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Transportation Applications

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Protectowire linear heat detectors provide a reliable and versatile proximity fire detection option for the transportation industry. With a resistance to a variety of automotive fluids, solvents, and environmental elements, as well as a flexible design, Protectowire linear heat detectors are an ideal choice for tight spaces and extended runs. The detectors are both vibration/abrasion-resistant and designed to be placed inside engine compartments and other technical areas. A long service life and easy annual testing means there is minimal downtime or disruptions. Our vast experience across a wide range of applications is why Protectowire is the preferred choice for transportation companies.

“I have been a Protectowire distributor for 25 years.
Throughout this time, I have always found Protectowire products to be best in class. My company, United Fire Protection Corp. out of Kenilworth, New Jersey, installed a fiber optic linear heat detection system for railroad platform protection in
North America’s busiest train station five years ago.
The system has performed flawlessly since. ”

– Frank Savino President at United Fire Protection Corp.

THE INDUSTRY LEADER IN LINEAR HEAT DETECTION SINCE 1938

Airport Industry

The highest risk of fire danger within airport facilities are from fuel storage, cargo materials, and from the aircrafts themselves. Protectowire linear heat detectors require minimal maintenance and are not adversely affected by seasonal temperature fluctuations, making them ideal detectors for the airport industry. When compared to spot-heat detectors, Protectowire linear heat detectors can greatly reduce installation costs while making annual testing simple. Reference NFPA 409 for more information on how to apply Protectowire linear heat detectors to hangars and aircraft storage.

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Car Parks & Parking Garages

Harsh environmental conditions in parking garages or car parks require linear heat detection that can withstand these factors. Protectowire CTI linear heat detectors have abrasion resistance, are immune to vehicle exhausts, and offer both proximity and open area detection. Detecting and locating a fire early is imperative to assure the integrity of the structure. Reference NFPA 88A for more information on how to apply Protectowire linear heat detectors to parking structures.

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Elevators

The technical infrastructure of an elevator pit is often considered a harsh environment. The presence of dust, grease, dirt, trash, faulty wiring, lack of maintenance, unbalanced leveling, or motor overheating can create combustion prone conditions and increase the risk of fire. Protectowire linear heat detectors can be installed in and around the elevator pit to ensure the safety of occupants and to prevent the spread of fire within a building. Linear heat detection systems enable safety personnel to perform annual system testing from outside the elevator pit, assuring the assuring the safety of fire personnel.

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Escalators

Protectowire linear heat detectors are installed around or in close contact with the escalator bearings to detect overheating before a fire can start. Minimal maintenance, hard to access locations, and 24/7 operation make these harsh environments. We offer low smoke zero halogen jacketed detectors as often required for occupied spaces.

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Marine Vessel Engine Compartments

Protectowire linear heat detectors are typically installed in a vessel’s engine room to indicate an over-heat or fire condition. Most vessels have manually initiated fire suppression systems, making the accuracy and reliability of the engine compartment detectors critical. Protectowire offers a fluoropolymer jacketed detector that can withstand vibration, salt exposure, abrasion, and other harsh environmental conditions associated with exposure to sea water.

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Metro Stations & Transportation FacilitieS

The general environment of a rapid transit system lends itself to many peculiar and difficult fire safety problems. Typical underground stations are multilevel structures with a labyrinth of passages, shafts, and tunnels. Protectowire linear heat detectors are ideally suited for these transit stations challenges. Protectowire linear heat detectors offer continuous detection anywhere along their length as opposed to conventional spot type detectors. Further, linear heat detectors are not negatively impacted by the dirt, grit, or other harsh conditions found in these facilities.

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Railway Bridges

Vulnerable to wildfires, lightning strikes, or arson, rail trestles are often a part of vital infrastructure systems. Harsh environments, isolated locations, and combustible wood construction make it difficult for fire safety personnel to access railway bridges. Flexing timbers and extreme ambient temperatures compound the difficulties encountered in designing a fire detection system for these vital locations. Protectowire linear heat detectors are designed to survive these challenging environmental conditions.

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Rolling Stock

Fire protection efforts for rolling stock are divided into two categories. The first is the protection of engines, generators, motors, control systems, and undercarriage areas. The second category involves the protection of passenger cabin areas. Rolling stock applications place high demands on the fire protection system and emergency response capabilities. Protectowire linear heat detectors, approved to EN45545-2, have been proven to be an effective and integral part of a complete fire detection and suppression solution for the hazards associated with railroad rolling stock.

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Roadway Tunnels

Tunnel fires pose a risk not only to life safety for car and train passengers, but they can also cause severe damage to the tunnel lining, mechanical, and electrical systems. Protectowire linear heat detectors are used in tunnels of all types. The fire protection objective is to suppress any fire that may occur, stop the fire from spreading, and minimize damage to the tunnel and infrastructure. Systems can be configured to activate extinguishing systems, sound audible and visual warning signals, control ventilation equipment, and identify the exact location of the alarm. Reference NFPA 502 for more information on how to apply Protectowire linear heat detectors to tunnels.

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Subways

Protectowire linear heat detectors unique design is ideal for protecting subway tunnels and stations where important cable and piping networks are installed. Often installed under the platform areas to detect fire resulting from accumulated trash and debris near the track, Protectowire linear heat detectors can withstand the harsh environments associated with subway stations.

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Vehicle Systems

Protectowire linear heat detectors can be easily installed in industrial vehicles such as bulldozers, waste haulers, buses, front loaders, and subway cars. Usually installed in engine bay areas, Protectowire linear heat detectors provide fast response to fires caused by broken or damaged fuel and hydraulic lines. Often paired with a vehicle suppression system, through proximity detection the linear detectors minimize the risk of injury and equipment downtime.

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