TRI-SERVICE REFRIGERATION AND AIR-CONDITIONING SOLUTIONSHistory
In 1885, Mr Thomas Bell Lightfoot, whose name is known throughout the world as one of the pioneers of mechanical refrigeration, founded Lightfoot Refrigeration Company. Thomas Lightfoot was the designer of the first commercially successful ship's refrigeration plant in which chemical refrigeration was used. He also designed and patented the 'Universal' Lightfoot Dry Air Refrigerator, of which a considerable number were installed in British and foreign warships between 1885 and 1904. The Dry Air Refrigerator was superseded by the open type Ammonia and CO 2 compressors, and ultimately by the current VT and AF range of compressors.
For almost 130 years in the refrigeration and air conditioning field, the name Lightfoot has been synonymous with Quality and reliability. Lightfoot Defence offers an exceptional service of Design, Manufacture and through life Support for today's Tri-Service systems and equipment.FATS 4 status
Recently awarded FATS 4 status by the MOD, Lightfoot has been a supporter of the FATS system (Framework Agreement for Technical Services) since its concept a number of years ago. The FATS contract enables all MOD and Government departments to utilise this contract to procure Technical services via a tasking form with all contract conditions and rates already agreed through a formal tendering process. This enables the services that Lightfoot offers to be contracted very quickly without the requirement to go through a lengthy contracting route. At present Lightfoot Defence are the only Refrigeration and Air Conditioning specialist with FATS4 Status.CREME supply and support.
CREME (Common Refrigeration Maintenance Equipment) is an area ripe for rationalisation, now with a dedicated single point of contact for the MOD Lightfoot Defence are currently in the process of updating the CREME catalogue. This will align the supply of common spares with the Tri-Service Environment we now find ourselves in. Rationalising and simplify the process of procurement will inevitably improve the process for front line support.Innovation and Adaptability.
Fully integrated service stations such as the Apache and DASS Rigs now give maintainers the control and accuracy required when servicing critical aviation systems. With built in – Drain, Clean, Pressure Test, Vacuum, Top up, Incondensable Purge and Weigh Platform the integrated service station has an edge on its competitors. Having the facility to be set up for multi-use or a bespoke application they cope with all common refrigerants for a fully adaptable solution. Already used on Apache and Euro-Fighter they are field tested and proven.