LIN-050

LIN-050
VALVE INTEGRAL TIP (VIT)
NOZZLE MANUAL
INSTRUCTIONS FOR INSTALLATION, SAFE OPERATION AND MAINTENANCE
WARNING
WARNING
WARNING
Read instruction manual before use. Operation of this nozzle without understanding the manual
and receiving proper training can be dangerous and is a misuse of this equipment. Call 800-3482686 with any questions.
This instruction manual is intended to familiarize firefighters and maintenance personnel with
the operation, servicing and safety procedures associated with the VIT fire fighting nozzles.
This manual should be kept available to all operating and maintenance personnel.
DANGER
PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY CODE
The member companies of FEMSA that provide emergency response
equipment and services want responders to know and understand the
following:
1. Firefighting and Emergency Response are inherently dangerous activities
requiring proper training in their hazards and the use of extreme caution
at all times.
2. It is your responsibility to read and understand any user’s instructions,
including purpose and limitations, provided with any piece of equipment
you may be called upon to use.
3. It is your responsibility to know that you have been properly trained in
Firefighting and /or Emergency Response and in the use, precautions, and
care of any equipment you may be called upon to use.
4. It is your responsibility to be in proper physical condition and to maintain
the personal skill level required to operate any equipment you may be
called upon to use.
5. It is your responsibility to know that your equipment is in operable
condition and has been maintained in accordance with the manufacturer’s
instructions.
6. Failure to follow these guidelines may result in death, burns or other
severe injury.
FEMSA
TASK FORCE TIPS, INC.
MADE IN USA • www.tft.com
©Copyright Task Force Tips, Inc. 2009-2015
Fire and Emergency Manufacturers and Service Association
P.O. Box 147, Lynnfield, MA 01940 • www.FEMSA.org
3701 Innovation Way, Valparaiso, IN 46383-9327 USA
800-348-2686 • 219-462-6161 • Fax 219-464-7155
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Table Of Contents
1.0
2.0
2.1
2.2
2.3
3.0
MEANING OF SIGNAL WORDS
GENERAL INFORMATION
VARIOUS MODELS AND TERMS
NOZZLE COUPLING
COLOR CODED HANDLES
FLOW CHARACTERISTICS and CHARTS
4.0
5.0
6.0
7.0
8.0
9.0
FIRE GROUND USE OF VIT NOZZLES
FIELD INSPECTION
INSPECTION CHECKLIST
ANSWERS TO YOUR QUESTIONS
EXPLODED VIEW & PARTS LIST
WARRANTY
1.0 MEANING OF SAFETY SIGNAL WORDS
A safety related message is identified by a safety alert symbol and a signal word to indicate the level of risk involved with a particular
hazard. Per ANSI standard Z535.6-2006, the definitions of the four signal words are as follows:
DANGER
DANGER indicates a hazardous situation which, if not avoided, will result in death or serious
injury.
WARNING
WARNING indicates a hazardous situation which, if not avoided, could result in death or serious
injury.
CAUTION
CAUTION indicates a potentially hazardous situation which, if not avoided, may result in minor
or moderate injury.
NOTICE
NOTICE is used to address practices not related to personal injury.
2.0 GENERAL INFORMATION
The Task Force Tips VIT nozzles are designed to provide excellent performance under most fire fighting conditions. Their rugged
construction is compatible with the use of fresh water as well as fire fighting foam solutions. Other important operating features
include:
• Changeable front end smooth bore tip
• Stream straightener removable through back coupling
• Retracting thread protector
• TFT’s five-year warranty and unsurpassed customer service
WARNING
WARNING
WARNING
WARNING
CAUTION
This equipment is intended for use by trained personnel for firefighting. Their use for other
purposed may involve hazards not addressed by this manual. Seek appropriate guidance and
training to reduce risk of injury.
Nozzle reaction will vary as supply conditions change: such as opening or closing other nozzles,
hose line kinks, changes in pump settings, etc. Changes in spray pattern or flushing will also
affect nozzle reaction. The nozzle operator must always be prepared in the event of those
changes. Failure to restrain nozzle reaction can cause firefighter injury from loss of footing and/
or stream protection.
If nozzle gets out of control or away from the operator, retreat from nozzle immediately. Do not
attempt to regain control of nozzle while flowing water. Injury from whipping can occur.
Water is a conductor of electricity. Application of water solutions on high voltage equipment can
cause injury or death by electrocution. The amount of current that may be carried back to the
nozzle will depend on the following factors: Voltage of the line or equipment; Distance from
the nozzle to the line or equipment; Size of the stream; Weather the stream is solid or broken;
Purity of the water.1
Fire streams are capable of injury and damage. Do not direct water stream to cause injury or
damage to persons or property.
[Footnote 1: The Fire Fighter and Electrical Equipment, The University of Michigan Extension Service, Fourth Printing 1983, Page 47.]
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2.1 VARIOUS MODELS AND TERMS
The TFT VIT nozzle is available with several different tip sizes. The VIT nozzle can be ordered with either 1.5” or 2.5” inlet coupling,
and with or without a pistol grip.
HVIT
Without Pistol Grip
Thread Inlet
Diameter
7/8”
15/16”
1.0”
1-1/8”
1-1/4”
1 - 3/8”
1.5” NH
11
12
13
14
15
16
2.5” NH
21
22
23
24
25
26
HVIT
With Pistol Grip
Thread Inlet
Diameter
SMOOTHBORE OUTLET DIAMETER
SMOOTHBORE OUTLET DIAMETER
7/8”
15/16”
1.0”
1-1/8”
1-1/4”
1 - 3/8”
1.5” NH
G11
G12
G13
G14
G15
G16
2.5” NH
G21
G22
G23
G24
G25
G26
For example, Model HVITG12 is 1.5” NH female thread inlet, pistol grip, 15/16” diameter outlet nozzle.
THREAD PROTECTOR
RETRACTED
1.5” NH OUTLET THREADS
FOR COUPLING TO A
COMBINATION NOZZLE
Twist thread protector
to extend or retract.
Leave protector extended to avoid
damage to outlet threads
FLOW CONTROL
ON
OFF
COUPLING
BUMPER
PISTOL GRIP
FLOW CHART
THREAD PROTECTOR
EXTENDED
Figure 2.1 Common Model and Terms
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2.2 NOZZLE COUPLINGS
NH (National Hose Threads per NFPA #1963) threads are standard on all nozzles. Other threads such as NPSH (National Pipe
Straight Hose threads per ANSI/ASME #B1.20.7) can be specified at time of order.
CAUTION
CAUTION
Nozzle must be properly connected. Mismatched or damaged threads may cause nozzle to leak
or uncouple under pressure and could cause injury.
Dissimilar metals coupled together can cause galvanic corrosion that can result in the inability
to unscrew the threads or complete loss of thread engagement over time. Per NFPA 1962 (2008
edition), if dissimilar metals are left coupled together an anti-corrosive lubricant should be applied
to the threads. Also, the coupling should be disconnected and inspected at least quarterly.
2.3 COLOR CODED VALVE HANDLE AND PISTOL GRIP
The TFT VIT is supplied with black valve handle covers. Handle covers are available from TFT in various colors for those departments
wishing to color code the nozzle to the discharge controls. A colored handle cover set will be sent upon receipt of the warranty card
and color selection form by TFT. Your department’s name can also be engraved on the covers (see color selection form for more
information).
Handle covers are replaceable by removing the four screws that hold the handle covers in place. Use a 3/32” allen wrench when
replacing screws. Pistol grip is replaceable by following TFT instruction sheet LTT-108.
For standardization NFPA 1901-2009 (A.16.9.1) recommends the following color code scheme:
Preconnect #1 or Front Bumper Jump Line
Preconnect #2
Preconnect #3 or discharge #1
Preconnect #4 or discharge #2
Discharge #3
Discharge #4
Discharge #5
Foam Lines
Booster Reels
Orange
Red
Yellow
White
Blue
Black
Green
Red w/ White border (Red/White)
Gray
Other Colors Available:
• Pink
• Tan
• Purple
3.0 FLOW CHARACTERISTICS AND CHARTS
The VIT nozzle has fixed orifice sizes. Relationship of flow and nozzle pressure at each orifice size is shown below. If the VIT nozzle
is connected behind a different nozzle, use the flow charts for the outlet nozzle. Contact the factory or visit the website (www.
tft.com) for range and trajectory data.
FLOW (LPM)
0
500
1000
1500
2000
100
8.000
90
7/8”
80
7.000
15/16”
PRESSURE (PSI)
1”
5.000
60
1-1/8”
50
4.000
1-1/4”
40
1-3/8”
3.000
PRESSURE (BAR)
6.000
70
30
2.000
20
1.000
10
0
0
100
200
300
400
500
0.000
600
FLOW (GPM)
Figure 3.1 VIT Flow Chart
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Flows at specific pressures for each orifice size are as follows:
7/8” TIP
15/16” TIP
1” TIP
PRESSURE
FLOW
PRESSURE
FLOW
PRESSURE
FLOW
PSI
GPM
PSI
GPM
PSI
GPM
40
144
40
165
40
188
50
161
50
185
50
210
60
176
60
202
60
230
70
190
70
218
70
249
80
203
80
234
80
266
1-1/8” TIP
1-1/4” TIP
1-3/8” TIP
PRESSURE
FLOW
PRESSURE
FLOW
PRESSURE
FLOW
PSI
GPM
PSI
GPM
PSI
GPM
40
238
40
294
40
355
50
266
50
328
50
397
60
291
60
360
60
435
70
315
70
388
70
470
80
336
80
415
80
502
DANGER
An inadequate supply of nozzle pressure and/or flow will cause an ineffective stream and can
result in injury, death or loss of property. See flow chart in Figure 3.1 or call 800-348-2686 for
assistance.
4.0 FIREGROUND USE OF VIT NOZZLES
IT IS THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE INDIVIDUAL FIRE DEPARTMENT OR AGENCY TO DETERMINE PHYSICAL CAPABILITIES
AND SUITABILITY FOR AN INDIVIDUAL’S USE OF THIS EQUIPMENT.
Many factors contribute to the extinguishment of a fire. Among the most
important is delivering water at a flow rate sufficient to absorb heat faster
than it is being generated. The flow rate depends largely on the pump
discharge pressure and hose friction loss. The pump discharge pressure
can be calculated using a hydraulic equation such as:
PDP = NP + FL + DL + EL
PDP
=
Pump discharge pressure in PSI
NP
=
Nozzle pressure in PSI
FL
=
Hose friction loss in PSI
DL
=
Device loss in PSI
EL
=
Elevation loss in PSI
For additional information on calculating specific hose layouts, consult an appropriate fire service training manual such at IFSTA, A
Guide to Automatic Nozzles, or call TFT’s “Hydraulics Hotline” at 800-348-2686.
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5.0 FIELD INSPECTION
TFT’S VIT is designed and manufactured to be damage resistant and require minimal maintenance. However, as the primary fire
fighting tool upon which your life depends, it should be treated accordingly.
WARNING
Nozzle must be inspected for proper operation and function according to the inspection checklist
in Section 6.0 before each use. Any nozzle that fails inspection is dangerous to use and must
be repaired before using.
Performance tests shall be conducted on the VIT nozzle after a repair, or anytime a problem is reported to verify operation in
accordance with TFT test procedures. Consult factory for the procedure that corresponds to the model and serial number of the
nozzle. Any equipment which fails the related test criteria should be removed from service immediately. Troubleshooting guides are
available with each test procedure, or equipment can be returned to the factory for service and testing.
Factory service is available with repair time seldom exceeding one day in our facility. Factory serviced nozzles are repaired by
experienced technicians to original specifications, fully tested and promptly returned. Any returns should include a note as to the
nature of the problem, who to reach in case of questions and if a repair estimate is required.
Repair parts and service procedures are available for those wishing to perform their own repairs. Task Force Tips assumes no liability
for damage to equipment or injury to personnel that is a result of user service.
CAUTION
Any alteration to the nozzle and its markings could diminish safety and constitutes a misuse of
this product.
All Task Force Tips nozzles are factory lubricated with high quality silicone grease. This lubricant has excellent washout resistance
and long term performance. If your department has unusually hard or sandy water, the moving parts may be affected. Foam agents
and water additives contain soaps and chemicals that may break down the factory lubrication.
The moving parts of the nozzle should be checked on a regular basis for smooth and free operation, and signs of damage. IF THE
NOZZLE IS OPERATING CORRECTLY, THEN NO ADDITIONAL LUBRICATION IS NEEDED. Any nozzle that is not operating
correctly should be immediately removed from service and the problem corrected.
6.0 INSPECTION CHECKLIST
Nozzle must be inspected for proper operation and function according to the checklist before each use. Check that:
1) There is no obvious damage such as missing parts, broken or loose parts, damaged labels, etc.
2) Coupling is tight and leak free
3) Valve handle moves freely through full range, and shuts off flow.
4) “OFF” position does fully shut off and flow is stopped.
5) Nozzle flow is adequate as indicated by the pump pressure and nozzle reaction.
6) Front end is tight and leak free
7) Thread protector fully retracts
WARNING
Any VIT nozzle failing any part of the inspection checklist is unsafe and must have the problem
corrected before use. Operating a nozzle that fails any of the above inspections is a misuse of
this equipment.
7.0 ANSWERS TO YOUR QUESTIONS
We appreciate the opportunity of serving you and making your job easier. If you have any problems or questions, our toll-free
“Hydraulics Hotline”, 800- 348-2686 or 1-219-462-6161 is normally available to you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
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8.0 EXPLODED VIEW AND PARTS LIST
26
29
27
20
22 21
19
28
25
18
17
24
5
16
15
14
23
8
4
7
7
3
2
10 11
10
1
9
12
13
27
31
30
26
32
37
38
6
33
34
35
36
ITEM DESCRIPTION
QTY PART #
ITEM DESCRIPTION
QTY PART #
1
GAUGE BUMPER
1
P177
17
.243"TORLON BALL
2
VB243TO
2
THREAD PROTECTOR RING
1
P175
18
DETENT SPRING
2
HM770
3
3/16" TORLON BALL
2
V2120-TORLON
19
3/8-24 X 3/4 BUTTON HEAD
2
VT37E24BH750
4
SPRING
2
VM4195
20
TRUNNION DRIVER
2
HX650
5
CAM DETENT SCREW
2
HD790
21
3/16 X 9/16 HDP SPIROL
2
V2005
6
VIT FRONT RING LABEL
1
P163
22
HANDLE SUBASSEMBLY
1
HX920
7
TEFLON WEAR RING
2
P172
23
STREAM STRAIGHTENER
1
P116
8
FRONT END - 7/8" TIP
1
P181*
24
ANTI GG RING VO
1
P147
FRONT END - 15/16" TIP
P182*
25
O-RING-141
1
VO-141
FRONT END - 1.0" TIP
P183*
26
3/16" SS BALL
38
V2120
FRONT END - 1 1/8" TIP
P184*
27
1/4-28 X 3/16 SOCKET SET SCREW
1
VT25-28SS187
FRONT END - 1 1/4" TIP
P185*
28
COUPLING 1.5"F ROCKERLUG
1
H694*
FRONT END - 1 3/8" TIP
P186*
29
1.5" GASKET
1
V3130
FRONT END - 1 3/16" TIP
P187*
30
COUPLING 2.5"F ROCKERLUG
1
P198*
9
O-RING-227
1
VO-227
31
2.5" GASKET
1
V3190
10
BALL SEAT VALVE
2
P104
32
10-32 X 1/4 SOCKET SET SCREW
2
VT10Y32SS250
11
DELRIN VALVE BALL
1
P103
33
GRIP SPACER HANDLINE
1
HM693-H
12
DETENT VALVE BODY
1
P110
34
PISTOL GRIP - BLACK
1
HM692-BLK
13
TRUNNION - LEFT
1
P120L
35
WASHER
1
VM4901
14
TRUNNION - RIGHT
1
P120R
36
3/8-16 X 1 SOCKET HEAD SCREW
1
VT37-16SH1.0
15
TEFLON TRUNNION SHIM
2
P170
37
3/8-16 X 5/16 SOCKET SET SCREW
1
VT37-16SS312
16
O-RING-118
2
VO-118
38
FRONT RING VO 1.5"M
1
P150*
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9.0 WARRANTY
Task Force Tips, Inc., 3701 Innovation Way, Valparaiso, Indiana 46383-9327 USA (“TFT”) warrants to the original purchaser of its VIT
series nozzles (“equipment”), and to anyone to whom it is transferred, that the equipment shall be free from defects in material and
workmanship during the five (5) year period from the date of purchase.
TFT’s obligation under this warranty is specifically limited to replacing or repairing the equipment (or its parts) which are shown by
TFT’s examination to be in a defective condition attributable to TFT. To qualify for this limited warranty, the claimant must return the
equipment to TFT, at 3701 Innovation Way, Valparaiso, Indiana 46383-9327 USA, within a reasonable time after discovery of the
defect. TFT will examine the equipment. If TFT determines that there is a defect attributable to it, TFT will correct the problem within
a reasonable time. If the equipment is covered by this limited warranty, TFT will assume the expenses of repair.
If any defect attributable to TFT under this limited warranty cannot be reasonably cured by repair or replacement, TFT may elect to
refund the purchase price of the equipment, less reasonable depreciation, in complete discharge of its obligations under this limited
warranty. If TFT makes this election, claimant shall return the equipment to TFT free and clear of any liens and encumbrances.
This is a limited warranty. The original purchaser of the equipment, any person to whom it is transferred, and any person who is
an intended or unintended beneficiary of the equipment, shall not be entitled to recover from TFT any consequential or incidental
damages for injury to person and/or property resulting from any defective equipment manufactured or assembled by TFT. It is agreed
and understood that the price stated for the equipment is in part consideration for limiting TFT’s liability. Some states do not allow the
exclusion or limitation of incidental or consequential damages, so the above may not apply to you.
TFT shall have no obligation under this limited warranty if the equipment is, or has been, misused or neglected (including failure to
provide reasonable maintenance) or if there have been accidents to the equipment or if it has been repaired or altered by someone
else.
THIS IS A LIMITED EXPRESS WARRANTY ONLY. TFT EXPRESSLY DISCLAIMS WITH RESPECT TO THE EQUIPMENT ALL
IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY AND ALL IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE.
THERE IS NO WARRANTY OF ANY NATURE MADE BY TFT BEYOND THAT STATED IN THIS DOCUMENT.
This limited warranty gives you specific legal rights, and you may also have other rights which vary from state to state.
TASK FORCE TIPS, INC.
MADE IN USA • www.tft.com
©Copyright Task Force Tips, Inc. 2009-2015
3701 Innovation Way, Valparaiso, IN 46383-9327 USA
800-348-2686 • 219-462-6161 • Fax 219-464-7155
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