Fires in high-rack warehouse facilities are not only extremely dangerous to people and processes, they also prove difficult to suppress. That is why warehouse operators are increasingly looking for fire sprinkler alternatives - and for intelligent solutions to prevent a fire, rather than suppressing it ex post facto.
To start, fire needs a certain level of oxygen, heat, and fuel.
Combustible packaging material contributes the fuel. Technical defects, all too common in highly automated environments, along with electrical short circuits contribute the heat. All that’s left is oxygen, which, of course, is present in the ambient air.
In short: The risk of fire in high-rack warehouse facilities is particularly significant, and fire protection requirements are accordingly stringent. Fire safety planning must not only ensure that people are protected, but also that processes run smoothly and do not cause costly supply chain disruptions.
Traditionally, warehouse operators and pre-fire planners have relied on conventional sprinkler systems. The problem: water and other extinguishing agents used in these conventional fire suppression systems damage the stored goods, causing costly downtimes and delays in delivery times.
Enter WAGNER’s OxyReduct® solution for automated high-rack warehouse environments. Prioritizing prevention over damage control, OxyReduct® is a powerful fire sprinkler alternative.
The solution speaks for itself: in our new high-bay cold storage warehouse, nothing can burn thanks to active fire prevention using oxygen reduction. Thanks to the high energy efficiency of the VPSA technology installed, we not only score big in terms of security, we also keep operation costs down.
Georg Grewe, Managing Director, KLM Logistik
OxyReduct® with VPSA technology is effective not only in terms of safety, but also as regards low operating costs.
Patrick Dixon, Head of Construction and Technology at the British Library