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February 2, 2015

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Range of optical flame detectors: FFE

WasteHandling_TalentumFFE’s Talentum range of optical flame detectors can detect almost all types of flickering flames, not just hydrocarbon flames, according to the company. This is important in the waste industry, as flames can originate from many different sources, including paper, plastic and even metals.

FFE states that the range utilises infra-red (IR) sensing technology to detect flames irrespective of any dust, steam or smoke present; they are also immune to the effects of wind or draughts of air. FFE adds that with the addition of an ultra-violet (UV) sensor a flame detector also becomes highly immune to false signals such as sunlight.

The very nature of waste handling and recycling means that fire is an ever-present danger. Every year it destroys millions of pounds worth of raw material and equipment; according to the UK’s Chief Fire Officer Association (CFOA), there were 298 fires in 2013, costing the industry untold millions in lost revenue.

New guidance for waste and recycling sites was issued on 20th October 2014 by the Waste Industry Safety and Health (WISH) Forum, providing site operators with the information and standards they need to reduce fire risk. The guidance aims to provide waste management operators with the guidance, information and standards to allow them to:

  •  Reduce the likelihood and frequency of fires occurring on solid waste handling sites
  •  Where fires do occur, to reduce the potential health and environmental impacts

The guidance stipulates that “for plant and equipment (such as recycling and recovery plant) fire detection, alarm and suppression must be part of the design risk assessment.” It also recommends the use of flame detectors if necessary.

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