed to fires than others. However, none is free of them to a greater or lesser extent. That is why, thinking about the safety of their associates, materials and facilities, companies give high priority to the protocols that have among their main objectives to avoid this type of disaster.

Thermal imaging cameras are an excellent tool for early fire detection, thanks to their measurement method and excellent sensitivity. However, they require processing software capable of detecting false positives, controlling additional elements of the fire system, and communicating / issuing the required alarms at each facility. The bcbFireScan takes on this important role and is positioned as the ideal complement to FLIR cameras.

Applications

Paper and cardboard are very important materials for our day to day. Although they are not products with high added value, the large volumes they handle make both industries attractive and essential. For example, the food industry would be greatly affected without the availability of cardboard packaging and without paper we would not have books, stationery or products for personal hygiene.

The raw material of these industries is stored in open spaces, exposed to environmental conditions. In addition, due to its poor thermal conductivity, it is a material that usually accumulates a lot of thermal energy, increasing the risk of catching fire. It is also exposed to human carelessness and even animals that throw glass or metal, producing a magnifying glass effect. The bcbFireScan permits an early detection of hot spots that origin the fire, before the combustion occurs and allows discriminating false positives and alarms caused by personnel and machinery that constantly circulate through the warehouses.

Continuous monitoring is carried out with visible and audible alarms as well as automatic activation of the fire suppression system for areas such as:

  • Raw material warehouse,
  • Conveyor areas.
  • Supervision of thermal and ignition equipment.

The Oil & Gas industry and the chemical industry have in common the storage of their products in tanks and barrels and their transport through pipelines and pipes driven by pumping equipment. Many of the substances used in the production process are flammable and very dangerous to handle. Although they have everything under control most of the time, the risk of suffering a fire exists and no matter how low the probability is, if it occurs, the consequences are costly in an integral perspective.

The bcbFireScan perfectly suits for monitoring these types of installations. Algorithms are developed to recognize false hot spots due to the high reflectivity of metal containers and false positives produced by machinery and circulating transport. . It can also incorporate multiple cameras to cover remote points, far from each other and thus insoect all of them in the same alarm center. Some of the featured applications are:

  • Barrels and chemical warehouse supervision.
  • Inspection of leaks in tanks, pipelines and silos.
  • Supervision of short circuits caused by electrical equipment.
  • Friction spark detection caused by mechanical components.

In the mining industry, thermal imaging camera technology is used to prevent incidents and test the operation of conveyor belts, bearings, pulleys, belts and motors.

Lamination is a processing approach to making an item with improved strength, stability, and appearance, by using two or more materials stacked in multiple layers. A wide range of materials are known to laminate to each other, and the process continues until the laminate has the desired properties. Finally, the laminate is permanently assembled by heat, pressure, welding, or adhesives.

Technological advancement in the field of lamination has led to different ways in which sheets can be manufactured. Hot lamination, extrusion lamination, flame lamination, and adhesive lamination are some of these processing approaches. The bcbMonitor 4.0 has been developed to control the temperature in this process and in the other applications:

Continuous and unattended monitoring of fire prone areas
Storage patios
Transport systems (conveyors)
Containers
Mechanical and electrical equipment causing sparks

In the household and construction, wood is a widely used material. Responsible consumption in large quantities takes place all over the world, due to its capacity for transformation, resistance and the aesthetic representations that derive from it. Working with wood is simple, as long as the precautions related to working with a combustible material are taken.

The bcbFireScan is adaptable to perform the continuous monitoring required in different processes in this sector. Provides coverage of large areas such as log storage yards, which are never without the risk of spark. In the same way, the cutting area can be monitored by this system, with the intention of quickly detecting any hot spots derived from cutting friction. Once the wood has been processed, we also find points that require monitoring, such as the sawdust hoppers or the warehouse of finished product. Some areas of the industry where the system can be applied are:

  • Some areas of the industry where the system can be applied are:
  • Storage patios.
  • Transport on conveyors.
  • Containers
  • Mechanical and electrical equipment that causes spark.

Plastic is widely used by all types of industry. It is a low cost material, abundant and highly moldable. From simple applications in packaging to complex ones in the automotive industry. Because of its composition, plastic is very difficult to ignite, but once it does, it is practically impossible extinguish the fire. On the other hand, for its transformation, high temperatures are used, which can cause an outbreak due to overheating.

ThebcbFireScan is used for different purposes. One important purpose is the inspection of warehouses and pellet hoppers, constantly moved by forklifts. Also, the location of the inspection points in heating zones is relevant, such as barrel and screw heating in extruders and injectors. It is important to highlight that machines can be discarded with the intelligence of the thermographic system to avoid false fire alarms. Some areas of the industry where the system can be applied are:

  • Continuous and unattended monitoring of:

Hoppers

Pellet containers

Engines

Mechanical and electrical equipment

  • Continuous inspection of critical points in injectors and extruders

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