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Robots make warehouses more efficient but also may introduce new fire risks. It’s a threat that has prompted FM Global to produce new advice on using automatic storage and retrieval systems (ASRS).

The guidelines, ‘Protection for Automatic Storage and Retrieval Systems (ASRS)’, are based on five years and millions of dollars of research. They aim to help risk managers:

  • Optimize fire protection through careful storage design choices.
  • Reduce costs of fire protection systems, including the costs of piping, pumps and water tanks.
  • Base their protection strategies in evidence, not guesswork.
  • Support sustainability through the use of less water.

“The guidelines are intended to answer the vexing questions risk managers and warehouse managers are struggling with around fire protection in ASRS settings,” said Brion Callori, senior vice president and manager, engineering and research at FM Global. “Careful design and configuration can help companies quickly suppress fires and stay in business. The goal is to let robots, which in science fiction always seem to run amok, deliver the quiet efficiency they promise in the real world.”

The guide is available after registration from Search for FM Global Property Loss Prevention Data Sheet 8-34, Protection for Automatic Storage and Retrieval Systems (ASRS).

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