The Economics of Helium Recovery


Have your customers been complaining about the high price of helium? This is a big concern at ULVAC (www.ulvac. com), an international corporation that designs, manufactures, and markets helium recovery and reuse systems.

Our customers use helium as a tracer gas in testing the leak tightness of parts they manufacture for the automotive, refrigeration, and air conditioning markets.

Practically every automotive component — from aluminum wheels to fuel rails and radiators — has to be leak checked, as do all air-conditioning compressors and refrigeration components. In fact, helium used for leak checking accounts for upwards of 12 percent of the helium consumed worldwide.

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