3M Novec 1230 fire protection fluid is designed for CNC and EDM machine tool applications. The company says that this environmentally friendly, Halon replacement has zero ozone depletion potential, a 5-day atmospheric life span and a global warming potential of one. It can be used in occupied areas and is said to be among the safest and “greenest” fire extinguishing agents currently available.
The highly efficient extinguishing agent is designed to quickly suppress CNC and EDM machine fires sparked in oil-based metalworking fluids, coolants and lubricants. Using the company’s proprietary pressurized pneumatic tubing for fast fire detection, the agent can suppress a machine fire in as little as 4 seconds.
The fluid leaves virtually no residue on CNC machines or workpieces and will not contaminate lubricating oils or cooling fluids, the company says. In many cases, it is possible to return a machine to service just minutes after a fire.
According to the company, its automatic fire suppression systems are completely self-contained, require no electrical power and are simple to install and maintain. These fire-extinguishing systems carry more than 20 international listings and approvals including UL, CE, FM and ULC, and are compatible with most commercially available fire-suppressing clean agents, foams and dry chemicals.