To eliminate costly shielding gas surges, Smith Equipment has announced the release of its new Optimizer Anti-Surge Flowmeter Regulator. Designed for MIG and TIG welding applications, the Optimizer helps prevent gas flow surges that normally occur when a welding operator activates a MIG gun or TIG torch. The Optimizer can lower gas costs by up to 50 percent and, by reducing overall gas consumption, also reduces cylinder handling. The Optimizer™s two-stage anti-surge design provides highly accurate gas flow and constant outlet pressure to help assure welding operators achieve optimum welding performance. "The Optimizer is a top quality, highly accurate gas handling device that will virtually eliminate gas surges and dramatically reduce gas consumption," explains Bruce Buhler, product manager, Smith Equipment. He adds, "The gas savings realized will pay for the regulator in a short period of time." The Optimizer™s high-flow capacity offers a delivery range of up to 70 SCFH (Standard Cubic Feet per Hour) and is designed for use with either straight Argon shielding gas or an Argon/CO2 mixture. Designed with a CGA 580 inlet connection and a 5/8-inch, 18 RH internal outlet connection, the Optimizer provides maximum pressure inlet of 3000 PSIG (pounds per square inch gauge). Smith Equipment backs each Optimizer regulator with a three-year limited warranty.