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Pipe fitting for ultimate fire hose control

23 October 2009

Demanding fire fighting situations require optimum hose control to ensure operators have maximum safety and manoeuvrability. A pipe fitting, developed by Variacor is available in the UK from Bete which is designed to make all rigid hosing flexible and multi-directional,whatever the pressure.

Pipe fitting for ultimate fire hose control
Pipe fitting for ultimate fire hose control

The patented Variacor pipe fitting connects two runs of rigid pipe or flexible hose, or an end fitting, such as a nozzle or gun. It is a simple, but highly effective means of changing the angle of flow direction, axially between 180° and 90°, with a full 360° swivel at either, or both ends. Adjustments are manual, instant and can be free or lockable.
Directional change is achieved by a simple slide turn of the outlet section against the inlet section of the connector. Crucially, the fitting has been engineered to ensure that the internal dimensions of the fluid passage remain constant and unobstructed by directional change, so water pressure is maintained even when flow direction or angle is changed.
For the fire fighter this means improved accessibility in hard-to-reach areas in one smooth action, without the need to reposition, or move backwards, as can be the problem where hoses have conventional fittings and couplings. The result is improved operator safety, improved accuracy of water delivery, with free multi-directional rotation while spraying.


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