Today, industrial processes require specialty gases with high levels of purity as well as more-precise accuracies than before. A number of specifications for specialty gases have since changed to parts per billion (ppb) and even to parts per trillion (ppt). This is the reason why specialty gas equipment companies have to make sure that the specialty gases correspond with their respective applications. There are many industries that use specialty gases such as: manufacturing, medical and healthcare, electronics and many more. Most of the professionals in these fields particularly dealing with industrial processes is required to understand how best to preserve specialty gas equipment for maximum sustainability and efficiency. Below are some ways to preserve specialty gas.
The calibration gas market comprises of gases categorized into two main types: pure gases and mixed calibration gases. For both of these types, the type of specialty gas equipment is also a little distinct for each type. Manufacturers provide pure specialty gases in different calibration gas standards that range from high quality (99.998% min. purity), ultra quality and research quality (99.999% min. purity). Regardless of the level of purity that you are dealing with, adequate testing is critical in order to ensure that the gas is properly preserved. More frequent specialty gas equipment testing is recommended especially if it is suspected that the environmental conditions could have an effect on the equipment. Ideally, the calibration verification period should not exceed 30 days.
Efficient Storage of Gases
Some of the factors that should be taken into consideration when storing calibration gas is the type and the purity level. Specialty gas equipment should also be dealt with care in specialty gas handling. First, packaging of specialty gas is an issue on itself. Since specialty gases are generally required in very limited amounts, extra caution must be exercised when transferring these gases into the specialty gas equipment-in this case a cylinder. The material construction of the specialty gas cylinders is important for the maintenance of the integrity of the components inside. Generally, specialty gas cylinders should be made from aluminum alloy that is compatible with the components that make up specialty gases. Whereas the base storage recommendations for specialty gas is a cool, dark and dry room, there are specialty gas equipment that have their own specific storage instructions thereby safe storage would have to be determined by the instructions from the specialty gas supplier.
Be Aware of Natural Gas Standards
Understanding the natural gas standards of the products you are using is commonly overlooked in some profession but could be detrimental in the long-run if not taken into consideration. You need to understand that some of these gases can only be used in a certain type of way and improper use of the gases could have dangerous effects. The risks involved when specialty gas is used improperly have far-reaching implications than just loss of quality of the gas. Based on the nature of their use and application, calibration gases require a great deal of engineering compared to the standard industrial gas which is the reason why they are not just off-the-shelf type of products.