New packaging methods
may save your business from fire
FIRE-RETARDANT packaging materials are a new approach to the problem of protecting warehouse stocks as a means of safeguarding the investment of a manufacturer. By its use it is hoped to supplement existing fire protection services and devices and at the same time prevent complete disaster in the event of a plant fire.
Today’s high-volume operations and product diversity accent the importance of storage space and efficient flow patterns. The two, however, are seldom harmonious. As the need for space increases, it is always easier to narrow aisle widths and stack higher than it is to add new floor space. It is not always cheaper, though, for your fire hazards may increase many times. Sprinklers become less effective and ventilation is reduced as the volume of material to support combustion multiplies.
Feasibly, packaging may some day change the over-all picture. If cartons could be made fire resistant without a significant increase in cost, the danger of fire would lessen substantially, and protective systems would not need to be so elaborate. A fire-resistant facing material called Pyro-Kure, marketed primarily as a vapor barrier, is attracting attention for applications like welding drapes, curtains in paint spray areas, and fire-protective wraps for combustible materials.
It consists of kraft to draft, kraft to foil, or kraft to plastic film combinations, reinforced or unreinforced, that are bonded with a special extinguishing adhesive. When the temperature surrounding the combination reaches the combustion point, the adhesive emits a nontoxic gas that smothers the flame, making the product selfextinguishing.
According to recognized laboratories, materials of this nature are noncombustible if the flame-spread rating does not exceed 50, provided this rating can be maintained regardless of age, moisture or atmospheric conditions. This product has been tested and rated as shown:
Fire str ikes 100 plants in the United States every day in the year. Even though insurance covers some or all physical losses, or pays a per diem while operations are down, fire can put a business out of the running competitively since an insurance policy cannot compensate for the inability to deliver an order on time. Neither can it repay for setbacks in product development programs or for design plans and business records that have been destroyed. Only adequate methods for preventing a fire can do this and they constitute the best insurance.
In the past there has been one principal drawback to fireproofing unitized stored materials—the lack of an inexpensive fire-retardant material, with permanent properties, that could be utilized as a shroud or as a wrap.
The present type has gained wide acceptance as an insulation facing and has been tried successfully as a drape for welding and paint spray booths. Other applications in the manufacturing field are sure to come.