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Positive Pressure System For Shelter-In-Place Safety

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Positive pressure systems for shelter-in-place locations is critical to preventing the ingress of smoke and toxic gases. Industry applications
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An internal positive pressure system for shelter-in-place (SIP) locations is critical in preventing toxic gases’ ingress.

The AirBANK Pressure System was developed with simple operation in mind, allowing personnel to use it effectively during an emergency.

In a chemical release, personnel can use the AirBANK to maintain positive pressure inside the SIP efficiently. Installation of the industry-designed pressures system is at various petrochemical facilities across the United States, Australia, and India.

Maintaining Positive Pressure in a SIP

The AirBANK provides rapid pressurisation, conveniently activated and maintained using the AirBANK Control’s simple one-touch HMI touch-screen. Equipped with a bypass feature, the AirBANK Control automatically detects if the internal levels are not within breathable air limits, assuring personnel they are in a safe environment.

Air leakage testing and sealing are critical in determining the condition for a potential shelter-in-place. 

MineARC, worked alongside High Performance Building Solutions, to identify the best solutions for customers. Also ensuring they comply with the highest standards of safety.

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AirBANK Control comes equipped with a bypass feature that will detect if internal levels are not within breathable air limits.

“Minimising uncontrolled air leakage in the built environment is more important than ever, as sustainable design and construction practices increase.

No longer can the dependence on grossly oversized mechanical equipment be used to cover up a poorly performing building envelope. Current building codes require a continuous air barrier, but still, allow for contractors to sign off that a continuous air barrier is in place.”

Meghan McDermott, Co-Owner and Architectural Engineer of High Performance Building Solutions

Monitoring Gas Levels in SIPs

Aura-FX Digital Gas Monitor has been integrated into the AirBANK, helping maintain the shelter’s gas levels within a specified range. The Aura-FX monitors and displays gas levels in real-time, including site-specific toxic gases as required. Aura-FX also includes customisable voice-activated commands to direct users to perform specific tasks within the shelter.

Industry Applications of SIP Positive Pressure Systems

MineARC worked alongside a major power supplier in the Carolinas by providing 14 AirBANK Systems for five different shelter-in-place locations.

A thorough evaluation was undertaken, including room leakage tests. MineARC engineers determined the AirBANK to be the right solution for the sites’ emergency preparedness.

Each AirBANK Control includes a UPS battery backup if primary power fails, a standard feature for the AirBANK.

The AirBANK Cylinder Rack is designed to store up to 11 high-pressure breathable air cylinders and allows any number of cylinder racks to be daisy-chained as required. The units installed detect ammonia. However, sites can tailor the AirBANK Control to detect and monitor any toxic gas.

By utilising the latest technology, MineARC continues to develop products that go beyond meeting industry requirements for life-saving scenarios. MineARC understands the importance of employee safety; products like the AirBANK Pressure System help fulfil the conditions necessary for the best outcome in case of an emergency.

MineARC Systems provides safe haven equipment to multiple companies worldwide, including Yara Fertilisers, Nutrien, INVISTAChemours, Duke Energy, BP Castrol, IOWA Fertilizer and many other petrochemical customers.

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