What Are Specialty Gases?

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Specialty gases are high purity gaseous chemicals that can be used as analytical lab gases as well as intermediates in production processes. These gases are vital to many different industries, including the medical, petrochemical, environmental, pharmaceutical, semiconductor and chemical fields.

Specialty gases can be found at universities, manufacturing plants, hospitals, refineries and nuclear power plants. Possible applications for this type of gas are seemingly endless.

Specialty gases may consist of a single gas or be a mixture of many individual components blended together in one cylinder. These gases may also be one of several grades of purity:

The purity of the gas is commonly confirmed after the cylinder has been filled. Because of the precision required to produce these specialty gases, specialty gases tend to be much more expensive than industrial gases.

Specialty Gas vs. Industrial Gas

Industrial gas providers use low purity industrial grade gases that contain impurities. High purity levels are not critical for industrial gas applications. For this reason, industrial gases cannot be used as a substitute for specialty gas applications, where high purity levels are required. In addition, using industrial gas for specialty gas applications could cause instrument or process interferences and could also damage expensive analytical or process equipment.

Specialty gases available through Hocon Industrial

Hocon Industrial is one of the area’s leading gas suppliers for the industrial, commercial and health care fields. Besides specialty gases, our product line also includes industrial, medical and cryogenic gases. Other available products include high-pressure cylinders, liquid cryogenic gas cylinders and bulk gas systems.

Read more about our line of gases and then contact us to discuss your delivery requirements.