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In terms of fire protection, the company Pelz relies on the spark extinguishing systems of GreCon. The production of hygiene articles poses numerous challenges and fire risks. Endangered areas are controlled with GreCon spark extinguishing systems preventively to avoid fires.

The company Pelz – “Products for a better life”

Hygiene articles for the daily needs are produced in Wahlsted in Schleswig-Holstein, Germany. More than 700 persons are meanwhile employed in the family-owned company founded in the 1970s what makes Pelz to the largest employer of the region. Renowned brand articles as the cotton buds Q-tips or the cosmetic pads Jan Carol are produced under the motto “products for a better life”. The customers of these products come from the retail sector.

Picture 1: The production of cotton buds presents a fire risk

The supply contracts do not allow an interruption in production

The sale of products to the large trade chains is characterised by strict supply contracts. “We can never afford a production stoppage”, Matthias Kelch, head of Facility Management, describes the situation. The company took several measures to guarantee the largest possible availability. These measures include clearly defined times for the cleaning intervals and regular maintenance of the production plants. Furthermore, all areas of production that are endangered by fire are monitored by spark extinguishing systems.

Picture 2: All endangered areas are monitored with spark extinguishing systems for ignition sources

No compromise when it comes to fire protection

The handling of finely processed fibres represents a danger in the complex production of hygiene articles. The fine reprocessed fibre can burn quickly. If foreign bodies are in the material, there is a risk of a development of sparks at numerous points due to friction. Besides the foreign bodies, movable system parts represent another fire hazard. Especially the fans of the suction systems can be the origin of sparks and smouldering fires.         
“Incidents occur in regular intervals which can be quickly eliminated thanks to the GreCon spark extinguishing systems,” Mathias Kelch describes the risk. The GreCon spark extinguishing system identifies potential dangers at lightning speed and activates the automatic extinguishing system in only 300 milliseconds. Ignition sources are extinguished before a fire breaks out.


Picture 3: Extinguishing before it burns – if an ignition source is detected, the automatic extinguishing system is activated

“We extinguish the first sparks – there is no compromise when it comes to safety,” Matthias Kelch summarises the objective of the spark extinguishing system. The alarms of the GreCon spark extinguishing system are transmitted to the signal fire alarm system. This system is installed in the constantly manned control centre. Meanwhile 60 spark detectors which monitor all endangered areas of production are installed at the Wahlstedt site.

Turn-key fire protection solution

Fagus-GreCon assembled and installed the spark extinguishing system centrally. The customer service of Fagus-GreCon carried out all work.  Besides the installation of the spark extinguishing system, the full assembly includes all accompanying tasks as the electrical wiring and the water installations. “The proactive and solution-oriented approach complied with our idea of commissioning,” Mathias Kelch remembers.

Picture 4: Cooperation with the GreCon customer service is very satisfactory

To ensure the permanent availability of spark extinguishing systems, the system is maintained every six months. All safety-relevant plant parts are inspected, cleaned and possibly exchanged in the scope of the maintenance. Also the property insurer assesses these preventive measures and thus the permanent availability of the system positively.

Fagus-GreCon Greten GmbH & Co. KG

Hannoversche Straße 58

31061 Alfeld