CAIRE marks 20th anniversary of breakthrough oxygen tech


Oxygen equipment manufacturer CAIRE is celebrating a landmark achievement for its portable oxygen technology.

Having launched its first portable oxygen concentrator (POC) 20 years ago, the LifeStyle – released under its AirSep brand – was conceptualised by Norman ‘Norm’ McCombs, then-Vice President of Research and Development, who modelled the devices’ dimensions on his wife’s 9.75 lb handbag. 

Since then, the LifeStyle became the first POC to gain FAA approval for commercial air flights and, in 2013, McCombs was formally recognised for his contributions to industry by US President Barack Obama. 

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