Riverside, California USA – April 28, 2020 Luxfer Gas Cylinders, a business unit of Luxfer Holdings PLC (NYSE: LXFR) and the world’s largest manufacturer of high-pressure composite and aluminum cylinders, announces the successful completion of the 10 year testing of the LCX-EL® SCBA cylinders with 30 year life under DOT Special Permit 14232.
In 2008 Luxfer Gas Cylinders designed and manufactured the first cylinders under the brand LCX-EL® with an increase in service life from fifteen years to thirty years. The qualification program mandated by the US DOT under Special Permit 14232 requires that a sample of 30 cylinders from the first year of manufacture of each cylinder size be collected from the field and tested at 10 years of service. Then a second sample of 30 cylinders from the first year of manufacture is also collected and tested at 15 years of service. Upon successful completion of the mandated tests at both ten and fifteen years of service, all cylinders of that design can continue as normal in the field beyond the standard life of 15 years to a maximum of 30 years.
Luxfer has now completed all the inspections and tests required ten years of service life for all the LCX-EL® SCBA designs. These are four sizes ranging from 2.0 L to 9.0 L with service pressure of 300bar. Luxfer has informed the US DOT of the successful results of the testing, and all the LCX-EL® cylinders in service can continue as normal.