Tripp Baker has been a part of the KFPI team since January of 2013. Tripp was born and raised in the greater Dallas area of the State of Texas. He is based out of our corporate office in Dallas, where he serves as a Technical Designer of our fire safety systems.
CO2 Fire Safety Systems
Why even bother having a fire safety system, if it’s not going to work? Why buy one if it is going to become defective in a few months’ time? At KFPI, we realize how bothersome fire safety systems can be. We understand how challenging it is to maintain a semiconductor process line. Having to worry about a fire safety system is an added responsibility that few people desire to shoulder. We get it! We really do. But please don’t underestimate the importance of having one, and having one that works.
Some things get better with age. Fire safety equipment is not one of these things. Obsolete fire safety equipment is no cause for nostalgia. Blindly believing that one’s rusty fire safety system will be there when you need it, is not a recommended EHS protocol. Check your fire safety systems, and check them frequently. A non-functioning fire safety system is sometimes worse than none at all.
Fire is one of the gremlins of semiconductor process equipment. Great thought and energy have been dedicated to the task of designing process tools that have the lowest probability for fire hazard. But, all of the elements for equipment fire are still rooted in the reality incompatibles like heat, electricity, and flammable chemistries in ample quantities.
KFPI is frequently called upon to provide fire safety solutions for bulk chemical storage areas. Sometimes these are permanent storage areas for the chemicals used in manufacturing, sometimes they are a temporary holding area being used during movement of manufacturing operates or relocation of bulk chemical storage. Sometimes they are located in a fab or sub fab area, sometimes in an outbuilding or temporary shelter.
We design, install, and certify fire safety systems that are custom engineered for the specific tool upon which they are to be used. KFPI’s fire safety solutions are guaranteed to function as intended, and to comply with SEMI, NFPA, FM, and all local fire safety requirements, anywhere in the world.
What is the security of your semiconductor process worth to you? Will your fire safety system function properly, in the moment of truth, when you truly need it? Will it malfunction at the wrong time? An unchecked fire in semiconductor equipment can be devastating to a manufacturing operation.