A new extinguisher by Siemens using a special protection fluid has been designed as environmentally-friendly while being useful in mission-critical areas.
Using 3M NovecFire Protection Fluid, the Sinorix 1230 from Siemens Industry Inc. is a green solution based on sustainable technology that ensures quick extinguishing in mission critical areas without negatively impacting the environment. With a global warming potential of 1 and zero ozone depletion, Sinorix 1230 allows system engineers to replace existing suppression agents and achieve U.S. Green Building Council LEED-EB certification credits. The Sinorix 1230 is a nontoxic, nonflammable, and nonconductive solution that requires no cleanup after discharge. The extinguishing system is designed to interrupt combustion processes at its earliest stage. The agent suppresses fire before there is enough heat to damage adjacent equipment or ignite other potentially combustible materials. At room temperature, Sinorix remains a liquid, but it behaves like a gas when the suppression system is activated. Siemens also offers a range of storage options for agent storage capacity from 16 to 1,200 pounds in a single cylinder.
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After almost a decade of uncertainty, the confidence of plant floor managers is soaring. Even with a number of challenges and while implementing new technologies, there is a renewed sense of optimism among plant managers about their business and their future.
The respondents to the 2014 Plant Engineering Salary Survey come from throughout the U.S. and serve a variety of industries, but they are uniform in their optimism about manufacturing. This year’s survey found 79% consider manufacturing a secure career. That’s up from 75% in 2013 and significantly higher than the 63% figure when Plant Engineering first started asking that question a decade ago.