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Johnson Controls Accelerates Succession Plan
Fire Suppression System Discharge Kills Battle Tank Driver (India)
After Major Fire, Committee Recommends Installation of Fire Suppression System
Another Foam SNAFU!
Airline Flight Crew Thwarts Li-Ion Battery Fire
Rethinking Power Gen Suppression Options
Advances in Mining Fire Suppression
50 Years Ago - A Look Back at Deadly Fire on Super Carrier USS Forrestal
EU Warns of Fire Risk on Airbus A350-941
Film in Flames
UTC Aerospace Systems Obtains Certification for Revised MRO Standard
Most Popular Stories from July 2017
Featured Letter
Video of the Month
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honeywellHoneywell Sued for Allegedly Hacking Competitor's Website

By Shayna Posses

New York -- Honeywell International Inc. tried to capitalize on the success of a rival's online fire and safety inspection tools by hacking into its computer system and stealing its intellectual property, customer list and eventually employees in the process of launching a competing product, according to a suit filed Friday in Georgia federal court.

BuildingReports.com Inc. alleges that Honeywell's foray into the world of inspection report software and tools was marked by a "pattern of illicit conduct" in its suit accusing the tech giant of worming its way into - and damaging - BRC's computer system, as well as trying to poach BRC's customers and employees in the process of creating and launching the eVance Services program.

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unitedUnited Tech Nears Deal to Buy Rockwell Collins for More Than $20 Billion
A worker assembles a circuit board used in a LCD screen for Boeing aircraft at the Rockwell Collins production facility in Manchester, Iowa, in 2016. United Technologies is nearing a deal to buy Rockwell for more than $20 billion, a tie-up that would create one of the world's biggest aircraft-equipment makers. Photo: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg News

By Dana Mattioli, Joann S. Lublin and David Benoit
The Wall Street Journal

United Technologies Corp. is nearing a deal to buy Rockwell Collins Inc. for more than $20 billion, a tie-up that would create one of the world's biggest aircraft-equipment makers.

The companies are discussing a per-share price for Rockwell of $140 or less and could come to an agreement as soon as this weekend, according to people familiar with the situation. Rockwell shares closed at $127.99 Monday, giving the company a market value of $20.8 billion.

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Johnson Controls Accelerates Succession Plan

By Cara Lombardo
Fox Business

Johnson Controls International PLC announced that Chief Operating Officer George Oliver will assume the chief executive post from Alex Molinaroli sooner than planned as the company looks to regain its footing following its merger with Tyco International PLC.

Mr. Oliver, who had been Tyco's CEO, will take on the top role in late August rather than six months from now.

Johnson Controls said its board unanimously approved a plan for Mr. Molinaroli, who started with the company in 1983 and has been CEO since 2013, to leave his post and the board effective Sept. 1. Mr. Molinaroli was expected to remain as chairman of the board for a year after relinquishing his role as chief executive under the original transition plan sketched out at the time of the merger.

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Fire Suppression System Discharge Kills Battle Tank Driver (India)

Press Trust of India

Chennai -- Heavy Vehicles Factory ordered a probe into a mishap during the trial of a battle tank in which an Armyman died, defence sources said.

Siva Sakthivel, a soldier in the rank of Naik, and a native of Theni District of Tamil Nadu became unconscious after he inhaled "Halon" a liquefied, compressed gas used for fire fighting inside the T-72 tank, and later died.

He was taken out of the tank by HVF personnel and rushed to a hospital within the factory at suburban Avadi and from there to a government hospital where he was declared dead, the sources said.

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After Major Fire, Committee Recommends Installation of Fire Suppression System; Reports It Took 35 Hours to Extinguish

By Matthew Moggridge
Steel Times International

The Oita Works of Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Corporation (NSSMC) in Western Japan resumed operations on 6 August after a major fire in January in the plant's power equipment room. Online media reports claimed that it took 35 hours to extinguish the flames.

Days after the incident, NSSMC formed the Oita Works Plate Mill Fire Accident Response Committee, which included outside experts, and set about establishing the cause of the fire.

A report later published by the committee stated that almost all control panels and cables in the electrical room 'burned'. The control room building including its floor-supporting steel frames, were damaged. The rolling line of the plate mill became inoperable.

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Another Foam SNAFU!
Foam covers the ground Monday morning surrounding a hangar at the Auburn-Lewiston Municipal Airport. (Russ Dillingham/Sun Journal)

Staff Report
Lewiston-Auburn Sun Journal

AUBURN -- Firefighters responding to the Lufthansa hangar at the Auburn-Lewiston Municipal Airport on Monday morning walked into a wall of foam over their heads after a malfunction in the fire suppression system filled the building with foam and briefly trapped four people inside.

"Apparently, they were working on the system when there was an error," Fire Chief Geoff Low said. "When it discharged, it filled the entire hangar. We did have some initial reports of some people that were lost inside. We were able to locate them - they were up on an upper level, so they were able to actually stay out of the product and we were able to get them down."

A few people were covered in foam and some inhaled it. Two were taken to the hospital, Low said.

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Airline Flight Crew Thwarts Li-Ion Battery Fire
A bag containing a lithium battery and two cell phones caught fire mid-flight. (photo courtesy of Thinkstock)

By Patrick Clarke
Travel Pulse

SriLankan Airlines crew members put their training to good use when a lithium battery caught fire aboard a flight from India to Sri Lanka.

According to a press release from Sri Lanka's flag carrier, flight attendants at the rear of the Airbus A330-200 noticed smoke coming from a bag in the overhead bin shortly after meal service on the 70-minute flight.

"Alert cabin crew members aboard SriLankan Airlines' flight UL 166 managed to avert a major incident that is believed to have been caused by the ignition of a lithium battery pack or mobile phones in a passenger's hand luggage," said SriLankan Airlines.

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vscVSC Fire and Security Acquires Arkansas Automatic Sprinkler/United Suppression

By SSI Staff
Security Sales & Integration

ASHLAND, Va. -- VSC Fire & Security, based here, has acquired Arkansas Automatic Sprinklers/United Fire Suppression (AAS/UFS), a full-service fire protection and security company specializing in fire suppression and low-voltage integration.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed. The acquisition comes as both companies seek to expand their geographic footprints and services, according to an announcement.

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anvilAnvil Acquires Grinnell's Grooved Mechanical Products; Johnson Control to Retain the Grinnell Fire Suppression Business Globally

By PR Newswire
Markets Insider

Acquisition Delivers Best Mechanical Product Package in the Industry

EXETER, N.H. -- Anvil International, a leading North American manufacturer and supplier of products that connect, hang and support piping systems has announced that it has acquired the Grinnell® Mechanical Product suite for the North American Mechanical business, including grooved couplings, fittings and valves, G-Press® Systems, technical services and the Anniston, Alabama foundry. Johnson Controls will retain the Grinnell Fire Suppression business globally.

"This acquisition broadens our product portfolio, increases our design service capabilities, and brings us additional strength to our sales force," said Dean Taylor, Vice President of Anvil International.  "Our team is very excited about bringing the industry the Gruvlok® and Grinnell® grooved combination." 

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marloweMarlowe Acquires Fire Suppression Company (UK)

By Muhammad Aldalou, Senior Digital Staff Writer
Insider Media Limited

A Hertfordshire business specialising in fire protection services has been snapped up by listed support services group Marlowe.

Marlowe, which is focused on acquiring and developing companies that provide critical asset maintenance services, has purchased The Philton Group for a total enterprise value of £200,000.

Based in Watford, Philton provides a portfolio of fire protection services, including the installation, service and maintenance of fire detection and fire suppression systems.

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Rethinking Power Gen Suppression Options

By Sarah Block
The Moran Group

Many of the nation's power generating plants were constructed when there were five fire protection choices for their facilities: alarm and detection, sprinkler, Halon 1301, CO2 or remaining unprotected. Plants have undergone various upgrades to meet increasing levels of performance and to satisfy risk management/ insurance requirements. With the phasing out of Halon 1301 and the emergence of many new fire suppression alternatives, it can be challenging to determine which method is the most appropriate for each unique environment.

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Advances in Mining Fire Suppression

Australian Mining

Throughout the mining industry, it is a widely known fact that with high risks come high rewards.

Before fire suppression systems were introduced to and implemented in the mining industry in the 1960s, there was a significant amount of crippling loss of equipment, production, and life due to fire outbreaks in mines.

For example, the fire that happened in North Mount Lyell in 1912, dubbed the "1912 North Mount Lyell Disaster," was a tragedy of epic proportion that took the lives of 43 good men.

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50 Years Ago - A Look Back at Deadly Fire on Super Carrier USS Forrestal
On July 18, 2017, Frank Eurice, who served on the USS Forrestal, reflects pn the 50th anniversary of the ship's historic fire. (Stephen M. Katz/The Virginian-Pilot)

By Katherine Hafner
The Virginian-Pilot

Frank Eurice was soaking up the sun on the starboard gun mount of the supercarrier USS Forrestal when he turned and saw a jet blasted into fiery confetti.

"It was just a sheet of smoke and flame going skyward," he said.

The Forrestal was in the Gulf of Tonkin off the northern coast of Vietnam to launch airstrikes and "bomb 'em back to the Stone Age," Eurice said.

Sailors aboard the Norfolk-based aircraft carrier started to do just that on the morning of Saturday, July 29, 1967.

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challengeThe Challenge of Filling Fire Protection Positions

By Alex Garrote, Territory Suppression Leader at Johnson Controls

The fire protection industry has a lot to be proud of-there are so many things we do right! We're a team of tradespeople of different skills sets who collaborate to make the world a safer place. Our teams are composed of people of character who are often attracted to this business because they believe what we do is important, and find it rewarding. We are the torchbearers to 200 years of history, but eagerly work to improve our technology to protect the lives and property of an evolving world. Our work is even important to the well-being of the planet, as research is beginning to show that the air pollution produced by structure fires can negate the positive effects of building sustainability features.

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EU Warns of Fire Risk on Airbus A350-941
Fire warning: The Airbus A350-941 needs a software update to eliminate the risk

By Felicity Thistlethwaite

EU regulatory body the European Aviation Safety Agency has issued a warning over the Airbus A350-941 need software fix to avoid a fire risk.

Airlines including Lufthansa, Singapore Airlines, Cathay Pacific and Qatar Airways are amongst those using a model of aircraft the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has warned could catch fire.

The regulatory body issued an emergency directive for a software update to all airlines using the A350-941s.

EASA warned a "chain of errors" in the system could lead to a fire in the fuel tanks of the Airbus A350-941 aircraft.

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Film in Flames
July/August 2017

NFPA Journal

On July 9, 1937, in the midst of a heat wave in a film storage facility in Little Ferry, New Jersey, nitrate film spontaneously combusted. The explosion shot flames high into the air and spread the flames more than 100 feet from the vault where the film was being held. Three houses near the vault caught on fire and a teen died from severe burns from the fire.

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UTC Aerospace Systems Obtains Certification for Revised MRO Standard

UTC Aerospace Systems

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Following an exhaustive series of independent audits, UTC Aerospace Systems, a unit of United Technologies Corp., has obtained AS9110 Rev. C certification for its service center in Prestwick, Scotland, making it the first maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) facility in the world to comply with the revised industry quality standards. The certification validates that the site has established, implemented and maintained a quality management system that complies with the highest aerospace industry standards for MROs. UTC Aerospace Systems is pursuing the certification at each of its more than 50 MRO sites worldwide.

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Most Popular Stories from July 2017

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