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Janssen Vaccines, a subsidiary to Johnson & Johnson Pharmaceutical installs the AF-X Fireblocker to protect their patents against fire.

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Janssen Vaccines develops first or best-in-class vaccines that protect against some of the world’s most life-threatening infectious diseases. The pathogens against which vaccines are being developed include Ebola, Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV), Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV), Extraintestinal Pathogenic E. coli (ExPEC), Methicillin- Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA), polio and influenza. Janssen Vaccines has built a dedicated and world-class multifunctional team developing a promising pipeline of products across a range of disciplines. 700 employees work in Leiden.

The assignment:

At Janssen Vaccines the vaccines and their patents are stored on physical paper, so that it is always present on location if for some reason it is not digitally available. After an audit of FM Global, a sprinkler installation was required to ensure the fire safety of the building. Although an extinguishing system was deemed necessary, Janssen thought further and looked for a system that also contributed to business continuity and would not damage the physical documents by the extinguishing system.

The solution

In consultation with the insurer and various external consultants, both architectural and organizational and after elaborating the possible options, AF-X Systems offered a live demonstration with documents from Janssen Vaccines to demonstrate that the AF-X Fireblocker system does not cause damage to the documents. . After this successful test, Janssen Vaccines has decided to opt for the AF-X Fireblocker system. The AF-X Fireblocker is based on a dry extinguishing agent aerosol that does not damage the documents. The storage room “The Cube” is located in the middle of the complex and makes systems that work with pressure difficult and expensive to install.

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AF-X Fireblocker simplicity and price-wise the most interesting
  •     Simplicity
  •     Plug & Play
  •     Compact
  •     No piping
  •     Pressureless
  •     No Water
  •     Easy Installation

These advantages and the fact that the AF-X Fireblocker price is the most interesting, were decisive for choosing AF-X Fireblocker.

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