Carl Bryan, Managing Director, WAGNER UK
Modern industrial warehouses are massive, covering tens of thousands of square metres, and are usually densely packed with commodities including a multitude of hazardous materials. As such, when it comes to ensuring fire safety in large warehouse facilities, it is crucial to identify a problem at the earliest possible stage to minimise loss and ensure business continuity. Moreover, in the high-rise, automated high-bay warehouses, containing a concentrated volume of goods and flammable packaging materials, installing traditional fire sprinklers can prove costly and inefficient. To rise to these long-standing challenges, WAGNER Group develops and produces advanced technical fire protection systems to prevent fire outbreaks proactively. “We engineer customised fire protection solutions geared towards the unique needs of clients, focusing heavily on the logistics space,” says Carl Bryan, Managing Director of WAGNER UK, a subsidiary of WAGNER Group. Leveraging more than four decades of experience, the family-owned company is a prominent solution provider in the field of fire detection and prevention and covers the complete service portfolio for its customers, from planning and design to system construction and service.
WAGNER's aspirating smoke detectors are highly sensitive and can detect fire 2,000 times faster than traditional smoke detectors, helping prevent fire at an early stage with a graded alarm system while reliably avoiding false alarms. The company offers a preventive oxygen reduction system to eliminate the risk of an open fire by preventing fires from developing in the first place. The innovate solution proactively reduces oxygen concentration levels with a controlled supply of nitrogen within a previously defined protected area and inhibits fire from spreading, ensuring the safety of products at warehouses.
In addition to early fire detection, WAGNER enables effective firefighting with gas extinguishing technology that puts out incipient fires using inert gases, without leaving any residue, which allows immediate resumption of operations. In essence, these systems ensure maximum safety by avoiding the consequential damage caused by extinguishing agents, such as water, foam, dry powder, and wet chemicals or sprinkler-based fire protection.
We engineer customised fire protection solutions geared towards the unique needs of clients, exclusively focusing on the logistics space
While initiating a client engagement, WAGNER begins with defining the materials that are to be protected within a particular warehouse. Following that, the team at WAGNER designs a suitable solution based on several factors, such as the size of the facility and the nitrogen concentration required to prevent fire in the building. In an instance, WAGNER recently helped a pharmaceutical company that was building a new, automated high-bay warehouse with a robust fire prevention system. Being the only supplier of a critical drug that is distributed across different continents, the client’s primary concern was around protecting their high-value stock. Even a small fire outbreak could be disastrous in a high-bay warehouse and interfere with the supply chain, hindering the timely delivery of the drug to patients. Considering the complexities and challenges of installing sprinklers or conventional fire protection solutions, the client was on the lookout for an alternative, advanced fire prevention system. Analysing their requirement, WAGNER stepped in and delivered a fitting fire prevention solution that helped the client to secure their supply chain and proved to be crucial in maintaining their business continuity.
Established in 1976, WAGNER has come a long way in delivering advanced fire prevention solutions, carving a unique niche in the industry. “At the core of WAGNER’s success is its customer-centricity aimed at developing and providing solutions around clients’ needs and not just delivering off-the-shelf solutions,” says Bryan. A member of the British Frozen Food Federation, the UK subsidiary is continuously trying to spread awareness about its advanced technology and extend its solutions to a larger client base.