Compressed Argon Gas

Spec Air Specialty Gases manufactures and sells PurityPlus® Argon for those enterprises in Auburn that have need of it.

A few significant properties helped Argon emerge as a perfect choice for technical jobs, such as providing a dense atmosphere in which to segregate neutrons in nuclear research, toward the end of the nineteenth century:

  • its inertness and molecular weight,
  • its comparative abundance in relation to other scarce gases, and
  • its commercial practicability.

Without doubt, the broadest early use for dry, high-purity Argon was gassing the globes in incandescent light bulbs during the first years of the twentieth century. Later, with the invention and commercial introduction of gas metal arc (GMAW or MIG) and tungsten inert gas (TIG), welding in the 1940s needed a dense inert gas, primarily Argon-based. While none of these are honest-to-goodness specialty-gas purity uses, the demand for them remains strong and they still constitute a huge piece of Argon’s sales volume.

Today, the primary specialty gas applications for high-purity Argon include its use as a carrier or background gas in a number of analytical instrument applications, for example: in the detection and study of trace and ultra-trace elements employing Inductive Coupled Plasma Techniques, in Graphite Furnace Atomic Absorption, and in Fourier Transform Infrared spectroscopy. Argon finds further application in many forms of Gas Chromatography, notably those that involve a high-efficiency Electron Capture Detector (ECD) or an Ultrasonic Detector (USD). It also works as a carrier gas when analyzing hydrogen in helium with a TCD (Thermal Conductivity Detector) or USD. With the passage of time, Argon has been used most especially by the semi-conductor industry as a carrier/purge gas.

For more information on the most convenient way to acquire PurityPlus® Argon for your application here in Auburn, get hold of us, Spec Air Specialty Gases, at , or contact us online. We stand ready to handle all of your specialty gas needs.