Energy journalist Nicholas Newman visited today the one-year-old valve regulator engineering firm Oxford Flow, which is located at Oxford University’s Department of Engineering Science complex at Osney Mead Industrial Estate in Oxford.
The new valve (see picture), is the first of many, is designed to regulate the flow of gases and liquids in industrial processes.
At the heart of Oxford Flow’s innovation is the use of a direct sensing piston actuator, which greatly simplifies pressure regulator design and removes the need for a diaphragm, the most common failure point in existing pressure regulator equipment.
As a result,Oxford Flow’s IHF Series Oxford Regulator for Gas is 80 percent lighter than rival diaphragm based valves of a similar type, and can handle over 10 times the volume with a high degree of precision and control.
Oxford Flow CEO, Simon Hombersley has said: “We expect these valves to be a game-changer in the $3bn pressure regulator market, and a platform for a series of industrial control products. ”
Oxford Flow has been spun out of Oxford University’s Department of Engineering Science, with the support of Isis Innovation, the University’s commercialisation company.
For more info about Oxford Flow http://www.oxford-flow.com/