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  1. Q:
    What can I do about the appearance of “rust like” discoloration on my Kirby Morgan stainless steel helmet? Is it rust?

    A

    Have you seen what appears to be rust?
    Kirby Morgan would like to assure all dealers and SS helmet owners, that the helmet shells are not actually rusting. All of these helmet shells and other main components, are cast and machined from a highly corrosion resistant grade of 316L stainless steel. The investment casting process can produce a very good finish, but this still requires more processing to be acceptable. Each helmet shell is initially hand finished, then, it is processed to a very smooth surface using specialized friction finishing equipment. Even after all this processing, these smooth surfaces will still have small surface porosity that can trap foreign matter, some of which can “rust”. This is what will make the surfaces appear to be rusting. This foreign matter that may be trapped, needs to be cleaned away, and the surfaces need to be protected. Basic cleaning and protection should be performed on a regular basis and may need to be performed more often depending on what type of environment the helmets are used in. NOTE, This “Rusting” issue can also be seen on Fiberglass helmet shells and chrome plated brass parts. It is what is stuck to those surfaces that is “rusting”. Not the fiberglass or chrome.

    Cleaning Procedures for the stainless steel helmet
    Thoroughly clean the components with a cleaning soap such as Simple Green. A soft scrubbing tool can help to remove excess materials. See figure 1

    Dry the components and wipe completely with Isopropyl alcohol and allow to evaporate. See figure 2

    Using a kitchen sponge with an abrasive side. Wet and apply hand soap that contains a slight abrasive (LAVA hand soap works very well, or Go-Jo Pumice, citric hand soap), and simply rub onto the affected area of the helmet shell. The unwanted stains will easily be removed. See figure 3

    NEVER USE STEEL WOOL TO PERFORM THIS TASK. It will deeply imbed iron particles into the stainless and may cause severe rusting to the component.

    Citric acid or diluted vinegar can be used to passivate stainless steel and remove any light rust. A lemon half works well as a scrubbing tool, and at the same time provides the citric acid to help eliminate small surface particles of rust. Allow enough liquid to deposit on all affected surfaces and allow it to settle for at least 30 minutes. Rinse and re-apply as needed. Rinse again and finish wipe with the Isopropyl alcohol allow to dry completely. Apply at least 2 coats of a good quality paste wax. This will help seal surface porosity to prevent foreign matter from being trapped, which may then rust. See figure 4

    It is best to clean as much of the helmet surfaces as possible, rather than cleaning only affected areas, as this will help prevent any future issues. A basic cleaning and waxing procedure should be performed as part of a routine cleaning regiment.

    Kirby Morgan suggests the use of lemon juice/lemons, or vinegar for the source of acid. These types of acid will help dissolve certain stains, rust and certain residue buildup such as hard water and mineral deposits. Because they are natural and non-toxic, Kirby Morgan highly recommends them for this procedure. There are several commercially available products on the market that will remove rust as well (evapo-rust {www.evaporust.com}). These have not been evaluated by KMDSI at this time.


    B

    Below are the links to the two products we recommend (E-NOX Clean and UNO SF, by Walter Surface Technologies).

    Please follow the manufacturer’s recommendations regarding use.

    Step #1 for your Stainless Steel Shell or Pod. Use E-NOX Clean - Cleaner/Brightener Gel. Here is the link: http://www.biocircle.com/en_US/products/environmental-solutions/industrial-cleaning-degreasing/e-nox-clean

    Step #2 for your Stainless Steel Shell or Pod. Use UNO SF (as a neutralizer) – High Strength Degreaser. Here is the link: http://www.biocircle.com/en_US/products/environmental-solutions/industrial-cleaning-degreasing/uno-s-f

    For more information regarding cleaning procedure "B" see Bulletin # 4 of 2014

    NOTE: All new stainless helmet shells are electro chemical cleaned (electropolished) and friction polished to a very smooth exterior surface finish. If so desired, the surface can be brought to a higher luster using basic polishing techniques, (i.e. polishing compounds and light buffing techniques).

  2. Q:
    Is Kirby Morgan really making a new Miller Helmet?
    Yes. We are absolutely positively coming out with a newly re-tooled Miller Helmet! This helmet will be called the Miller Legend. This is a major project and we regret to say a release date for the Miller Legend is not available at this time.
  3. Q:
    Can I still get the earlier non wing style whiskers for my Helmet/Bandmask
    Yes. The non-wing style are still available! Just ask for 510-766, 510-767 starboard and port whiskers. They are for use on units with quad/tri valve exhaust assemblies.
  4. Q:
    Will Kirby Morgan be making a stainless steel version of the SuperLite® 17B or 27 Helmet?
    We are sorry but there are no plans to produce a stainless steel SuperLite® 17B or 27 Helmet.
  5. Q:
    Can I get the KMACS-5 without its case?
    The case (p/n 420-101) is an integral part of the design, building & shipping of the precision made interior workings of the KMACS-5. We therefore do not offer the KMACS-5 without the case. All KMACS-5s leave our factoryinstalled into their cases.
  6. Q:
    When will there be a 450 Regulator conversion kit for the stainless steel helmets?
    Due to delays beyond our control with the CE certification process, a kit to convert the stainless steel helmets to the 450 regulator has been put on hold for an indefinite period of time.
  7. Q:
    Does Kirby Morgan have parts, manuals, or exploded views for my KMB 10?
    We are sorry but we have no parts, manuals or support for the KMB 10. Due to safety concerns, we are not able to offer advice on keeping the KMB 10 or earlier models (KMB 8, 9) in service. The KMB 10 was discontinued by US Divers twenty five years ago. These masks have completed their service life. Because this is life support equipment, in the interest of diver safety we recommend only that the old equipment be upgraded to newer, serviceable models such as the KMB 18 or KMB 28 Band Masks.
  8. Q:
    What are the fittings on the KMACS?

    The LP inlet: #8 male JIC

    The primary air outlets: #6 male JIC

    The pneumo outlets#4 male JIC

  9. Q:
    Does Kirby Morgan offer Oxygen (O2) fittings or O2 adapters for the air outlets on the KMACS-5?
    Due to the unique configuration of the air outlets, and their mate up with the air control manifold, Kirby Morgan does not offer O2 fittings or adapters for the KMACS-5 air outlets.
  10. Q:
    Whats the fitting type on the emergency valve?

    The threads at the end of the emergency valve are 9/16-18. A standard scuba hose, male (3/8”-24 UNF2A) will attach to them.

  11. Q:
    I am looking for a vacuum test device for the One Way Valve (aka Check valve or Non-return valve). Does Kirby Morgan make this? Where can I get one?

    Kirby Morgan does not make a vacuum controlled test device for our one way valves (555-195). This device was used back in the 1980s (not made by Kirby Morgan) but this tester was phased out long ago. Vacuum controlled one way valve testers are not necessary and are no longer commercially available for our equipment. The current and approved method for testing the one way valve is covered in the Kirby Morgan Owners Operations & Maintenance Manuals.

  12. Q:
    My ears have been injured. I can still SCUBA dive but I must keep my ears dry. Would one of your helmets work for me?

    Kirby Morgan helmets are heavy duty professional life support equipment and are not intended for use with a self-contained gas supply (not intended for SCUBA use). There is no provision for surface swimming once the SCUBA air supply is depleted. This could lead to serious injury or death by suffocation or drowning. We are sorry but Kirby Morgan does not offer a light weight, recreational diving helmet that would keep the ears dry.

  13. Q:
    What’s the brass fitting on the check valve?

    The brass fitting on the check valve is ¼ NPT into the check valve.

  14. Q:
    What is the value of my used, old (or stolen) helmet? Does Kirby Morgan appraise, buy or sell used equipment?

    Kirby Morgan does not handle used equipment. We are strictly a production facility and advise that you contact our authorized dealers if you are looking to buy or sell new or used equipment. If you have had a unit stolen and need a value for insurance purposes, we (or your dealer) will be happy to provide you with the current retail price to serve as a replacement value. If you are able to provide us with the serial number we will be happy to give you the age of any unit. However, despite the age, condition can vary greatly from unit to unit depending on usage & maintenance history. For these reasons it is impossible for us to appraise the value of a unit from a serial number or a photo. Proceed with caution on any used gear purchases. If you are able to, have the used equipment inspected by certified, factory trained personnel (most Kirby Morgan dealers) prior to purchase. Most importantly, if bought used, always have your life support equipment inspected as described above before use! Our website Dealers page will show all KM dealers and include information as to whether or not they are a factory certified inspection & maintenance facility.

  15. Q:
    Does Kirby Morgan offer quick disconnects?

    We do not make or handle Quick Disconnects (quick disconnect whip assembly - for between the sideblock emergency valve and the divers bailout bottle first stage regulator) but you would be able to source quick disconnects through many of our dealers. Please see our authorized dealers.

  16. Q:
    I need an inspection on my Kirby Morgan product. Do I send it to Kirby Morgan?

    We ask that you send it to one of our authorized dealers for inspections.

  17. Q:
    How do I become a trained technician?

    Below is a list of all our current Kirby Morgan Dealers that are certified in maintenance and repair technician courses:


    Australia
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    Tel:
    61 (0)8 9437 6800
    54 Bushland Ridge, Bibra Lake, Australia, WA 6163
    Tel:
    61 (0)2 9545 35000
    Unit 13, 21025 Monro Avenue, Kirrawee, NSW, Sydney, Australia 2232
    Tel:
    (61) 089 337-6367
    Unit 2, No. 6 Parkinson Lane, KARDINYA WA 6163
    Tel:
    (61) 29 524-0466
    Unit 33C, 1-3 Endeavor Road, Caringbah, NSW 2229, Australia

    Belgium
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    Tel:
    +32 (0) 15 43 0131
    Steenhoevestraat 4, 2800 Mechelen

    Brazil
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    Tel:
    +55(11) 5524-3918 / 5524-4072
    Rua Augusto Ferreira de Morais, 282, CEP: 04763-000, Socorro - São Paulo – SP, Brazil

    Canada
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    Tel:
    250.652.5881
    6820 Kirkpatrick Crescent, Saanichton, BC V8M 1Z9
    Tel:
    902-876-0555 (800-616-3483)
    Unit 11, #2 Lakeside Park Drive

    Chile
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    Tel:
    56-065-270962
    Complejo Empresarial San Andres, Bernardino 1057, modulo 1, Flexcenter, Puerto Montt, Chile
    Tel:
    56-32-2215174
    Almirante Senoret 151 Of 101, Valparaiso, Chile

    China
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    Tel:
    86 1501 763 7856
    101 Nanxing Ge, Block 25, Haiwan Garden , Haichang Street, Shekou, Shenzhen, Guangdong Province, China PC: 518067
    Tel:
    852-2735 7790
    Units 41 - 51, 12/Fl., Block B, Profit Industrial Building, 1 - 15 Kwai Fung Crescent, Kwai Chung, Hong Kong

    Croatia
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    Tel:
    39 (0) 41 538 1517
    Via Bottenigo 147 / A, 30175 Marghera, Venice, Italy

    Czech Republic
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    Tel:
    00420 222 947 314
    Ceskoslovenske Armady 13, Prague 6, Czech Republic, 160 00

    Denmark
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    Tel:
    +45 8624 3233
    Sommervej 19, 8210 Århus V, Denmark

    Finland
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    Tel:
    358 961 3316
    Rusthollarinkatu 8, FI-02270 Espoo, Finland

    France
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    Tel:
    +33 (0)3 28535939
    Immeuble Le Leeds 253, Boulevard de Leeds, 59777 Lille, France
    Tel:
    33 (0)4 83 42 45 95
    2742 avenue président John Kennedy, 83140 Six Fours Les Plages, France
    Tel:
    +33 (0)483424595
    2742 Av. John Kennedy, 83140 Six-Fours-les-Plages, France

    Germany
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    Tel:
    +49 (0)2605 9626013
    Im Feenwalde 8,, D-56290 Macken, Germany
    Tel:
    +49 421 37788-0
    Konsul-Smidt-Str. 15, Bremen, 28 094

    India
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    Tel:
    91 22 2761 9975
    A-148, Khaime MIDC, Pavane, Near Vashi, Navi Mumbai, 400 705, Maharashtra

    Italy
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    Tel:
    041.538.15.17
    Via Bottenigo 147 / A, 30175 Marghera, Venice

    Japan
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    Tel:
    +81-3-5613-8901
    5-13-4 Towa Adachi-ku, Tokyo 120-0003, Japan

    Netherlands
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    Tel:
    31 (0) 162 52 22 02
    Ramgatseweg 27, 4941 VN Raamsdonksveer, The Netherlands
    Tel:
    +31 (0)164 615490
    Conradweg 22, 4612 PD, Bergen op Zoom, The Netherlands

    Norway
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    Tel:
    47 41 41 44 90
    Tollbodgt 3, N-5527 Haugesund, Norway

    Panama
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    Tel:
    (507)441-6907
    Calle 15,, Avda. Central (Zona Procesadora Colon Maritime Investor S.A), Colon, Panama

    Poland
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    Tel:
    58 711 76 85
    Ocean-Tech s.c., Perseusza 9,, 80-299 Gdansk, Poland

    Singapore
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    Tel:
    65 6265 8122
    No. 1 Gul Street 4, Singapore 629233
    Tel:
    +65 6518 0777
    65 Tuas Avenue 1, Singapore 639508
    Tel:
    65 6266 4566
    74 Kian Teck Road, Singapore 628800

    Slovenia
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    Tel:
    39 (0) 41 538 1517
    Via Bottenigo 147 / A, 30175 Marghera, Venice, Italy

    South Africa
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    Tel:
    27 21 534-3600
    152 - 156 Gunners Circle, Epping Industrial, Cape Town, South Africa 7460

    South Korea
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    Tel:
    82 2 4300 678
    66-3, Chungung-ro 207beon-gil, Hanam-si, Gyenggi-do, Republic of Korea 465-080

    Spain
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    Tel:
    + 34 952 24 68 63
    Calle Pascal, Nº 36, 29004, Malaga, Spain
    Tel:
    34 95 247 3230
    Pol.Ind La Vega,, Nave N19 ESP 2965O,, Mijas Costa, Malaga, Spain

    United Arab Emirates
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    Tel:
    +97142776161
    WS124B, Dubai Maritime City, next to Port Rashid, Mina, United Arab Emirates

    United Kingdom
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    Tel:
    01482 876999
    3D HARPINGS ROAD, Hull, HU5 4JF, England
    Tel:
    01224 740 145
    Enterprise Drive, Westhill Industrial Estate, Westhill, Aberdeen, AB32 6TQ, Scotland, UK

    United States
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    Tel:
    206.784.5050
    19004 Hwy 99, Lynnwood, WA 98036
    Tel:
    850-235-2715
    1415 Moylan Rd., Panama City Beach, FL. 32407
    Tel:
    504.392.2800
    2396 Belle Chasse Hwy., Gretna, LA 70056
  18. Q:
    Wasn't Kirby Morgan going to make a helmet with a full sized large view port called the KM 67?
    Plans for the KM 67 Helmet have been postponed / release date undetermined.