A cylinder guard must provide the safe protection of the cylinder valve against impact. However, it has other important features which are often overlooked such as ergonomics, for the grip and handling of the bottle, and aesthetics for brand differentiation. Guards come in various designs to suit their applications. Material choices vary, with polymers an increasingly popular choice as they enable good value for money and lots of aesthetic options. Other qualities such as corrosion resistance and impact recovery make them a desirable option. However, the tools required for the injection moulding are expensive and have long lead times. Getting a design wrong can have a disastrous effect on a company’s product release schedule and bottom line.
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