SCOTT SAFETY LEADS THE WAY IN SCBA TECHNOLOGY
Launching the new 379 bar high pressure cylinder at Interschutz 2015
A first within the industry, Scott Safety has increased the air pressure within its new 379 bar cylinder to provide users with additional air capacity - without increasing the weight or size of the cylinder. Visitors to the Scott Safety stand at Interschutz (Hall 12, Stand D37) will see the 379 bar cylinders which offers 25% higher pressures than the standard 300 bar SCBA providing wearers with an extended breathing duration of up to 75 minutes.
There will be three different capacities of the 379 bar cylinder available: 5.7 litre, 7.6 litre and 9.5 litre. These have the equivalent durations of 45 minutes, 60 minutes and a new duration of 75 minutes based on a breathing rate of 40 litres per minute.
Constructed of an aluminium alloy inner shell and overwrapped entirely with lightweight carbon-fibre, the new cylinders are up to 5% lighter than others on the market. The increased pressure has also allowed for a significant reduction in cylinder size. The reduced size helps users shift their centre of gravity, which increases the comfort of the complete SCBA set. Additionally, the reduced length of the cylinder helps to avoid interference with helmets and head protection.
With more than 34 products developed in the last five years, Scott Safety has been at the forefront in the drive to improve product design and reduce user burden. Recent changes to the design of its Self Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA) and high pressure air cylinders include efforts to improve user comfort by reducing weight and incorporating ergonomic improvements.
Tony Pickett, Scott Safety's Global Product Manager says, " SCBA sets are often restrictive and tiresome when worn for long periods . Our research identified a need for a breathing apparatus that offered extended breathing duration, whilst also remaining compact and lightweight for maximum movability.