Hexagon Digital Wave has been selected by the Antarctic Fire Department to test carbon fiber self-contained breathing apparatus cylinders (SCBA).
Hexagon Digital Wave has been selected by the Antarctic Fire Department to test carbon fiber self-contained breathing apparatus cylinders (SCBA).

Hexagon Digital Wave, part of the Hexagon Group, has been selected by the Antarctic Fire Department to perform continued service life testing on carbon fiber self-contained breathing apparatus cylinders (SCBA).

Currently, SCBA cylinders are transferred to landfills in North America once end of usable service life is reached. To avoid discarding the cylinders in the Antarctic, the fire department was looking for a more sustainable solution, Hexagon said.

In December 2020, using Special Permit 16320, Hexagon Digital Wave started the continued service life testing process under DOT-SP 16320 on the cylinders. The testing process is now finalized, and the cylinders have been returned to the Antarctic Fire Department.

‘We believe in clean air everywhere and being able to provide sustainable solutions to those that are operating in one of the world’s most remote and untouched areas, is a great privilege,’ said Jack Schimenti, president, Hexagon Digital Wave.

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