Compressed Argon Gas

Wright Brothers creates and distributes PurityPlus® Argon for a wide range of standard uses in Cincinnati.

A few significant traits made Argon an ideal choice for technical jobs, such as providing nuclear researchers with the heavier atmosphere necessary to isolate neutrons, in the late 1800s:

  • its inertness and molecular weight,
  • its relative abundance compared to other uncommon gases, and
  • its commercial practicability.

Without doubt, the widest early use for dry, high-purity Argon was gassing the globes in incandescent light bulbs during the first years of the twentieth century. By and by, with the invention and commercial introduction of gas metal arc (GMAW or MIG) and tungsten inert gas (TIG), welding in the 1940s required a dense inert gas, usually Argon-based. Allowing that none of these are honest-to-goodness specialty-gas purity applications, the preference for them shows no sign of disappearing and they still represent a huge segment of Argon’s sales volume.

Modern specialty gas applications for high-purity Argon include its use as a carrier or background gas in various analytical instrument applications, for example: in the discovery and analysis of trace and ultra-trace elements using Inductive Coupled Plasma Techniques, in Graphite Furnace Atomic Absorption, and in Fourier Transform Infrared spectroscopy. Argon finds further application in many types of Gas Chromatography, notably those utilizing a high-efficiency Electron Capture Detector (ECD) or an Ultrasonic Detector (USD). It’s equally employed as a carrier gas for analyzing hydrogen in helium with a TCD (Thermal Conductivity Detector) or USD. With the passage of time, Argon has been used most extensively by the semi-conductor industry as a carrier/purge gas.

If you’re after the best way to obtain PurityPlus® Argon for your application here in Cincinnati, call us, Wright Brothers, at 800-637-2222, or contact us online. We’re here to supply all of your specialty gas needs.