The air’s getting thin.
And that’s a good thing. One of the key uses of inert gases in chemical applications is to extract oxygen from the surrounding air. This is due to different processes in this sector. The protection of people, technical equipment and food plays a serious role here. Special gases or gas mixtures are often used to support technical equipment. The focus is on avoiding negative side effects such as explosions, harmful reactions or moisture – the latter being especially important for the food industry. Their tasks are therefore clearly defined:
- Render inert
These applications demand a lot from these gases, which must have special properties. Here, product purity is of utmost importance. Moreover, reliable availability over a longer period of time and a flexible supply are also of great importance. These factors are the basis for ensuring the success and profitability of the processes involved.
Industrial gases play a particularly important role in the context of clinical and medical laboratory applications. For example, they support the calibration of analytical instruments, help determination of the zero position or are used for rinsing. The development of cell and tissue cultures in particular needs to be performed in artificially constructed atmospheres that are meant to mimic our own.
However, one thing holds true across all areas of application: the quality requirements for the gas or mixture are extremely high.