National Fire Sprinkler Magazine article - NFPA 25 Sprinkler Field Service Test by Grant Lobdell
Dyne is excited to be featured in NFSA's National Fire Sprinkler Magazine November-December 2021 The Freeze Protection Issue
The article NPFA 25 Sprinkler Field Service Test by Grant Lobdell, General Manager at Dyne is found on pages 38-39
FPC Magazine article - Any Sprinkler That Shows These Signs Shall Be Replaced by Grant Lobdell
Dyne is excited to be featured in the November 2021 Fire Protection Contractor (FPC) Magazine issue Inspection, Testing, and Maintenance
The article Any Sprinkler That Shows These Signs Shall Be Replaced by Grant Lobdell, General Manager at Dyne is found on pages 14-15.
Dyne also published the article for our November newsletter article of the month.
NFSA's North Central Regional Manager Tim Butler posts a Blog on his recent Dyne Fire Protection Labs tour
Tucked away in the Rolling Creek Business Center in Woodbury, MN lies a gem of the fire suppression industry: Dyne Fire Protection Labs. I found the Dyne Laboratories on the north end of the gray and red one-story building. From the outside, the laboratory is inconspicuous and unassuming, but when I stepped inside for a tour of a facility, I found a laboratory – and an extremely friendly and professional staff - on the very cutting edge of fire suppression testing technology.
We enjoyed giving Tim the tour as he asked thoughtful and scientific questions given his background in science.
Thanks to NFSA for featuring Dyne in the Monday Membership Spotlight!
We appreciate NFSA's advocacy of Dyne. Working together we can all help protect lives and property!
2021 Fire Prevention Week
2021 Fire Prevention Week - October 3-9
This year’s FPW campaign is "Learn the Sounds of Fire SafetyTM works to educate everyone about the different sounds the smoke and carbon monoxide alarms make. Knowing what to do when an alarm sounds will keep you and your family safe. When an alarm makes noises – a beeping sound or a chirping sound – you must take action.
Learn more at https://www.nfpa.org/fpw
FPC Magazine article - Inspection, Testing, and Maintenance of Antifreeze Solutions in Sprinkler Systems by Grant Lobdell
Dyne is excited to be featured in the September 2021 Fire Protection Contractor (FPC) Magazine issue Freeze Protection.
The article Inspection, Testing, and Maintenance of Antifreeze Solutions in Sprinkler Systems by Grant Lobdell, General Manager at Dyne is found on pages 22-23.
Dyne is now a SAM member of the National Fire Sprinkler Association
Dyne Fire Protection Labs is now a Supplier and Manufacturer (SAM) member of the National Fire Sprinkler Association (NFSA).
Look for an article coming in a future edition of the National Fire Sprinkler Magazine about sprinkler testing requirements titled NFPA 25 Sprinkler Field Service Test by Grant Lobdell, General Manager.
Dyne is excited to be a 2021 CASA Annual Conference Premium Sponsor with a Presentation!
CASA Virtual Conference May 31 – June 1
Dyne will have a 15-minute presentation about our sprinkler testing services on June 1st at 2:00 pm – 2:15 pm EST.
To REGISTER or to learn more about the Sponsors, Speakers and 2021 Conference Agenda, please visit https://www.casa-firesprinkler.org/member-resources/annual-conference/
See you there!
Home Fire Sprinkler Week - May 16-22, 2021
Home Fire Sprinkler Week is May 16-22, 2021
Every day this week has a theme and tips:
- Monday May 17: Today’s Theme is “Fire is Fast!”
- Tuesday May 18: Today’s Theme is “Fire Sprinklers Are Part of Fire-Safe Communities”
- Wednesday May 19: Today’s Theme is “It’s Easy to Live with Home Fire Sprinklers”
- Thursday May 20: Today’s Theme is “Fire Sprinklers are Smart and Green”
- Friday May 22, 2020: Today’s Theme is “Protect What You Value Most”
NFPA Standards Update
The 2021 edition of NFPA 11 Standard for Low-, Medium-, and High-Expansion Foam is now available. There are many changes from the 2016 edition. One being the inclusion of Synthetic Fluorine-Free Foam (SFFF), a new class of fire fighting foam defined as “Foam concentrate based on a mixture of hydrocarbon surface active agents that is not formulated to contain per- or poly- fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS).” An additional change is the inclusion of NFPA 16 The Standard for the Installation of Foam-Water Sprinkler and Foam-Water Spray systems into NFPA 11 – see chapter 6. NFPA 16 was withdrawn at the 2020 revision cycle.
Additionally, NFPA 11 has gone from a 5-year to a 2-year revision cycle. As a result, the 2021 edition of NFPA 11 is open for public comments until February 22, 2022.
Dyne is excited to become a member of the Canadian Automatic Sprinkler Association (CASA)
Dyne is excited to become a member of the Canadian Automatic Sprinkler Association (CASA).
The Canadian Automatic Sprinkler Association is a National Trade Contractor’s Association. It has existed in one form or another since the 1920’s, and was incorporated under a Dominion Charter in 1961. CASA promotes, defends, enhances and improves the business of designing, installing and manufacturing fire sprinkler devices and systems. The Association works closely with the fire and building officials, architects and others “To enhance the level of life safety and property conservation from the effects of fire through the use of fire sprinklers”.
Watch for our banner ad in the CASA Quick Response electronic newsletter in March.
FPC Magazine article - NFPA 25 Sprinkler Field Service Test by Grant Lobdell
Dyne is excited to be featured in the April 2021 Fire Protection Contractor (FPC) Magazine issue Test Labs & Equipment.
NFPA 25 Sprinkler Field Service Test - When to Test, What to Test. and How the Test is Done by Grant Lobdell, General Manager at Dyne is available at the link below.
Learn about our NFPA 25 testing services by watching our new Sprinkler, Foam, and Dry Chemical Testing Promo Videos
Introducing our new Dyne Testing promo videos!View the videos to learn about how Dyne completes the sprinkler field service, firefighting foam, and dry chemical testing to help customers meet NFPA 25 requirements. Our goal at Dyne is to provide you with a worry-free system for meeting your testing needs.Our system includes:• Free standard sprinkler, dry chemical, or foam kits with postage-paid-shipping labels for shipping within the contiguous United States (limited free 1-way shipping to Alaska, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, and Canada, inquire for details) • Results guaranteed in 5-business days with rush testing also available for an added fee• Results archived and available via a phone call or through our secure website• Emailed PDF of test report• Technical experts to answer your questionsTo order your sample kits, please go to our kit orders page, call (800) 632-2304 or email email@example.com.
Dyne Fire Protection Labs Receives ILAC/A2LA 17025 Accreditation For Mechanical Testing of Automatic Field Sprinklers
We are very happy to announce the Dyne Technologies LLC dba Dyne Fire Protection Labs approved for accreditation to ILAC/A2LA ISO 17025 - Mechanical Testing for Automatic Field Sprinklers.
As a testing laboratory, our technical standards are of utmost importance. ISO 17025 Accreditation proves a laboratory has technical competence and acceptable quality practices in place, and that it has the ability and competence to provide test results that can be relied on. In order to be accredited to ISO 17025, the laboratory’s technical competence is thoroughly evaluated by a third-party provider. and in Dyne's case, A2LA - an auditing house that is well known and respected in the industry. Dyne will be audited on a regular basis to maintain accreditation.
Pictured below, our Dyne staff with our ISO/IEC 17025 Scope of Accreditation and Certificate. If you have questions related to Dyne's ISO/IEC 17025:2017 accreditation or our ISO 9001-2015 certification, please contact us.
2020 Fire Prevention Week
2020 Fire Prevention Week - October 4 -10
This year’s FPW campaign, “Serve Up Fire Safety in the Kitchen!TM” works to educate everyone about the simple but important actions they can take to keep themselves, and those around them, safe in the kitchen.
Did you know?
- Cooking is the #1 cause of home fires and home fire injuries
- Unattended cooking is the leading cause of fires in the kitchen
- Scald burns are the second leading cause of all burn injuries. Hot liquids from coffee and even microwaved soup can cause devastating injuries.
Dyne Announces Promotions
Congratulations Grant Lobdell! Grant has been promoted to General Manager at Dyne Fire Protection Labs.
Grant has been with Dyne for over seven years and has extensive knowledge of firefighting foam, sprinkler, and dry chemical agent testing, as well as NFPA 25 requirements. He will oversee operations as he continues his role in business development including adding new types of testing services at Dyne. Grant currently serves as the alternate to the chair of the National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA) 11 Standard for Low-, Medium, and High-Expansion Foam, is a member NFPA’s Automatic Sprinkler Fire Protection Research Council, and actively participates on the Standard Technical Panel for UL 2901 Antifreeze Solutions for Use in Fire Sprinklers Systems.
Dyne Fire Protection Labs’ New Service – Total PFAS Analysis
The concerns regarding per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) continue to grow. In response, regulations continue to impose restrictions on PFAS, a group of thousands of manmade chemicals, and not just individual species of PFAS like perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) or perfluorooctanesulfonic acid (PFOS). As a result, PFAS analytical techniques that only look for a handful of PFAS species may not be sufficient in determining PFAS contamination.
Dyne is pleased to announce our recent investment in Metrohm’s new, state-of-the-art, fluorine analyzer: the ProfilerF. The ProfilerF can determine both total fluorine and free fluoride (fluorine from ionic compounds) content in a sample. The difference between total fluorine and free fluoride can be attributed to organic fluorine, which is the fluorine from organic compounds that fall under the PFAS definition. Dyne has recently validated a method that is able to accurately determine fluorine content in both firefighting foam and water samples1 with a quantification minimum of 1 part per million (ppm). Additional sample matrices may be analyzed upon advanced notice and further method validation.
According to Grant Lobdell, the Laboratory Manager at Dyne, “The firefighting foam industry has been under scrutiny regarding the use of fluorinated foams for years. With the improvements in fluorine-free alternatives now starting to drive this industry away from fluorinated foams, our customers need a quick, easy, and accurate way to distinguish between these products and verify fluorine content to meet local regulations. This service will also be very useful for those switching out an existing system from a fluorinated foam to a fluorine-free alternative to ensure adequate rinsing of the system and to avoid contamination.”
1 Additional sample matrices may be analyzed upon advanced notice and further method validation.
About Dyne Fire Protection Labs
Dyne Fire Protection Labs is an independent laboratory serving customers throughout the world. In addition to Total PFAS Analysis, Dyne also tests firefighting foam, sprinkler system antifreeze solution, sprinklers, and dry chemical to help fire protection contractors fulfill various inspection, testing, and maintenance standard requirements. “Quick, Easy, Accurate and Independent describes our services”, said Mark Spaniol, President of Dyne Fire Protection Labs. “Accuracy and being independent is a cornerstone of our lab. We are ISO-9001 certified and take pride in the precision and accuracy of our test results. Our customers demand and deserve a quick and easy testing process, and this is why we offer free sample kits with free shipping and five-business-day turnaround on test results as well as expedited testing.”
Questions? Call (800) 632-2304 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dyne Launches NEW Online Foam, Antifreeze, and Dry Chemical Sample Return Form
We are excited to announce that we have launched an online version of our foam, antifreeze, and dry chemical sample return form. This new interactive form allows you to log onto the dyneusa.com website and submit your sample information without ever needing a paper copy of the form. The information is filtered to our database. Once your samples arrive for testing, getting them in line in the lab is faster and easier.
Benefits of using the online form:
· Convenient 24/7 online access
· No need to copy your company information on multiple paper forms, once you are logged on, it’s there for you!
· A guided Step by Step process
· Your form data is emailed to you immediately
· Data transmission straight to our database for easy input and legibility
· No need to fill out a paper copy!
Click here for a detailed step by step description of the form. If you prefer to watch a video tutorial, view it on our tutorials page.
Need to submit sprinkler samples? We also have an online form to submit sprinkler jobs.The link below allows you to submit all of our forms.
If you have any questions or need further information, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We appreciate your continued business!
We value your opinion. Click here to fill out a survey to give your feedback after completing the form.
Dyne Gives Back through the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation
Dyne Fire Protection Labs Gives Back through the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF)
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. Dyne is proud to be a Bronze level sponsor for the last several years. Along with our regular annual $10,000 donation, we also made a separate contribution to the new National Fallen Firefighters Foundation COVID-19 Emergency Fund.
If you are interested in donating or spreading the word about this new fund visit and share these links:
NFFF website donation page https://www.firehero.org/covid-19-emergency-fund/)
This is the link directly to the Facebook Fundraiser Campaign: https://www.facebook.com/donate/768432753687309/?fundraiser_source=external_url
Dyne Announces Expanded 2020 Webinar Series
Dyne Fire Protection Labs’ Announce - Expanded Free Webinar Series in 2020
Dyne launched a free webinar series in 2019 and provided four webinars over the course of the year. In 2020, Dyne plans to expand the series to eleven webinars.
Why provide free webinars?
Joan Leedy, Technical Director and Grant Lobdell, Senior Chemist/Lab Manager have over 40 years of combined and extensive knowledge of firefighting foam testing, sprinklers, dry chemical agents and applications, as well as NFPA 25 requirements. We pride ourselves in sharing our knowledge with other industry experts and novices. Dyne is excited to take our mission of Partnering to Protect Lives and Property by Helping You Meet Your NFPA Testing Requirements to the next level with these informative and free webinars.
Tentatively planned topics and dates for 2020
Dry Chemical Testing - 2/12/2020
Sampling Sprinklers for the Field Service Test - 3/18/2020
Foam Analysis - 4/15/2020
Dry Chemical Testing Frequency - 5/13/2020
PFAS analysis via HPLC vs CIC - 6/17/2020
Painted, Corroded, and Loaded Sprinklers - 7/15/2020
Antifreeze - 8/12/2020
Dry Chemical - 9/16/2020
Fluorine/PFAS - 10/14/2020
Foam - 11/18/2020
Sprinklers - 12/16/2020
Questions? Call (800) 632-2304 or email email@example.com
NEW Dry Chemical Testing Press Release
Dyne Fire Protection Labs’ New Service - Dry Chemical Composition Testing
St. Paul, MN, January 1, 2020 – Dyne Fire Protection Labs is excited to announce the expansion of their lab services to include dry chemical composition testing.
The International Maritime Organization (IMO) MSC.1/Circ. 1432, Section 8.2.4 dated May 31, 2012 “Revised Guidelines for the Maintenance and Inspection of Fire Protection Systems and Appliances”, requires biennial testing of dry chemical powder for moisture content. In addition to testing for moisture, Dyne is now able to verify that the concentration of the active ingredients meets the manufacturers specification.
Dyne recently developed and validated an analytical method using ion chromatography that accurately quantifies the active ingredients – such as sodium bicarbonate, potassium bicarbonate and ammonium phosphate – in a dry chemical sample. This testing may also be useful beyond marine applications. For example, NFPA 10 Standard for Portable Fire Extinguishers, 2018 Edition, Section 220.127.116.11.3 Dry Chemical Agent Re-Use, states “Where doubt exists with respect to the type, contamination, or condition of the dry chemical, the dry chemical shall be discarded.” The testing being offered by Dyne will give inspection contractors a testing outlet to remove doubt and potentially re-use dry chemical that would previously have to be thrown out. Furthermore, this testing may be useful for dry chemical systems referenced in NFPA 17 to ensure the proper chemical is employed both initially and during recharge.
This analytical method was developed by Grant Lobdell, who is the Laboratory Manager at Dyne. “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, sprinklers and now dry chemical.”
About Dyne Fire Protection Labs
Dyne Fire Protection Labs is an independent laboratory serving customers throughout the world. In addition to dry chemical, Dyne tests firefighting foam, antifreeze solution in sprinkler systems and sprinklers. “Quick, Easy, Accurate and Independent describes our services”, said Mark Spaniol, President of Dyne Fire Protection Labs. “Accuracy and being Independent is a cornerstone of our lab, we are ISO-9001 certified and take pride in the precision and accuracy of our test results. Our customers demand and deserve a quick and easy testing process and this is why we offer free sample kits with free shipping and five-business-day turnaround on test results as well as expedited testing.”
Visit our dry chemical testing website pages to learn more.
Questions? Call (800) 632-2304 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
National Fire Prevention Month/Week - October 6-12, 2019
Since 1922, the National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA) has sponsored the public observance of Fire Prevention Week which is October 6th-12th this year. This year’s theme is:
“Not Every Hero Wears a Cape. Plan and Practice Your Escape!”
This year’s campaign works to educate everyone about the small but important actions they can take to keep themselves and those around them safe!
Did you know?
In a typical home fire, you may have as little as one to two minutes to escape safely from the time the smoke alarm sounds. Escape planning and practice can help you make the most of the time you have, giving everyone enough time to get out.
Plan ahead for your escape. Make your home escape plan and practice today.
Foam Sample Return Form Tips - Do's and Don'ts
We strive to make our testing process easy for you. Here are some tips to help you fill out the foam/antifreeze sample return form. If you ever have questions while filling out a sample return form, please email us or call us at (651) 917-0644, and we can answer any questions you may have.
- List the job name or number
- List the total samples within this job (if there are multiple boxes please indicate that in the Total samples within this Job:________ Box_____of_____Boxes field)
- Complete the all the sections highlighted in red including the “Send Results To” section in its entirety
- List a Purchase Order or Credit Card Information (if CC is kept on file, please note "on file" on the paperwork)
- Check only ONE of the boxes for each sample. Each bottle is either a Concentrate, Solution, Water, or Antifreeze
- Check only ONE of the Foam Types (AFFF, FFFP, Protein, High Expansion, Wetting Agent, or Other)
- Check only ONE of the corresponding Concentrations (1%, 2%, 2.75%, 3%, or 6%)
- Check only ONE of the AR-Foam Types (AR-AFFF, AR-Protein Based, AR-FFFP)
- Check only ONE of the corresponding Concentrations (1 x 1%, 1 x 3%, 1 x 6%, 3 x 3%, 3 x 6%)
- Always list a Tank# or name so that your sample is identifiable for retesting during your annual test
If you are sending a solution to be tested for percent concentration, DO send a concentrate in order for us to mix our standards for comparison.
- Check all the boxes for a single sample. If multiple boxes are checked for Sample #1, we will not know what the bottle contains or how to test the sample.
- Check both a Foam Type and an AR-Foam Type
- Check a Concentration under the Foam Types and the AR-Foam types sections
- Entering a manufacturer, product, lot number, and/or purchase date may be helpful for testing, but it is not required
- Selecting Tank Sample Point (Top, Middle, Bottom, or Composite) may be helpful in determining what the issue could be if the sample fails, but it is also not required
- Selecting the Storage Condition is not required
Dyne Booth 204 at AFSA in San Diego, CA - October 3-4, 2019
Dyne Fire Protection Labs will be participating in the AFSA Convention in San Diego, CA on October 3-4, 2019 at the Manchester Grand Hyatt. Our staff will be in booth 204 to answer questions about our sprinkler testing services as well as offer a few meeting exclusive giveaways. We are looking forward to talking to our current customers and meeting potential new customers.
Please contact us at email@example.com if you are interested in receiving a free exhibit hall pass for Friday, October 4th from 12:30 pm - 3:30 pm.
The following staff are scheduled to attend the convention and will be in the Dyne booth:
Meet the new Dyne Fire Protection Labs staff member
I have joined the Dyne team with a variety of skills, 5+ years of administrative skills, 5+ years of customer service skills and 5+ years of shipping and receiving knowledge. When I applied for the job at Dyne I had no idea what type of work they did here, in my first week of work I have learned so much and I am very eager to learn so much more.
I am married and have one daughter age 12 and two dogs, I am a foster mom for a local dog rescue. In my free time during the summer we enjoy hanging out at our pool with friends and family, in the winter we spend every possible weekend ice fishing in our Ice Castle.
Dyne Fire Protection Labs wishes everyone a happy and safe 4th of July holiday week!
Meet some of the newest Dyne Fire Protection Labs staff members
Jessica joined us from an environmental testing lab with great experience in administration and human resources. She enjoys hanging out with friends and family, watching her two boys play football, kayaking, riding her moped, reading and spending time outside.
Dyne to attend NFPA Expo in San Antonio, TX - June 17-19, 2019
Dyne will not have a booth at this year’s NFPA Expo in San Antonio at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center but our Lab Manager, Grant Lobdell, will be in attendance on the exhibit hall floor and in the education sessions.
Should you wish to schedule a meet-and-greet, contact us today at 800-632-2304 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
May 19-25 is Home Fire Sprinkler Week
May 19-25 is Home Fire Sprinkler Week. The Home Sprinkler Coalition has released a series of videos to promote the need for more home fire sprinklers.
"As someone who has been through a house fire (due to a car fire in a garage), I can tell you this is important information!" Jennie Novak, Office Manager/Lab Coordinator
Visit this link https://homefiresprinkler.org/new-resources/ to view the videos and download safety sheets.
Dyne Fire Protection Labs is proud to announce our newest team member!
Please join us in welcoming Jessica Lewis who has filled the open Administrative Assistant position at Dyne. Jessica is new to the fire safety industry but she has an extensive background in providing administrative support to a lab.
Prior to joining Dyne Fire Protection Labs, I worked as the Regional Human Resources Manager for Pace Analytical Services in Minneapolis. Coming from the environmental testing laboratory setting, I am excited to be working in another laboratory and to be a part of the Dyne team. At Dyne, I look forward to learning more about the fire safety industry, working with the customers, marketing the company, and growing my laboratory knowledge base. In my free time, I enjoy hanging out with my friends and family, watching my two boys play football, kayaking, riding my moped, reading, and spending time outside.
Dyne attended the MN Fire Marshal Conference
Dyne Fire Protection's Lab Manager, Grant Lobdell and Lab Technician, John Langteau hosted a booth the Fire Marshal’s Association of Minnesota conference today!
Grant and John were on hand to talk to fire safety professionals including fire marshals, firefighters, and AHJs about Dyne's fire sprinkler testing per NFPA 25 regulations.
Meet Dyne’s new Lab Technicians!
We have recently hired two new Lab Technicians. Both Gabrielle and John are new to the fire safety industry but have backgrounds in analytics/chemistry. Join us in welcoming them to the Dyne Team!
Gabrielle - I graduated from Montana State University in 2016 with a Bachelor’s degree in Microbiology. After spending most of my life in Montana, I decided to make a change and move to Minnesota! Dyne Fire Protection Labs has peaked my interest in fire safety and I look forward to learning more in the future. In my spare time I like to read and hang out with my dogs.
Dyne Fire Protection Labs to Offer Webinars!
Continual improvement is part of our quality policy at Dyne Fire Protection Labs, and we would like to share that with you. Dyne will begin offering webinars on topics important to you.
Watch our website and newsletters for upcoming topics and dates that you can attend virtually. We would like your input on topics you would like to see presented that deal with firefighting foam, sprinklers, antifreeze solution, dry chemical testing, standards, or other topics relevant to the industry.
Grant Lobdell, the Lab Manager at Dyne, attended the NFPA 25 Draft 2 committee meeting in Tampa, FL
Grant Lobdell, the Lab Manager at Dyne, attended the NFPA 25 Draft 2 committee meeting in Tampa, FL last week. NFPA will post the changes that were discussed in the coming weeks. The official action of the technical committee is established by a letter ballot which is likely to be released before the end of the year.
If you have any questions about NFPA 25 related to our testing procedures, please direct your questions to Grant at email@example.com or call 800-632-2304.
Joan Leedy, Dyne's Technical Director attended the DFW Foam Summit in Dallas, TX
Joan Leedy, Technical Director for Dyne Fire Protection Labs, attended the DFW Foam Summit in Dallas last week. The Foam Summit, put on by LASTFIRE, Arcadis and the DFW Fire Training Research Center covered the issues of whole life foam assurance with international specialists giving a range of presentations on the subjects.
Dyne hosted the October 2018 SFPE Meeting - October 24, 2018
Dyne Fire Protection Labs was proud to host the Minnesota Chapter – Society of Fire Protection Engineers (SFPE) October meeting at the Dyne lab/office in Woodbury, MN on October 24th.
Along with a company tour Grant Lobdell, Lab Manager presented on the standards for the inspection, testing, and maintenance of water-based fire protection systems.
Thank you to all SFPE members and non-members who attended!
National Fire Prevention Month/Week - October 7-13, 2018
National Fire Prevention Week
Since 1922, the National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA) has sponsored the public observance of Fire Prevention Week which is October 7th-13th this year. This year’s theme is:
Look. Listen. Learn. Be aware. Fire can happen anywhere.TM
This year’s campaign works to educate people about three basic but essential steps to take to reduce the likelihood of having a fire and how to escape safely in the event of one:
Look for places fire could start. Take a good look around you. Identify potential fire hazards and take care of them.
Listen for the sound of the smoke alarm. You could have only minutes to escape safely once the smoke alarm sounds. During an evacuation due to a fire alarm, everyone should know to go to a predesignated meeting place outside which should be a safe distance from the home or building.
Learn two ways out of every room. Make sure all doors and windows leading outside open easily and are free of clutter.
Fire safety should be practiced year-round but now is a good time to remind yourself and others how to be proactive. NFPA has as a variety of activities, lessons, videos, games, and apps to go along with Fire Prevention Week via their website at https://www.nfpa.org/Public-Education/Campaigns/Fire-Prevention-Week. To get the conversation started, NFPA offers great educational material and safety tips to combat their startling fire facts. Take a moment to review these resources with your family, friends, and coworkers. If you have school-age children, consider sending a copy to their teacher as well to help spread the word about fire safety. With everyone’s help, we can all make the world a little safer!
Dyne Congratulates and Thanks Mark Spaniol on 5 years of Dedication and Leadership
Dyne Technologies dba Dyne Fire Protection Labs would like to thank and congratulate Mark Spaniol for his 5 years at Dyne! Mark’s vision and drive for business development have lead Dyne to great things during the last few years including the addition of sprinkler testing and dry chemical testing.
Here is his excerpt from the June 2017 newsletter article, Meet the Dyne Team – The Faces Behind the Reports.
For over 30 years I have been helping entrepreneurial companies grow and succeed. During these years I have transformed underachieving business systems to high performing businesses by streamlining the operations and sales strategies. My time at Dyne is focused on finance, operations and business development. I spend a lot of time evaluating new business opportunities and making sure we have the proper staff to grow our business and maintain our excellent customer service.
I love being part of the fire and safety industry! We are not on the front line like the firefighters, but knowing that every test we perform helps ensure the safety of people and property is a great feeling.
I am married with three children and enjoy golfing, fishing, hunting and spending time with my family at our cabin in Northern MN.
Thank you Mark for your dedication and service to the fire protection industry!
Dyne would like to welcome our newest Lab Technician, Alyssa Dunn
Dyne would like to announce our newest lab technician Alyssa Dunn. She joins us with a background in chemistry like many of our other lab technicians. We welcome her to the Dyne Team!
I graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point in May 2018 with a Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry and a minor in Psychology. After taking some time to travel across Europe, I was hired as a lab technician working for Dyne. Starting in this position has peaked my interest in the fire and safety industry and I am loving it so far! In my spare time I enjoy traveling, kayaking, hiking, and shopping. I also enjoy spending time with friends and family.
Dyne Booth 238 at AFSA in Washington, DC - October 2-3, 2018
Dyne Fire Protection Labs will be participating in the AFSA Convention in Washington, DC on October 2-3, 2018 at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center. Our staff will be in booth 238 to answer questions about our sprinkler testing services as well as offer a few meeting exclusive giveaways. We are looking forward to talking to our current customers and meeting potential new customers.
The following staff are scheduled to attend the convention and will be in the Dyne booth:
Dyne Fire Protection Labs adds Dry Chemical Testing to laboratory services
We are excited to announce that we have expanded our lab services to include Dry Chemical Testing beginning in June 2018. In addition to testing sprinklers, firefighting foam, and antifreeze we are now offering this service to help meet your NFPA and IMO testing requirements:
NFPA 10 for Portable Fire Extinguishers 2018 Ed. 18.104.22.168.2 requires that dry chemical is checked before it can be re-used. This includes checking for contamination.
NFPA 17 for Dry Chemical Extinguishing Systems 2017 Ed. 11.3.1 requires examination of dry chemical at least twice a year and after any system activation for a non-pressurized system. Section 22.214.171.124 requires examination of dry chemical in pressurized systems to be done at least every six years.
IMO 1432 31/5/2012 8.2.4 requires that for fixed dry chemical systems, a dry chemical sample is tested for moisture content every two years.
Our independent laboratory serves customers throughout the world. Dyne’s primary business has been testing firefighting foam and antifreeze solution and added sprinkler testing in December 2016. We pride ourselves on “Quick, Easy, Accurate and Independent Testing”, says Mark Spaniol, President of Dyne Fire Protection Labs. “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 sample kits with free shipping and 5-business day turnaround on all testing results.”
Our free sample kits will include:
|Order a Dry Chemical Kit|
We measure the amount of moisture in a sample of dry chemical. If the sample has less than 0.25% moisture, the sample passes. One of the primary sources of moisture in pressurized systems is using low-grade nitrogen that has moisture contamination itself. This is called out in NFPA 17 2017 Ed. 11.1.6 which says any nitrogen or carbon dioxide used to charge or recharge a system must be of “good commercial grade” to ensure it is free of water.
Excess moisture can be detrimental to dry chemical performance, but it can also increase the likelihood of corrosion in the system.
Click here or on the image below to order a Dry Chemical Sample kit today.
Dyne Technical Director presents to NASA in Houston, TX
Joan Leedy founder and Technical Director at Dyne Fire Protection Labs has just returned from presenting to the fire safety professionals at NASA in Houston, TX. Joan was approached to speak to them as she is the current chairperson of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Standard for Low-, Medium-, and High-Expansion Foam Committee. In her presentation summarized the Inspection, Testing and Maintenance recommendations for foam systems and the environmental and toxicity issues of foam.
Joan has worked in the fire protection industry for over 30 years with experience in formulations, testing, approvals and design. Before starting Dyne in 1999, Joan was a Chemical Engineer at 3M, working in their firefighting foam manufacturing and test lab. Joan's current focus at Dyne is quality and new product development.
Offsite Laboratory Tests Recommended by NFPA 25 published in June 2018 International Firefighter Magazine
International Firefighter Magazine Article – June 2018 issue
We are proud to announce that International Firefighter Magazine published the article Offsite Laboratory Tests Recommended by NFPA 25 written by our Technical Director and Dyne founder, Joan Leedy.
Here is an excerpt from the article:
The National Fire Protection Association Standard for the Inspection, Testing and Maintenance of Water-Based Fire Protection Systems (NFPA 25) details recommended practices to prevent system failure and ensure fast and effective response in a fire emergency. Most of the recommended tasks are performed at the facility, where the system is located, either by the building owner or a qualified contractor.
However, in addition to these onsite tests, there are also recommendations to send a sample of a system component to a laboratory for testing. Here is a description of those tests that must be performed offsite at a recognized testing laboratory.
Go to https://iffmag.mdmpublishing.com/international-fire-fighter-magazine-issue-58-june-2018 for a free subscription and to view the article.
Dyne staff to attend NFPA in Boston, MA - June 11-14, 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.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org, 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 sample kits
• Free shipping within the contiguous United States
Thank you for testing with Dyne Fire Protection Labs. We appreciate your business!
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 email@example.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!
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 sample 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.
Thank you, Joan, for all you have done for us and the industry!
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.
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 is publicly available at http://cgmix.uscg.mil.
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.
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.
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 126.96.36.199.1 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.
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.
Dyne Technologies is rebranding as Dyne Fire Protection Labs
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 sample 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 sample kits for most types of testing
- free shipping within the contiguous 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.