Halon Alternative Fire Extinguisher
Since the 1960’s was widely used in handheld portable fire extinguishers in aviation. Upon the identification of Halon as a CFC gas and its condemnation in the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer, the production of Halon was ceased in most countries in 1994. Today, its use has now largely been restricted or banned for all but “critical applications” such as aviation, military, and police use, but these are now subject to phase out deadlines, as well. Thus, new halon-free products are required due to upcoming changes in regulation (EASA & ICAO) with cut-off dates for newly built large aircraft from 31.12.2018 onwards and for all large aircraft in operation from 31.12.2025 on.
Aware of upcoming changes in regulations and after investigating the market options, we decided to utilise Halotron BrX, which is the tradename for a stabilized extinguishing agent also known as ‘2BTP’, and now have an EN qualified and EASA certified product for use in cabins. We are proud that our ‘UL 5B:C’ HAFEX handheld extinguisher is the smallest and lightest product known to us to have achieved the FAA MPS tests. Our ‘UL 5B:C’ HAFEX extinguisher is designed with ease of fit and retrofit in mind. Our bracket design achieves an incredibly low profile whilst enabling the extinguisher and bracket combination to achieve all aviation test requirements. In addition, the interface connection options are such that typical existing halon units can be easily exchanged utilising the same hole patterns. Being aware of further needs in aviation, we have also commenced successful initial testing for additional HAFEX models including ‘2B:C’, ‘5B:C with hose’ and a ‘1A:10B:C’ HAFEX types, also utilising Halotron BrX.
umlaut was recognized with the Airbus Innovation Award at the Airbus Global Supplier Conference in Tianjin in China in the category „Systems & Equipment, Cabin and Propulsion“ for the development of the halon-free fire extinguisher umlaut HAFEX. The smart solution reflects umlaut’s customer focus while underlining the company’s positioning: the engineers with the decisive extras. It is not the first challenge in the aviation industry that umlaut has answered with an innovative solution. umlaut has been closely working together with manufacturers and suppliers for many years – as their partner, consultant and solutions provider.
Making The Impossible Possible
Back in November 2014, OEMs were looking for an eco-friendlier fire extinguisher. It was also to be smaller, lighter and more flexible to install than any other alternative in the market. It was nowhere to be found. umlaut was challenged to deliver a solution. With no burdening past as extinguisher manufacturers, no production lines to fill and without ideological blinkers, umlaut went about their business finding the very best solution and proving mission possible: umlaut HAFEX was born. In dealing with this sensitive issue of The Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer, umlaut was well ahead of schedule. umlaut is the only supplier to succeed in meeting the original deadline.
- Have retrofit and crew training completed in time before regulation change (EASA & ICAO)
- Dispose of your old halon 1211 extinguishers via Airbus now to avoid risk of price increase and demand for discarding of old halon extinguishers
- Easy retrofit: The umlaut HAFEX is a drop-in replacement since it uses the existing attachment points of typical halon extinguishers on all civil aircraft types
- Scheduled ordering and payment possible
- We offer you the best price on the market today!
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