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FX Prevent is proud to announce the completion of it’s first LOX® Fire Prevention system in South Africa, commissioned by Euroberry (Pty Ltd) and brokered by our South African distributors: Nitro-Gen Africa.
Euroberry is a supplier of frozen fruits to the South African Industrial Market with a range that includes fruit purees, concentrates and dried fruits.
Founded in 2000, Euroberry now has three cold storage and distribution centres located in the main commercial hubs of Somerset West (Head Office) Johannesburg and Durban.
Euroberry approached FX Prevent through our South African Distributors: Nitro-Gen Africa, with the request to design and build a LOX® Oxygen Reduction – Fire Prevention system for the refrigerated high-bay warehouse of their production facility located in Cape Town.
Because ambient air is extremely dry in refrigerated warehouses, there is a much higher possibility of fire outbreaks
It is therefore of the utmost importance to protect the warehouse by lowering the oxygen level to 17 % at which point, combustion becomes almost impossible.

Euroberry recognized the importance of taking the best possible preemptive fire safety measures in order to protect their investment and their workers against the potential of fire outbreaks.

One of the main reasons for Euroberry choosing the LOX® Fire prevention system was the unmatched energy efficiency of our HP-PSA Nitrogen Generator Units.
Not only are FX Prevent nitrogen extraction units 50% more energy efficient that competitor units that use membrane technology or conventional PSA technology, but they and also have a much longer effective life-cycle due to our innovative design.

The chosen solution was a N+1 redundant system (with 50% redundant capacity) using our latest generation nitrogen production units.

The LOX® nitrogen extraction units feature a very compact but highly flexible design that allows for highly efficient system scaling.
Our industry leading nitrogen extraction units are build using only top of the range subcomponents and the design of the units make access to subcomponents easy lowering downtime during maintenance operations.
The compressed air supply needed for the LOX® Nitrogen extraction unit is provided by two 15kw/h compressors in order to achieve redundancy.

The protected warehouse has a total volume of approximately 13.000 m3.

Keeping into account the input and output of the warehouse and the inherent air leakage, we designed and build a LOX® Oxygen reduction – Fire Prevention system capable of producing 55 m3 of nitrogen (in gas form)/hour.

By pumping the hypoxic air (95% nitrogen) into the cold store, the oxygen level is lowered to 17%, and automatically held at this level at all times.
In order to properly monitor the oxygen level in the protected areas, FX Prevent also delivered and installed nine LOX® Detect – Precision Oxygen Sensors in the protected area as well as six more LOX® Detect sensors in the adjacent rooms and the technical room.
These maintenance-free low-drift oxygen sensors use Zirconium-dioxide elements, feature 5 point calibration, are not susceptible to barometric pressure changes and have an industry leading accuracy with a tolerance of just 0,1%;
The system also features two LCD displays (with real-time oxygen level reading) and alarms, securing the access doors as well as one central touch screen control unit in the technical room.
Because of the energy efficiency of our LOX® nitrogen production units and their long life-cycle we are firmly convinced Euroberry will achieve the lowest possible total cost of ownership for this system, and we are looking forward to collaborating with them on future projects.
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Customer satisfaction and the quality of our work are our top priorities when servicing our customers, so here at FX Prevent, we have our own experienced installation and service team comprised of highly skilled service technicians (VCA basic safety certified) who can perform the maintenance of the LOX fire prevention systems and of the compressed air installations.
We offer various maintenance models on the basis of an hourly rate or in the form of a maintenance contract, both within the Netherlands and abroad, and we also collaborate with reliable service engineer teams in several countries so as to prevent unnecessary maintenance costs for our customers.
If you would like to learn more about the Euroberry South Africa and their core business, please visit their website.
For more information about the LOX Fire Prevention Systems and their application in Cold Stores (refrigerated storage), please get in touch with us.

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