The FM Approved UNITED Fire Systems Nitrogen and Air Maintenance Device Model NAMD-1 is a device designed to automatically regulate and maintain the flow of air or nitrogen into dry-pipe or preaction sprinkler pipe. The air or nitrogen pressure flows through a regulator so that upon activation of a sprinkler head, the air or nitrogen pressure will not interfere with the operation of the sprinkler valve or lengthen the time until the piping fills with water.
The FM approved United Fire Systems Model AR-1 Wet-Pipe Fire Sprinkler System Air Release is a device for automatically releasing the trapped air from the high point(s) of a wet sprinkler system. Trapped air contains oxygen, which, when combined with water, is the primary cause of internal pipe corrosion. This corrosion can lead to pipe blockage, leaks, and pipe failure. The Model AR-1 air release is installed at the system high point(s). Air is vented until water reaches the internal float valve, which automatically closes the device to prevent water release.
The UNITED Fire Systems Riser-Mount Air Compressor Model RMAC-LP is a device that automatically provides compressed air for preaction fire sprinkler and dry-pipe fire sprinkler systems. These single phase compressors are equipped with an electric motor, oil-less pump, compressor control pressure switch, relief valve, and bracket kit to mount the device directly onto the sprinkler riser above the preaction or dry-pipe valve. It can also be floor- or wall-mounted.
Your wet-pipe sprinkler system may not be as filled with water as you expect it to be. A bubble of air may migrate to the highest point in the system, creating a very vulnerable location for internal pipe corrosion. That’s why NFPA 13 now requires that all new wet sprinkler systems be fitted with an air vent at the system’s highest point. This is a good investment for both new and existing systems. The UNITED Fire Systems Model AR-1 automatic air release device is Factory Mutual (FM) Approved for just this function. See here for more information, and take action to prevent damaging corrosion.