06575165 is referenced by 76 patents and cites 11 patents.

The present invention relates to a fan-forced positive pressure breathing apparatus commonly known as a Powered Air Purifying Respirators (PAPR) system, and specifically concerns the connecting of the breathing components of such equipment. The invention is a method and apparatus for rapid engagement of PAPR breathing components (such as air supply lines and filter elements to a blower housing). The invention also provides for indicating and/or monitoring whether the relative components have been aligned and coupled in sealed engagement.

Title
Apparatus and method for breathing apparatus component coupling
Application Number
9/632142
Publication Number
6575165 (B1)
Application Date
August 3, 2000
Publication Date
June 10, 2003
Inventor
Thomas I Insley
Lake Elmo
MN, US
James R Betz
Hudson
WI, US
Derek S Baker
Lake Elmo
MN, US
David M Blomberg
Lino Lakes
MN, US
Kenneth J Krepel
North St. Paul
MN, US
Robert P Lapointe
Nepean
US
Pierre Legare
Addison
US
Ian T Petherbridge
Bognor Regis
US
Raymond Odell
Brookmans Park
US
David Cook
Bracknell
US
Agent
James L Young
US
Karl G Hanson
US
Assignee
3M Innovative Properties Company
MN, US
IPC
A62B 18/08
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