Bosses at an award-winning company have developed a new product they say could change the global safety landscape for fire protection solutions.
North Shields-based Advanced Industrial Solutions (AIS) has spent the past 18 months developing the JFP-XP Enclosure system.
The solid box-like structure, coated with a unique flexible intumescent coating, has been developed to protect industrial equipment against the extreme heat of a hydrocarbon or jet fire for up to three hours.
Chris Evans, head of AIS’ PFP and insulation division, said: “We are delighted to finally receive type-approval for our new product after months of painstaking development.
“We tested a number of different coatings to create this new innovation and finally came up with a system that can withstand the highest temperatures on the planet.”
“The product is also highly flexible so that it can be manufactured in whatever shape industry requires whilst maintaining its technical excellence and integrity.
“This level of protection will help to increase the safety in the oil and gas sector or in other industries where fire protection is key. It will also provide a useful application for organisations with complex pipe work systems that require protection or for industries such as nuclear or defence that demand failsafe protection.”
It is the first time Advanced Industrial Solutions has developed a rigid PFP product.
During final testing, several different configurations of Advanced Industrial Solutions’ prototype were subjected to temperatures of up to 1,250 degrees centigrade.
The prototype continued to withstand this extreme heat for three hours, whilst still maintaining integrity and could have gone on longer.
Advanced Industrial Solutions will now be investing in the development of dozens of new rigid PFP products for a wide range of new industrial sectors including the nuclear and defence industries, in addition to its core oil and gas and petrochemical markets.