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Industry Gathers for 33rd Annual FSSA Meeting February 20, 2015

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Over 190 members of the fire suppression systems industry are gathering in Clearwater Beach, Florida to participate in the 33rd Annual Meeting of the Fire Suppression Systems Association at the Sandpearl Resort.20140221-092429.jpg

The three-day event will feature presentations from the Association’s Technical Committee Chair, Daniel Hubert, as well as the Association’s Technical Director, Tom Wysocki. Association president, Eric Burkland, will recap recent developments and improvments in the Association’s new on-line Training Program.

FSSA’s involvement with NFPA Code and Standards development will be highlighted by Derek Wester who provides oversight of the Association’s participation.  Bill Eckholm, chair of FSSA’s Public Policy Comittee will report on recent committee activities.

The opening session’s Keynote Presentation will be by Geno Church, Chief Word of Mouth Inspiration Officer of Brains on Fire. His presentation, THE PASSION CONVERSATION, changes one’s perspective on marketing by explaining the three motivations for why people talk about businesses and causes.

Other topics of interest to be presented will include updates on NICET, challenges in data center fire protection, exposure limits of HF in museum and archive applications as well as innovations in industrial explosion protection.

As always, several networking events are planned throught the course of the event.

For more information about FSSA and its annual meeting, visit www.fssa.net.

The meeting runs through Tuesday, February 24th.

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