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Baby diapers and personal sanitary products are produced using similar technology. Pulp is milled and transferred to a forming station where Super Absorbent Polymers (SAP) are added. The pulp is then sucked onto a polymer film by a vacuum system which is effectively a dust extraction system. Overfeeding or malfunction of the mills can cause ignition, as can problems at the forming head or fan failure. Ignition sources can ignite the product, in the worst case while in storage, or it can ignite collected dust in the dust removal system (dust filter). The result can be devastating fires resulting in damages and costly production downtime.
The focus of the Firefly solutions for Diaper and Sanitary Napkin
Lines is to detect a beginning incident in an early stage and act before
a fire or dust explosion has occurred.
Extremely fast detection and suppression of flames.
Optimised for the dusty environment.
Insensitive to daylight and other common disturbances.
Non-invasive water mist.
Premium filter manufacturers have succeeded to develop filter systems with sharply reduced or even eliminated risk of dust explosions, but the risk of fire still remains.