Industrial Fire Journal - Fire & Rescue - Hemming Group Ltd
Protect what matters with safe, sustainable fire extinguishing
Published:  30 January, 2018

With more than 50,000 installations in over 90 countries, Novec™ 1230 Fluid from 3M is trusted over the world to protect mission-critical assets from fire.

3M is a science-based technology company committed to improving lives and doing business in the right way. With over 55,000 products and technologies, 3M Science can be found in your home, in your office, at the hospital, at the dentist, in your phone, your PC, your car. You’ll find it on roads, trains and aeroplanes, and it’s helping to connect you with your energy and with the outside world.

One such example is 3M™ Novec™ 1230 Fire Protection Fluid

Novec 1230 fluid is a next-generation synthetic clean agent, designed to balance concerns for human safety, performance and the environment. Mainly used in fixed extinguishing systems for the protection of critical assets in enclosed areas, it has a very fast extinguishing time, is electrically non-conductive and leaves no residue. This makes it ideal for applications where it’s important to maintain the operation of electronic equipment during and after system discharge to prevent damage and downtime. Novec 1230 fluid provides the largest margin of safety relative to all other clean agents, making it the ideal solution for occupied spaces.

Novec 1230 is non-ozone-depleting, has a global warming potential (GWP) of less than 1 and a short atmospheric life. It is not targeted for the hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) phase-down, making it an ideal long-term choice for the planet and for business.

At 3M, we recognise that specifying fire protection systems is a complex task. In addition to the array of different extinguishing agents, there is an evolving regulatory environment, which is phasing down the use of HFCs, plus standards and approvals compliance necessary to ensure systems work as intended. We have created a series of ‘expert panel’ videos, in which industry experts debate the hot topics in fire protection and offer advice to end-users and specifiers.

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Or visit our webpage to learn more about Novec 1230 Fluid.