New type of gas cylinder safer in mining installations
Commonly used for welding, cutting, brazing and heating, the oxyacetylene process is still one of the best techniques available for many applications. While it has been the top choice for close to 100 years all over the globe, acetylene is an unstable hydrocarbon that must be handled with care. Thus, it is very important to respect the applicable regulations that exist in each jurisdiction when using, transporting and storing this gas. Compliance with codes of safe practice and achievement of quality results depend on the worker’s knowledge, ability and professional training.
Montreal-based Air Liquide’s Minitop and Altop cylinders have features that make handling and use much safer and easier than conventional cylinders. Their built-in caps, made of impact-resistant composite materials, are rugged and non-corroding to protect the cylinder’s valve with integrated pressure regulation at all times. Other safety features such as a head that is narrower than the cylinder make them less vulnerable if toppled. Altop and Minitop also have an on/off lever that eliminates leaks and allows the gas to be shut off instantly in an emergency situation.
Minitop adds increased mobility to the many advantages of Altop, and therefore meets the need for easy portability found in many mining applications, while complying with safety rules and regulations. For more information, visit www.airliquide.com.