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36th FSSA Meeting Set To Begin In Rancho Mirage February 17, 2018

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The 36th annual meeting of the Fire Suppression Systems Association is set to begin with one of the larger groups in attendance in the association’s history. President Helen Lowery is poised to welcome members and guests at the Omni Resort Las Palamas in Rancho Mirage, California,

36th Annual Meeting set to begin with evening Welcome Reception and Dinner

The busy four-day agenda includes presentations ranging from an economic outlook and forecast from Dr. Alan Beaulieu of ITR Economics to FSSA technical committee activities and from installer presentations on challenging applications to an all-new supplier Expo.  And if that’s not enough, other presentations will offer updates on NFPA technical committee activities and insights on capitalizing on common system deficiencies.

The Fire Suppression Systems Association is a not-for-profit trade association, drawing members domestic and internationally and is comprised of a blend of designer/installers, manufacturers, consultants, academics, and suppliers working together to share ideas and strategies for the benefit of the fire suppression systems industry. FSSA members are dedicated to the highest level of safety, reliability and effectiveness of special hazards fire suppression.

Committee updates tout FSSA's industry influence

Committee updates tout FSSA’s industry influence

FSSA is dedicated to promoting use of, and being the recognized leader on, special hazard fire protection systems; employing existing and new technologies to safeguard people, high-value assets and the environment.  As a global reaching organization, they provide their members with support and guidance with many questions or issues that arise, with a strong united voice.

The 36th annual meeting continues through Tuesday, February 20th.

 

Largest Attendance of Industry Leaders Marks 35th FSSA Meeting February 19, 2017

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Members gather for opening FSSA session.

The 35th annual meeting of the Fire Suppression Systems Association opened today with the largest attendance in the association’s history. President Ray Aldridge welcomed members and guests at the Naples Beach Hotel and Resort in Naples, Florida.

The day’s agenda included presentations ranging from a rollicking presentation from the Philadelphia Philly’s Phillie Phanatic’s best friend (Tom Burgoyne) to FSSA technical committee activities and from overviews of the impact of changes to NFPA standards to understanding the dynamics of Lithium Ion batteries and the very real hazards they present with their increased use in every day life. Other sessions scheduled for the three-day event include The Role of a Fire Protection Engineer in Design of Automatic Fire Extinguishing Systems; Oxygen Reducing Fire Protection Solutions; 10 Things Your Truck Dealer Won’t Tell You and Education Sessions on organizational and personal betterment and development.

The Fire Suppression Systems Association is a not-for-profit trade association, drawing members domestic and internationally and is comprised of a blend of designer/installers, manufacturers, consultants, academics, and suppliers working together to share ideas and strategies for the benefit of the fire suppression systems industry. FSSA members are dedicated to the highest level of safety, reliability and effectiveness of special hazards fire suppression.

Committee updates tout FSSA's industry influence

Committee updates tout FSSA’s industry influence

FSSA is dedicated to promoting use of, and being the recognized leader on, special hazard fire protection systems; employing existing and new technologies to safeguard people, high-value assets and the environment.  As a global reaching organization, they provide their members with support and guidance with many questions or issues that arise, with a strong united voice.

The annual meeting continues through Tuesday, February 21st.

 

34th FSSA Meeting Boasts Largest Attendance Ever February 21, 2016

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Members gather for opening FSSA session.

Members gather for opening FSSA session.

The 34th annual meeting of the Fire Suppression Systems Association opened today with the largest attendance in the association’s history. President Tim Carman welcomed members and guests at the El Conquistador Resort outside of San Juan, Puerto Rico.

The day’s busy agenda included presentations ranging from an economic outlook and forecast from Dr. Alan Beaulieu of ITR Economics to FSSA technical committee activities and from overviews of the impact of NFPA’s recommended practice (NFPA 3) and standard (NFPA 4) to understanding agent design concentration on Class C fires greater than 480 volts.  And if that wasn’t enough, others presentations involved stopping the employee turnover revolving door and appreciating that every face tells a story of experience and demeanor.

The Fire Suppression Systems Association is a not-for-profit trade association, drawing members domestic and internationally and is comprised of a blend of designer/installers, manufacturers, consultants, academics, and suppliers working together to share ideas and strategies for the benefit of the fire suppression systems industry. FSSA members are dedicated to the highest level of safety, reliability and effectiveness of special hazards fire suppression.

Committee updates tout FSSA's industry influence

Committee updates tout FSSA’s industry influence

FSSA is dedicated to promoting use of, and being the recognized leader on, special hazard fire protection systems; employing existing and new technologies to safeguard people, high-value assets and the environment.  As a global reaching organization, they provide their members with support and guidance with many questions or issues that arise, with a strong united voice.

The annual meeting continues through Tuesday, February 23rd.

 

IEP Technologies Acquires UTC’s Explosion Suppression Businesses July 24, 2013

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UTC Climate, Controls and Security announced yesterday, July 23, 2013, that it has sold its Industrial Explosion Protection business to IEP Technologies, LLC of Boston, MA.iep_logo_blue

IEP Technolgoies, LLC is a new company formed from four leading explosion protection companies in the United States, United Kingdom, Germany and Switzerland.  According to their press release, their mission is to offer leading edge explosion protection solutions to their customers worldwide by designing the best protection solutions, manufacturing innovative explosion protection components; providing precise applications engineering; and supporting their systems with responsive sales/service.

The new company was formed in response to UTC’s transformation to divest non-core businesses.  The explosion protection business is a niche business which requires customized application engineering; best suited to a single focused company.

Leadership of the new company comes from the four acquired business units.  Randy Davis, Chief Executive Officer and President, is a 26 year industry veteran and most recently was General Manager of Global Explosion Protection for United Technologies Fire and Security.

According to a press release from Sentinel Equity Partners, the private equity firm that formed IEP Technologies,  Eric D. Bommer, a Sentinel partner said, “We are very excited about IEP Technologies’ growth potential and thrilled to be partnering with its talented management team.”  IEP Technologies’ creation came about through a lot of hard work by IEP Technologies’ management, Sentinel’s team, and a large group of dedicated outside advisers to complete a highly complex corporate carve-out, including four separate business units spread across four different countries.”

Protex Central, Inc is an authorized service center for Fenwal IEP Technologies for the states of Iowa and Nebraska.

To learn more about IEP Technologies, click here.

Tracking Explosions Just Got Easier January 1, 2009

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One of the special systems that Protex Central services and maintains is an explosion protection system designed and manufactured by Fenwal Safety Systems, a division of United Technologies.

Operating primarily in the grain rich area of the middle west, we have several applications that are protected with such systems. I recently came across a site that collects and tracks various dust fires and explosions from around the world.
Click here to follow the link:   dustexplosions.blogspot.com

All too often, many of these situations could have been minimized or even avoided with the use of properly designed and installed explosion protection systems.

The National Fire Protection Association develops codes and standards related to explosion protection. You can learn more at their web site: www.nfpa.org