Argon (Ar) is a Noble Gas categorized under Group 18 of the periodic table. It is the 3rd most abundant gas in the earth’s atmosphere, constituting 0.9%. Argon is a colorless, odorless, and chemically inert gas that can cause asphyxiation at high concentrations. It is primarily produced from an air separation unit (ASU) plant.
Argon has many applications depending on the industry. In the metal fabrication sector, it is commonly used as a shielding gas for arc welding, especially for stainless steel. It provides better arc stability, improved weld quality, and reduces spatter and fumes. Argon can also be used as a mixture with other gases such as nitrogen, oxygen, carbon dioxide, hydrogen, and helium, depending on the welding process.
Argon gas is also used as a filling mixture in fluorescent and incandescent light bulbs to prevent oxygen from corroding the filament material and to increase the lifespan of light bulb products. In addition, it is used in analytical instruments as a carrier gas in chromatography, plasma etching, and other application processes.
In the electronics industry, argon is used as a carrier gas in the production of microchips, transistors, and other electronic components. It provides a protective atmosphere during the manufacturing process, preventing oxidation of the materials and maintaining high purity.
Ace Gases provides various modes of supply for Argon to cater to the different needs of customers. For customers who require a small to medium volume of gas, Ace Gases provides Argon in high-pressure cylinders, low-pressure dewars or tanks, and bundles, which are portable and easy to use. Microbulk solutions are available for customers who require a continuous and uninterrupted supply of Argon. These tanks have a larger storage capacity than cylinders and can be easily refilled by Ace Gases. For customers who require a large volume of gas, Ace Gases provides Liquid Argon (LAR) in bulk quantities, which is stored in vacuum-insulated tanks that can be installed on-site, ensuring an uninterrupted supply of gas. On-site gas generation solutions are also available for customers who require a constant and reliable supply of Argon, eliminating the need for storage and transportation of gas. Ace Gases also provides a pipeline supply of Argon to customers who require a large and continuous supply of gas, which is ideal for customers located near Ace Gases’ pipeline infrastructure.
Argon is widely used as a shielding gas for arc welding, especially for stainless steel, aluminum, and other non-ferrous metals. It helps prevent oxidation and contamination during the welding process.
Argon is used as a filling gas in fluorescent and incandescent light bulbs to prevent oxygen from corroding the filament material and to increase the lifespan of the bulb.
Argon is used as a carrier gas in gas chromatography, inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS), and other analytical instruments.
Argon is used in medical procedures such as laser surgery and cryotherapy.
Argon is used in the production of titanium and other reactive metals, as well as in the refining of crude oil.
Argon is used in the production of semiconductor materials and in the manufacturing of flat panel displays.
Food and Beverage
Argon is used in the wine industry to prevent oxidation and spoilage, and in the food packaging industry to extend the shelf life of products.
Argon is used in space exploration to pressurize and propel rockets and satellites.