News & Articles

Specialty Gas Industry News and articles from GTW and PurityPlus®

Nitrogen Tank Blanketing in Western Michigan

Nitrogen is utilized for various purposes in the specialty gas industry. Aside from utilization in food and drug preparation, it is used in the preservation of various (typically highly flammable liquid) substances. This technique of preventative maintenance is termed blanketing in the specialty gases industry.

CO2 and Entertainment in Western Michigan and beyond

Carbon dioxide (CO2) has been used to highlight special effects in the entertainment industry for a long time. The gas is cooled to a liquid to easily (and economically) achieve special effects like fog and haze. Most have seen haze effects at concerts to emphasize a spotlight or on TV for cloud effects.

How is Helium extracted at GTW

Helium is a result of radioactive decay in natural gas. Therefore since natural gas has the most amounts of helium, most specialty gas laboratories like GTW will extract Helium via natural gas. There are also small amounts of helium in the air which can also be obtained, 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 GTW will be here in Western Michigan to provide them just as weve done from our earliest days.

Benefits of an Oxygen Deficiency Monitor in Western Michigan

Most specialty gas laboratories in Western Michigan 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 GTW we fully endorse and utilize oxygen deficiency monitors as a way to ensure only the best air quality in our GTW laboratory.

PurityPlus® Argon: Western Michigan Winemakers Specialty Gas of Choice

The favored specialty gas of our Western Michigan winemaking customers is argon because, 1) unlike oxygen, argon wont react with wine to bring about any intolerable characteristics; and 2) argon is heavier than oxygen. Its elevated density sees to it that more of the gas will be in longer contact with the surface of the wine, thereby barring more oxygen (and its adverse effects) as well as preventing microbial spoilage.

PurityPlus® EPA Protocol Specialty Gas Mixtures for Western Michigan

Industries and municipalities coast to coast and border to border are still obligated to measure air pollution emissions and ambient air quality. As long as calibrated instruments are used for measuring purposes, such instruments will require pure, stable, and flawless mixtures of compressed specialty gases to guarantee complete accuracy. And GTW will be here in Western Michigan to deliver them just as weve been doing from the day we first opened for business.

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 Western Michigan Utilities Industry

GTW seen as a major producer of dielectric gases also called insulating gases for the Western Michigan electrical utilities industry. Gases of this type are employed most often to either avoid or quickly extinguish electrical discharges, for which their dielectric characteristics render them most suitable. The most prominent of these gases and the one most in demand from us is sulfur hexafluoride (SF6).

The Use of Liquid Nitrogen in Western Michigan Laboratory Research

GTW has been supplying PurityPlus liquid nitrogen for Western Michigan-area laboratory use {{from the beginning. What makes this commodity so advantagous in so many types of laboratory applications particularly as a refrigerant is its capability of holding temperatures considerably lower than the freezing point of water.

Western Michigan Specialty Gas Equipment Spotlight: Gas Purifiers

At GTW, PurityPlus specialty gases for commercial, industrial, medical, scientific, and agricultural use are our stock in trade. But customers are well aware they also can depend on us for everything necessary to transport, cache, regulate, and work with those gases safely. One such type of equipment they appreciate is our line of gas purifiers.

High-Purity Analytical Gases for Western Michigan Laboratory Research

GTW is thrilled to be the PurityPlus Partner serving research laboratories in and around Western Michigan. Independent third-party certification of our processes and our products confirms the purity of our gases, allowing researchers to pursue their analytical ambitions with confidence.

The Need for Nitrogen in Western Michigan Pharmaceutical and Biotech Applications

Weve talked before about the uses Nitrogen gas (N2) in the food and beverage industry. As you may gather, though, considering the prevalence of this gas in our atmosphere, nitrogen has lots of other equally advantageous uses. GTW, your Western Michigan PurityPlus Partner, is especially involved, for example, in supplying nitrogen to the pharmaceutical and biotech industries.

Zeroing In on High-Purity Gases for Western Michigan Laser Welding

These days, GTW, one of over 150 PurityPlus Partners at 600 locations across the states, is proud to be a trusted Western Michigan supplier of the high-purity specialty gases so critical to the gas laser welding process. Our principle customers are heavily automated high-volume manufacturers. Those engaged in the automotive industry are perhaps the most conspicuous cases in point.

PurityPlus® High-Purity Specialty Gas Regulators: Picking the Best of the Best for Your Western Michigan 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 right for you or how to track it down? GTW, right here in Western Michigan, will be pleased to help. The PurityPlus Specialty Gases & Equipment Catalog will help also. Heres a concise overview of the product to help you get started.

Which Comes First, the Food or the Gas?

Nitrogen does food good. Here are a number of ways the food and beverage industry employs this gas as a food preserver and a food and beverage enhancer.

PurityPlus® Applied: CO2 for Western Michigan-area Medical Research Involving CO2 Incubators

CO2 incubators are vital tools in medical research. Theyre used to house cell cultures that must be kept under observation in as sterile an environment as possible. Different types of CO2 incubators prevent contamination in the incubation chamber by different methods, based on the types of cells being studied. Most often CO2 incubators are used in stem cell therapy, regenerative medicine, and plastic surgery.

Ensuring Top-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, sometimes! And thats where GTW comes in. No, we havent existed as long as gas chromatography. But, as a respected PurityPlus® partner producer-distributor, weve been furnishing chemical researchers and diverse industries with carrier gases of the highest purity attainable for ages now. We guarantee it, too.

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

As our parent company has done for some years now, PurityPlus® Specialty Gases will among the exhibitors 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 GTW, as a technical resource, but the company also will roll out its new brand identity.

Satisfying the Specialty Gas Needs of Western Michigan Microbreweries

We supply microbreweries and brewpubs in and around Western Michigan with the specialty gases they depend on: CO2 and Nitrogen, primarily, but also Chlorine. Those are the top gases, anyway. And the local bond is whats exceptionly important to our microbrewery and brewpub customers.

So Whats Up with Helium?

Were not here to insist there isnt a worldwide helium deficit; the evidence is convincing enough. We are here, though, to assure you that GTW and the PurityPlus® partner network of over 150 specialty gas producers and distributors at 600 locations nationwide can easily meet 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 escalating 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.