BOFA’s ‘FireBOX’ enhancements improve workplace safety05 September 2018

Fume and extraction systems developer, BOFA International, has unveiled new and improved versions of its ‘FireBOX’ technology to further reduce the risk of fire in the workplace.

The new patent-pending units, independently tested by Ordnance Testing Solutions Ltd, are designed to meet the requirements of all classes of fire, from those caused by liquid and gases to wood, metal and combustible materials in general.

Certain processes present a persistent risk of embers or self-igniting particulates, and BOFA’s new FireBOX GA (General Application) and FireBOX MA (Metal Application) are designed to manage and mitigate these risks.

The FireBOX GA and MA units have been developed as an inline solution firstly to capture particulate at risk of ignition and secondly to extinguish any fire resulting from the particulate.

The firm says that the technology is critical because if a burning ember is drawn into a fume extraction unit, there is a possibility that debris in filters can ignite and cause significant system damage.

Explains product manager Richard Heard: “The new units are designed for added safety and protection. They have a built-in temperature controller that can be set so when a 10ºC temperature rise is detected, the FireBOX will automatically activate the isolating valves and switch off the power to the extraction unit, suppressing the airflow to the FireBOX and reducing the potential for fire spread. If this doesn’t stop the fire and the temperature rises by another 10ºC, then the fire extinguisher will be activated.”

The new units are available from distributors worldwide.

Adam Offord

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