When an entrepreneur leaves a business, he has built over a lifetime, many things change. The market can get better or worse, said Dwight Williams, one of the highly regarded innovators in industrial firefighting today.
Williams, who retired in 2012, announced from the podium his new partnership with Auxquimia Fire Fighting Products of Spain to introduce a “signature” brand to the firefighting foam market that will bear his name.
Among the few details about the new products released by Williams and Auxquimia general manager Javier Castro at the symposium is that the new foam will utilize C6 fluorine chemistry and a critical application rate lower than ever before.
By decreasing the molecular chain length of the fluorinated materials used from eight carbon atoms to only six, manufacturers can effectively reduce precursors of PFOA, an environmentally persistent byproduct, while retaining the recognized benefits of fluorine in firefighting foam.
Utilizing C6 fluorine chemistry is also important in achieving the lower application rate, Williams said.
“If you were to use an application rate high enough using fluorine free foam you might put the fire out,” he said. “We’re not sure you can because of the fuel contamination of the bubble.”
News source: Industrial Fire World