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IndianOil launched new multi-functional Domestic LPG Pressure regulators  

IOC’s new gas regulators make kitchens safer

The Hindu Business Line, New Delhi, August , 2011

To make your kitchen safer and more convenient, the oil marketing companies (OMCs) have introduced special regulators for LPG cylinders. The multi-functional regulator with additional safety features like level indicator, child lock, excess flow check valve and built-in leak detector has been launched as a pilot this year.Most of the instances of bursting of LPG cylinders have been reported because of improper handling, customer negligence, leakages from the rubber tube, usage of non-standard equipment and exposure to intense heat.

IndianOil launched these regulators in Delhi on Friday. The company had recently launched these regulators in Pune.

The new multi-functional Domestic Pressure Regulator has been developed and tested by an International Certifying agency, TUV, the company said. It is available in two models – with analog display and electronic display. Existing LPG customers can have these installed by paying the differential amount of security of their conventional regulator and the new multi-functional regulator. The applicable security deposit for the new regulator with new connection is Rs 600 and Rs 400, respectively, for electronic and analog.

The 100 per cent excess flow shut-off feature is designed to completely shut off flow of LPG in case of tube failure.

According to IOC, the child lock feature will restrict the knob movement towards ON position. There is also a mechanism to help check leakages in the tube. The regulator has an analog display and an alarm system that will help to determine the quantity of LPG in a cylinder. The three levels shown through the LED display are categorized into GAS, LOW and REFILL. The GAS level indicates that there is plenty of gas in the cylinder, LOW level indicates early warning of low gas in cylinder and REFILL indicates 10-15 per cent gas left in the cylinder which indicates that it is time to book for the refill.

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