Dyne Fire Protection Labs wishes everyone a happy and safe 4th of July holiday week!




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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.



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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 lab@dyneusa.com.


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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.


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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. 

Welcome Jessica!


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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.


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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.

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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.

To offer a topic suggestion, please take the one question survey or send an email to jennie@dyneusa.com.

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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 grant@dyneusa.com or call 800-632-2304.

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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.

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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!

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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!

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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!

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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.

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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:

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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. 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 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 test kits with free shipping and 5-business day turnaround on all testing results.” 

Our free testing kits will include:

  • 60 mL moisture-proof container
  • Foam packing material
  • Return Form
  • Pen for labeling the container and completing the return form
  • UPS return label (within the continental U.S.)
 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 Test kit today.

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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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 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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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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