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Kidde Fire Protection exhibited ARGONITE® C60 - the next generation of its ARGONITE® product series

Published on 31 August 2011
Patented Controlled Flow Technology in the ARGONITE® C60 slashes installation costs without compromising on performance
Kidde's ARGONITE C60 is a total flooding fire suppression system that wipes out fires in confined spaces

Kidde Fire Protection displayed at International Firex 2011 (Stand B70) the next generation of its ARGONITE® product range - ARGONITE® C60. The new system introduces a unique patented Controlled Flow Technology, allowing considerable savings to be made on system installation costs, while delivering performance that meets or exceeds applicable regulatory and environmental requirements.

Kidde Fire Protection is part of UTC Fire & Security, a unit of United Technologies Corp.

ARGONITE® C60 is a total flooding fire suppression system that extinguishes fires in enclosed spaces. It is suitable for use in a wide range of applications, including data processing and communication centres, clean rooms, oil and gas installations, power generation facilities, museums and galleries.

ARGONITE® is a 50:50 mixture of argon and nitrogen, gases that are natural constituents of the atmosphere. It is a non-corrosive non-conducting gas that produces no by-products when exposed to high flame temperatures. It may be used in manned areas, and it has a zero Ozone Depletion Potential and a zero Global Warming Potential.   When activated, the ARGONITE® C60 system controls the gas release throughout the discharge period, meaning that the peak mass flow of the gas is 60% less than other systems, with no reduction in fire suppression efficiency. As a result, smaller and less costly pipework can be used in the distribution network, and pressure relief requirements are greatly reduced allowing further savings to be made. The controlled flow technology allows homogeneous distribution of ARGONITE® gas in the enclosure, as well as reducing both noise and pressure impulse impact that could otherwise affect sensitive electromechanical equipment.

For buildings where fire protection is required in more than one area, the Kidde ARGONITE® C60 system allows significant space and cost savings to be achieved by using a single bank of cylinders in conjunction with diverter valves to direct the gas to the area where it is needed.

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