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 ubiquity 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 active, for instance, in supplying nitrogen to the pharmaceutical and biotech industries.

Pharmaceutical manufacturers and biotech firms commonly apply nitrogen in a technique called blanketing to help maintain or boost the quality of packaged medicines, medical supplies, medical devices, and biological samples. In blanketing, nitrogen ends up supplanting oxygen prior to the packaging being sealed. This removes the possibility of oxidation, contamination, degradation, and other damaging 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 used quite frequently as well to transfer liquid and powdered pharmaceutical materials, which can be hazardous if handled thoughtlessly.

Besides this, nitrogen blanketing is employed to minimize the presence of oxygen – and consequently the likelihood of fire or explosions – in environments where combustion is a constant concern. Pharmaceutical manufacturing facilities, medical laboratories, and hospitals habitually 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 main concern of ours at A-OX Welding Supply from the first. Contact us today and talk with one of our specialty gas pros to help establish which of our nitrogen products is best for your application.