How the Fire Suppression Module Works
In the event that a lapse in supervision allows sustained combustion to develop in the laser system, there are two sets of redundant thermal switches located strategically in the laser system material processing chamber which will react to elevated temperatures. The first set will trigger at a certain temperature to stop laser processing and activate an audible alarm alerting the operator to address the situation. If the operator is unable to react in time, a second set of thermal switches is set to trigger at a slightly higher temperature than the first set. This will activate valves that release suppressant into the processing area to extinguish flames. The suppressant used is designed to evaporate after deployment without leaving a residue to be cleaned up. This suppressant it environmentally safe and approved for use worldwide.
Improved Operational Safety
Overall reliability of a laser system is improved with the addition of the fire suppression module. As a backup for lapses in supervision, the fire suppression module can prevent sustained combustion from escalating and causing damage to the laser system and surrounding property resulting in costly down time for repairs and lost productivity. As an additional safeguard, sensors monitor the levels of fire suppressant in the unit and communicate with the laser system. The sensors prevent laser processing and warn the operator if a tank is empty and needs to be replaced. A backup tank is also built into each fire suppression unit allowing the operator to switch to a second tank in the event that the primary tank is deployed. In this way, laser material processing can continue while a replacement tank is acquired.
Improved Return on Investment
ULS laser cutting, engraving, and marking machines are designed to contain sustained combustion for extended periods of time using robust enclosure materials and laminated safety glass viewing ports, but if left unchecked long enough, damage can extend to surrounding property causing even costlier repairs and delays. These repairs and delays can cause extended downtime and reduced productivity in addition to posing a safety hazard. The fire suppression unit can help prevent these costly interruptions to productivity thereby helping to maximize return on investment