Welding is the largest use of argon where it provides an inert gas shield to the arc, preventing oxidation of the metals being welded.
In the specialty gas world, ultra-high purity (UHP) argon is favourably utilised in Inductively Coupled Plasma (ICP). Butler Gas Products supplies argon in cylinders, liquid Dewars, banks, and microbulk/bulk.
Argon is a colourless, odourless, and tasteless monatomic gas that comprises approximately 1% of the atmosphere. It is nontoxic, non-flammable, and chemically inert. Approximately 38% more dense than air, argon can be liquefied or gaseous, and is available from Butler Gas Products in a variety of purity grades.
Additional argon commercial uses include those in metallurgical and continuous casting processes, in processes for degassing molten aluminium, and in the production of titanium sponge and alloys. In the lighting industry, argon is used to fill incandescent light bulbs and used with other rare gases to fill bulbs and display tubes for special colour effects.