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Fight Fire with Fibre Detection & Alarming System Compliant, zero maintenance fire protection technologies to keep your business running safely in even the harshest environments. More About Our Company Many Industry Applications The Advanced Photonics system can be applied within a number of industry sectors, including mine safety applications where conventional options struggle to provide a viable solution. More About Our Company Fire Protection Fast and reliable plant area fire monitoring systems and equipment temperature monitoring to keep your business running efficiently, protect your staff and safeguard your assets. More About Mechanical Fire Mechanical
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Fight Fire with Fibre

Fire Protection Systems

Fire Protection Systems

Avoid a fire with early detection using fiber optic distributed temperature sensing.

Commercial Fire Detection Systems

Commercial Fire Detection Systems

Harness the power of linear heat detection with cutting edge fire protection technologies.

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Advanced Photonics Australia

Advanced Photonics Australia’s fiber optic distributed temperature sensing solutions include Distributed Temperature Sensing (DTS) And Distributed Acoustic Sensing (DAS) for a wide range of heavy industry applications. We have adopted the latest proven technology in the field of Photonics to engineer industry leading commercial, industrial and mine safety technologies for even the most onerous operating environments. Our fire monitoring systems provide continuous condition monitoring of key assets. This protects the safety of staff and allows for a predictive asset management approach to be established which minimises unplanned outages and avoids unnecessary maintenance of equipment.

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Disaster Prevention

Tunnel Fires

Tunnel Fires

Fire detection in long and inaccessible areas

Conveyor Fires

Conveyor Fires

Detects heat build-up above & below conveyor

Cable Insulation Burnout

Cable Insulation Burnout

Monitor and detect temperature increases in power and utility cables

Pipeline Leakage

Pipeline Leakage

Pipeline Leakage or Blockage Detection

Tank Farm Fires

Tank Farm Fires

Prevent major fire explosion incidents from occuring

Coal Bunker Fires

Coal Bunker Fires

Fire Prevention/Detection – Coal Storage

Motor / Pulley Bearing Failure

Motor / Pulley Bearing Failure

Condition Monitoring– Motor/Pulley Bearings

Conveyor Idler Failure

Conveyor Idler Failure

Condition Monitoring / Preventative Maintenance

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Technology

Cable Properties

Very small diameter and weight – fast heat transfer – short response time – fast fire detection and precise temperature and location measurement.

FRNC (Fire Resistant Non-Corrosive) steel cable, fire rated for 2hrs @ 750 degrees centigrade.

Maintenance Free

Sensor cable and detector are maintenance-free – no maintenance operations are required to maintain detector operation e.g. filter changes, calibration or cleaning.

Sensor cable has 40 years design longevity.

DTS detector with sensor cables obtained VdS certificate as heat detector with highest A1/A2 class acc. to EN 54-5 with sensor cable lengths up to 10 km

Explosion Safety

DTS detector uses laser light emitter of very low power – laser class 1 (<20 mW).

Low laser light power allows sensor cable to be installed in explosive atmospheres, e.g. coal mines, gas and dust environments.

Simple Installation

Small bending radius, combined with basic mounted requirements on new or existing cable ladder, piping or equipment structures.

Increasing Availability

Through these System Configurations

DTS system without Redundancy
DTS system without Redundancy
Sensor cable as open line, no sensor cable redundancy, no detector redundancy.EN 54-22: maximum area protected by sensor cable = 1600m2AS1670.1: maximum zone area = 2000m2
DTS System with Cable Redundancy
DTS System with Cable Redundancy

Sensor cable as loop, detector with 2 channels, no detector redundancy.

EN 54-22: maximum are protected with sensor cable as loop = 10000m2

DTS System for Full Redundancy
DTS System for Full Redundancy

Sensor cables as 2 loops, two DTS detectors, full redundancy – highest reliability.

EN 54-22: maximum area protected by sensor cable as loop between two detectors = 10000m2 for each sensor cable loop.

Testimonials

The system provides a faster response time to any potential fire risk. It is performing well to expectation.

Edward Kennedy CHPP Projects, Glencore Bulga

Keeping you informed

Recent Articles

Advanced Photonics Australia featured on AMSJ publication for conveyor fire technology
Advanced Photonics Australia featured on AMSJ publication for conveyor fire technology

            A Case Study on Fibre Optics Technology for Mining               Conveyor Fires

Advanced Photonics Australia is featured on the Australasian Mine Safety Journal (AMSJ) for its real time technology that is transforming the mining market. 

Fire detection around a mine’s conveyor system has been difficult to achieve using conventional point heat detectors and smoke detector systems.  This is mainly due to the typical conveyors’ long length and variable physical orientation such as inclines, high speed of operation and harsh operating environment. These traditional solutions are capital cost prohibitive and require regular maintenance. The result has been the poor performance of fire detection systems using these applications, and in some cases no fire detection at all.    What if you could now deploy a technology that addresses these challenges by providing precise location and actual temperature of any heat build-up in real time in a maintenance-free system that is fully integrated to the site operational system?  Distributed Temperature Sensing (DTS) technology uses a linear heat detector on a single fibre optic core to do that. Our system can detect heat at any point along a fibre cable to within half a metre and to half a degree accuracy. 
The solution
Many mines in Australia are already using this technology and recently we completed commissioning of Glencore’s Bulga Coal Handling and Preparation Plant fire detection system on over 5 kilometres of conveyors. The system complies with all required coal industry regulations allowing the mine to not only fully protect conveyors at the mine site, but also meet its business risk assessment recommendations.The DTS technology also providesearly warning of abnormal heat build-up around operating equipment. When connected to the site SCADA system, this information can minimise the risk of potential serious consequences of equipment overheating, which could endanger personnel, damage the mine and machinery.  Thesystem allows temperature monitoring, alarm setting and historical trends to be integrated into the plant’s SCADA system. The system’s objectives have been fully met which included:  
  • Conveyor fire detection coverage, 
  • Interface not only to the fire alarm system, but fully integrated with their existing site SCADA for: 
  • Early warning of abnormal heat build-up, 
  • Exact location of the abnormal heat or fire within a metre, 
  • Fire event management (i.e. evacuation, fire-fighting activities), 
  • Full history of the fire initiation point, its movement/spread, temperatures reached, with date and time stamping for the eventual reporting andinvestigation, 
  • Option for automatic activation of fire suppression systems,
  • A maintenance-free fire detection system requiring no calibration and  
  • A 24x7 fire detection and temperature monitoring system that increases safety for the protection of people and assets.  
An overview of the commissioned conveyors spread across the coal handling and preparation plant are detailed below.   
“Advanced Photonics supplied and commissioned a 5.0km Distributed Temperature System (DTS) around Bluga Coal’s CHPP conveyor system. The DTS collects real time temperature data every metre along its length, it then reports this temperature to the CHPP Citect control system. Any measured temperatures exceeding the alarm setting triggers a Citect warning alarm for immediate response to the exact hot spot location. The system provides a faster response time to any potential fire risk. It is performing well to expectation.”Edward Kennedy, CHPP Projects – Bulga Open Cut / A GLENCORE Managed Operation
The DTS Components: the cable is the sensorDistributed Temperature Sensing (DTS) technology uses a linear heat detector laser source through a single fibre optic core measuring 4 mm in diameter.  It has been successfully tested and deployed in both surface and underground mines. The ruggedized fibre optic based system has the capacity to detect heat build-up quickly and localise the source to within 0.5 metres. This precision is unaffected by wind and other environmental effects, because not only convective, but also conductive and radiant (infrared) heat is detected by the cable.The fibre optic cable is:
  • Accredited for fire detection use (flame resistance 750°C for 2 hours, IEC 60331),
  • Doesn’t propagate the flame along the cable (IEC60332-3),
  • Can be installed in harsh environments (stainless steel cable sheath with high crush resistance),
  • Is immune to EMI (electromagnetic interference),
  • Requires no maintenance, after it is installed and
  • The fibre cable is the sensor, no other cabling or field interface devices required.
This is all you need: a DTS unit and a fibre optics cable The DTS system’s capabilities include: 
  • 24x7 remote temperature monitoring of the entire length, for total coverage,
  • Provides not only the temperature but the actual location of the fire,
  • It provides early warning of abnormal heat before a flame occurs,
  • Interfaces to fire alarm panels & existing site HMI/SCADA systems,
  • Safety Integrity Level SIL2 (IEC61508) for high reliability when asked to alarm and
  • Available in 19” rack or IP66 external stainless-steel enclosures.
As a result of the technology application there is an overall increase on fire safety in the mine: protecting the staff and mining assets as well as minimising any disruptions to plant production. Full article on the Australasian Mine Safety Journal is available here.
Advanced Photonics Australia completes commissioning of Morobe Consolidated Goldfields Conveyor Fire Detection (DTS) System
Advanced Photonics Australia completes commissioning of Morobe Consolidated Goldfields Conveyor Fire Detection (DTS) System
Advanced Photonics Australia’s Director Ubaldo Torre is proud to announce the completion of commissioning of a conveyor fire detection system for MCG (part of the Harmony Gold group) conveyor fire detection system situated in the highlands of Papua New Guinea.
The unique challenge for this project was commissioning the system whilst not being on site due to the COVID19 travel restrictions.  Our experienced staff took direct control of the DTS system via a secure communication link, with the remote commissioning completed successfully from Australia to PNG with the cooperation of site staff.The contract provided a fully redundant fibre optic cable DTS based fire detection system for the crushing processing plant and overland conveyor (5.4 km length).  The system provides full area coverage from the crushing plant down to the refinery via the overland conveyor.A particular challenge for this project is the route of the overland conveyor (tubular belt design), twisting up the mountain side with frequent 90° curved bends. 

Our Solution

Our solution includes dual DTS units, one at each of the conveyor system including redundant detection channels, plus redundant fibre optic cabling to provide a total conveyor fire detection system. In addition to fire detection, this design will provide early warning of abnormal heat build-up to minimise the potential serious consequences of equipment overheating, which could endanger personnel, damage the mine and equipment.In summary, the Hidden Valley mine identified the need for conveyor fire detection which provides:
  • Conveyor fire detection coverage;
  • Interface not only to the fire alarm system, but fully integrated with their existing site DCS control system for
    • Early warning of abnormal heat build-up
    • Exact localization of the abnormal heat or fire within a metre;
    • Fire event management (i.e. evacuation, fire-fighting activities)
    • Full history of the fire initiation point, its movement/spread, temperatures reached, with date/time stamping for the eventual reporting & investigation
    • Automatic activation of conveyor deluge systems at critical areas of the plant;
  • A maintenance free fire detection system requiring no calibration;
  • A 24x7 fire detection and temperature monitoring system that increases safety for the protection of people and fixed assets.

The DTS Key Components

The cable is the sensor
Distributed Temperature Sensing (DTS) technology using a linear heat detector laser source through a single fibre optic core measuring 4 mm in diameter.  It has been successfully tested and deployed in both surface and underground mines.The ruggedized fibre optic based system has the capacity to detect heat build-up quickly and localize the source to within 0.5 metres. This precision is unaffected by wind and other environmental effects, because not only convective, but also conductive and radiant (infrared) heat is detected by the cable.The fibre optic cable is:
  • Accredited for fire detection use (flame resistance 750°C for 2 hours, IEC 60331).
  • Doesn’t propagate the flame along the cable (IEC60332-3).
  • Can be installed in harsh environments (stainless steel cable sheath with high crush resistance).
  • Is immune to EMI (electromagnetic interference).
  • Requires no maintenance, after it is installed.
  • The sensor, no other cabling or field interface devices required.
The DTS system’s capabilities include:
  • 24x7 remote temperature monitoring of the entire length, for total coverage.
  • Provides not only the temperature but the actual location of the fire.
  • It provides early warning of abnormal heat before a flame occurs.
  • Interfaces to fire alarm panels & existing site HMI/SCADA systems.
  • Safety Integrity Level SIL2 (IEC61508) for high reliability when asked to alarm.
  • Available in 19” rack or IP66 external stainless steel enclosures.
If you would like to know more, please contact Ubaldo (Aldo) Torre - +61 480 268 855; email enquiries@apapl.com.au.
Report: Safety report shows fire & explosion top risk in coal mines
Report: Safety report shows fire & explosion top risk in coal mines
 NSW Resources Regulator - Coal mines are #1 source of incident notifications  The latest quarterly report (January-March 2020) from the NSW Resources Regulator shows that fires & explosions in coal mines are the number 1 driver of incident notifications. Coal mines account for 3 in 4 total incident notifications and of these, 40% are related to fires and explosions.Fires on mine sites can endanger staff, compromise valuable equipment and increase downtime. How is your mine site protected?Advanced Photonics Australia uses market-leading technology to allow detection of the the earliest warning signs of fire (e.g. smouldering coal) over large areas, enabling critical action (like fire suppression) to avoid irreversible and damaging events.Find out more.