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At insulation manufacturer Glava, they manage high risk and high production volumes. Hence, they are dependent on an efficient fire detection system. Here, they tell us why they chose Autronica. 60 tons of melted glass, and temperatures up to 1300 degrees Celsius: At the Glava manufacturing plant in the Norwegian town of Stjørdal, the production runs non-stop. The temperature is high when shattered glass is molten and spun into insulation, and the consequences of an incident in the smelting plant are enormous. In the afternoon, evening and night, staffing is limited to a minimum. Only four people keep the 3500 square meters of factory under surveillance. Thanks to solid fire detection, they all know they are safe regardless. However, not long ago they experienced a completely different situation altogether. Catastrophic fire at Glava manufacturing plant "In the 90s, the Glava manufacturing plant and headquarters in Askim suffered a major cable fire, where a grand total of 600 kilometers of cable was destroyed by fire. Production was halted for weeks, and 60-70 electricians were hired to fix the problem. If we had had early warning in case of overheating, we could have saved several millions Norwegian Kroner," said Helge Bakken, an electrical engineer working in the Glava manufacturing plant since 1996. He talks about vast amounts of inflammable materials on the premises. "Glava is a large manufacturing plant with lots of machinery, and we are bordering on the limit of what we can keep our eyes on." Efficient fire detection system With Autronica’s solution we have a complete overview form the screens in the control room" Helge added, "When we rebuilt the Stjørdal factory in 2014, we wanted to install a proper fire detection system. We asked for tenders from a wide range of suppliers, and I feared that Autronica would be too expensive. I was pleasantly surprised when it turned out they weren’t the most expensive supplier by far. Additionally, the quality and service were far superior to any of the others. And of course, it was a bonus that they are a Norwegian company, and that most of the equipment is manufactured at their headquarters in Trondheim." Fire alarms and emergency lighting "With Autronica’s solution we have a complete overview form the screens in the control room. Graphical sectionalizations show where the alarm is triggered, and we get an early indication of heat generation. With the help of statistics, we quickly see what the normal temperature is. If there is a real emergency, the emergency light system will multiply the chance of evacuating the employees. There are few fault messages, and everyone here takes any alarm seriously," says fire safety manager, Håvard Sesseng.
Autronica Fire and Security has entered into an agreement with the global energy company Equinor ASA to continue to deliver fire and gas goods and services for at least 6 more years. Autronica Fire and Security AS is a part of UTC Climate, Controls & Security, a unit of United Technologies Corp. Adding upgrades The agreement, which includes options for two 2-year extensions, is in addition to the existing framework agreement supporting both Johan Sverdrup and Johan Castberg fields for deliveries of safety systems. The new agreement also builds upon the previous framework agreement by adding upgrades to existing fire and gas equipment. Predictability and cooperation “We are very grateful for the trust and confidence Equinor has shown by awarding this new contract,” said Thor Egil Hafnor, global accounts director, Autronica Fire and Security. “This agreement will provide added predictability, along with even closer cooperation with a long-term customer.” Autronica Fire and Security AS has been the main supplier to Equinor within fire and gas safety systems since 1984 with the most recent framework agreement in place since 2011.
Autronica Fire And Security AS introduces the AutroMaster V, a new way for improved safety, control and risk management. In critical situations, evacuations or terror response, trained personnel, tuned procedures, and information in real time is invaluable. With its easy set-up and no need for specialized personnel to operate, the new AutroMaster V is applicable for protection of most types of buildings and applications, from schools and apartment buildings, to hospitals and mixed developments. Safety And Risk Management AutroMaster V provides high-end safety and risk management, optimized to perform with Autronica’s AutroSafe and Autroprime fire alarm systems. Flexible software provides tailored functionality for any installation, and even more functionality can be added after installation.