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Specialty Gas Industry News and articles from WestAir Specialty Gases and Equipment and PurityPlus®

Nitrogen Tank Blanketing in Southern California

Nitrogen is used for various purposes in the specialty gas industry. Other than being used in food and drug preparation, it is used in the preservation of various (typically highly flammable liquid) substances. This method of preventative maintenance is named blanketing in the specialty gases industry.

CO2 and Entertainment in Southern California and beyond

Carbon dioxide (CO2) has been used in entertainment for a long time. The gas is chilled to a liquid to easily (and economically) achieve special effects like fog and haze. Many people have witnessed haze effects at concerts to emphasize a spotlight or on TV for cloud effects.

How is Helium extracted at WestAir Specialty Gases and Equipment

Helium is a byproduct of radioactive decay in natural gas. Therefore since natural gas has the most volume of helium, most specialty gas laboratories like WestAir Specialty Gases and Equipment will obtain Helium via natural gas. There are also trace amounts of helium in the air which can also be mined, however the process for that is expensive and rarely used.

Is Cryotherapy Right for You?

Industries and municipalities across the United States are still required to measure air pollution emissions and ambient air quality. As long as calibrated instruments are used to do the measuring, such instruments will require pure, stable, and precise mixtures of compressed specialty gases to assure complete accuracy. And WestAir Specialty Gases and Equipment will be here in Southern California to provide them just as weve done from our earliest days.

Benefits of an Oxygen Deficiency Monitor in Southern California

Most specialty gas laboratories in Southern California are familiar with safety precautions and procedures to maintain a safe working atmosphere. These precautions can include the installation of safety equipment to ensure that there are no atmospheric factors that would tamper with the work of gas technicians. This includes monitoring Oxygen levels across the entire laboratory. At WestAir Specialty Gases and Equipment we fully endorse and utilize oxygen deficiency monitors as a way to ensure only the best air quality in our WestAir Specialty Gases and Equipment laboratory.

The Southern California PurityPlus® Promise: Superior Specialty Gases, Superior Local Service

When you shop with WestAir Specialty Gases and Equipment, one of 150 North American PurityPlus® Partners, you gain much more than the specialty gases or equipment you order. You moreover get a promise like no other specialty gas provider. With us, you see, youre promised an unbeatable partnership of local availability, individualized, treatment and verified quality.

PurityPlus® Argon: Southern California Winemakers Specialty Gas of Choice

The favorite specialty gas of our Southern California winemaking customers is argon because, 1) unlike oxygen, argon wont react with wine to bring about any undesirable characteristics; and 2) argon is heavier than oxygen. Its elevated density assures that more of the gas will be in longer contact with the surface of the wine, thereby barring more oxygen (and its damaging effects) as well as impeding microbial spoilage.

PurityPlus® EPA Protocol Specialty Gas Mixtures for Southern California

Industries and municipalities across the nation are still obligated to keep track of air pollution emissions and ambient air quality. As long as calibrated instruments are needed to accomplish the measuring, such instruments will require pure, stable, and exact mixtures of compressed specialty gases to guarantee complete accuracy. And WestAir Specialty Gases and Equipment will be here in Southern California to deliver them just as weve been trusted to do from our first days.

Manchester Tank Safety Notice

Manchester Tank & Equipment Company has issued a safety notice on 33.5 LB Aluminum Forklift Cylinders manufactured from 1992 through 1993.

SF6: The Perfect Gas for the Southern California Utilities Industry

WestAir Specialty Gases and Equipment has become a major producer of dielectric gases also known as insulating gases for the Southern California electrical utilities industry. Such gases are used primarily to either prevent or rapidly tamp down electrical discharges, for which their dielectric attributes render them ideal. The most prominent of these gases and the one most in demand from us is sulfur hexafluoride (SF6).

The Use of Liquid Nitrogen in Southern California Laboratory Research

WestAir Specialty Gases and Equipment has been producing and distributing PurityPlus liquid nitrogen for Southern California-area laboratory use {{from the start. The thing that makes this commodity so beneficial in all kinds of laboratory applications most notably as a refrigerant is its ability to sustain temperatures conspicuously lower than the freezing point of water.

Southern California Specialty Gas Equipment Spotlight: Gas Purifiers

Its surely no secret that our stock in trade at WestAir Specialty Gases and Equipment is supplying specialty gases for commercial, industrial, medical, scientific, and agricultural use. But customers recognize they also can depend on us for the gear required to move, cache, regulate, and employ those gases safely. One such category of equipment they really appreciate is our line of gas purifiers.

Healthcare, Biotech Firms and Research Facilities Turn to PurityPlus® for More Than Specialty Gases

In various Southern California industries, PurityPlus cryogenic refrigerators and storage dewars are as much sought after from WestAir Specialty Gases and Equipment as the specialty gases we produce. As youd figure, the life sciences depend heavily on this kind of equipment. They use it mainly to preserve sensitive biological materials human tissue, stem cells, bone marrow, cord blood, and the like.

High-Purity Analytical Gases for Southern California Laboratory Research

WestAir Specialty Gases and Equipment is happy to be the PurityPlus Partner supplying research laboratories in and around Southern California. Independent third-party certification of our processes and our products confirms the purity of our gases, allowing researchers to pursue their analytical objectives with confidence.

The Need for Nitrogen in Southern California Pharmaceutical and Biotech Applications

Weve written before about the uses Nitrogen gas (N2) in the food and beverage industry. As you may gather, though, considering the ubiquity of this gas in our atmosphere, nitrogen has many other equally beneficial uses. WestAir Specialty Gases and Equipment, your Southern California PurityPlus Partner, is particularly involved, for example, in delivering nitrogen to the pharmaceutical and biotech industries.

Focusing on High-Purity Gases for Southern California Laser Welding

Nowadays, WestAir Specialty Gases and Equipment, one of better than 150 PurityPlus Partners at 600 locations nationwide, is happy to be a trusted Southern California provider of the high-purity specialty gases so necessary to the gas laser welding process. Our primary customers are heavily automated high-volume manufacturers. Those associated with the automotive industry are perhaps the most visible cases in point.

PurityPlus® High-Purity Specialty Gas Regulators: Choosing the Best of the Best for Your Southern California Application

PurityPlus specialty gas regulators are manufactureed to extremely precise standards of pressure control, which is utterly essential to the safety and efficacy of your work. Not sure which regulator is best for you or how to go about finding it? WestAir Specialty Gases and Equipment, right here in Southern California, will happiy help. The PurityPlus Specialty Gases & Equipment Catalog will help as well. Heres a brief overview of the product to help you get started.

PurityPlus® Applied: CO2 for Southern California-area Medical Research Involving CO2 Incubators

CO2 incubators are essential tools in medical research. Theyre used to hold cell cultures that must be studied in as sterile an environment as possible. Different sorts of CO2 incubators impede contamination in the incubation chamber by different methods, depending on the types of cells being cultivated. Most often CO2 incubators are used in stem cell therapy, regenerative medicine, and plastic surgery.

Guaranteeing Finest-Quality Gases for Gas Chromatography

The carrier gases needed in gas chromatography, aside from having to be either inert or unreactive, must be at least 99.995% pure more, on occasion! And thats where WestAir Specialty Gases and Equipment proves invaluable. Okay, so we havent existed as long as gas chromatography. But, as a highly regarded PurityPlus® partner producer-distributor, weve been furnishing chemical researchers and assorted industries with carrier gases of the greatest purity feasible for quite a while now. We guarantee it, too.

PurityPlus® Specialty Gases to Introduce Its New Branding at Pittcon 2018

As our corporate parent has done for a few years now, PurityPlus® Specialty Gases will be exhibiting at the forthcoming Pittcon. That, of course, would be Pittcon 2018, set for February 26 through March 1 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida. This time, in Booth 3024, PurityPlus® will not only present itself and its partners, including WestAir Specialty Gases and Equipment, as a technical resource, but the company also will roll out its new brand identity.

Meeting the Specialty Gas Needs of Southern California Microbreweries

We supply microbreweries and brewpubs in and around Southern California with the specialty gases they depend on: CO2 and Nitrogen, mainly, but also Chlorine. Those are the top gases, in any case. And the local tie-in is whats supremely important to our microbrewery and brewpub customers.

So Whats Up with Helium?

Were not here to tell you there isnt a global helium deficit; the evidence is convincing enough. We are here, though, to assure you that WestAir Specialty Gases and Equipment and the PurityPlus® partner network of over 150 specialty gas producers and distributors at 600 locations coast to coast are more than able to take care of your helium needs well into the future.

All About Argon

This article details several facts about argon, its uses, and research about its potential future applications.

Gas Chromatography

An article detailing the many processes and uses of gas chromatography.

Safely Using Hydrogen In Laboratories

With rising costs correlated with the limited helium supply, those who operate and design laboratory equipment are beginning to turn more frequently to their gas suppliers for hydrogen.

Carbon DIoxide, CO2, or Super-Gas?

CO2 is used in more forms than any other gas in the industrial gas market making it one of the most versatile products sold.