Fire Detection for Food Processing

Industry | Food Processing

The processes involved in the food and beverage industry often utilize flammable or toxic materials that present a risk to equipment and the health and safety of personnel, if left to accumulate. We offer multiple solutions for fire detection for the food processing industry. This includes but is not limited to flame detection for large industrial fryers and automatic kitchen fire detection and suppression systems for commercial hospitality kitchens like fastfood restaurant kitchens.

Challenges

Natural gases in the process of baking, drying, and industrial steam generation must be detected. Ammonia may accumulate in refrigeration units. Chlorine is often used as a disinfectant or bleaching agent. Hazardous gases such as hydrogen sulfide may be present as a by-product of various processes. All of these gases must be detected swiftly to prevent damage to equipment and personnel.

Overheating or faulty thermostats may also result in a devastating fire. Over 50% of commercial kitchen fires involves cooking equipment like deep fat fryers or ranges.

A quick detection and suppression of fires originating in fryers, ranges or other cooking appliances is critical to prevent catastrophic damage and permanent closure of the restaurant and kitchen. It is vital to implement measurements for fire detection in the food processing industry.

Applicable standards to kitchen fire safety are UL-300, NFPA-17a and NFPA-96 require the use of an automatic kitchen fire suppression system.

Fire Detection for Food Processing

Industry | Refrigeration Facilities

Refrigeration facilities in the food and beverage industry are used to keep food cool for long periods of time. These facilities often use ammonia based cooling systems, as ammonia is efficient and economical for large scale food processing and storage. Ammonia is flammable if released in an enclosed space, with a source of ignition present, or if a vessel of anhydrous ammonia is exposed to fire. Its primary hazard, however, is toxicity. The explosive range of ammonia is from 16% (LEL) to 25% (UEL) when mixed with air. It is highly toxic above 500 parts per million (ppm).

Challenges

Gas monitoring systems must be in place to detect the presence of ammonia before it reaches dangerous concentrations.

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Are you looking for Spectrex SharpEye flame detection or Spectrex Quasar SafEye open path gas detection? look no further! We always have hundreds of Spectrex flame- and open path detectors in stock! In urgent need for a kitchen fire suppression system? We also have hundreds of Buckeye Kitchen Mister fire suppression systems in stock!

ESP Safety point gas detectors and Hansentek spark & ember detectors are available from us with short lead times. We offer tailor made solutions using Sensia thermal imaging camera’s for flame- and gas detection, gas quantification, flare monitoring and methane emission monitoring.

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