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ROBOTS FIGHT FIRE WITH FOAM

29-04-2020
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Estonian automation company Milrem Robotics has teamed up with foam extinguishing specialists InnoVfoam to develop a robot firefighter.

The joint venture combines Milrem’s unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) Multiscope Rescue and InnoVfoam’s foam proportioning systems and fire monitors.

The result is a firefighting robot that’s remotely operated from a safe distance and can dispense water and foam at up to 20,000 litres per minute.

The robot’s on-board monitors, cameras and sensors provide operators with a complete overview of the operation, and can detect gas or chemical leaks.

Separate cameras on the UGV and the monitors allow the vehicle to change position while maintaining a perfect overview of the fire. Additional preventative and repressive systems and autonomous functions are available to complement the robot.

The first Multiscope Rescue model produced in the line-up will feature InnoVfoam’s Hydra fire monitor skid unit.

“In addition to fires in urban environments, there are large-scale forest and landscape fires every year that endanger the environment, the lives of inhabitants and especially firefighters,” says Kuldar Väärsi, CEO of Milrem Robotics.

“The systems we are developing with InnoVfoam can alleviate dangers firefighters face and help contain fires faster.”

With a maximum payload capacity of 1200kg and a pull force of 21,000N, the Multiscope Rescue robot can be equipped with a variety of firefighting-specific payloads including foam or water tanks, or tethered drones for increased situational awareness.

The robot firefighters are able to deliver heavy firehouses to structures and areas that are inaccessible to bigger vehicles or too dangerous for humans. The robots can also be dropped from the air into forest or landscape fires to start limiting their spread.

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