Wow.... that sucks for alot of people. I dident know where to find the number on my tank so i just looked at it and, wahla, the number said DOT E 10945. I guess that means i'm safe. Looks like people are going to get reimbursed (sp?) some time soon.
There are four major manufacturers of fiber wrapped cylinders(bottles) here in the United States that we use for paintball. SCI, Carleton, Luxfer, and GCI (Global Composite Industries). All of the regulator manufacturers and value added resellers use one of these manufacturers cylinders to make what we know as a HPA air system for paintball. The only cylinders affected by DOT's de-certification are marked with the code DOT-E 12695. These cylinders were manufactured by GCI (Global Composite Industries.)
The only regulator manufacturers or resellers that I know for sure have sold GCI cylinders are Archon (Ignition HPA systems), Crossfire (Crossfire HPA systems), and MacDev (Legionaire and Conquest HPA systems). Now I am not saying that all of the cylinders sold by these companies were GCI cylinders, however, some of them definetly were and therefore, these cylinders should be checked.
I can also say with conviction that CenterFlag has never sold GCI cylinders to anyone! I understand that this is a scary issue, however I believe people should check their facts before they go posting potentially harmful information about other people's businesses. Since this is a "business owners forum," I would think people posting in this forum would know better...
If you have any other questions about compressed air cylinders or related matter, feel free to contact me!
One other thing to keep in mind. Tanks and tank regs are not 'married' to one another. If you've bought a used HPA system, there's little/no guarrantee that the tank and reg were purchased together. I have a variety of adjustable tank regs that don't screw-in so they're not easy to move from marker to marker. If the gun I want to play with is set up for a tank reg that's got an out-of-date tank, it's sometimes easier to switched the tanks rather than set the gun up for a different system.
The bottom line is to check the tank regardless of the reg that happens to be on it.
correct. the only tanks that are at all affected by this are tanks made by GCI tanks with the DOT-E 12695 number.
if you have a luxfer, carleton, etc. tank with that number are still safe and as far as i know, GCI bottles not under the DOT-E 12695 exemption are also safe.
from what i heard, GCI had a defect in a machine running the bottles and not enough fiber was wrapped on the tank, making it too weak to safely sustain 4500 psi (note: you could prolly fill one and it wont necessarily explode, but its not up to safety requirement codes and thus i do not reccomend it). No other company has had this problem, and as far as i know other GCI bottles do not have this problem.
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