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The choice of the right compressor solution is key for the proper operation of Compressed Air Foam Systems (CAFS) that are a highly efficient tool used in the firefighting industry. Ingersoll Rand OEM Solutions offers a range of self-contained compressor packages designed for CAFS and other fire and rescue applications.
Whether installed on fire trucks, integrated into hybrid units, or used in portable configurations, CAFS represent a significant advancement in firefighting technology and have already become a standard element of modern firefighting equipment. These systems are able to quickly and effectively suffocate fires while conserving water and minimizing environmental impact.
A CAFS creates foam by combining three key ingredients: water, a foam concentrate (or foaming agent), and pressurized air. The process begins by mixing a foam concentrate with water to create a foam solution. Next, pressurized air is introduced to the mixture in a mixing chamber, causing the solution to expand and transform into a stable, high-quality foam.
This foam is expelled through hoses or nozzles, allowing firefighters to direct it precisely to the needed area, making CAFS highly efficient in targeting the base of the flames. Once applied, the foam spreads over the fire, effectively isolating it from its oxygen supply. The main advantages of using CAFS include:
A Compressed Air Foam System relies on a compressor as one of its main components, providing the necessary pressurized air for foam creation. Additional components include control systems for foam management, valves for flow regulation, a water pump for solution pressurization, and a mixing device that precisely mixes the foam concentrate with water.
The main requirements for a CAFS air compressor include:
The Ingersoll Rand OEM Solutions portfolio includes a range of CT-Series self-contained compressor packages that offer the utmost reliability and efficiency in CAFS applications. These compressors, which can also be utilized for charging the tanks in firefighters’ self-contained breathing apparatuses (SCBA), provide you with key advantages such as: