Technology, New Tools Lead Fire Suppression Efforts for Converters

05/30/2019 | Alan Weier

 A tissue converting operation doesn’t have to be completely destroyed to be debilitated by fire. Learn more about how new technology and tools can help keep your facility,  as well as your workers, and equipment, safe from the threat of fire in this brief video. 



Hi, my name is Al Weier. I'm an Account Manager here at Fabio Perini North America.

Every year, people are injured and sometimes killed due to fires in mills. Worldwide, the pulp and paper industry loses millions of dollars because of these fires. Even a low contained fire can cost hundreds of thousands of dollars.

This is due to high-cost materials within the facility. This could be rubber rolls, this could be hydraulic cylinders, many, many different things. Minimizing some of the damage out there all depends on how quickly you can detect the fire.

Other systems out there use ultraviolet sensors. This is to detect a fire when it's already happened. Some of the downfalls of this could be a false signal, which would trigger the fire to be extinguished by a CO2 or a water system that is on those particular systems. When water is used on these older systems, it's typically high pressure. High pressure water will also extinguish a fire, but could further damage some of the equipment within where the fire is. Fabio Perini is committed to safety. You see this in the TIP, or Technical Improvement Program, that we have: the Fire Suppression System.

In our system we have a pump that gets low-pressure water piped to it. Typically mill water can be used. Off of that pump we then have a coil of brass tube that goes and is lined within the house of either your sound enclosure or your log saw cabinet.

For this example, let's just talk about the log saw. So within the log saw we'll have a tube that's running back and forth, coming back to the system. It's always checking the pressure of that system.

Other systems out there look for an actual fire. Ours will sense the temperature rise, the pressure change and that's what triggers it. So, if a fire is hidden away from the sensor from one of our competitors, that fire can continue to grow and escalate. Our system will detect it sooner because of the temperature or pressure change that happens, thus keeping it to a very small, contained fire.

One of the benefits of this TIP is that it does not need to go on Fabio Perini converting equipment. This can also be placed on other converting assets that you have in your facility. A financial benefit of this TIP is reduced insurance rates. Not always, but most insurers will lower their rates for you because you have this system. An additional benefit to this is the simplicity of the system. Simple pumps, pressure going through a tube, as opposed to high-pressure CO2 or high-pressure water, the maintenance on this system is literally nothing.

For more information on this TIP and other TIPs that are available on your equipment, please contact your Fabio Perini account manager or visit us at

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Topics: Technology, Operations

Alan Weier

Written by Alan Weier

Alan Weier is an Account Manager with Fabio Perini North America where he works closely with clients to solve operational issues and train them on a variety of equipment. He has more than 15 years of converting industry experience, including working in aftermarket sales and as a service technician. He has a degree in electromechanical engineering technology, a machinist degree and has completed TAPPI and OSHA safety courses.