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Bulletin # 02 of 2012

Interior Title: 
Bulletin #2 of 2012
Title Type: 
New Product Bulletin
Bulletin Date: 
Bulletin #2 of 2012, May 16, 2012 (Updated April 10, 2013)
Bulletin Type: 
New Product Bulletin
Bulletin Subject: 
New Face Seal & Hood, and Bronze Band Screw P/N 530-097
Products Affected: 
KMB-Band Masks® 18 and 28 (P/N: 500-025, 500-026, 500-028, and 500-029)
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Available to ship June 2012.

Kirby Morgan is proud to announce new hood and face seal assemblies for the KMB (Kirby Morgan BandMask) series of diving masks. The new hood & face seal assemblies will be available in three different sized (S, M, L) molded face seals that can be combined with two different sized hoods, small and large.


The new hood & face seals will be available for purchase separately to start, and are not a production option for KMB-Band Masks® at this time.


Once correctly sized (go to www.kirbymorgan.com, go to BandMasks under Products, for face measurement system), the new face seals fit against the diver's face better for improved safety and comfort. The face seals are molded out of a durable synthetic rubber that does not require foam backing. The ear pockets are also molded into the face seals for added protection of the communications.


New KMB Hood and Face Seal

Above: P/N (530-097) Longer band screws that are needed when using the new hood and face seal. Now made out of bronze to prevent stainless on stainless galling.


The two sizes of hoods, small and large, help prevent bunching of the hood behind the head and provide a more snug and comfortable fit.


The new hood & face seal assemblies retrofit to all earlier KMB-Band Masks® 18 and 28 but require longer bronze band screws (530-097). The new longer bronze band screws simplify the installation of the hood & face seal assemblies, solve the stainless on stainless galling issues and retrofit onto all KMB-Band Masks®. Kirby Morgan recommends upgrading all stainless steel band screws (530-095), on existing units, to the new longer bronze band screws, 530-097 (2 per mask). US 2013 retail $2.00 each (Not available on an exchange basis). The 530-095 shorter, stainless steel band screws are now obsolete.


Choosing a size:

For safety and comfort it is very important to obtain a correctly fitting face seal and hood combination. Go to www.kirbymorgan.com, Products, then BandMasks, and download the face measurement system (face sizing chart, face measurement tool, face sizing cut out) to determine which size combination will best fit you.


Hood & Face Seal Assemblies:

525-740 Hood & Face Seal (Standard/Current Style, One Size)(M/L Hood)(Neop./Foam Face Seal)

Note: The new molded face seal will not retrofit to the hood above.


P/N New Hoods w/ Molded Face Seal Combinations Price
525-730 KMB-Band Mask® 28 Hood with Molded Face Seal (S/S) $160.00
525-731 KMB-Band Mask® 28 Hood with Molded Face Seal (S/M) $160.00
525-732 KMB-Band Mask® 28 Hood with Molded Face Seal (L/M) $220.00
525-733 KMB-Band Mask® 28 Hood with Molded Face Seal (L/L) $220.00
P/N New Hoods w/ Molded Face Seal Combinations Price
525-734 KMB-Band Mask® 18 Hood with Molded Face Seal (S/S) $155.00
525-735 KMB-Band Mask® 18 Hood with Molded Face Seal (S/M) $155.00
525-736 KMB-Band Mask® 18 Hood with Molded Face Seal (L/M) $215.00
525-737 KMB-Band Mask® 18 Hood with Molded Face Seal (L/L) $215.00

Note: Included in every kit are two longer bronze band screws (530-097), a replacement nut (530-145) for original pre May 2004 band keepers, and in the KMB-Band Mask® 28 kits only, these parts, plus a 520-153 face seal spacer.


Again, the new molded face seals will not retrofit into the current hoods, 525-740 that contain the 510-712.


Please contact your local KMDSI dealer or e-mail [email protected] for more information.