A Fire Rated Enclosure: A Guardian Angel to Protecting Your System from the Wrath of Fire
Daily, multiple industries implement various protective systems. Among these, a fire rated enclosure is considered one of the most important. Whether in the form of a fire barrier, or perhaps a multi sided system constructed using a fire rated panel or fire rated board such as a fire rated column enclosure, the goal is to ensure that in the event of a fire, any valuable equipment or structural member is fully protected. However, stopping a fire from spreading also protects the business structure as well as people inside.
A few examples of the things that absolutely require a fire-resistant enclosure include:
- Components located in primary circuits
- Circuits for fire and life safety systems
- Load bearing members of buildings and structures
- Equipment containing flammable liquids
The type of equipment dictates how long fire protection lasts. For example, lighting, exhaust fans, speakers, plumbing, and low voltage control boxes may only require a one-hour enclosure constructed from fire rated board, whereas other equipment could require fire protection between two and four hours. Even the exact type of enclosure varies according to exact need.
For both interior and exterior use, a fire rated panel is essential. One of the best systems on the market is built around a panel with steel-faced composite. This non-combustible panel includes a high-density mineral fiber core for outstanding performance. This particular panel is designed to work for non-load-bearing fire separations with a fire rating up to two hours. What makes this product stand out is that it can be disassembled quickly and easily and then moved to a different location.
There is also an innovative solution for interior air-moving plenums and panel systems. The construction of this panel is the same as the other product mentioned, with the exception that thicknesses of 2.5, 3, 4, and 5-inch area available. Another unique feature is that these panels can be installed both horizontally and vertically. Because of that, there is no need for any additional steelwork.
For the best fire protection, it is imperative that you choose the highest-quality manufactured product available. That way, you have complete assurance that your equipment, business structure, and employees are safe.
At DuraSystems, we manufacture cutting-edge fire-resistant systems. In addition to using the best materials, every product is masterfully engineered. Please visit our website to see the full range of available products or call us to speak with a team expert.