The Need for Nitrogen in Northern Illinois Pharmaceutical and Biotech Applications03/27/2018 We’ve already covered the uses Nitrogen gas (N2) in the food and beverage industry. As you might gather, though, given the prevalence of this gas in our atmosphere, nitrogen has all kinds other equally worthwhile uses. Weldstar Specialty Gases, your Northern Illinois PurityPlus® Partner, is especially involved, for example, in delivering nitrogen to the pharmaceutical and biotech industries. Pharmaceutical manufacturers and biotech firms most often employ nitrogen in a procedure known as blanketing to help preserve or raise the quality of packaged medicines, medical supplies, medical devices, and biological samples. With blanketing, nitrogen replaces oxygen before the packaging is sealed. This eliminates the likelihood of oxidation, contamination, degradation, and other harmful side effects resulting from oxygen reacting with other sorts of materials. Nitrogen sustains product or sample sterility and integrity. It also helps preserve and protect products while they’re being shipped. Specimen containers, blood supplies, and doctor’s test kits are examples of products most frequently packaged with nitrogen. Nitrogen being a safe, inert gas, it’s employed quite often as well to transfer liquid and powdered pharmaceutical materials, which can be unsafe if handled carelessly. In addition, nitrogen blanketing is applied to diminish the presence of oxygen – and consequently the danger of fire or explosions – in situations where combustion is a persistent concern. Pharmaceutical manufacturing facilities, medical laboratories, and hospitals as a matter of routine use nitrogen generators to control the level of oxygen in the workplace seeing as how generators are more simply and accurately controlled than high-pressure gas cylinders. Meeting the pharmaceutical and biotech industries’ need for ultra high-purity and ultra carrier-grades of nitrogen here in Northern Illinois has been a main concern of ours at Weldstar Specialty Gases from the beginning. Contact us today and speak with one of our specialty gas pros to help establish which of our nitrogen products is right for your application.