Oxygen Supplier to Sioux Falls

Oxygen (O2) is a highly oxidizing gas that is colorless and tasteless. A-OX Welding Supply sells oxygen to Sioux Falls businesses.

The commercial development of oxygen followed improvements in technology throughout the nineteenth century. The quest for cost-effective mechanical refrigeration provided a methodology to liquefy air. While nominally a dead end as far as refrigeration, air liquefaction soon led to air distillation into its most significant components: nitrogen, oxygen and argon. As a result of the large relative differences in the condensing and boiling points of these gases, extremely high purities of each were readily available. Coincidentally, rapid progress in electrochemistry and the quickly developing electro-plating businesses proved that sending an electric current through an aqueous salt solution generated gases at both the anode and the cathode, these gases were quickly identified as oxygen and hydrogen, respectively.

In the mean time, the Bessemer steel process proved that vast quantities of high quality steel could be derived from iron with the introduction of oxygen-laden air. The Bessemer process became an improved alternative to the Crucible process in terms of uniform steel purity, vastly expanded steel-making capacity and significantly lower cost, especially if a source of high purity oxygen replaced air in the process.

With a sufficient potential base-load provided by steel production, low-cost, high purity oxygen’s availability fueled several previously proposed applications that hadn’t been commercialized because the expense was too great. These included oxy-acetylene welding and cutting, float glass manufacture, and the application of pure oxygen as an explosive in underground coal mining. And once a viable option for packaging and transporting gas became available via cylinders, prescribing oxygen for breathing and respiratory therapy grew rapidly. While oxygen as an explosive’s use was dramatically curtailed in the 1920’s, steel and glass manufacture, respiratory demand and oxy-acetylene welding and cutting are still are the most common uses of oxygen in the twenty-first century. Additional large oxygen demand processes now include water purification and paper production, where oxygen’s oxidative properties allow it to supplant chlorine in many applications.

Environmental monitoring and semiconductor manufacturing account for the majority of of oxygen’s demand in the specialty gas world. PurityPlus Hydrocarbon-Free and Ultra High Purity Oxygen are used to create Zero and Ultra Zero Air for atmospheric and environmental monitoring base-line studies. These are also used as a combustion support gas in conjunction with UHP Hydrogen in Flame Ionization and Flame Photometric Detectors used in Gas Chromatography. Ultra High Purity and Research Grade Oxygen can also used in calibration mixtures for environmental emission monitoring, industrial hygiene and safety monitors. The electronics industry also uses vast quantities of Ultra High Purity Oxygen for laser etching of silicon substrates.

Find out how A-OX Welding Supply can help supply your oxygen needs in Sioux Falls today! Call us at 605-336-1125 or connect with us online here.