FM Approval for E4 system

Firetrace International, the global manufacturer of fire suppression solutions for commercial, industrial, government and military applications, has achieved FM approval for its advanced E4 engineered clean agent total flooding system.

E4 obtained the FM Approval for its high-­performance 500 PSI / 35 bar 3M™ Novec ™ 1230 systems. With the achievement of the FM Approval, FM-­insured companies worldwide now have access to the performance offered by the Firetrace International E4 system. E4, which is also UL Listed, delivers a host of substantial and measurable performance enhancements when compared with traditional clean agent total flooding systems. “Our E4 system takes full advantage of the unique characteristics of 3M™ Novec™1230 Fire Suppression Fluid,” said Mark Cavanaugh, president and CEO of Firetrace International. “It’s a fantastic achievement to obtain FM Approval for E4 and reflects the hard work of our team in ensuring that our products meet the highest international standards.”

Thanks to the unique properties of Novec 1230, E4 systems are safely pressurised to 500 psi (35 bar) in low-­pressure hardware. The increased pressurisation enables incredible performance gains when compared with traditional total flooding systems that conform to conventions developed for Halon in the 1980s; conventions that were continued by many HFC system manufacturers and ultimately on to their Novec systems.

The increased pressure of E4 offers greater design flexibility and lower overall hardware and installation costs. Its capabilities include a dramatic increase in both vertical and horizontal cylinder to nozzle distance when compared with traditional clean agent total flooding systems.

E4 systems use between 25% and 40% less piping and provide over 600% liquid agent to pipe volumes. This is the largest network possible without the need for expensive supplementary nitrogen driver systems. Systems are available in eight cylinder sizes with fill volumes ranging from 8lb. (4kg) to 1300 lb. (590 kg), with the 1300 lb. cylinder being the largest single unit fire suppression system in the industry. E4 is compatible with most popular releasing panels and complies fully with every aspect of NFPA 2001: 2012.

E4 clean agent total flooding systems are manufactured in an AS9100C/ISO 9001:2008 certified facility.