The Need for Nitrogen in Sioux Falls Pharmaceutical and Biotech Applications


We’ve previously covered the uses Nitrogen gas (N2) in the food and beverage industry. As you might figure, though, judging from the amount of this gas in our atmosphere, nitrogen has plenty of other equally beneficial uses. A-OX Welding Supply, your Sioux Falls PurityPlus® Partner, is particularly engaged, for instance, in delivering nitrogen to the pharmaceutical and biotech industries.

Pharmaceutical manufacturers and biotech firms commonly apply nitrogen in a process called blanketing to help maintain or boost the quality of packaged medicines, medical supplies, medical devices, and biological samples. What blanketing does is displace oxygen with nitrogen prior to the packaging being sealed. This removes the probability of oxidation, contamination, degradation, and other detrimental side effects resulting from oxygen reacting with various other materials. Nitrogen maintains product or sample sterility and integrity. It also helps preserve and protect products in shipment. Specimen containers, blood supplies, and doctor’s test kits are examples of products generally packaged with nitrogen.

Since nitrogen is a safe, inert gas, it’s employed quite frequently as well to transfer liquid and powdered pharmaceutical materials, which can be dangerous if handled thoughtlessly.

Besides this, nitrogen blanketing is employed to minimize the presence of oxygen – and consequently the likelihood of fire or explosions – in circumstances where combustion is a constant concern. Pharmaceutical manufacturing facilities, medical laboratories, and hospitals customarily use nitrogen generators to manage the level of oxygen in the workplace as generators are more simply and accurately controlled than high-pressure gas cylinders.

Fulfilling the pharmaceutical and biotech industries’ need for ultra high-purity and ultra carrier-grades of nitrogen here in Sioux Falls has been a top priority at A-OX Welding Supply from the first. Contact us today and consult with one of our specialty gas experts to help establish which of our nitrogen products is most appropriate for your application.