Blobel Umwelttechnik GmbH

BLOBEL Retention Systems - Spill Control, Containment of Contaminated Fire Fighting Water and Flood Protection


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BLOBEL manufactures and supplies manual and automatic Retention Barriers, Stormwater Drain Covers and Flood Protection Systems. The Retention Systems have a wide range of applications and are
currently being used in the following three key areas: Spill Control, Containment of Contaminated Fire Fighting Water and Flood Protection. BLOBEL Environmental Engineering is a German company which has been operating throughout Europe for over 13 years. In early 2001, BLOBEL established its’ regional headquarters in Sydney, Australia to serve the Asia Pacific region.

Throughout Europe, and some parts of Asia, the use of manual and automatic Retention Barriers to contain Spillages and Contaminated Fire Fighting Water within facilities is now widely accepted or standard. BLOBEL Retention Systems make it relatively easy to upgrade and retrofit existing facilities like storage areas, warehouses and production facilities. Within Europe and Asia, the Retention Systems are now also being included at the design stage.

Generally, the Retention Barriers can be integrated in any Bund (see picture) or installed in front of a door, drive through or other opening to be sealed. Manual systems are closed in the event of an emergency by trained personnel or this practice is included in the daily operational procedures eg Barriers may be opened and closed on a daily basis. Automatic Retention Systems however operate completely independently. The Retention Systems, such as the BL/BED-PM, (see picture) can be connected to and triggered by any hazard detection system such as fire alarms, smoke detectors, liquid detectors or flow meters. Alternatively, the Retention Barrier can also be closed at the push of a button. To ensure maximum safety for personnel and environment, the Retention Barrier is fitted with an acoustic and visual warning signal and the closing speed can be adjusted manually. German authorities and insurers allow for a minimum closing time of 20 seconds and a maximum of 60 seconds.

Implementing BLOBEL Retention Barriers allows an organisation to contain Spillages and contaminated fire fighting water within the facility. It also allows for division within the facility, keeping contaminants e.g. Diesel, in a particular section. This is especially beneficial when a warehouse is located next to a production facility. Should a fire or spillage occur, the entry and exit points to the production facility will be sealed. This protects manufacturing equipment from being contaminated and the organisation may return to production sooner.

BLOBEL’s sealing technology is at the cutting edge, using a unique flame-retardant material (according to DIN 4102-B1) which is highly compressible, flexible and chemical resistant. Seals are attached to the lower side and end faces of the barrier body. This enables sealing of crack free surfaces with up to 20 mm (± 10 mm) of floor/ground unevenness. Concrete, corrugated sheet metal, tiles and stones are handled with ease. Usually, modifications to the floor are unnecessary. This is a key advantage for bunded areas, warehouses and production facilities which require frequent access by personnel or forklifts, as no Rollover Bunds or Ramps are required. This significantly increases safety and provides a smoother day to day operation.

BLOBEL Retention Barriers are currently used in the UK, Ireland, Singapore, Malaysia, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Netherlands, Belgium, Italy, Denmark, Sweden, Poland, Spain, Portugal, Mexico, Venezuela, Taiwan, Indonesia, China and Australia. The products are design-tested and certified by LGA, Material Testing Institute Bavaria Germany, and have past praxis orientated fire testing with the IDF Germany.

BLOBEL has established a large customer base with a sophisticated network of suppliers and business partners. BLOBEL prides itself on keeping up to date with market requirements and finding optimal solutions to the most complicated demands.

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