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- Supply Modes
The properties of an industrial gas is one of the ways of deciding on the most suitable supply mode (along with other factors such as quantity).
For cylinders, gases such as oxygen, nitrogen, argon, hydrogen and helium can be readily compressed into a cylinder at pressures of up to 300 bar as standard.
These cylinders are constructed from materials capable of withstanding these pressures. Traditionally these cylinders have been made from high-strength steel or aluminium but modern composite cylinders, such as our innovative, lightweight GENIE™ cylinders, are now also available.
Many fuel gases are supplied in liquid form at room temperature. They are stored at lower pressures in thin-walled steel or composite aluminium cylinders.
Acetylene is an exception because of its properties and needs to be stored in a cylinder containing a ‘porous mass’ into which the gas is held in a carrier solvent. Therefore these cylinders are heavier and need careful manual handling.
Cylinders come in a range of size which are normally defined as the water capacity of the package, from mini cylinders at 1l or less to 50l cylinders. The most suitable size for you will depend on a range of factors, including consumption and flow rate. Please contact your local Linde representative to discuss the best option for your needs.
All cylinders are fitted with valves to ensure proper and safe storage of the gas in the cylinder and controlled release of that gas if and as needed. Various valve designs, functionalities and models are available to suit individual gas and pressure requirements. A regulator is typically attached to this shut-off valve in order to withdraw the gas, although integrated designs are also available. The outlet thread of a valve is regulated by national and international standards to ensure that only regulators that comply with safety standards can be fitted.
For ease of handling and greater safety, we offer integrated valve and regulator designs. We have now also launched our new EVOS™ valve family to offer gas users an enhanced experience by raising performance, ergonomics and safety standards. Contact your local representative to see what models are available in your market or see the EVOS pages for more information.
For applications requiring higher capacities than offered by single cylinders, we also supply bundles, where multiple cylinders are connected together and palletised, as well as small transportable liquid supply and tanks for customised supply solutions.