Which regulator is best for you in Western Michigan?11/13/2018A gas regulator is a type of equipment that moderates the gas pressure in a cylinder. The majority of cylinders have regulators with 2 gauges. Some regulators that are used on cylinders with liquefied gases, might not have a cylinder pressure gauge because the cylinder pressure changes only with temperature. The two most critical factors that will determine whether a single stage or dual stage regulator should be applied are droop and supply pressure effect. Droop is the difference in delivery pressure between zero flow and the highest amount of gas allowed by the regulator. Supply Pressure is the difference in delivery pressure as supply pressure decreases while the cylinder is emptying. A dual stage regulator shows more droop than pressure effects in Western Michigan, while a single stage regulator should be used when there is little anticipation of pressure variation or when adjusting the pressure on specialty gas is infrequent and not problematic. Single stage regulators generally are better for shorter duration gas usage. Most manufacturers will utilize a dual stage regulator because it provides a constant delivery of pressure without warranting the occasional change in pressure. Both single and dual stage regulators come with 2 gauges, cylinder or inlet pressure gauge and a delivery or outlet pressure gauge. A cylinder pressure gauge has a wider pressure range than a delivery pressure gauge. Again, whether a manufacturer decides to use a single or dual stage regulator will depend on the application. To find out more on which regulator is most useful for you in Western Michigan, please contact GTW.