Gases Archive

  • Industry Must Maintain Hard-Won Reputation in Medical Gases

    By Thomas L. Badstubner Every year, well over 30 million medical gas cylinders are safely filled in several thousand locations registered with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in the United States. Additionally, more than 250,000 trailer loads of medical oxygen are safely transported annually. After years of diligent work between the Compressed Gas Association and [...]

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  • Analysis Programs, Specifications, Compliance

    Food Safety Modernization Act action steps Part I: Food Gas Hazard Analysis Programs There are two different food gas hazard analysis programs (HAACP and HARPC). These programs can seem difficult to implement, but the GAWDA Food Gas Program handles the requirements. The Old Program – Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HAACP) HAACP is a written management system in [...]

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  • A Primer on Food Safety

    If you dispense food and beverage gases, you are no longer an industrial gas producer. You are a food processing plant. And there are consequences if you don’t know the rules. 2015 is shaping up to be a landmark year for the laws and regulations that ensure America’s food is safe to eat. We are on [...]

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  • Controlling Your Destiny

    Distributor builds in-house production capabilities. Airweld Inc. is a family-owned and operated gases and welding distributorship with 11 locations throughout Long Island and the boroughs of New York City. For many years, Airweld depended on its longtime, loyal relationships with suppliers to obtain quality products. The changing economy over the past few years, however, along with [...]

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  • An Insider Look At The Numbers

    U.S. Geological Survey, Mineral Commodity Summaries, January 2013 (Data is in million cubic meters of contained helium gas1 unless otherwise noted) Domestic Production and Use: The estimated value of Grade-A helium (99.997% or better) extracted domestically during 2012 by private industry was about $830 million. Ten plants (five in Kansas, four in Texas, one in [...]

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  • Helium Shortage Puts GAWDA Members In The Spotlight

    With the helium shortage all over the news, local newspapers and TV stations have turned to GAWDA distributors throughout the United States to tap into their expertise to learn about the helium supply situation. The questions often started with: “Why can’t we get our balloons filled with helium?” and then GAWDA members elevated the discussion [...]

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  • Distributors React To Helium Supply Shortage

    The state of helium—its availability, distribution and cost—has been top of the news over recent months. By law, the Federal Helium Reserve is slated to stop selling helium at the end of this year, a move that would cut access to half of the supply in the United States. Even Congress has thrown its hat [...]

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  • Congress Struggles With Helium Shortage

    GAWDA distributors selling helium are smaller players in a larger drama involving the continued sale of crude product from the Federal Helium Reserve outside of Amarillo, Texas. As far back as the early twentieth century, the federal government started acquiring helium and storing it, and selling it in the open market. The Federal Helium Reserve consists [...]

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  • Gases And Welding In The Big Game

    The gases and welding industry played a major role in the 2011 Super Bowl, with 165,000 ft. of welding.

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  • The Shale Effect

    For gases and welding distributors, shale gas production offers a new and expanding market. By Bob Garland

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