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There is a growing concern for increased fire protection in Motor Coaches, Buses, and Trucks. Rightly so; we rely on these vehicles to move large amounts of people and cargo every day throughout the country. Operators and OEM’s need to put proper protection in place to ensure the safety of their passengers. The General Public and Regulators are starting to take note. There is major concern.

How concerned are you of fire on a bus or truck that you manufacture?

What are you doing to decrease the risk of fire on the buses or trucks that you manufacture?

Certain areas of the buses have a tendency to reach high temperatures that might cause fluids to ignite. These areas tend to be small and cramped which limits the ability to place fire suppression systems. Passengers and cargo are never far from fire prone areas.

What are you doing to block the path of the fire?

Fire extinguishing systems are expensive and, many times, cannot be placed inside an engine compartment because of the cramped space. Many times, the engine compartments are constructed from some sort of fiberglass compound which, like all organic compounds, will burn. As the fire spreads, the passengers and cargo are more and more at danger. Considering the size of many of these buses and trucks, it is critical to recognize the fire and then get the passengers off of the vehicle. Time is limited.

When a fire is spreading through a loaded bus, the quicker the passengers can exit the bus, the better their chance of survival. Many bus manufacturers are installing fire suppression and extinguisher systems, but these are limited. Why not apply a fire protection coating as a passive barrier to the actual structure that will block the spread of the flames? 

Rudolph Brothers presents Fireguard 75PA Excel (Fireguard) from Scott Bader. Fireguard is a paint-on top coat which has been shown to withstand a direct flame of 700° C for over 60 minutes. Since Fireguard is painted on, it can drastically increase the fire protection inside cramped areas like engine compartments. The fire protection coating can be applied to the corners and tight spots that might not be reached by traditional extinguishers.

An intumescent topcoat, such as Crystic Fireguard 75PA Excel, when applied to a cured FRP laminate surface provides a passive fire protective barrier to block the path of a fire. It works due to its unique chemistry and its reaction when it exposed to a direct flame. In simple terms, when fire attacks the intumescent topcoat it causes a chemical reaction which makes the topcoat expand to form a non flammable protective layer that insulates the surface over which it has been applied. While it will not protect indefinitely from an unchecked fire, Crystic Fireguard 75PA Excel can withstand a direct flame at a temperature of 700 deg. C for over 60 minutes without the laminate behind catching fire. This is a significant period of time to contain a fire and prevent it from rapidly spreading, which can help to avoid catastrophic fire damage and save lives.

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Key Features:

• Achieves BS 476 Part 6 Class 0, BS 476 Part 7 Class 1 and M1 rating according to Epiradiateur NFP 92-50. (A thickness of 28 mils is required to meet the fire approvals)
• In-house tests have shown that Crystic Fireguard 75PA Excel can withstand a direct flame at 7000 C for over 60 minutes
• Simply add 2% MEKP catalyst and apply as a topcoat to the reverse side of any general purpose laminate
• Cures totally tack free
• Available in black, white and grey in 55 lb. pails and 495 lb. drums
• Other colors can be manufactured subject to minimum order quantities
• Can be used on wood and other slightly porous materials
• Designed for internal use – the weather resistance is not as good as a standard polyester gelcoat but it is superior to most intumescent paints

Courtesy of JEC Composites, read details of how these products are being used.

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About Scott Bader:

Scott Bader was established in 1921. Today it is a £180 million multinational
chemical company, employing 560 people worldwide. It is a common trusteeship
company, having no external shareholders, with a strong commitment to support
its customers, workforce and the environment.
Scott Bader’s headquarters is based in the UK where they have purpose-built,
state-of-the-art technical facilities that provide R&D as well as complete
evaluation, testing and application support. They have manufacturing facilities in
the UK, France, Croatia, the Middle East and South Africa.

About Rudolph Brothers:
Rudolph Brothers & Company is a distributor of specialty formulated adhesives and resin systems. Team up with Rudolph Bros. & Co for product selection and application assistance. We closely cooperate with our customers and coordinate with our manufacturers to provide efficient and economical solutions for you. Trust us; we’ve been doing it for over 40 years. AS 9120 and ISO9001:2008 registered.