Indiana Patent of the Month – January 2021

It’s always important to keep equipment up to date, especially for first responders like firefighters. Their equipment must be in top working condition. An important piece of firefighting equipment is a fire monitor. It’s not a screen, or an electric monitor. A fire monitor is a water jet used to put out fires. It’s aimable and is very high capacity, so a large amount of water shoots out of them. If you’ve ever seen a fire truck spraying a fire with a hose, there’s a good chance it was using a fire monitor. Fire monitors typically consist of a body, a rotator sensor, a flow rate detector, and a controller. Elkhart Brass Manufacturing Company, Inc. has developed a fire monitor that has improved sensors and flow rate control.

The enhanced sensors and control help better judge the appropriate flow rate of fire fighting fluids, allowing the fluids to more accurately reach their target. Specifically, the flow rate is determined through two different sensors. The first sensor determines the water pressure at the point where water enters the fire monitor. The second sensor measures the water pressure at a second point within the fire monitor, measuring the rate and pressure of the water that flows through the monitor. With these measurements, a controller adjusts the flow rate accordingly for maximum efficiency and accuracy. 

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