Compressed Argon Gas

GTW creates and delivers PurityPlus® Argon for an array of conventional applications here in Western Michigan.

A handful of attributes eventually led Argon to become a top candidate for technical jobs, such as providing a heavier atmosphere in which to single out neutrons in nuclear research, during the final years of the nineteenth century:

  • its inertness and molecular weight,
  • its abundance in comparison to other uncommon gases, and
  • its commercial practicability.

Easily, the most common early use for dry, high-purity Argon was gassing the globes in incandescent light bulbs at the start of the twentieth century. Later, with the invention and commercial development of gas metal arc (GMAW or MIG) and tungsten inert gas (TIG), welding in the 1940s needed a dense inert gas, normally Argon-based. While none of these are genuine specialty-gas purity uses, their desirability shows no sign of disappearing and they still compose a large portion of Argon’s sales volume.

Present-day 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 identification and analysis of trace and ultra-trace elements by means of Inductive Coupled Plasma Techniques, in Graphite Furnace Atomic Absorption, and in Fourier Transform Infrared spectroscopy. Argon is applied as well in many types of Gas Chromatography, notably those that make use of 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. More recently, Argon has found its most extensive use in the semi-conductor industry as a carrier/purge gas.

If you’d like to know the best way to get PurityPlus® Argon for your application here in Western Michigan, call us, GTW, at 616-754-6120, or contact us online. We stand ready to handle all of your specialty gas needs.