Gases Archive

Gas Operations

  • 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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  • What To Do When The Sky Is Falling

    Would you know what to do if an extreme challenge hit your business? Ten distributors weigh in on the acetylene shortage of 2011.

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  • Cleaning And Requalifying Cylinders

    Manual and automated options for internal and external cylinder blasting. By Britton Harper

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  • Cryogenic Liquid Cylinders

    Fill plant personnel must understand the basic operations and DOT regulatory requirements when distributing liquid cylinder containers. By Tim Neeser.

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  • Planning A Fill Plant Do-Over

    Four distributors who updated their gas cylinder fill plants and processes increase efficiency through automation and palletization.

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  • Building A New Cylinder Fill Plant

    There are many things to keep in mind when planning a new cylinder fill plant to make sure your facility complies with safety regulations and building codes. By Don Renner.

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  • Fill Plant Palletization

    Palletization can save time and money in a cylinder fill plant by increasing efficiency and reducing labor. By Jim Herring.

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  • Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

    A description of the various markets for hyperbaric oxygen chambers and ways that medical and specialty gas distributors can take advantage of them. By Doug Morton.

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  • Cylinders Gone Missing

    Users of Web forums post their opinions about trading in compressed gas, medical gas, specialty gas and used acetylene cylinders.

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  • Cylinder Profit Profile

    The economics of owning, renting and distributing compressed gas cylinders for industrial, medical and specialty gases are laid out in a chart.">

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  • Managing Your Number One Asset

    Several members of the gases and welding distributors association share their secrets of tracking their compressed gas and specialty gas cylinder assets.

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  • Reducing Your Product Losses

    That hissing sound gases make when escaping is the sound “your money” is making when “your gas” escapes back into the air. By Paul Matlock.

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  • Hydrogen Power

    No longer for industrial use only, consumers see hydrogen as a viable source of energy. By Ed Kiczek.

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  • Transfer Line Failure

    Correct flow valve technology can stop catastrophic consequences of hose and line failure. By Andrew Abrams, Thomas Steinbach and Joseph Abrams.

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  • Oxygen Acetylene Storage vs. Use

    Clarifying OSHA regulations regarding firewall cylinder carts on construction sites. By Frank S. Salvucci Jr.

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  • Helium Conservation

    Technologies exist which can reduce reliance on helium within certain aspects of the welding process and extend the capabilities of many applications. By Bryan C. George.

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  • On-Site Nitrogen Generation for Smaller Volume Nitrogen Users

    End-users of nitrogen have come to regard bulk liquid nitrogen as a less reliable, more expensive and more volatile-priced nitrogen supply mode. As a result, users have become more willing to consider on-site nitrogen production options. By David Butler and Walter Dwarnick.

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  • Avoiding Gas Losses

    When storing or handling cryogenic gases, there usually will be some venting, leakage or blow down of equipment resulting in unnecessary loss. Monitor cryogenic operations will reduce lost product and lost revenue. By Joseph Higgins.

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  • One-On-One With Ricardo Malfitano

    An interview with the gases and welding distributors association's 2007 Industry Keynote Speaker, Ricardo Malfitano.

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  • Cryogenics 101

    An introduction to cryogenic technology, the keystone of gases industry that allows for the efficient and cost-effective production and distribution of gases. By Kent Buzard.

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  • Molecules On The Rise

    What's behind the price increases from industrial gas suppliers in the last two years? To get the answer, Welding & Gases Today spoke with Air Liquide America L.P. President Kim Denney.

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  • Where Has All The Argon Gone?

    Gas and welding industry experts answer this and many other questions distributors have after Hurricane Katrina.

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Gases

  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Welding & Gases Holiday Gift Guide, Pt. II

    The Gift Guide continues in Part II with eight more unique gases and welding gift ideas.

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  • Welding & Gases Holiday Gift Guide, Part I

    Do you have a welding and gases enthusiast on your shopping list this year? These items diverge from your typical welding gear.

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  • Give Thanks For Helium

    Since 1928, helium has been a vital part of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, keeping the parade’s iconic balloons afloat.

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  • Alternative Fuels

    Addressing misconceptions about alternative fuels, including propylene, propane, natural gas and proprietary blends. By John Henderson.

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  • Outlasting Everest

    Air Liquide's Christopher Guest was within 50 feet of the summit of Mount Everest when his oxygen mask malfunctioned.

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  • Welding And Gases In The Games

    The gases and welding industry played an important part in making the 2010 Winter Olympic Games a success.

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  • ISO Certification

    Should your gases and welding distributorship pursue International Organization for Standardization (ISO) Certification. By Clark Phinney, STS, WSO-CST.

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  • Choosing Medical Gas Filling Equipment

    What to look for when installing a medical gas fill station and how to manage and maintain medical gas equipment. By Kent Buzard.

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  • Specialty Gas Delivery Systems

    When specialty gases are used in significant volumes, a centralized gas delivery system is a practical necessity to reduce operating costs, increase productivity and enhance safety. By David Bell.

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  • Specialty Gas Task Force Report

    A Specialty Gas Task Force was commissioned to canvass GAWDA membership to determine if there is a need to expand services in the area of specialty gases. By Whip Seaman.

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  • Medical Gas Installations

    Though the FDA's new draft guidelines have taken center stage recently, close attention must also be paid to NFPA's requirements, which are key to ensuring the safety and performance of medical gas systems at health care facilities. By David Edge.

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  • FDA’s Medical Gas Outlook

    The Outlook For Medical Gases. An Interview with FDA's Duane Sylvia.

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  • Medical Oxygen System Shutdowns

    Helping your customers understand and beat the risks of medical oxygen system shutdowns. By Joseph Parenta.

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  • Preventing Medical Gas Mix-Ups

    Providing the necessary awareness and training to preventing medical gas mix-ups and save lives. By Mike Lopez.

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  • Cutting Fuel Chemistry

    Such technologies as water jets, laser cutting, plasma cutting, and hydrogen-based cutting fuels will play a significant role in the future of industrial gas metal cutting operations. By Michael B. Fouse.

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  • Medical Gas Self-Audits

    Performing periodic, thorough self-evaluations prevents FDA action and leads to success in the medical gas industry. By Mike Lopez.

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