Chapter 1.0 - General Information KMDSI Products

Chapter 1.0 - General Information KMDSI Products
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SuperLite® 17K
This manual will refer to location numbers in specific drawings, or in the exploded view, which is
in the back of this manual. These numbers are called “location” numbers. They are used to find
the referred to parts in the drawings in this manual only. They are not the part number. Next to
the exploded drawing is a list of the “location” numbers that match the Kirby Morgan part numbers along with the name of the part. Always check the part number when ordering to make sure
it is correct. When ordering, always specify the helmet model number and serial number as well.
Chapter 1
General Information KMDSI Products
1.1 Introduction
The Kirby Morgan Corporation was started in 1965.
The copper and brass “Heavy Gear” or “Standard
Dress” helmets were the first helmets manufactured by
the company. Over the years Kirby Morgan designed,
manufactured and sold many different helmets and
masks for commercial divers.
Staying active in commercial diving has contributed to
the successful design innovations of KMDSI products.
This may be the primary reason for the acceptance of
our designs by professional divers.
Bev Morgan has designed more than fifty-seven diving helmets and over 40 diving masks. All employees
of KMDSI participate as part of the Kirby Morgan
design team. It would not be possible for us to supply
the commercial, military, scientific, and public service
diving industries with our equipment, without the team
of people that make up Kirby Morgan Dive Systems,
Inc. (KMDSI)
We feel it is important for the reader to understand
that we at KMDSI consider ourselves as only part
of the process along the path in diving equipment
design. We welcome all input from our customers.
The thinking of many good divers, diving equipment
engineers, diving medical specialists, diving organization administrators and their supporting personnel has
contributed to the current state of the art of diving.
Each piece of gear we manufacture has in it some of
the thinking of those who have gone before us. To
all those people who gave something of themselves
to the men and women who work underwater, we
express a thank you.
We have a strong commitment to providing the best
diving equipment and service possible. This thinking
has been the policy of Kirby Morgan Dive Systems,
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Inc. and we will continue to take this approach to
our work.
Our extensive dealer network makes it easy to obtain
genuine Kirby Morgan replacement parts, as well as
technical assistance worldwide.
KMDSI has always concentrated on designing and
manufacturing diving equipment that allows most
repairs, inspections, and all routine maintenance to
be performed by the user. Most routine preventative
and corrective maintenance can be accomplished by
the user utilizing this manual, the KMDSI Tool Kit
(P/N 525-620) and common hand tools. Technician
training is available through Dive Lab Inc. Information can be obtained on line at www.divelab.com or
by telephone at 850-235-2715.
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SuperLite® 17K
1.2 Full-Face Masks and Manifolds
The EXO Full Face Mask is designed for both surface supplied and SCUBA diving. By enclosing the
divers eyes, nose and mouth, the EXO permits nearly
normal speech when used in conjunction with most
wireless, and all hard wire underwater communication systems.
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The EXO BR (BALANCED REGULATOR) shown
here is designed to meet or exceed recommended performance goals in both SCUBA and surface supplied
modes and is
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European standards for regulator performance.
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The KMB 18B Band Mask frame is constructed of
hand laid fiberglass. The head harness is a molded,
strong tear resistant neoprene rubber.
The hood, which attaches to the mask frame with
welded stainless steel bands, provides warmth for the
divers head as well as pockets for the earphones. The
communications connections can be either a male
waterproof plug in type or bare wire posts. Both this
mask and the KMB 28B feature the new Tri-Valve™
Exhaust System.
The KMB 28B Band Mask (not shown) is very similar to the KMB 18, with many parts on the KMB 18B
being interchangeable with the KMB 28B. The major
difference between the 18 and 28 is the material of the
mask frame itself. The KMB 18 has a fiberglass frame
(yellow) while the KMB 28B frame is an extremely
durable injection molded plastic (black).
Other differences include:
1) The main exhaust body of the KMB 28 is part of the
frame itself and uses a #545-041 main exhaust cover
2) no comfort insert is required on the 28
3) the face ports for the 18 and the 28 differ slightly
in size.
Both the KMB 18 and KMB 28 are
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The Balanced Regulator helps reduce the work of
breathing for the diver by balancing the intermediate
air pressure against the valve sealing pressure inside
the regulator. This enables the regulator to instantly
adjust to changes in line pressure. The balanced
regulator is adjustable for a wide range of intermediate pressures between 90 PSIG – 250 over ambient
pressure (6.2 – 17 bar).
Both models have a modular communications design that permits rapid and simple maintenance. The
optional Hard Shell provides surfaces for mounting
lights, cameras etc.
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The mask is comprised of two major components,
the mask frame and the interchangeable lower pod.
The removable lower pod is a feature unique to the
SuperMask full-face mask. When diving, the pod is
easily removed and replaced on the mask, providing
the diver the capability to buddy-breathe, snorkel, use
an octopus or perform an “in water” gas switch.
With the pod sealed to the mask, the flexible, silicone
pod cover allows the diver to quickly place the regulator mouthpiece into the mouth or dive with it free of
the mouth for communications. With the mouthpiece
in, the regulator may be used without the pod being
sealed to the mask.
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The mask may also be used surface supplied when
used with the proper accessories. We are currently
developing several different pod configurations for
both open circuit and rebreather use. For further
information, see the Frequently Asked Questions
(FAQ) area on our web site at www.KirbyMorgan.
com/FullFaceMasks/M48.html.
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The SuperMask M-48 is an innovative new design
in a full-face mask. It provides the diver with all the
comfort of a full-face mask with the convenience of
changeable second stage regulators as well as the ability to use a snorkel without having to remove the mask.
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The Kirby Morgan Air Control System-5 (KMACS)
is a lightweight, portable control box for use in surface supplied air diving operations. The KMACS-5
controls the diver’s air supply, communications and
monitors the diver’s depth. It allows two divers clear
push-to-talk (two wire) or round robin (four wire)
communications. The KMACS-5 is also available
without communications.
The air supply can be either from a low-pressure
compressor or high-pressure cylinders. The adjustable
first stage regulator reduces the high-pressure air and
supplies low pressure through the umbilical to the
diver’s breathing system.
High pressure yokes permit U.S. standard SCUBA
cylinders or DIN equipped cylinders to be used. Lowpressure air supply fittings allow for a compressor to
be used as the primary air source.
A complete pneumo system with dual reading gauges
(both US Standard and Metric) is provided for each
diver’s air, as well as a shut-off/bleed system that uses
two high-pressure feed lines which allows changing
of used cylinders without interruption of the diving
operation. Optional shut off valves allow the isolation
of each diver’s air supply.
The Communication Set is a multipurpose intercommunication system that provides reliable and clear
communications between a topside operator (tender)
and one or more surface-supported divers, recompression chambers, or other submersible systems.
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SuperLite® 17K
The SL-17 A/B helmet system consists primarily of
two major components: the neck dam/yoke assembly,
and the helmet. To don the helmet, the diver first slips
the angled neck dam with the attached yoke over their
head. The helmet is lowered onto the diver’s head
with the help of a tender, then the yoke hinge tab is
hooked onto the alignment screw on the rear weight.
The neck clamp is then slipped onto the helmet and
locked. The locking system not only seals the neck
dam to the helmet but also secures the front of the
yoke, fastening the helmet to the diver’s head.
1.3 Kirby Morgan Diving Helmets
All Kirby Morgan diving helmets and masks are
manufactured by Kirby Morgan Dive Systems, Inc.
(KMDSI). Each step of the manufacturing process is
carefully controlled to assure the customer of a high
quality, durable helmet that will function properly for
many years.
There are eight models of Kirby Morgan diving helmets currently in production. They are the SuperLite®17B, (MK-21- U.S. Navy version), SuperLite® 17C the
SuperLite® 27, and Kirby Morgan models 37, 37SS,
47, 57, and 77. All are
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The SuperLite®-17A/B shares many common breathing system parts with all Kirby Morgan helmets
and masks. The breathing system was man-tested
to 1600 FSW by the University of Pennsylvania and
approved by the U.S. Navy for surface-supplied diving to 190 FSW with air and 300 FSW with mixed
gas. It surpasses all requirements of all governing
agencies and it is approved for commercial diving
through out the world.
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The SuperLite®-17 A/B was first developed in 1975
and quickly set a new standard for diving helmet
design. Many large and small commercial diving
companies, military organizations, scientific divers,
and public safety divers are successfully using this
design around the world. This helmet is
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Kirby Morgan® 37
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Neck Pad and
Sealed Pull Pins.
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Other features that are common to all Kirby Morgan
helmets include:
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The SuperLite® 27® Commercial Diver’s Helmet has
all the same features of the KM37 on a smaller, low
volume shell design. This helmet is often preferred
by persons with smaller heads.
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The helmet ring houses the sealed pull pins and
provides protection for the bottom end of the helmet.
The diver is also provided with an internally adjustable chin support. This custom fit and balance seats
the helmet comfortably for long periods of time even
when working in the face down position.
The helmet also features the SuperFlow® 350 large
tube adjustable demand regulator. The helmet is
available in the umbilical over the shoulder, “B”
configuration only.
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The helmet comes with the large tube SuperFlow®
350 adjustable demand regulator which provides an
easier breathing gas flow during peak work output.
A quick change communications module is available
with either bare wire posts or a waterproof connector.
The quick-change communications module, available
with either bare wire posts or a waterproof connector,
allows for easy, efficient maintenance of the helmets
communications.
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The Kirby Morgan® 37 Commercial Diver’s Helmet
represents what we at Kirby Morgan consider to be
a turning point in modern diving helmet design. The
helmet consists of two major assemblies: the helmet
shell/helmet ring assembly and the neck dam/neck
ring assembly.
The chrome plated machined brass helmet neck ring
houses the sealed pull pins and provides protection
for the bottom end of the helmet. Like the SL-17K,
37 and 17C, the diver is provided with an internally
adjustable chin support. This support, along with the
adjustable neck pad on the locking collar, gives the
diver a comfortable, secure, custom fit.
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Communications components
Oral/nasal mask
Nose block device
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The Kirby Morgan 47 offers the ultimate in a high
performance breathing regulator. This helmet has an
entirely new breathing system, oral nasal mask, and
water ejection system. The REX® Demand Valve, with
it’s fully adjustable balanced piston is a breakthrough
design that exceeds the requirements of all government or other testing agencies.
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It has the best work-of-breathing performance when
compared to ANY other commercial diving helmet.
The Kirby Morgan 47 Dive Helmet has been tested
and meets or exceeds European CE requirements and
is fully commercially rated. In all other respects, this
helmet is nearly identical to the Kirby Morgan 37.
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The Kirby Morgan® 57 helmet features our revolutionary new SuperFlow® 450 Stainless Balanced
Regulator. It's machined from a stainless steel casting
for the ultimate in performance and reliability.
Like all KMDSI regulators on our helmets and
Band Masks®, we use only regulators that are specifically designed for surface-supplied diving, that will
perform over the wide range of pressures delivered
by low pressure compressors. An ordinary SCUBA
regulator mounted on a diving helmet is not capable
of delivering the gas you need at heavy work loads.
This commercially rated fully diver adjustable regulator delivers all the breathing gas you might require
for the most demanding work underwater.
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The Kirby Morgan® 77 represents the first in a new
generation of stainless steel diving helmets that provide an alternative for the diver who prefers a metal
helmet. The helmet features a stainless steel version
of our new REX® regulator, which offers the best
performance of any Kirby Morgan system.
It has the best work-of-breathing performance when
compared to ANY other commercial diving helmet.
The Kirby Morgan 77 Dive Helmet has been tested
and meets or exceeds European CE requirements and
is fully commercially rated.
The Kirby Morgan® 57 also includes our Quad
Valve™ Exhaust System. It's recommended for diving in biologically contaminated water, when you're
properly trained and equipped, using recommended
procedures. This new exhaust has exceptionally low
exhalation resistance that you must experience to
appreciate.
The advantages of this all stainless steel helmet include the following:
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• No need to remove the handle to remove the port
retainer.
Before attempting any diving in any
type of contaminated water, a complete diving and topside course in
hazardous materials emergencies
should be completed. The divers and
the topside team must be properly
trained and have the proper safety
equipment. All helmets and suits can
leak water under certain conditions.
Divers should use extreme caution
when diving in contaminated waters.
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• No refinishing required if the surface is scratched
or gouged.
• Faster production of helmets for customer delivery.
• Elimination of threaded inserts for securing the port
retainer to the helmet shell.
• One piece sideblock includes both the free-flow valve
and the Emergency Gas System valve.
• The helmet ring is an integral part of the helmet.
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The Kirby Morgan® 37SS features an all stainless
steel shell, as well as a stainless sideblock, helmet
ring, bent tube, handle, and other key components.
The SuperFlow® 350 is standard on this helmet.
The Kirby Morgan 37SS features a quick change communications module, available with either bare wire
posts or a waterproof connector, and allows for easy,
efficient maintenance of the helmet's communications.
The advantages of this stainless steel helmet include
the following:
• Rugged helmet shell and other components
• No refinishing required if the surface is scratched
or gouged
• Elimination of threaded inserts for securing port
retainer to helmet shell
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