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FPRF Webinar on “Holistic Protection Method of Top-Loading Automatic Storage and Retrieval Systems”

Top-loading automatic storage and retrieval systems (TL-ASRS) create a difficult challenge for traditional fire protection systems. Multiple robots powered by on-board batteries travel simultaneously along rails above tightly spaced stacks of open-top plastic containers, resulting in extremely dense combustible storage without aisle spaces or other means to access the storage area. While sprinkler protection has been effective at suppression, final extinguishment has been difficult due to deep-seated fires that cannot be reached during manual fire protection efforts. This webinar presentation will review recent large-scale testing that evaluated not only sprinkler effectiveness, but also the use of automatic sprinkler protection coupled with manual firefighting strategies targeting final extinguishment. This holistic protection method demonstrates sufficient effectiveness corresponding to the TL-ASRS fire hazards and is now addressed in FM Global Property Loss Prevention Data Sheet 8-34, Automatic Storage and Retrieval Systems. This research effort was completed by FM Global. The Fire Protection Research Foundation is offering this program as a special webinar topic.

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When: Wednesday, January 27, 12:30 p.m. Eastern Time.


  • Benjamin Ditch, Sr. Lead Research Engineer, FM Global.
  • Weston C. Baker Jr., Sr. Engineering Technical Specialist, FM Global.
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Sreenivasan Ranganathan
Director, Research Foundation, Mission to plan, manage and communicate research in support of the NFPA mission

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