NOVEC 1230 / Sapphire / FK-5-1-12


Using water as a fire suppressant in areas where electronics operate and irreplaceable, high-value assets are stored could be as devastating as fire itself. Protect them instead with an ANSUL® SAPPHIRE® clean agent system, custom-engineered to quickly suppress fires and protect sensitive equipment without causing harm to people or the environment.




The heart of the system is revolutionary 3MTM NovecTM 1230 fire protection fluid, a clear, colorless and odorless clean agent. Stored in cylinders in its fluid form, Novec 1230 instantly vaporizes upon discharge, totally flooding protected spaces and absorbing heat better than water. In tandem with a sophisticated ANSUL AUTOPULSE® control panel, the SAPPHIRE system suppresses a fire before it can start by detecting it at invisible levels. And once the danger has passed, Novec 1230 quickly evaporates without harming any valuable assets.

SAPPHIRE suppression systems represent the most effective fire protection on the market today. These systems are especially suited to suppress fires in areas where an electrically non-conductive medium is required, where electronic systems cannot be shut down in an emergency, where cleanup of other agents poses a problem, and in normally occupied areas that demand a non-toxic agent.

Ansul Sapphire fixed nozzle, fire suppression systems use 3M™ Novec™ 1230 fire protection fluid for total flooding applications. The agent has 0.0 ozone depletion potential, an atmospheric lifetime of just five days, and a global warming potential of 1.0. Every SAPPHIRE™ system is custom engineered for the specific application using the most effective, yet efficient arrangement of storage, actuation, distribution and discharge components.

Halon 1301 Replacement

Sapphire Novec 1230 fire protection fluid has been developed as a Halon 1301 replacement alternative to HFCs, HCFCs, and PFCs in special hazard, high value applications. It has unique qualities that end use safety and environmental sustainability.

Novec 1230 fluid is low in toxicity and environment impact. It is a liquid at room temperature, with a low vapor pressure, which allows for ease in handling, storage and shipping.

sapphire1The SAPPHIRE™ fire suppression system contains a total flooding clean agent, which serves as an effective halon replacement. Complementing the company’s existing INERGEN® line of fire suppression systems, the SAPPHIRE™ system is based on NOVEC™ 1230 fluid by 3M, the first alternative chemical clean agent to provide a viable long-term solution for special hazards fire protection. NOVEC 1230 has zero ODP and an atmospheric lifetime of just five days, the lowest for halocarbon alternatives.

Stored as a liquid but expelled as a gas, NOVEC 1230 fluid is easy to handle, field rechargeable and requires about the same number of cylinders as halocarbon agents.



The SAPPHIRE™ system utilizes a revolutionary fire protection fluid, which looks exactly like water, but does not cause the type of damage associated with water when sapphire4putting out a fire. This system provides the ideal solution for hospitals, museums, libraries, telecommunications centers and other facilities seeking to protect critical assets that could be damaged by ordinary fire suppression systems. The system is able to detect fire at invisible levels, identifying particles of combustion before they turn into damaging flames.

Special Hazard Fire Protection Fluid

Novec 1230 fluid's environmental profile, low toxicity characteristics and fire extinguishing performance make it a sustainable solution as a halon replacement alternative to HFCs.




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