BOC introduces new F3VIPR cylinder range for the welding industry


Gases and engineering company BOC has enriched its offering for the welding industry with the introduction of the new F3VIPR, 33 litre cylinder with built-in variable integrated pressure regulator (VIPR).

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BOC’s Marketing Manager for Welding and Industrial Gases, Kyle Scott, said the company’s latest innovation raised the bar in cylinder technology, providing enhanced convenience and safety for its customers.

“The F3VIPR range provides busy welders and manufacturers with an all-in-one cylinder solution that improves productivity by eliminating hassles associated with acquiring, fitting and maintaining a separate regulator. Usage can also be tracked with a content indicator showing the amount of gas left,” Mr Scott said, adding that the F3VIPR is compatible with a Standard 5/8 fitting and will work with existing hoses and connections.

“With safety as our number one priority, we have enhanced portability by making the F3VIPR shorter than a G or G2 cylinder, with a handle to assist with trundling, allowing for better manoeuvrability around workshops and sites. The 300 bar high pressure has also allowed us to increase gas content in most F3VIPR shielding gas traffics compared to existing G size cylinders with up to 13 percent content increase on our 065G ARGOSHIELD® Universal.”

BOC, which owns a $15 million cylinder testing facility at its Sydney Operations Centre, has invested heavily in upgrading its cylinder fleet with more than 550,000 new cylinders introduced over the past five years.

The F3VIPR is now available in 18 of BOC’s ARGOSHIELD®, STAINSHIELD®, ALUSHIELD® and Argon gas mixtures and can be acquired at BOC Gas & Gears across Australia or online at

BOC is a member of The Linde Group and specialises in the development of safe, sustainable and innovative solutions for customers in many specialty sectors. The company’s gases and expertise have contributed to advances in industry and everyday life, including steelmaking, refining, chemical processing, environmental protection, wastewater treatment, welding and cutting, food processing and distribution, glass production, electronics and health care.