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​​​Go halogen free for data-centre sensitivity ​
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​​In the information age that we live in there’s nothing more valuable than data but it can still be surprising to find out that the data stored on a computer can be worth far more than the expensive equipment itself. For data-centres protecting this information is the highest priority and influences the selection of every material and every component.

Although fires in data-centres are rare they can be incredibly damaging but it’s actually the content of the smoke that can render data irrecoverable.​

Content of smoke

​​Hydrogen chloride, a gas that combines with water to form hydrochloric acid, is one of the most damaging chemicals for computer equipment. Valuable data storage devices that might endure a fire can be destroyed completely by the chemical reactions initiated by contact with hydrochloric acid.

Low smoke zero halogen (LSZH) materials, entirely free from all forms of chloride (including Hydrogen chloride) are required for a number of data-centre applications. This has the biggest impact on electrical wire sheathing but other components, including pipe insulation, are now increasingly required to demonstrate the same low levels of smoke emission and halogen content.

Protect your data with Kaiflex HFplus

​​Most pipe insulation materials contain chloride and other halogen compounds due to their utility as flame retardants. This improves fire performance but means that any smoke emitted in a fire can contain chemicals like hydrogen chloride.

Kaiflex ST has a very low halogen content (less than 0.02%) but Kaiflex HFplus goes beyond this and has been specifically engineered to achieve a chemical structure that is completely free of halogens. As a low smoke zero halogen (LSZH) pipe insulation with a closed cell structure to prevent condensation, Kaiflex HFplus is ideal for insulating the chilled water and refrigeration pipes within a sensitive data-centre environment.​

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Article Date
4/28/2016
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