Oseco’s history (Broken Arrow, USA)
The place? Broken Arrow, near Tulsa in Oklahoma State, USA. The date? 1980. In this year, five people took a leap of faith to begin their own safety equipment company. A group of employees joined Jerry Allen and his co-founders, and together they built Oklahoma Safety Equipment Company, known as Oseco.
Oseco positioned itself on the market as an innovative company providing products and services that gave the end users maximum safety. The first rupture disc was manufactured in February 1981, and by the mid-1980s, Oseco was on its way to establishing itself as an industry leader. Rapid growth allowed the owners to expand to a new facility and hire more staff.
In 1991, Oseco registered its first patent, for a tension-loaded composite rupture disc. More innovations followed, including the Oseco Safety Plug for oilfield environments, and the Oseco Safety Cartridge, which supports companies in achieving their climate targets and reducing fugitive emissions.
The company was acquired by Halma in 1999. Oseco began working alongside Elfab in the early 2000s, and both companies rebranded to show their linked identities.
Popular Culture & Pressure Safety
The popular science experiment show, Mythbusters, employed Oseco rupture discs throughout their series to determine if explosions in varying scenarios could be survived.
In the “Fire in the Hole” episode, the MythBusters crew tested the Hollywood myth of a movie character finding a bomb and stashing it in a nearby household item to survive the blast. They used Oseco’s rupture discs to measure the strength of the shock wave of one pound of C4 explosive placed inside four different items – a filing cabinet, a bed, a water-filled fish aquarium, and a trash truck – to determine if each item could contain the bomb’s blast enough for a person to “survive.”
After conducting several impressive explosions and checking to see if Oseco’s rupture discs had broken from the blast’s force, the MythBusters team concluded that the Hollywood movie myth was “Plausible” – the blasts from the bomb placed in the bed, the fish tank and trash truck were survivable.