Maine Patent of the Month – June 2022

The robotics and automation industries offer the chance to reduce the need for human intervention in dangerous situations. For instance, if the nozzle end of a fire hose is attached to a robot capable of supplying water and supporting the hose, there is less need for a fireman to be put at risk so close to a fire. Howe and Howe Inc. have taken to the idea of reducing unnecessary human risk taking, and have developed a robotic vehicle that meets this exact need. 

The company founders, Mike and Geoff Howe, are experts in the design and development of newer, better, and stronger vehicles. These inventions include military grade vehicles like their Ripsaw. After early versions, they ventured into the development of unmanned military vehicles, reducing the risk of human life by allowing vehicle operation to be controlled remotely.

Now, they’ve patented their latest invention – an unmanned vehicle capable of delivering high power fluid. The vehicle is remotely controlled, ensuring a fireman can be kept safe while fighting a fire. 

The fluid delivery assembly allows for a high capacity fluid routing from the back of the vehicle to the front without interfering with the engine, fuel tank, or any other equipment. The rear of the vehicle can attach to a water source, such as the fire truck hose while the front is equipped with a controllable nozzle. The water is kept close to the floor to maintain a lower center of gravity for improved vehicle stability. A pressure vessel within the vehicle ensures it can handle the flow of 2500 gallons per minute (GPM) from a fire truck before directing it at its target.

Their firefighting vehicle has been coined the Thermite and will be used in firefighting, training, and more. The company believes this design will offer a solution to give first responders immediate eyes on the inside as well as the ability to safely attack industrial, chemical and HAZMAT fires from their core.

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