How the Gas Pressure Regulator Helps You Get the Most Out of Compressed Gases

Compressed gas suppliers like ILMO Products Company typically put forth a large amount of effort to answer to their Springfield customer’s specific needs when it comes to accuracy, purity, and various other specifications. The majority of these specialty gases are shipped in traditional high-pressure cylinders, and others are shipped in bulk, smaller containers, or dewars. Regardless of the method of shipping, these gases will eventually face handling, distribution, and regulation by the Springfield consumer. Throughout this, the gases come into contact with several different types of  gas equipment and methods of handling that will either lower or preserve its purity.

Gas handling systems can differ from being quite complicated to quite simplistic. But regardless of its configuration, the gas delivery system can have a notable effect on the purity of the gas and is a component that should never be underestimated. Additionally, the employment of certain toxic gases can present safety hazards if they are not utilized with the proper equipment.For this reason, ILMO Products Company wants to ensure that we are always using the right equipment and that our Springfield customers are as well

The purpose of gas regulators in gas delivery systems is to reduce the pressure from a high-pressure origin to a pressure level that is able to be used. The right regulator protect the gas’s purity while simultaneously delivering it safely. Because of its significance, there are several different elements to examine when choosing the correct regulator for a job.

The first matter to consider when selecting a regulator is the purity level that is required in the application. The three most common purity levels required are: general purpose, high-purity, and ultra-high purity.

For instance, if an application requires high-purity gas, then as a result, a high-purity regulator should be utilized in place of a general-purpose or other insufficient regulator. At the very least, regulators that are used in delivery systems should be washed by the provider to ensure both cleanliness and safe application.

An additional concern that needs to be taken into consideration when choosing the proper regulator is the regulator’s body type. The bodies of regulators can be either produced from barstock or forged. Forging is used with only brass; barstock, on the other hand is employed for stainless steel, brass, and additional materials. There are quite a few reasons for which barstock bodies are favored for high-purity applications. One reason is its small internal volume which makes it less difficult to purge, thus enabling impurities and moisture to be removed. Likewise, barstock has a smoother internal surface which lowers the number of contaminants that are retained inside. Finally, the grain structure of the metal is tighter in barstock, meaning it absorbs less moisture and impurities.

In regards to materials of construction, brass is the material employed most often in pressure regulators. In specific higher-purity applications or in circumstances where brass is incompatible with the gas being used, other materials such as stainless steel are used. Gases containing corrosive properties might need corrosion-resistant materials for all wetted parts, but flammables and inert gases are usually compatible with brass and most other materials. 316 stainless steel is most often employed in applications that require corrosion-resistant materials.

Forged brass bodies are most frequently used with the lowest-purity gas, and in the lowest-cost regulators. Brass barstock bodies, however, have smoother internal finishes and smaller internal volumes enabling them to maintain noncorrosive gases with higher purity levels. For semi-corrosive or corrosive gases or gas mixes and higher-purity requirements, stainless steel should be employed. For gases that are highly corrosive, Monel or Hastelloy should be the materials utilized because they lead to more corrosion resistance.

ILMO Products Company offers a wide variety of gas regulators and other specialty gas equipment that will help Springfield customers accomplish all of their specialty gas applications in the safest, most reliable, and most effective method. To learn more about ILMO Products Company's specialty gas equipment and other specialty gas products offered by ILMO Products Company in Springfield, browse our catalog or contact us at (217) 245-2183 or via email at