Essex Industries PBE Selected by Korean Air

PBE Smokehood

Essex Industries is pleased to announce that their PBE, Protective Breathing Equipment, was selected by Korean Air for its new CS300 aircraft.

The Essex PBE is a self-contained personal breathing device that provides crewmembers with protection during emergencies in an aircraft.   The PBE is easy to activate and use, donning in just 15 seconds.  Its unique design eliminates the need for an oral/nasal mask so that crewmembers can communicate while wearing the unit.  The Essex PBE provides up to 60 minutes of aviator’s grade oxygen by means of two oxygen cylinder assemblies, unlike other units that use chemical-oxygen generators.  Recognized for its safe design, the Essex PBE is the lightest unit available, making it more comfortable for the crew and reducing fuel costs for the airline through weight reduction.  Essex PBE’s are installed in the majority of U.S. airlines and a growing number of carriers throughout the world.  The PBE holds FAA TSO-C116 and TSO-C99 approvals as well as CAA, EASA, CAAC and ANAC approvals.

Ranked as one of the top 20 passenger carriers in the world, Korean Air maintains a fleet of 164 planes and operates scheduled flights to 123 cities in 43 countries worldwide.  It is the largest airline and flag carrier of South Korea based on fleet size, international destinations and international flights.  Korean Air is part of the SkyTeam Airline Alliance.

NEW LOX VIDEO

Essex has released a new training video on 7 Liter and 10 Liter Liquid Oxygen Converters. The video reviews common troubleshooting procedures so that customers can address basic issues in the field instead of returning the units to Essex.

AS9100D/ISO9001:2015 Certification

Essex Industries has received notification from BSI that its AS9100D/ISO9001:2015 accreditation has been approved.  This certification will be in effect until February 27, 2020, contingent upon successful completion of annual surveillance audits.

AS9100D is a quality management standard for organizations that design and manufacture products for the aerospace industry including parts, components and assemblies.  ISO9001 is an international standard that specifies requirements for a quality management system, or QMS.

This certification applies to all four Essex facilities and covers Platform Controls, Aircraft Components, Liquid Oxygen Equipment and Emergency Breathing Equipment.

We’re Moving!

 

Within the next few months, Essex operations at the Carr Lane Court location will be relocating to our Chivvis facility.  This consolidation project includes a complete facility upgrade with state-of-the-art manufacturing along with a major investment in new equipment.

Preparations for this event have been underway for months to ensure that no changes or delays in service, production or shipping occur during the transition.

Once the move occurs, our manufacturing and support staff currently at Carr Lane Court will be located at 8007 Chivvis Drive, Saint Louis, MO 63123.

Essex corporate offices will remain at 7700 Gravois and we will continue our manufacturing operations at the Sunnen facility.

Updates will be posted on our website, LinkedIn and Facebook pages, so check back for the latest information.

Essex Industries selected by Airbus as approved Supplier for PBEs

Essex Industries has been selected as an approved supplier of Protective Breathing Equipment (PBE) for the Airbus series of commercial airliners including the newest A320 NEO single-aisle aircraft.
With this approval, Essex PBE products are now included in the Airbus Seller-Furnished Equipment (SFE) Options Catalog, which allows customers to select and specify Essex PBEs as standard equipment onboard as-delivered aircraft.

The Essex PBE provides crewmembers with ocular, head and respiratory protection during emergency conditions in an aircraft cabin. A minimum of 15 minutes of protection is provided to the wearer, as aviator’s grade oxygen is released into the unit.  Its unique design provides 270° of visibility and eliminates the need for an oral/nasal mask so that crewmembers can communicate while wearing the unit. The PBE holds FAA TSO-C116 and TSO-C99 approvals as well as CAA, EASA, CAAC and ANAC approvals. Recognized for their safe design, Essex PBE units are installed in the majority of U.S. airlines and a number of carriers throughout the world.

Essex Receives Silver Boeing Performance Excellence Award

Essex Industries is proud to announce that it has received a 2016 Silver level Boeing Performance Excellence Award for its Carr Lane Court facility, which supplies Protective Breathing Equipment (PBE) to Boeing for all of their commercial aircraft.

The Boeing Company issues the award annually to recognize suppliers who have achieved superior performance.   Essex maintained a Silver composite performance rating for each month of the 12-month performance period, from October 1, 2015 to September 30, 2016.

Essex is one of only 402 suppliers to receive the Silver level of recognition for 2016.