Are you opening or renovating a business? If so, you’ve no doubt already been bombarded with a multitude of decisions to make. One decision that should not be treated lightly is what kind system you will use to protect your business in the event of a fire.

The type of business you own and as well as applicable codes will determine the basic requirements of what fire detection and suppression system you’ll need to install, but are the basics the best choice? Sometimes not. For instance, while they control or extinguish a fire, some fire suppression systems may also cause significant water damage and then require extensive clean-up and downtime to an Oklahoma City business.

Is there a fire suppression system that could alleviate these costly issues while still protecting a business from a fire? Yes. While there are several types of fire suppression systems for OKC businesses that can fit this bill, one system has some unique advantages – the Victaulic Vortex™ line.

The Victaulic Vortex™ Fire Suppression System is a line of hybrid fire extinguishing systems that utilize finite water droplets and nitrogen gas victaulic fire suppressionthrough high velocity, low-pressure emitters to quickly and effectively extinguish a fire without causing water damage.

“Using proprietary supersonic technology, the system atomizes the water to <10μm forming a dense homogeneous suspension of nitrogen and water. In this manner two extinguishment mechanisms are occurring simultaneously: cooling and oxygen reduction,” Victaulic noted.

This hybrid system will dispense nitrogen first and then finite water droplets “filling the room with essentially what is a fog,” Ian MacInnis, Global Vortex Sales Manager for Victaulic, noted. Thus, the system is designed to absorb heat and reduce the amount of oxygen needed to keep a fire burning. Using such a small amount of water, very little clean-up is required, Maclnnis added.

Specifically designed to protect turbine generators, both for total flood applications and local applications, the Vortex system worked so well that it was expanded to server rooms, underground applications, paint spray booths, steel manufacturing facilities, and many other applications, MacInnis added.

These unique hybrid fire suppression systems are “particularly useful for suppressing fires in hazards where an electrically non-conductive medium is essential or desirable, where clean-up of other agents present a problem, room integrity is not possible, or where the hazard is normally occupied and requires a non-toxic agent,” Victaulic noted.

The Victaulic Vortex™ 500 Fire Suppression System, designed for total flooding fire suppression in data centers and other IT areas as well as motor control centers, is a pre-engineered system that is self-contained. It’s a “plug and play” system, MacInnis noted, that requires little installation time and is simple and cost-effective.

As Victaulic noted on its website, the Vortex™ fire suppression system benefits include:

  • Nearly zero wetting
  • No costly clean-up or equipment replacement
  • Quick system recharge, minimal downtime
  • No need for assurance of tight room integrity
  • Green design that is safe for the environment and personnel

If you’re a Tulsa or OKC business owner, discover all the advantages of the Victaulic Vortex™ Fire Suppression System by calling the fire protection system specialists at Mac Systems. Let us help you make the best and most informed choice about fire suppression. We can help design and install the best fire suppression system for your particular business needs.

Find out more about the Victaulic Vortex™ 500 Fire Suppression System in this video:


(Photos and video by the Victaulic Company)