Sydney, Australia-based pipe manufacturer Calair Systems Ltd. plans to launch its halogen-free flame-retardant piping system in the United States, Canada and Europe.
John McNab, Calair managing director, said the polypropylene HFFR pipe is a lightweight, compressed-air-reticulation system specifically formulated for fire- safety applications.
“It's the first HFFR pressure pipe system I know of. Two other companies make an HFFR conduit; one is German manufacturer Dietzel GmbH, and that product is imported to Australia, but it is three times the price and only goes up to 50-millimeters diameter. We can manufacture ours up to 110mm diameter.”
When exposed to flame, HFFR produces an incandescent barrier that prevents ignition. “There's a bright hot spot with no flame and no heat. Normal plastic pipe would go up in flame and [melt].”
McNab said the piping is suitable for use in schools, colleges, underground parking facilities, shopping centers and mines. HFFR pipe has been available in Australia since December.
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