LIFE® Corporation OXYGEN REGULATORS ARE
THE ONLY ALUMINUM-BODIED REGULATORS TO PASS THE NEW STRINGENT ASTM STANDARD TEST METHOD
THIS STANDARD TEST METHOD HAS BEEN ACCEPTED AND
RECOMMENDED BY THE FDA.
The LIFE® Corporation patented, compact and
lightweight flow control regulator were the ONLY aluminum body with brass internal component regulators not to
explode nor propagate flame.
"Rapid compression" and "promoted ignition at the regulator inlet" testing procedures of the
American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) were designed to evaluate oxygen regulator ignition sensitivity
and fault tolerance.
In a test conducted at an independent
testing facility, specializing in forensic engineering and accident reconstruction, the LIFE CGA 870 Oxygen
Regulator series was proven to be the vital link to safe, non-fire and non-explosive high pressure oxygen
systems for the emergency oxygen first aid responders. The grueling test objective was to determine if ignition
and/or combustion would occur within an oxygen component when it is subjected to rapid pressurization up to a
ludicrous 3,600 PSI at an incredible 120 cycles with heated (144F) oxygen.
If that wasn't damaging enough, the next test literally tried to blow up the
regulators by placing an "ignition pill" (consisting of an explosive combination of iron powder, aluminum powder
and rubber cement in a nylon casing) at the inlet of the regulator at 3,000 PSI. According to the test facility,
an acceptable result is consumption or melting of the filter without propagation to the main body or adjacent
metallic materials. The only aluminum-bodied regulator to remain intact, pass the brutal tests and still perform
to exacting flow standards was the LIFE® regulator.
This is the long awaited, positive
development the industry needed after the recent U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and National Institute
for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) advisory and a subsequent recall of another manufacturer's line of
The advisory was issued following tragic
reports of fires and explosions, which the FDA and NIOSH believe may be related to the use of aluminum in
certain types of regulators when used in high-pressure oxygen systems. In February of 1999, the FDA and
NIOSH published a Public Health Advisory entitled "Explosions and Fires in Aluminum Oxygen Regulators."
The advisory stated that since 1994, several fires had occurred in certain aluminum-bodied regulators, which
resulted in severe burns to 11 healthcare workers and patients.
Since the release of that advisory, more
fires have occurred. This series of events prompted the FDA to request ASTM, with input from NASA, NIOSH and the
FDA, to develop a credible, universal performance standard, using a promoted ignition test, to assure safer
performance of oxygen regulators, regardless of their material composition, under less than ideal
It's important to note, that LIFE®
Regulators, in use in oxygen systems around the world, have never been involved in any reported incidents of
fire or explosion and have never been part of any recall! In fact, during the last 18 years in which LIFE®
Corporation has supplied regulators containing aluminum, we have never received a report of our regulator
exploding or burning.
So why is it that the regulators
manufactured by LIFE® Corporation are the ONLY aluminum regulators to not only pass, but to not explode or burn
in qualification testing designed to meet the tough, new ASTM standard test methods?
Our aluminum oxygen regulators do not
contain the same design characteristics as those regulators that were being recalled. Patent-applied Flame
Arrestor Inlet Seal, unique to the industry and a life-saving design for our customers, the regulators' inlet is
designed to prevent fire propagation by dissipating heat.
The Flame Arrestor series is used around
the world in most all military and commercial aircraft fuel vent systems to prevent external flame propagation
into the fuel cells.
In addition, our design clearly minimizes
the contact area between aluminum and oxygen, and where they do meet, we've electrolytically applied an oxide
coating (military-grade anodize) to the aluminum body making it all but impossible to propagate any kind of
combustion. And we believe we are one of the few manufacturers to exclusively utilize NASA specified
elastomer and polymer inlet seals and piston seats for pure oxygen environments.
Our concern for safety does not stop with
the design or its features. Our regulators are oxygen cleaned, assembled, tested and packed in clean rooms
so that we can supply a new standard of performance and quality-assurance.