Airgas, Inc. has introduced two new lines of compact manifolds and a line of small-profile specialty gas regulators at the Pittsburgh Conference on Analytical Chemistry and Applied Spectroscopy (PITTCON) 2012 in Orlando, FL.

The Airgas Miniature-Component Manifolds, Analytical Series Point-of-Use Manifolds and the Two-Stage Brass Small-Profile Regulator are designed for use with high-purity gases and gas chromatography.

The company explained that demand from customers for smaller products was a big reason behind the new introductions.

“We’ve had requests from customers for smaller manifolds and regulators used in analytical laboratories,” said Frank Kandl, Product Manager – Specialty Gas Equipment.

“Customers are looking for the same analytical performance using high-purity gases, but in a more compact space and our new manifolds and regulators fill that need. The smaller size makes this particular line of equipment more versatile and easier to incorporate into laboratory designs and laboratory furniture.”

“Customers are looking for the same analytical performance using high-purity gases, but in a more compact space and our new manifolds and regulators fill that need”

Frank Kandl

According to Kandl, new Airgas Miniature-Component Manifolds incorporate Airgas IntraFlow fittings to provide maximum flexibility within minimal space requirements.

“This manifold requires 75 percent less space than a comparable manifold while providing unmatched performance,” Kandl explained. “And assembling this system couldn’t be easier.”

The second line of manifolds is the Airgas Analytical Series Point-of-Use Manifolds, which are also compact in design and are intended for high-purity gas use (99.9999 percent pure) where the central gas supply is located outside of the laboratory and final pressure and flow control is required right at the instrument. The manifolds include a packless diaphragm inlet valve, a high-purity line regulator with gauge and an outlet metering valve in a compact design.

Meanwhile, the latest specialty gas regulator offering from Airgas is the Two-Stage Brass Small-Profile Regulator, designed to fit the palm of a hand. It is also lighter in weight, specifically designed to simplify cylinder change-outs.