An aircraft represents an enormous value that is only viable when flight hours are maximised. Aircraft maintenance is therefore carried out efficiently and under safe conditions in a hangar that offers optimal protection against fire. To fight a fire inside an aircraft hangar, remote-controlled fire extinguishing monitors are used. This equipment is generally positioned high up in the hangar so that the extinguishing foam/water jet can reach the seat of the fire from above the plane.
InnoVfoam developed a lift system for maintaining this type of fire extinguishing monitor at any time of day, taking away the need to use mobile scaffolding or a fixed cage ladder. The system enables maintenance crews to lower a fire monitor cannon down along a carriage and service it at ground level. This eliminates any risk of damage to the aircraft by a rolling scaffold or falling tools. And it allows the work on the fire extinguishing system to be done systematically and safely. The monitor/lift system disengages the water and control components and lowers the fire extinguishing monitor via specialised technology. Unique connector mechanisms and a secure lock ensure reliable operation. A powerful winch takes care of the vertical movement.
The operation, aiming the fire extinguishing monitor at the source of the fire, can be controlled remotely using a joystick as well as automatically via a thermal-imaging camera. An electric cable winch, which is activated with cable control, is used to lower the fire extinguishing monitor.