FlexHead Flexible Sprinklers
Industrial/Duct Model Sprinkler Connection
FlexHead flexible sprinkler connections have been protecting exhaust ducts in semi-conductor facilities for over fifteen years with no reported failures or sprinkler-related downtime. Even during normal operation, patented FlexHead technology contributes to FAB productivity because the facility runs uninterrupted during routine maintenance.
FM-Approved FlexHead Sprinkler Connections
The patented FlexHead sprinkler assemblies come complete with flexible, stainless-steel hose technology, sprinkler of choice, mounting block, and head-protecting polybag environment that prolongs the life of the sprinkler head. Mounting blocks are available for all types of exhaust ducts. Typical installations take about 10 minutes per head. Total cost is less than traditional hard-piped installations, which take up to four hours per head, and require an expensive, separate access port for inspection. Factory Mutual has approved FlexHead's complete exhaust-duct sprinkler connections, including the mounting block. Out of the box, installations meet insurance requirements, whereas, traditional hard-piped installations must be individually inspected.
FABs Keep Running During Scheduled Maintenance
In addition to simplifying installation, FlexHead sprinkler connection design also streamlines inspection and maintenance. A single worker with a six-ounce wrench simply releases four hex nuts, and pulls the assembly out of the duct. Unlike in traditional hard-piped installations, FAB operations continue uninterrupted. Start to finish, preventive maintenance takes about ten minutes per head and costs a fraction of hard-piped inspection. In fact, many FABs have been retrofitted with FlexHead sprinkler connections for about the cost of one hard-piped inspection cycle. The results are more reliable protection and dramatically lower ongoing cost.
Regardless of Material, All Ducts May Need Some Sprinkler Protection
Insurance regulations may require sprinkler protection in all ductwork regardless of the duct material used. Sprinklers may be required if the duct rises more than the specified height for the material used, passes through a firewall, contains combustible fumes, if the build-up of combustible residues is likely to exceed threshold levels, or if the tool being vented is flammable. If these conditions are ignored, and sprinklers are not installed, insurance coverage may be void. The chance of this is avoided with FlexHead connections.