Linde Gases today announced the development of EVOS™, the company’s technologically advanced, ground-breaking range of new gas cylinder valves.

The range represents a significant departure from standard gas industry valves - not only in the striking, state-of-the-art ergonomic design - but also in terms of safety and productivity benefits delivered.

The highly innovative and multi-patent pending EVOS valve range has undergone extensive international, end-user research. In a departure from traditional efforts in gas industry hardware design, Linde elected to collaborate with more leading-edge product designers in order to deliver the best user experience in terms of functionality and ergonomic design.

Importantly, EVOS employs a uniquely designed, quick-action lever in place of the more traditional hand-wheel mechanism for opening and closing of the valve. This innovative open/close functionality ensures easy opening to improve efficiency, fast closing in case of emergency and, as an extra safety feature, the ability to physically see at a distance whether the valve is open or closed.

“Linde has always played a pioneering role in the compressed gases industry,” said Colin Haden, responsible for packaged gases and hard goods development at Linde. “We are constantly innovating to provide our customers with the safest and most efficient equipment to enable them to do their jobs effectively. The EVOS range is truly a break-though in valve design and represents a leap forward in performance, safety, ergonomics and efficiency. We are delighted to introduce it to our customers.”

The cylinder valve design also incorporates several additional new features including a safety ‘interlock’ button to mitigate the risk of the valve being opened accidentally; a uniquely designed guard to improve user safety and prevent damage to the valve; optimal grip design for ease of lifting and designed to ensure the cylinder can be easily and safely via crane to heights. The valve is also capable of operating 300 bar working pressure – significantly more than standard industry valves; and with the EVOS Ci and VIPR models, there is also a real-time content gauge to allow users to see the amount of gas left at a glance;

The first EVOS cylinder valves will be launched in due course in the Czech Republic and Switzerland, with an ongoing product roll-out to follow. EVOS can be experienced at Linde’s stand at EuroBLECH from October 21 – 25 in Hanover, Germany. Please visit booth B36, Hall 13.