Space programme technology
23 January 2013
CNC machine tool specialist Citizen Machinery supplies turning technology to UK industry. Once installed, Citizen's CNC sliding head lathes operate at high speeds and often 'round-the clock' and customers seek to run
Once installed, Citizen's CNC sliding head lathes operate at high speeds and often 'round-the clock' and customers seek to run their machines unattended and, in some cases, lights out. This requires a stable, proven production process and for the customer to proactively manage the risk. Insurers usually stipulate the fitment of fire suppression equipment to machine tools operated unattended.
Citizen has fitted fire suppression equipment as standard for a number of years. As part of its commitment to fire safety Citizen has replaced its current fire suppression system on its range of Lathes with Nobel Fire Systems Stat- X range of fire suppression units.
Based on aresol technology developed in the space programme, the Stat-X family of fire suppression systems is a patented potassiumbased aerosol that suppresses fire by chemically 'interfering' with the free radicals of flame.