3M™ Novec™ 1230 Fluid helps extinguish a fire before it spreads by rapidly removing heat

  • When you specify a fire protection system, your choices can determine whether a person, valuable asset or even an entire business survives a fire. When that system uses Novec 1230 fluid, you may confidently offer your client a solution that:

     
    • Extinguishes a fire in seconds, before it even starts and long before water-based systems discharge.

    • Helps protect irreplaceable paper documents and electronics. Because Novec 1230 fluid is a waterless fire suppression solution, it leaves no residue and is electrically non-conductive.

    • Provides the highest margin of safety for human occupancy of any clean agent solution.

    •  Is not subject to the Halon 1301 phaseout or HFC phasedown under any global regulatory body, including the Montreal Protocol.

    • Comes with a global environmental warranty — the 3M™ Blue Sky℠ Warranty, designed to provide additional peace of mind.

    • Is stored as a liquid and discharged as a gas.

    • Is appropriate for Class A, B and C fire hazards.

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Novec 1230 fluid offers unparalleled value. Whether you’re looking to:

 
  • Replace a halon fire protection system
  • Find an environmentally sustainable and cost comparable alternative to FM-200™, ECARO-25® or other HFCs
  • Select a clean agent with a high margin of safety for occupied spaces

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    3M™ Novec™ 1230 Fluid helps extinguish a fire before it spreads by rapidly removing heat

    In a typical total flooding system, the fluid is stored as a liquid in cylinders pressurized with nitrogen. Automatic detection sensors trigger release when the fire is at the incipient stage, extinguishing it in mere seconds.

    3M™ Novec™ 1230 Fluid evaporates 50 times faster than water.* In fact, you could soak a paperback book in a bath of Novec 1230 fluid and within a minute, pick it up and start reading where you left off.

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How 3M™ Novec™ 1230 Fluid works to extinguish a fire

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    Discharged as a gas

    Penetrates tight enclosures and obstructions, providing fast, effective extinguishment often before a fire reaches the flame stage.

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    Fire suppression without water

    Leaves no residue, and has no effect on energized electronics or mechanical components.

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    Electrically non-conductive

    Systems can remain operational even during an emergency.

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    Help protect irreplaceable paper documents and electronics

    Because 3M™ Novec™ 1230 Fluid is a waterless fire suppression solution, it leaves no residue and is electrically non-conductive. Other benefits include

     
    • Extinguishing a fire in seconds and long before water-based systems discharge
    • The highest margin of safety for human occupancy of any clean agent solution
    • Exempt from the Halon 1301 phaseout or HFC phasedown under any global regulatory body, including the Montreal Protocol
    • A global environmental warranty — the 3M™ Blue Sky℠ Warranty (US, English only), designed to provide additional peace of mind
    • Appropriate for Class A, B and C fire hazards

     

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    3M™ Novec™ 1230 Fluid Specification

     

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    Industrial fire protection systems

     

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3M™ Novec™ 1230 Fluid is non-flammable and low in toxicity. It also has low global warming potential (GWP) and zero ozone depletion potential (ODP).
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