www.ushalonbank.com   1.800.433.1751                                    June 2020 - Vol 3, Issue 32
Feature Articles
Lightening Strike Dumps FM200 System, Museum Replaces with Sprinkler Citing Costs of Recharge
Hilcorp on Track for BP Acquisition
Massive Fire Tears Through Amazon Distribution Center
Fire Alarm Incident Interrupts ER Services
Cleaning Crew Sets off Fire Suppression System
Airbus Fine-Tunes Job Cuts, Confirms 40% Output Drop
Georgia-Pacific Sues Fire Suppression System Manufacturer Over Lift Truck Incident
Tyco Fires Back at Wisconsin DNR
NASA Experiments Setting Fire in Space
Edwards Recalls 85,000 Heat Detectors Made Between 1979 and 2018
NY's Con Edison Picks FM-200 for Energy Storage Systems
What Will Flying Look Like When COVID is Over?
Most Popular Stories from April 2020
New Products
Studies and Reports
Mergers and Acquisitions
boeing_v_raytheonBoeing vs. Raytheon (UTC) - Which One Has the Right Stuff?


By Joseph L. Shaefer
Seeking Alpha

Boeing (BA)

I wrote one of my recent articles about Boeing (BA) back on Jan. 27 titled "Why I Won't Be Buying Boeing." I implied but should have ended the title with the words "For Now." I have owned the company's shares before and, if BA fixes its problems, I will be delighted to own it once again. But for now, I will still not be buying it. After my current analysis, I find the company today, as then, "in transition."

For the sake of the nation and Boeing's workforce I hope the company is successful. When I wrote the article Boeing was $316 a share. It closed on June 12th at $189.51.

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boat_fireWe Used to Use Halon "It was the perfect agent" But Then...... - A Marine/Onboard History

By Leif Johansson
The Maritime Executive

The year was 1985.

At this time I was running my own consulting company and with my previous work experience on the development of fire detection systems, together with one of the Salen subsidiary companies, and with participation of Lloyd Register, I had good relations with them, the Swedish Shipowners Association and the maritime association on preventive fire protection.

Sweden had at the time a Fire Protection Commission consisting of people from the shore-based fire departments, the Maritime Administration and other maritime related organizations including the Unions. This Commission was responsible for the fire protection training of seagoing personal, but they also had other ambitions.

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kevin_zugibeKevin Zugibe - Founder, CEO and Driving Force at Hudson Technologies, Passes at 57
Kevin J. Zugibe, P.E. of Nyack, New York passed away unexpectedly on June 23, 2020. Born on September 8, 1963 to Dr. Frederick T. Zugibe and his wife, Catherine (O'Leary) Zugibe, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Kevin was the founder, CEO, and driving force of Hudson Technologies, Inc. He was a professional engineer and graduate of RIT with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. He held numerous environmental and energy-saving patents, many of which are in use worldwide.

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peter_clarkPeter Clark - Former FSSA President, Fire Suppression Industry Leader, Passes at 66
Peter Clark
February 19, 1954 - June 11, 2020
Fire Suppression Systems Association (FSSA)

FSSA regrets to inform you of the passing of Peter G. Clark, 66, on June 11, 2020 at Yale New Haven Hospital. He was the loving husband of Janice Clark. They were high school sweethearts and shared 42 years of marriage together. He is also survived by his two daughters and their husbands, Julie and Anthony Colletti, and Jenna and Matthew Anderson; and two grandchildren, Quinn and Chloe Colletti. He was predeceased by his parents George and Catherine Clark and his sister Jennifer Hill.

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Lightening Strike Dumps FM200 System, Museum Replaces with Sprinkler Citing Costs of Recharge
Steve Douglas, foreman with Jayhawk Fire Sprinkler Co. in Topeka, installs water pipe lines Tuesday in the attic of Watkins Community Museum of History, 1047 Mass. The museum is in the process of installing a new sprinkler system inside the museum.

By Mike Belt
Lawrence Journal-World

120-year-old building switches from gas to water for fire suppression

A new sprinkler system is being installed at Watkins Community Museum of History.

The $75,000 system replaces a 10-year-old FM-200 gas system used to put out fires in the 120-year-old building at 1047 Mass. The switch from gas to water is being made after a lightning strike two years ago caused most of the gas to be expended when the suppression system was set off. There was no fire and no damage from the lightning strike.

The hydrofluorocarbon gas in five of six tanks at the museum was expended at the time of the lightning strike. They were not refilled because of the expense, leaving only one tank for fire suppression. It would have taken about $40,000 to refill the tanks, Rebecca Phipps, museum director, said.

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Hilcorp on Track for BP Acquisition
BP's Lisburne Production Center in Prudhoe Bay in 2015. The production center separates oil, gas and water, sending each component to other facilities for further processing. (Loren Holmes/ ADN file)

By Elwood Brehmer, Alaska Journal of Commerce
Anchorage Daily News

BP and Hilcorp are hoping to close the upstream portion of their $5.6 billion Alaska deal by the end of June while state regulators continue to evaluate Hilcorp's financial wherewithal to take a large stake in the Trans-Alaska Pipeline System.

State Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation department officials said they are also on track with their reviews of the sale to hit the companies' preferred closing date during a June 19 meeting of the Governor's Oversight Committee on the transaction.

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Massive Fire Tears Through Amazon Distribution Center

By Brinkwire

A massive fire destroyed a Southern California distribution facility that was used to ship items to Amazon customers on Friday morning.

Incredibly there were no injuries and as 40 workers ran for their lives as the warehouse collapsed in the blaze.

Half-a-dozen fire departments were unable to stop flames from destroying the sprawling structure in Redlands, about 60 miles east of Los Angeles.

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Fire Alarm Incident Interrupts ER Services
Emergency service agencies responded to Cumberland Medical Center after a fire alarm was pulled, dumping thousands of gallons of water inside the hospital. Cumberland County Emergency Medical Service transported several patients to area hospitals while the CMC emergency room was cleaned and readied for service. (Michael Lindsay)

By Michael Moser
Crossville Chronicle

The activation of a fire alarm system in the area of the emergency room department at Cumberland Medical Center caused officials to divert emergency room traffic to other hospitals in the area, sources confirmed.

The incident inconvenienced those seeking services in the emergency room department and stretched local emergency response resources. Several departments working together prevented major incidents from taking place during the local emergency.

The fire suppression system was activated through a pull station around 9 p.m., dumping thousands of gallons of water inside the hospital. The effect was the flooding of rooms in the emergency department and attached rooms where patients were being attended.

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Cleaning Crew Sets off Fire Suppression System

By George Graham
Mass Live

SPRINGFIELD -- The Liberty Heights neighborhood McDonald's remains closed after a cleaning crew inadvertently activated the restaurant's fire suppression system.

The incident at the Liberty Street restaurant, reported about 3 a.m., prompted a response from the fire department which in turn summoned a regional haz-mat team, Fire Capt. Drew Piemonte said.

Workers were cleaning a range hood when the system went off, sending a mixture of dry fire suppression chemicals and cleaning solution into the restaurant, he said.

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Airbus Fine-Tunes Job Cuts, Confirms 40% Output Drop
FILE PHOTO: The logo of Airbus is pictured at the entrance of the Airbus facility in Bouguenais (Reuters/Stephane Mahe)

By Tim Hepher and Johanna Decorse

PARIS/TOULOUSE (Reuters) -- Airbus was finalizing an imminent restructuring plan expected to include thousands of job cuts as its chief executive confirmed plans to hold output down by 40% for two years.

Europe's largest planemaker could set out its largest ever reorganization plan this week, union sources said ahead of meetings early this week with Airbus, which declined to comment.

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Georgia-Pacific Sues Fire Suppression System Manufacturer Over Lift Truck Incident

By Leif M. Wright

Georgia-Pacific has sued the manufacturer of the lift truck that burst into flames and later exploded on May 13, 2019, shutting down the plant and burning for days. The company is also suing the seller of the truck.

GP's suit alleges that the truck was serviced and maintained by the companies it's suing, used in the proper fashion since its purchase in 2015 and "lift trucks should not start on fire and explode."

The company says it purchased and implemented all fire-related safety options offered and recommended by Hyster, the company that manufactured the lift, and Medley, the company that sold it.

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Tyco Fires Back at Wisconsin DNR

EagleHerald Publishing

MARINETTE -- Johnson Controls Inc./Tyco has responded to recent letters from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources that it believes are inaccurate.

"Our priority has been and continues to be ensuring affected residents have safe and clean drinking water," the statement from JCI/Tyco begins. The release was sent by Jim Cox, senior manager marketing communications for Tyco.

"It is unfortunate that the letters sent by WDNR contain numerous inaccurate statements, as well as a number of unreasonable demands," the release states. "As is clearly indicated in data we submitted to the agency at the end of March, Tyco is not responsible for PFAS found in the area south and west of the Fire Technology Center (FTC)."

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NASA Experiments Setting Fire in Space

By Inigo Monzon
International Business Times

NASA has released a new video demonstrating how fires behave in space. It was taken during a recent experiment that involved starting a fire inside Northrop Grumman's Cygnus spacecraft after delivering supplies to the International Space Station (ISS).

The experiment, officially known as Spacecraft Fire Safety Experiments or Saffire, is part of the agency's Spacecraft Fire Safety Demonstration Project. The fourth experiment in the project, dubbed as Saffire IV, was conducted aboard the Cygnus spacecraft.

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Edwards Recalls 85,000 Heat Detectors Made Between 1979 and 2018

By David J. Neal
Bradenton Herald

A heat detector that doesn't do anything when it detects heat isn't much of a fire safety help. That's why Edwards recalled 85,000 of its 280 Series Mechanical Heat Detectors sold from January 1979 through May 2018.

The exact problem, as stated in the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission recall notice: "The recalled heat detectors can fail to activate in reaction to rising temperatures, posing a risk of failure to alert consumers to a fire."

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NY's Con Edison Picks FM-200 for Energy Storage Systems
Con Edison NY's Mohamed Kamaludeen, bottom right, alongside Ahmed Mousa from PSE&G talk about their experiences in the field during a session of the Energy Storage Digital Series. Image: Solar Media.


By Molly Lempriere
Energy Storage News

A heat detector that doesn't do anything when it detects heat isn't much of a fire safety help. That's why Edwards recalled 85,000 of its 280 Series Mechanical Heat Detectors sold from January 1979 through May 2018.

The exact problem, as stated in the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission recall notice: "The recalled heat detectors can fail to activate in reaction to rising temperatures, posing a risk of failure to alert consumers to a fire."

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What Will Flying Look Like When COVID is Over?

By David Suissa
Israel Hayom

Just as we paid a high "schlepping price" for the safety measures implemented after 9/11, it seems certain we'll be asked to pay an even higher price in the world of the coronavirus.

Everyone's got an opinion on what the post-corona world will look like. What will the economy look like? Which businesses will remain and how will they adapt? How will our work lives, social lives, and communal lives change?

Most of us agree it will be a different world; we're just fuzzy on the details.

There's one detail, however, that I feel pretty confident about: We're going to hate going to airports.

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battery_coolingXING Mobility Introduces New Battery Cooling System

By Mark Kane

XING Mobility is one of the few companies that took a different approach to battery thermal management, as instead of a conventional solution (air cooling, liquid pipe cooling), it literally submerges the cells directly in a liquid coolant.

The XING IMMERSIO solution was introduced in 2018 (for 1 MW XING Miss R halo model), using 3M Novec Engineered Fluid, which is non-flammable and non-conductive. The base elements are "bricks of cylindrical lithium-ion cells, submerged in 3M Novec.

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substation_fireFire Protection in Substation Transformers
A large mineral oil fire burns at a power substation.

By David Petersile
Utility Products

Oil-filled transformers pose the greatest fire risk in any substation.

As modern society takes uninterrupted electricity supply for granted, electrical utility providers are increasingly measured by the reliability of the infrastructure used to deliver power to consumers. A single unplanned outage can not only cause economic disaster but can also unduly damage a utility provider's good name. Consumers show little patience and less understanding of the complexities necessary to provide uninterrupted electrical service.

This was clearly demonstrated when a fire erupted in a Boston substation causing widespread power outages and compelling authorities to close subway stations, block roads and evacuate a major hotel.

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foamHanger Foam: A Solution Looking for a Problem
Accidental hangar fire foam discharge is a growing problem in the aviation industry, with one event occurring on average every six weeks. The cleanup costs from each can involve numerous insurance claims and in some cases lawsuits, pitting aircraft owners and operators against hangar keepers and fire system providers.

By Curt Epstein
AIN Online

For FBOs, OEMs, and other hangar keepers, the inadvertent discharge of fire foam systems is a persistent and growing problem. Nearly everyone has seen photos taken in the aftermath of one of these events-a hangar filled with a thick layer of foam that can reach 10 feet high, spilling out on to the ramp in some cases.

In a way, accidental foam discharge is like the social disease of the FBO industry. Those who have had one don't like to talk about it with anyone outside of their insurance providers, and ditto for foam system installers and maintainers, in fear of stigma from current and prospective hangar customers.

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PFASWinds Spread PFAS Far from Manufacturing Facility

By American Chemical Society
Science Daily

Concerns about environmental and health risks of some fluorinated carbon compounds used to make non-stick coatings and fire-fighting foams have prompted manufacturers to develop substitutes, but these replacements are increasingly coming under fire themselves. To get a handle on the scope of the problem, scientists have been studying how widely these chemicals have contaminated the environment. Now, researchers report in ACS' Environmental Science & Technology that, in one case, they have dispersed more broadly than previously realized.

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battery_fire_riskAvoiding Fire Risks When Storing Your Batteries


Lithium-ion battery storage is one of the most exciting new and innovative energy options changing the energy landscape, but it also poses some unique challenges for fire safety design. Dr Rui Sun, one of Hydrock's leading fire safety experts, explores how to keep your building safe without compromising the benefits of this new smart energy solution.

Driven by the worldwide changing energy landscape, the development of smarter energy storage is accelerating. A smart energy strategy presents a brilliant opportunity to access cheaper, cleaner and more reliable energy for businesses and homes by allowing consumers (domestic and commercial) to store energy to access as needed, avoiding reliance on the grid. The commercial benefits of this are vast.

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certasiteCertaSite Acquires Approved (Indiana)

By Mary Willkom, Writer/Reporter
Inside Indiana Business

SOUTH BEND -- Indianapolis-based CertaSite has acquired the assets of Approved Safety and Security Inc., a family-owned business in South Bend. The commercial fire protection and life safety company says the deal marks its first Indiana acquisition.

CertaSite says Approved Safety and Security will fold into its west Michigan and northern Indiana operations. The acquired company will continue to operate in the South Bend area under the brand names of both companies.

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Most Popular Stories from April 2020

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