- What change is taking place?
BOC is starting a programme to upgrade our Industrial core large cylinder and MCP products to 300 bar – Scotland will be the first region to benefit from this change.
The initial change will see the following seven products upgraded to the new cylinder in 2015: Nitrogen, Argon, Argoshield Heavy, Argoshield Universal, Argoshield Light, Specshield 30, Oxygen.
Both loose W-size cylinders and Manifolded Cylinder Pallets (MCP’s) will be affected by the change.
New 50 & 33 litre cylinders will be available, replacing the current 230 bar 47 litre cylinders.
In addition these new loose cylinders will be fitted with our latest award-winning innovative valve, the EVOS Ci™.
- Why are we introducing these new packages?
As part of our drive to provide the most competitive and advanced cylinder packages in the industrial market, we are investing in new cylinder technology which will benefit our customers.
Our customers are consistently asking for lighter cylinders with more gas. With these two new packages we offer the choice of either more gas in our 50L cylinder or less weight with our new 33L cylinder – Go large or Go light – it’s up to you.
- What is an EVOS Ci valve?
BOC’s market leading new valve the EVOS Ci, winner of the prestigious Red Dot Award: Product Design 2015, is our first ever lever-operated valve and brings our customers a whole range of benefits:
Live contents indicator - so you can see at a glance how much gas you have left in your cylinder.
Simple lever operated valve – no more cylinder keys or handwheels – easy to see if the valve is open or closed.
Easier Manual Handling – purpose built guard to aid cylinder churning.
Suitable for crane lifting (using straps or slings).
- What are the benefits to me?
The new 50L cylinder contains more gas than you would have received in the 230 bar W cylinder. What this means is that each cylinder will last longer, requiring fewer cylinder change-outs, reduced cylinder holdings, less storage and/or fewer gas deliveries - all contributing to reduced gas cost for our customers.
- I’ve already got a regulator suitable for use on my Nitrogen/Argon/Oxygen cylinder - why can’t I use that?
The new cylinders are all filled to 300 bar, so a standard cylinder regulator rated to 230 bar will not be suitable.
In addition, as a safety precaution to prevent inadvertent use of a 230 bar regulator, the new cylinders are fitted with an ISO 5145 (Nevoc) valve.
- I have a fixed installation which I currently connect my gas cylinder to - what does the change mean for me?
If you have a fixed installation, please complete the online form as soon as possible and one of our engineers will contact you to agree the next steps, alternatively call us on 0800 111 333 or click here to send us an email.
Due to the high pressure, the fittings on the cylinder are different to the existing W cylinders. The compatibility of your system will need to be assessed before connecting the new cylinders. Please contact us so we can work with you to help agree the best solution to manage your change.
- What choice do I have?
BOC will be withdrawing the 230 bar W cylinders from our range in 2015 for the seven products listed above. Click here to review the schedule which details when each product will be replaced.
From the date specified, you will be offered a choice between a new 50L or 33L cylinder. You can choose the cylinder package that best meets your requirements. You can find out which cylinder best suits your needs here.
- I use Manifolded Cylinder Pallets (MCP’s) - what will this change mean for me?
The existing 230 bar MCP’s will be replaced with new 300 bar cylinders - click on the following link to review the replacement dates. To use the new 300 bar packages, a simple let down regulator will be available for you to convert from your 230 bar system as a temporary solution, but we do recommend that you upgrade your system to 300 bar as soon as practicable.
- How do I order the new cylinders?
There will be no change to how you order.
When you call us to re-order after the launch date, you will be offered a choice between the new 50L cylinder and 33L cylinder. You just need to tell us which one you would prefer - products will be available for delivery within 48 hours of an order being placed, and product availability will be the same as for existing 230 bar cylinders.
- I need more information on the new cylinders – who should I contact?
Please complete our enquiry form and one of our experts will call you back to discuss your query.
Alternatively, please call our customer service team on 0800 111 333 if you would prefer to speak to someone immediately.
- How much will it cost to change over to the new cylinders?
The price per gas molecule will be exactly the same as you are currently paying for your W cylinder.
The cylinder rental is slightly higher because this is a brand new, highly innovative cylinder which has a higher pressure – so you get more gas, meaning you need to swap your cylinders less often.
The cylinder also has a live contents indicator, so you can be sure you have enough gas left in your cylinder to complete your work. This offers you better value overall than the existing W cylinder.
- What is a fixed Manifold?
Gas Cylinder Manifold is a high-pressure structure specially fabricated to offer a safe and efficient method of connecting a single or multiple cylinder(s) to a centralised gas distribution line, therefore providing a safer and more efficient delivery of gas with the flexibility to address customised applications.
The gas supply from one bank of cylinders could be automatically or manually changeover to the other bank without interrupting the continuity of the supply.
The Gas Manifold pressure is reduced to operational pressure by a pressure regulator. Besides this, manifolds comprise a control panel, manifold racks, tailpipes and an isolation valve and a pressure relief valve. Manifolds can be wall mounted or free standing and range from a single cylinder connector to multiple cylinders 2 x 1 up to 2 x 10 banks of cylinders, complete with central control block to enable manual changeover when one bank is exhausted.