Dyne staff to attend NFPA in Boston, MA - June 4-7, 2017

Dyne will not have a booth at this year’s NFPA Expo in Las Vegas at the Mandalay Bay June 11th-14th but our Lab Manager, Grant Lobdell will be in attendance on the exhibit hall floor and in the education sessions. 

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Notice of Price Change

Dyne Fire Protection Labs has new firefighting foam testing pricing that will take effect on June 1, 2018. Sprinkler testing pricing is not changing this year. If you would like a new pricing sheet that details all of the testing services we offer and lists pricing for each type of testing - standard and expedited service, contact us at 800-632-2304, lab@dyneusa.com, or chat with us online.

Samples received on or before May 31st will be done at your current pricing. Samples received on or after June 1st will have the new pricing take effect. Please share this information with your purchasing department. If you currently have a pending purchase order, please ensure your samples will arrive on May 31st or before, or we will contact you for a revised purchase order when your samples arrive.

Dyne strives to provide you with the highest quality testing and customer service. We are proud to continue to offer:

• 5 business day turn-around

• Free firefighting foam, antifreeze kits, and standard sprinkler test kits

• Free shipping within the continental United States (lower 48)

• Website/Customer Portal with online access to test reports, online kit ordering, and informative articles and videos

Thank you for testing with Dyne Fire Protection Labs. We appreciate your business!

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What's NEW at Dyne?

What’s NEW at Dyne?

Well, we are finished with the first quarter. We Minnesotans are sure looking forward to spring weather, it snowed again this week! What has happened at Dyne so far in 2018? 

  • The women of Dyne were featured in FPC’s article Women in the Sprinkler Industry in January.
  • We posted a few articles and videos regarding sprinkler loading and paint as well as alcohol resistance in firefighting foam and plan to do more this year!
  • Our staff exhibited at the Sacramento Valley AFSA Trade Show in March!
  • We added a NEW Chat feature to the dyneusa.com website.
  • Dyne was accepted by the United States Coast Guard (USCG) as an independent laboratory for foam analysis.
  • We also started a Dyne Wellness Program for employees which includes: a new water cooler, walking breaks, recipe sharing, healthy meeting lunches, and more. Have a wellness tip, recipe, or article to share? Email us at lab@dyneusa.com or log on to the website and start a chat with us!
  • We exhibited at the MN Fire Marshall Conference yesterday

What’s in store for Dyne in 2018?

  • We will be exhibiting at the AFSA show in Washington, DC in October.
  • Stay tuned for more informative articles and videos – coming soon!

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Dyne Celebrates 19 Years in the Industry!

Founded in 1999 by Joan Leedy, Dyne Technologies now doing business as Dyne Fire Protection Labs tests firefighting foam, sprinklers, and antifreeze to ensure compliance with NPFA 25. In the beginning, the goal was to streamline testing for customers who would send samples in just about any container. Joan developed the workflow that we still use today ensuring test reports are in the customer’s inbox in just 5-business days. Along with the quick-turnaround, Dyne provides free test kits and shipping for most of our services.

Meet the Dyne Team excerpt for Joan: 

I founded Dyne Technologies, LLC in 1999 after working for over 15 years in laboratory and marketing fire protection positions at 3M—firefighting foam and clean agent. Dyne was built on the premise that if we made testing foam easier, faster and more accurate, it would be more likely to get done, and today we are extending that same principle to sprinkler testing. My responsibility as technical director is to make Dyne one of the best testing laboratories in the world by ensuring accurate, precise and unbiased results within the requirements of an ISO-certified quality management system.  Having been a member of NFPA 11 for over a decade, I am now the chairman and I am looking forward to the responsibilities that will entail.

In my off time, my husband and I spend time at our lake cabin in Wisconsin, waterskiing, snow skiing and golfing. We also find time to visit our three adult children and their families (yes I am proud to say I am a grandmother but like to go by the name Gigi) who have had the sense to move out of the cold and now reside in Texas and Arizona.

Read about the rest of the staff in the Meet the Dyne Team article as well as the FPC Magazine article that featured Women in the Sprinkler Industry.

Thank you, Joan, for all you have done for us and the industry!

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Dyne is exhibiting at the 7th Annual Sacramento Valley AFSA Trade Show

Dyne Fire Protection Labs will be exhibiting at the 7th Annual Sacramento Valley American Fire Sprinkler Association Trade Show. Admission is FREE. Stop by booth #48 to meet with Dyne staff and learn about our sprinkler testing. 

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USCG Accepted Independent Laboratory Announcement

We are pleased to announce that Dyne has been accepted by the United States Coast Guard (USCG) as an independent laboratory for foam analysis. Our status as an accepted independent laboratory will be publicly available at http://cgmix.uscg.mil shortly. 

Dyne is authorized to perform the periodical analysis of foam concentrate samples as required by the USCG Title 46 CFR 1.D.31.10-18.C and as recommended in International Maritime Organization (IMO) MSC.1/Circ. 1312 chapter regarding periodical controls of foam concentrates (Chapter 4 in the 2009 edition).  As a result, Dyne will be updating all foam analysis reports tested in accordance with IMO standards to also include the USCG requirements.  

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Dyne Congratulates and Thanks Grant Lobdell, Lab Manager for 5 years of Dedication and Service

Dyne Technologies dba Dyne Fire Protection Labs would like to thank and congratulate Grant Lobdell for his 5 years at Dyne! Grant is the lab manager and oversees the lab testing here at Dyne. He has had articles published in trade magazines and his knowledge of firefighting foam and sprinklers are a great asset to Dyne.  Thank you for your dedication and service to the fire protection industry!

Here is his excerpt from the June 2017 newsletter article, Meet the Dyne Team – The Faces Behind the Reports.

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When is Loading Detrimental to Sprinkler Performance? published in Sprinkler Age Magazine

Dyne's Lab Manager, Grant Lobdell's article When is Loading Detrimental to Sprinkler Performance? was published in the Sept/Oct issue of Sprinkler Age Magazine. 

Excerpt from the article:

The 2017 edition of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA 25) “Standard for the Inspection, Testing, and Maintenance of Water-Based Fire Protection Systems,” Section states that any sprinkler that shows signs of “loading detrimental to sprinkler performance” during the annual floor level inspection shall be replaced. Figure 1 shows an example of a previously installed sprinkler with loading.  Is that loading detrimental to the sprinkler’s performance?  The concern with loading is that it could insulate the thermal element, reducing the heat transferring to it and thus affecting release time.  Using a plunge oven test method similar to those described in Underwriters Laboratories Standard 199 - “Automatic Sprinklers for Fire-Protection Service” and Factory Mutual 2000 Approval “Standard for Automatic Control Mode Sprinklers for Fire Protection,” Dyne Technologies, LLC measured the response times of various sprinklers with different amounts of loading to help give an idea of how sprinkler thermal sensitivity is affected and when performance is no longer acceptable.

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Dyne Fire Protection Labs staff featured in FPC Magazine - Women in the Sprinkler Industry

We are proud to announce that our female staff is featured in FPC magazine January issue, Women in the Sprinkler Industry. Our article Dyne Fire Protection Labs – Commitment to service keeps female-founded firm growing since 1999 appears on pages 16-17.

Here is an excerpt from the article:

When Joan Leedy founded Dyne Fire Protection Labs in February 1999, she was focused on her mission to make fire protection testing easier and didn’t stop to think about the rarity of female-founded companies within the fire protection industry. Today, the St. Paul, Minnesota-based firm is still going strong — and still predominately female.

Let’s take a closer look at what sets Dyne apart, from the perspective of a few of the women who use their passion for science to help improve fire safety for facilities around the world.

Click here to read the entire article. 

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Dyne Fire Protection Labs survey draws donations to National Fallen Firefighters

Dyne Fire Protection Labs recently completed our annual customer survey. Our customers highly rated our fast turn-around time, customer service, and high-quality results. Also popular is the online kit ordering system as 86% of survey participants noted that they use the system.

We offered a Dyne logo item or a donation from Dyne to the National Fallen Firefighters to our survey participants. An outstanding 75% of survey participants choose to donate! We will be sending another $500 to NFFF thanks to our great customers. Dyne is proud to be a Bronze level sponsor for the last few years and was honored with a brick on the NFFF Walk of Honor in 2017.  The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation honors and remembers America's fallen fire heroes and provides resources to assist their survivors in rebuilding their lives and works within the fire service community to reduce firefighter deaths and injuries. Visit their website or follow them on social media sites such as LinkedIn or Facebook.

If you have a comment or feedback, we’d like to hear from you. Contact us at lab@dyneusa.com or 800-632-2304. 

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Dyne Fire Protection Labs wishes you a safe and fire-free Thanksgiving

Dyne Fire Protection Labs wishes you a safe fire-free Thanksgiving!

Here are a few videos about fire safety on Thanksgiving:



We will be closed Thursday and Friday, November 23 & 24 to observe the holiday and celebrate with our families.

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Dyne would like to thank and congratulate two employees on 15 years at Dyne

Dyne Technologies dba Dyne Fire Protection Labs would like to thank and congratulate Jody Lowe and Julie Bunch for their 15 years of employment! They are integral to the customer service and lab testing here at Dyne. Their experience and expertise has set the foundation for the quality systems and excellent service that we are so proud to give to our customers. Thank you for your dedication and service to the fire protection industry!

Here are their excerpts from the June 2017 newsletter article, Meet the Dyne Team – The Faces Behind the Reports.

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Dyne would like to congratulate Don Leedy on being inducted into the Elkhart County Hall of Fame

Dyne Fire Protection Labs would like to congratulate our Sales Manager, Don Leedy on his induction into the Elkhart County Hall of Fame last weekend.

His many accomplishments include:

  • Sectional and regional champion in the 800-yard run as a senior with record times
  • Third in State championships
  • Captain and Most Valuable athlete on the team
  • Set Goshen High School records in 880, mile run, mile relay and distance relay
  • Represented Indiana at National Jaycees meet in Texas where he was a finalist in the 880-yard run
  • Sectional mile run champion as a junior and third in State
  • Co-captain and Most Valuable for Goshen cross country team as a senior; sectional and regional champion, fourth at state meet
  • Shortridge Invitational champion, school record for two miles, undefeated in dual meets, team record 15-2
  • American age group record in the half marathon

He also played for the 1963 Goshen tennis team which won a Northern Indiana Conference title.

Don attended Ohio University where he won the 1968 MAC steeplechase title and was an NCAA finalist. There he also set records for steeplechase, mile run, 2-mile relay, 4-mile relay and distance medley.

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The Dyne Fire Protection Labs staff participated in a fire/evacuation drill for Fire Prevention Week today!

We invited the whole building to join us in making a plan and executing the drill. The Dyne team was out of the building and to our designated meeting place in a few minutes!

We are also thinking of the people of California and the firefighters that are working on the devastating wildfires.

Take a moment with your staff and your family at home to make a plan and practice your fire drill this week. This is also a good time to make sure your smoke alarms and CO detectors are working and replace batteries.

Partnering to Protect Lives and Property…it’s not just our motto, it’s our mission!

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2017 Fire Prevention Week is October 8-14

Every Second Counts - Plan 2 Ways Out!

Sponsored by the NFPA, Fire Prevention Week is the longest running public health observance, dating back to 1922. It is celebrated each year during the week containing October 9th and started in commemoration of the Great Chicago Fire. Another great fire also occurred that week, The Peshtigo Fire, which took place around Peshtigo WI, was actually larger than the Chicago fire, destroying 16 towns and killing 1152 people.

The theme of this years' Fire Prevention Week is "Every Second Counts - Plan 2 Ways Out!" You could have less than 2 minutes to get out. It's a great time to share the following plan with your family, college aged students and coworkers to ensure they can get out safely in the event of a fire:

  • draw a map of your home and include all windows and doors
  • visit each room and find two ways out
  • make sure doors and windows open easily and are not blocked
  • choose an outside meeting place in front of your home
  • push the test button on your smoke alarm and practice your drill with everyone in the home
  • pick a meeting place at the front of your home
  • make sure your house or building number can be seen from the street
  • learn the emergency number for your fire department
  • practice your home fire drill!

Click here to download a planning list and grid from the NFPA website. It's also a great idea to:

  • label the outside exits with the number of people and pets in the home or workplace
  • test your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors now and every month
  • check the sprinklers in your building and see if they are due for testing

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Thank you for stopping by the Dyne booth at AFSA in Las Vegas, NV

Thank you to everyone that stopped by the Dyne booth at the AFSA convention! We were excited to talk to customers and meet new ones. We launched the new booth design with the Dyne Fire Protection Labs logo. 

If you have a local chapter meeting or exhibit hall you'd like us to participate in, contact us at lab@dyneusa.com give us a call 800-632-2304.

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Dyne Fire Protection Labs has moved to the 9001:2015 ISO Standard

Dyne Fire Protection Labs just completed our annual International Organization for Standardization (ISO) certification audit. Dyne has been ISO 9001 Certified since 2004, and this year we were endorsed and registered by DQS, a UL company, for the ISO 9001:2015 Standard. 

As an ISO 9001 accredited company, we are committed to high quality and laboratory standards. This includes the use of NIST traceable calibrated lab equipment and technicians with strong chemistry and/or engineering backgrounds. Dyne Fire Protection Labs is also proud to have our experts actively participate in the codes & standards processes such as NFPA 11, NFPA 16, NFPA 25, UL 162 Industry Advisory Board.

Click here to view our certificate.


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Meet New Dyne Fire Protection Labs Team Member - Nicki Stiff, Lab Technician

Join us in welcoming Nicki Stiff, Lab Technician to the Dyne Fire Protection Labs team!

She has been added to our Meet the Dyne Team - The Faces Behind the Reports article/web page published in June 2017 (excerpt below). View the entire article.

I graduated from the University of Wisconsin River Falls in the spring of 2017 with a bachelor’s degree in Biology. I was hired quickly after graduation as a lab technician for Dyne, and it has been a great experience. It has been very interesting to learn about the fire safety industry, and I am excited to continue learning something new every day at Dyne. In my spare time, I like to read and be with my family and friends.


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Dyne Lab Manager's article Dry Sprinkler Testing Requirements article published in the September 2017 issue of FPC

Grant Lobdell is the Senior Chemist and Lab Manager at Dyne Fire Protection Labs. His article Dry Sprinkler Testing Requirements was published in the September 2017 edition of FPC magazine. 

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Dyne Fire Protection Labs is branching out into Social Media

In conjunction with rebranding Dyne Technologies as Dyne Fire Protection Labs, we are going to be branching out into social media. Follow us on LinkedIn and Facebook for up-to-date news.

Let us know which social media sites you use and would like to see us on!


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Dyne Technologies is rebranding as Dyne Fire Protection Labs

Big news!

After 18 years of providing quick, reliable, and independent lab analysis for the fire protection industry, we are releasing an updated brand, which includes a new name and a new logo. You'll see our new name on our reports and tags, and on our communication to you, transitioning soon to our test kits, website and throughout our company. We believe the new name better describes the services that we provide, and the new logo is an updated look of the one you've come to know and trust over the years for:

You can expect the same top notch laboratory testing and customer service from the beginning of the process to the end:

  • 5-business day turnaround
  • free test kits for most types of testing
  • free shipping within the continental United States
  • rush services available
  • excellent customer service and technical service
  • ISO 9001 certified

In the fire safety business, making sure NFPA 25 maintenance inspections get done, and done correctly is a big deal. Lives and property are at stake. You can count on Dyne Fire Protection Labs to help you get the job done.

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Dyne Technologies Honored with a Brick on the NFFF Walk of Honor

Dyne Fire Protection Labs was recently honored with a brick on the NFFF Walk of Honor as we have been a bronze level sponsor of NFFF for the last two years.

The Walk of Honor walkway is located at the NFFF National Monument Memorial Park in Emmitsburg Maryland.

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Dyne Fire Protection Labs to attend AFSA in Las Vegas, NV - September 26-27

Dyne Fire Protection Labs is excited to be exhibiting at the upcoming AFSA convention at the beautiful Bellagio hotel In Las Vegas, September 26th and 27th.

We will be in booth 206 on the exhibit floor and would love to have you stop by and say hello. If you would like a free pass to the exhibit floor for Wednesday, September 27th email or call us and we'll send you one.

Look for these Dyne Staff that are scheduled to attend:

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What is NEW at Dyne in 2017?

  • The June 2017 newsletter article Meet the Dyne Team - The Faces Behind the Report features our talented and integral staff.
  • We do not want to to miss your call. Note our Summer Hours are in effect from Memorial Day - Labor Day. The office is open 7 am - 5 pm CST Monday-Thursday and 7 am - Noon CST on Friday. We will also have an answering service sending us messages after hours for emergencies.
  • We are working on enhancing testing reminders to include a PDF of the last year's sample return form - less work filling out  paperwork for repeat jobs. Please make sure you note any changes and mark the sample bottles accordingly.
  • We've added a new tab to the website titled Dyne University. There will be additional educational videos and tutorials posted in 2017. Stay tuned and visit often to see what is new!
  • Sprinkler Testing has taken off in 2017. We are adding space to receive sprinklers and prep them for testing.
  • We will have a booth at the AFSA show in Las Vegas, NV – be sure to visit our booth (number TBA).

If you have suggestions for new article or video topic, we'd like to hear from you at 800-632-2304 or jennie@dyneusa.com.

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NEW Online Sprinkler Head Testing Return Form

We have launched a new 2.0 version of the Online Sprinkler Return Form! This version has an improved way of entering dry sprinklers for testing as well as a preview of the form to review before you press the submit button. The form can be found by going to the Services tab, Fire Sprinkler Testing, and Sprinkler Return Form.

If you have any questions or feedback, we'd like to hear from you at 800-632-2304 or jennie@dyneusa.com.

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Dyne staff to attend NFPA in Boston, MA - June 4-7, 2017

Dyne will not have a booth at this year’s NFPA Expo in Boston June 4th-7th but will be in attendance on the floor and in the education sessions.  

Look for Dyne Staff:

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Custom Sprinkler Testing

Interested in knowing at what temperature a head goes off?  While the sensitivity and functionality testing required for periodical testing per NFPA 25 Section 5.3 should involve the RTI plunge test, the sprinkler testing equipment at Dyne also has the capability to tell you at what temperature a head will activate.  Where the RTI plunge test involves plunging a sprinkler head into a specified temperature and determining how long it takes to go off, this custom work would involve increasing the temperature in the sprinkler oven over time until it is hot enough to activate the head.  A report would be issued with the response temperature instead of response time.  This would be great for research into sprinkler performance issues unrelated to periodical testing.  For this custom sprinkler testing, the parameters of the test would be specified by the customer (rate of temperature rise, dwell time between temperature increases, start and end points, etc.) and then programmed into our equipment. Please note that the testing parameters can greatly increase the amount of time required.  Since some testing parameters may require a considerable amount of time, turnaround time may vary.  Contact a technician at Dyne for more information at 800-632-2304 or lab@dyneusa.com.

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Dyne Technologies will no longer be identifying recalled sprinklers on the response time report going forward - March 2017

Dyne Fire Protection Labs will no longer be identifying recalled sprinklers on the response time report for sprinklers going forward.  All sprinklers received will be put through the testing process and will receive a response time result.

This decision was made in response to the lack of a centralized, readily available list of recalled sprinklers.  Dyne Fire Protection Labs has discussed the topic of recalled sprinklers with a variety of manufacturers who confirm there is no centralized list of all recalled sprinklers but also stress they are up front with customers about recalls and take a proactive approach to them.  Furthermore, there are voluntary recalls and requests for replacement made by the authority having jurisdiction without a manufacturer’s recall that make it difficult to know in which circumstances replacement is actually required.

According to NFPA 25 4.1.5, it is the responsibility of the property owner or designated representative to correct or repair deficiencies or impairments.  This includes identifying and replacing or remedying any recalled products.  Please consult the manufacturer of any sprinklers you feel may be recalled.

As always, Dyne Fire Protection Labs is available to assist with any questions about sprinkler testing as well as help customers get the information they need to understand the issue of recalled sprinklers.  Contact us today if you have questions or need test kits sent out.

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Dyne Technologies staff to attend NFSA in Las Vegas, NV - May 3-5, 2017

Dyne Technologies' President, Mark Spaniol, one of our Chemists and Sprinkler Technicians, Kayla Kuhlman, and Office Manager/Lab Coordinator, Jennie Novak will be attending the NFSA conference in Las Vegas, NV - May 3-5, 2017 at the Red Rock Resort Spa & Casino. We will be in Booth #620 with a video of the sprinkler testing process and ready to talk about sprinkler kits, testing, and results. We are excited to represent Dyne and our services, and meet sprinkler customers in person. Stop by to order free test kits and see what we are giving away, you don't want to miss it!

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Dyne Technologies is excited to announce that we now offer Sprinkler Head Testing

We are excited to announce that we have expanded our testing lab services to include Sprinkler Testing beginning in December 2016. Our state-of-the-art sprinkler test tunnel will be used to ensure that sprinklers are in compliance.

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Standard for Inspecting, Testing and Maintenance of Water-Based Fire Protection Systems, NFPA 25, requires building owners to have a sample of their installed sprinklers periodically tested by a recognized testing laboratory.  NFPA states “a representative sample of the sprinklers in a system should consist of a minimum of 4 sprinklers or 1% of the number of sprinklers per individual sample, whichever is greater.”

Our independent laboratory services customers throughout the world.  Dyne’s primary business has been testing firefighting foam and antifreeze solution but will now also include testing sprinklers.  Using a state-of-the-art sprinkler test tunnel, Dyne will test the sprinklers’ thermal sensitivity and make sure the waterway is properly functioning according to the standards.   We pride ourselves on “Quick, Easy, Accurate and Independent Testing”,  says Mark Spaniol, President of Dyne Technologies.  “Accuracy and being Independent is a cornerstone of our lab, we are ISO 9001 certified and take pride in the quality of our test results.  Our customers demand and deserve a quick and easy testing process and this is why we offer free test kits with free shipping and five day turnaround on testing results.” 

We perform a visual inspection in addition to subjecting the sprinkler to a plunge oven test to determine the release time. This test is designed to ensure the sprinkler will release in a specified time when exposed to a specified temperature. As required by Underwriters Laboratory 199, International Standards Organization  6182-1, and Factory Mutual Class Number 2000, the Response Time Index (RTI) value (meter/second)1/2 between 80 and 350 is required for a standard sprinkler while a maximum value of 50 is required for a quick response head.

Dyne Technologies was founded in 1999 by Joan Leedy, who is the Technical Director at Dyne Technologies.  She explains, ”Our number one goal is accurate test results to ensure that our customers’ fire protection products are performing as designed. This holds true for firefighting foam, antifreeze solutions and sprinklers.”

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Dyne’s Technical Director appointed Chair of the NFPA Foam Committee

Dyne Fire Protection Labs is proud to announce that our Technical Director and founder Joan Leedy, has been elected Chair of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Standard for Low-, Medium-, and High-Expansion Foam Committee. 

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Dyne Technologies featured in the Meet the PROs article in the March/April issue of SQ by NFSA

Dyne Technologies was honored to be featured for "Meet the PROs" in the March/April 2016 edition of SQ, Journal of the National Fire Sprinkler Association.  The NFSA has been working since 1905 with a mission "to protect lives and property from fire through the widespread acceptance of the fire sprinkler concept".

Click the link below to read about Dyne Technologies and our staff, including Zeke, our office dog.  

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Dyne Chemist's article published in FPC

Grant Lobdell is the Senior Chemist and Lab Manager at Dyne Fire Protection Labs. His article Ensure Your Antifreeze Solution is in Compliance with NFPA 25 was published in the September edition of FPC magazine. 

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ISO-9001 Certification

What does ISO-9001 certification mean for your test results? By being ISO-9001 certified, Dyne Fire Protection Labs can ensure proper procedures when handling your samples. Using our vigorous testing and approval processes, we monitor all results to confirm that the results are dependable and accurate.

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Why Foam Fails

The National Fire Protection Association Standard on Foam - NFPA 11 - recommends foam concentrate be tested at least annually. There are several reasons why fire-fighting foam may fail NFPA 11 testing. Understanding the reasons a foam may fail can help you to prevent these failures and ensure your system will work properly in an emergency.

Dilution with water is the most common reason why fire-fighting foam fails. If the tank is not properly isolated, water can inadvertently get into a tank and dilute the foam concentrate. A properly designed system has isolation valves and backflow prevention valves to prevent inadvertent dilution. When fire-fighting foam becomes diluted, it will not work effectively in the event of a fire.

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