BENICIA, Feb 9, 2016 – RIX Industries, headquartered in Benicia, California, was recently selected to provide state-of-the-art, oil-free STAR Series design compressors for General Dynamics, Bath Iron Works to support United States Coast Guard (USCG) Offshore Patrol Cutters.
The Coast Guard is using a two-phased design-build strategy to acquire the Offshore Patrol Cutters (OPC). This approach established stable requirements and design early in the acquisition to help mitigate cost and schedule risks. The Coast Guard awarded preliminary design awards to three vendors – Bollinger Shipyards Lockport LLC; Eastern Shipbuilding Group Inc.; and General Dynamics, Bath Iron Works – in February 2014. After evaluating an extensive range of contract deliverables submitted by each of the preliminary and contract design phase contractors, the service will select one vendor to complete the second phase, which includes detail design and options for construction of up to nine OPCs. This approach further promotes affordability by allowing the Coast Guard to review how nine cutters are priced in a competitive environment before the down-select decision to a single contractor is made. Twenty-five OPCs are planned.
The RIX Industries environmentally friendly compressors range from 30 to 450 SCFM and deliver up to 150 PSIG discharge pressure, offering unprecedented value, reliability and performance. Environmental features include zero oil consumption and zero oil contamination with high reliability and minimum maintenance. Drained fluids contain no hazardous materials and can be disposed without environmental concern, resulting in game-changing results for the new U.S. Coast Guard Offshore Patrol Cutters (OPC) as well as U.S. and foreign navies.
“RIX Industries is strategically positioned at the heart of the fast-growing global maritime industry, the STAR Series is well-poised to capitalize on exponential growth in this segment,” said Terry Allvord, USN (Ret.), Director of Business Development at RIX Industries.
For over 137 years, RIX Industries has been the trusted leader of compressor manufacturing for industrial gases and breathing air. RIX Industries specializes in oil-free technology and high pressure. RIX Industries’ mission is to design and produce systems that provide reliable, economical and environmental benefits to customers. With 80% of sales coming from repeat customers, the RIX reputation of Reliability, Innovation and eXperience continues.