Series 220 Industrial Switchover Manifold Series 220 Pressure Differential Switchover

Switchover Manifolds from Harris Help Customers Increase Efficiency, Reduce Cost

Gainesville, GA - Nov 12, 2012 :

Manufacturers utilizing gas in their processes can benefit from an automatic gas switchover system, and with the launch of two new series of manifolds from The Harris Products Group, they can reduce their downtime and delivery fees with uninterrupted gas service.

The Series 220 Pressure Differential Switchover and the Series 240 Liquid Cylinder Gas Manifold – both making their debut at the FABTECH/AWS show in Las Vegas, Nev., are designed, machined and assembled in the U.S. at The Harris Products Group’s facility in Gainesville, Ga.

“We’re committed to producing the highest quality, Made in the USA product,” said David Gailey, manager of the special products group. “These new manifolds meet a need in the marketplace for a durable, easy-to-use switchover for gas distribution systems. Our customers are able to save money through efficiencies.”

Manufacturers who utilize gas – such as oxygen and acetylene for cutting processes or shielding gases for welding processes – can use a bank of cylinders in their process, instead of a single cylinder.

The Harris Series 220 manifolds prevent downtime by automatically switching the gas supply from the primary cylinder bank to the reserve cylinder bank. There is no interruption of the manufacturing processes when a cylinder runs out, Gailey said.

It can also reduce the overall cost of gas service. Manufacturers often are charged per delivery run, in addition to the cost of the gas itself. By enabling the system to manage multiple cylinders, manufacturers can reduce their delivery cost, Gailey explained.

All of the components in the manifold are enclosed and protected inside a tamper-resistant case. Operators can clearly see a green light indicating use of the primary cylinder bank and red light indicating it has changed over. An optional remote alarm is also available.

The manifold is specialized to the type of gas to be used in the system – such as the use of stainless steel inner core pigtails for helium and hydrogen systems. Delivery pressures are available ranging from 0-15 to 50-200 PSIG. Safety is built into the systems with master shut-off valves on all systems. Acetylene systems are equipped with 300 SCFH Flashback arrestors, check valves and ASME pipeline relief valves to meet NFPA requirements.

“The system is designed to handle inlet pressures as high as 3000 PSIG and flow rates as high as 2000 SCFH,” Gailey said. “We’ve engineered this manifold to meet our customers’ needs for common or complex applications, and we’ve given them the flexibility to select the product they need to meet their specifications.”

The Series 240 manifold is designed to regulate and monitor vaporized gas from cryogenic cylinders. Uninterrupted gas service is often critical to the process when withdrawing gas from cryogenic cylinders, making these manifolds a necessity, Gailey said.

The Series 240 is available in a standard version with a 235 PSIG relief valve and a high-pressure version with a 350 PSIG relief valve. The manifolds are designed for delivery of carbon dioxide, oxygen, argon, nitrogen and nitrous oxide.

“We’re pleased to be able to offer manifolds designed by our team and machined and assembled in the U.S. to meet this need,” Gailey said. “We’re using our experience – more than 100 years in the gas distribution sector – to produce a professional product to deliver superior results for our customers.”

About Harris Products Group
The Harris Products Group, a Lincoln Electric Company, is a world leader in the design, development and manufacture of cutting, welding, brazing and soldering equipment and consumables and gas distribution systems. Harris Products Group products are sold and used in more than 90 countries. Named a 2012 IndustryWeek Best Plants Finalist for manufacturing excellence, the company’s Mason, Ohio, facility serves as its international corporate headquarters. For more information about the Harris Products Group and its products and services, please visit www.harrisproductsgroup.com or call Customer Service at 1-800-733-4043.

Contact Information:
Ira Vea Bennett, Director of Marketing
The Harris Products Group
2345 Murphy Boulevard
Gainesville, GA 30504-6000
Tel: 678.928.3772
Fax: 770.535.8358
Email: ira_bennett@lincolnelectric.com