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AFEX Fire Suppression Systems

AFEX is uniquely positioned to meet your fire protection needs.
THEY KNOW HEAVY EQUIPMENT. In fact it is all they do!


AFEX is the #1 manufacturer of fire suppression systems in the America's. They design reliable systems that function and protect, but do not deter operation. AFEX can provide protection for everything from engine fire to debris fire.

What does equipment downtime cost you?

The machines used in the mining industry are some of the most expensive pieces of heavy equipment available. For this reason, mine operators want a fire protection system that's effective, reliable, and automatic. Because a down machine can halt production, they need a system that's low maintenance and easily serviced.

AFEX advantages

  • Reliable and dependable fire suppression
  • Telematic automation integration
  • Purpose built to withstand everyday abuse
  • Dry, liquid, and dual agent systems
  • Dealer installed options
  • Expert support and training

The AFEX system is purpose-built to withstand the everyday abuse present in the mining industry. AFEX systems are commonly installed on wheel loaders, dozers, and excavators. The 125 lb. tanks, 30 lb. tanks, and dual agent (dry and wet chemical) systems are perfect for larger machines such as haul trucks and hydraulic shovels.

AFEX's system is rugged and easily serviced in the field with common hand tools. They know the mining industry and understand the demands of your operation. AFEX supply many of the largest mines around the globe with reliable, low maintenance fire suppression systems.

If you are serious about protecting your equipment against fire, then rely on AFEX, as a specialist, to offer you the best solution.

Product options from AFEX Fire Suppression Systems

Dry Chemical System

Fire Suppression System

Providing the most efficient protection of any fire suppression system, dry chemical systems are the industry standard for heavy equipment applications. Dry chemical is effective against Class A (debris), Class B (fuel), and Class C (electrical) fires. These types of systems work by flooding a volume of space, such as a vehicle engine compartment, with the fire fighting agent to suffocate the flame.

AFEX dry chemical systems provide fast fire knockdown and perform especially well in enclosed ares. They are suitable for temperatures as low as -40°F (-40°C) and are available in 20, 30, 60, and 125 pound sizes.


Liquid Chemical System

Fire Suppression System

Providing exceptional cooling abilities and Class A (debris) and Class B (fuel) fire suppression, customers around the world are adding AFEX liquid agent systems to their fire protection programs.

The liquid agent works by cooling hot surfaces, separating fuel hydrocarbon molecules to prevent it from igniting, and forming a layer of foam to suffocate the flame.

The systems are suitable for temperatures as low as -40°F (-40°C) and available in 5, 15, and 30 gallon sizes.


Dual Agent System

Fire Suppression System

As technology advances, equipment manufacturers are designing machines that are more powerful and productive while also reducing emissions. The downside to these advancements is increased heat throughout the engine compartment. The increase in hydraulics creates additional and more severe fire risks.

AFEX has found that dual agent systems, combining the benefits of dry chemical with the benefits of liquid agent, are the most effective way to address these risks.

Dual agent systems are so effective that the National Fire Protection Agency requires them for large hydraulic shovels. Not only are they more effective, dual agent systems require less space. Making them more economical than a comparable liquid-only system for the same machine


Detection & Monitoring

Fire Suppression System

Provides configuration flexibility in a compact unit

The AFEX Control Unit combines microcontroller technology with AFEX durability for the ultimate fire suppression system control and performance. To ensure your machine is protected in the event of a fire, audible and visual signals alert the operator to any problem or alarm conditions. These alerts are also stored on the Control Unit’s internal log for troubleshooting and are displayed on the LCD display, which can be programmed to your local language.

The Control Unit is also compatible with telematics, and its internal battery powers the unit for up to 1 year. Monitoring your vehicle in real-time to alert you of a fire or system discharge through your fleet management software. Protecting your vehicle and crew from fire anywhere your fleet manager may be by receiving alert text messages to notify you so you can react quickly.

Connectivity Options

Chances are your new vehicle is equipped with an advanced vehicle or fleet management system. Wouldn’t it be nice if that same system could provide you with increased fire suppression system functionality? With the AFEX Control Unit, it can.

The AFEX Control Unit offers multiple flexible input and output connections for integrating your AFEX fire suppression system with your vehicle telematics system. This enhanced connectivity can allow you to check the system status remotely, alert your service provider in the event of a system discharge, or even allow you to discharge the system via remote control.


New Control Unit V1.7

AFEX Fire Suppression Systems control unit has been field-proven for almost 10 years. It is durable, powerful, reliable, and easy to use. This unit features a programmable LCD display, standalone battery, internal data log, telematics connectivity, audible and visual alarms and up to two simultaneous detection circuits.

New Features

  • USB downloadable data log
  • Data log storage increased to 3272 entries
  • Real-time clock for time-stamped entries
  • Normally closed Alarm and Problem relays provide an “Actively Monitoring” signal
  • Upgraded data logging
  • Upgraded EMI and power surge protection
  • Upgraded battery holder and connector


Worried about your fire suppression system interfering with your machine, or your machine accidentally setting off your fire suppression system? The Control Unit meets the EC standards below and will not cause nor be affected by electromagnetic interference.

DIN EN ISO 14982:2009, ISO 13766:2006, ISO 10605:2001, ISO 11452-2:2004, ISO 7637-2:2004, EN 894-1:1997, EN 894-2:1997, EN 1127-1:2007, EN 1127-2:2002, EN 13478:2001, EN 842:1996, ISO 7731:2003, EN 981:1996


Which vehicle management system do you have? Here are just some systems AJAX connect to:

  • CAT Product Link
  • Komatsu Komtrax
  • Case SiteWatch
  • Trimble VisionLink
  • Navman Wireless
  • J1939 CAN Bus
  • Jigsaw
  • Telogis
  • Modular Mining

Example Connections

What can you do with advanced connectivity? Here are just some of the ways AJAX can connect:

  • Remote system monitoring
  • Remote system discharge
  • Electronic push-button discharge
  • Email/SMS system status alerts
  • Engine shutdown
  • Custom vehicle shutdown protocol
  • External horn/strobe
  • Problem and alarm recording