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Xylem's Comprehensive Fire Protection Solution for Canadian Paper Pulp Mill

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 Xylem's Comprehensive Fire Protection Solution for Canadian Paper Pulp Mill - IoT ONE Case Study
Technology Category
  • Drones - VTOL & VTOL Hybrid Drones
  • Sensors - Voltage Sensors
Applicable Industries
  • Buildings
  • Paper & Pulp
Applicable Functions
  • Facility Management
Use Cases
  • Additive Manufacturing
  • Manufacturing Process Simulation
Services
  • System Integration
The Challenge
The pulp and paper market, valued at USD519 billion in 2019, is projected to reach USD680 billion by 2027. With this rapid growth, safety standards, particularly fire protection, have become a priority. Paper dust, a byproduct of the manufacturing process, is highly combustible, leading to the risk of dust explosions at manufacturing facilities. A paper pulp mill in eastern Canada recognized the need for enhanced fire protection at their facility. The existing system, a vertical turbine pump, was insufficient. The facility managers sought a more comprehensive solution that would meet the future demands of the mill and provide peace of mind.
The Customer

Power Utility Company

About The Customer
The customer is a paper pulp mill located in eastern Canada. As part of the rapidly growing pulp and paper market, the mill is committed to maintaining high safety standards, particularly in terms of fire protection. The mill produces paper dust, a highly combustible byproduct, which increases the risk of dust explosions at the facility. Recognizing the need for enhanced fire protection, the facility managers sought a comprehensive solution that would meet the future demands of the mill and provide peace of mind. The existing fire protection system, a vertical turbine pump, was deemed insufficient for the mill's needs.
The Solution
Xylem distributor Pompe Saguenay designed and installed a comprehensive fire protection solution for the mill. The solution consisted of an AC Fire Pump vertical turbine FP18DMC pump that delivered increased fire protection. AC Fire Pump vertical turbines are designed for standpipe, sprinkler, chemical mitigation, and hydrant systems. AC Fire Pump, a member of the National Fire Sprinkler Association (NFSA) and the American Fire Sprinkler Association (AFSA), has been manufacturing fire pumps and systems since the 1880s. They offer a wide range of state-of-the-art fire pumps and systems, including prefabricated packages and house units, and space-saving designs that meet every fire protection need. The modular construction of these systems provides flexibility in selecting the right pump for each application.
Operational Impact
  • The comprehensive fire protection system designed and delivered by Xylem distributor Pompe Saguenay has provided peace of mind to the mill operators. The system's increased capacity means that, in the event of a fire, the fire protection system has the capacity to run all sprinkler heads simultaneously, thereby protecting the entire facility. The modular construction of the system also provides flexibility, allowing the mill to select the right pump for each application. This ensures that the mill's fire protection needs are met now and in the future.
Quantitative Benefit
  • The new fire protection system operates at 3000 US gallons per minute (gpm)
  • The system operates at 160 pounds per square inch (PSI)
  • The FP18DMC vertical turbine pump delivered increased capacity to the pulp mill

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