On January 13, the International Water Mist Association (IWMA) announced the start of a co-operation with VdS to support the work on guidelines 3188. The IWMA board of directors have appointed Rüdiger Kopp to represent the association in the working group to update and revise the document.
Speaking about the arrangement, Rüdiger Kopp, founding member of IWMA and general manager for fixed water mist systems with Cologne-based Fogtec, expressed his delight that the they have secured a strong relationship with manufacturers at the top of their field and that this will continue to improve and boost the VdS guidelines that are in place across Europe.
“We are delighted that the participation of leading manufacturers as well as water mist have resulted in a further improvement of the VdS guidelines 3188, which is applied in a growing number of projects not only in Germany but also in neighbouring countries,” Kopp said.
The latest edition of VdS 3188 was published at the end of 2019. It is available in German and will shortly also be available in English and Polish. The next updating process will commence in the last quarter of 2020. The goal for IWMA is to update and adjust the document, but also to add e.g. know-how based on practical experience.
The IWMA arose from the necessity to establish an international platform for companies, scientists and interested people dealing with water mist.
For potential users of water mist systems, IWMA is an independent body which can be addressed for questions related to the technology like e.g. the suitability of water mist for certain applications, the limits of such systems, minimum requirements, suitability of test protocols, contacts to insurance companies promoting the technology, understanding and interpretation of guidelines, suitability of test institutes. This will help to give potential users the necessary background for the installation of water mist systems.