Essex Industries Interphone Control Panels on C-130

Essex Industries has received a five-year contract from the U.S. Government that involves at least 100 Interphone Control Panels for the C-130. The first delivery order will ship in 2019.

The C-130, a four-engine turboprop military transport aircraft built by Lockheed Martin, has become the main tactical airlifter for military forces around the world.

In addition to the Interphone Control Panels, Essex provides the Liquid Oxygen (LOX) system for the C-130 and supplies three different control wheel upgrades with U.S. SOCOM (Special Operations Command), IAF (Indian Air Force) and Lockheed Martin

Essex Industries PBE Selected by Korean Air

Protective Breathing Equipment - PBE

Essex Industries is pleased to announce that their PBE, Protective Breathing Equipment, was selected by Korean Air for its new CS300 aircraft.

The Essex PBE is a self-contained personal breathing device that provides crewmembers with protection during emergencies in an aircraft.   The PBE is easy to activate and use, donning in just 15 seconds.  Its unique design eliminates the need for an oral/nasal mask so that crewmembers can communicate while wearing the unit.  The Essex PBE provides up to 60 minutes of aviator’s grade oxygen by means of two oxygen cylinder assemblies, unlike other units that use chemical-oxygen generators.  Recognized for its safe design, the Essex PBE is the lightest unit available, making it more comfortable for the crew and reducing fuel costs for the airline through weight reduction.  Essex PBE’s are installed in the majority of U.S. airlines and a growing number of carriers throughout the world.  The PBE holds FAA TSO-C116 and TSO-C99 approvals as well as CAA, EASA, CAAC and ANAC approvals.

Ranked as one of the top 20 passenger carriers in the world, Korean Air maintains a fleet of 164 planes and operates scheduled flights to 123 cities in 43 countries worldwide.  It is the largest airline and flag carrier of South Korea based on fleet size, international destinations and international flights.  Korean Air is part of the SkyTeam Airline Alliance.


Essex has released a new training video on 7 Liter and 10 Liter Liquid Oxygen Converters. The video reviews common troubleshooting procedures so that customers can address basic issues in the field instead of returning the units to Essex.

AS9100D/ISO9001:2015 Certification

Essex Industries has received notification from BSI that its AS9100D/ISO9001:2015 accreditation has been approved.  This certification will be in effect until February 27, 2020, contingent upon successful completion of annual surveillance audits.

AS9100D is a quality management standard for organizations that design and manufacture products for the aerospace industry including parts, components and assemblies.  ISO9001 is an international standard that specifies requirements for a quality management system, or QMS.

This certification applies to all four Essex facilities and covers Platform Controls, Aircraft Components, Liquid Oxygen Equipment and Emergency Breathing Equipment.

We’re Moving!


Within the next few months, Essex operations at the Carr Lane Court location will be relocating to our Chivvis facility.  This consolidation project includes a complete facility upgrade with state-of-the-art manufacturing along with a major investment in new equipment.

Preparations for this event have been underway for months to ensure that no changes or delays in service, production or shipping occur during the transition.

Once the move occurs, our manufacturing and support staff currently at Carr Lane Court will be located at 8007 Chivvis Drive, Saint Louis, MO 63123.

Essex corporate offices will remain at 7700 Gravois and we will continue our manufacturing operations at the Sunnen facility.

Updates will be posted on our website, LinkedIn and Facebook pages, so check back for the latest information.