Honeywell said its Industrial Fire products are now available to the U.S. market.
The U.S. Energy Information Administration projects that the United States will export more energy than it imports by 2020 as increases in crude oil, natural gas and liquefied natural gas production outpaces the country’s energy consumption. As demand for petroleum and natural gas grows and energy preferences change, U.S. companies are evaluating whether to invest in building new plants or upgrading existing facilities to accommodate increased consumption – bringing with it new challenges to plant safety. Since 2010, the property damage linked to serious fire incidents at industrial plants has increased by almost 60 percent.
Honeywell Industrial Fire products allow a plant operator to upgrade a fire and gas system and make it more reliable. Industrial plants have multiple systems in the facility that were not designed to operate together. Honeywell Industrial Fire offers a 3-in-1 solution that integrates fire, gas detection and releasing/suppression. The single system makes it easier for a plant engineer to use and maintain it while allowing them to focus on other critical items in the plant. The Honeywell Industrial Fire 3-in-1 system has built-in redundancy and hot swap-ability so the system can be installed or repaired without downtime.
“The U.S. energy market is at a critical tipping point as demand for energy grows and energy preferences change,” said Wolfgang Jentzsch, general manager, Honeywell Industrial Fire. “This growing demand for energy will require significant infrastructure changes for industrial facilities as they adopt new regulations and make investments to meet increased production capacity needs. Honeywell Industrial Fire products provide optimal efficiency and safety simplified by integrating fire safety and life protection systems into one control panel that can help facilities respond more quickly and precisely to dangerous situations.”
In addition to its U.S. market debut, Honeywell Industrial Fire also launched its Safety Bus Modules which offer a secure way to network and connect life safety equipment in an industrial setting. The Safety Bus Modules can communicate over a long distance – up to four kilometers – making it a cost-effective way for a large plant to connect safety equipment from key areas throughout the facility.
Honeywell Industrial Fire systems are Safety Integrity Level (SIL) 2 rated.