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Luxfer Gas Cylinders position concerning life extension of DOT-CFFC carbon composite cylinders by means of Modal Acoustic Emission (MAE) requalification

On April 21, 2017, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) announced that it had “issued a special permit to authorize the extension of the 15-year service of certain carbon fiber reinforced aluminum-lined cylinders (DOT-CFFC) that are used in self-contained breathing apparatuses by firefighters and first responders.” The PHMSA website states that under this new Special Permit 16320, issued to Digital Wave Corporation, “cylinder life can be extended an additional 15 years through the use of Modal Acoustic Emissions (MAE) testing . . . in five-year increments. . . .”

Luxfer position on direct selling of SCBA cylinders to end-users in North America

Luxfer Gas Cylinders occasionally receives inquiries from fire departments and first-responders about the possibility of purchasing cylinders directly from Luxfer for use in self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) and life-support equipment. On these occasions, we explain that Luxfer has always maintained a policy of selling Luxfer life-support cylinders only through original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) of SCBA and related life-support products.