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  • scientists in laboratory
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    Driving new electronics materials

    2018-02-02T10:49:00

    Electronic Fluorocarbons (EFC), headquartered in Massachusetts, utilizes the latest technology for the  purification and microanalysis of its legacy fluorinated specialty gases and rare gases for the medical and electronics semiconductor manufacturing industries.

  • neon rare gases
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    The ever-changing rare gas market

    2017-12-01T11:02:00

    As we head in to 2018, we look back on a very interesting changing market for krypton (Kr), xenon (Xe) and neon (Ne) in 2017. Ne supply this year continued to increase as new plants came on-stream while the demand was growing slowly after the big decline of 2016.

  • wafer blue electronics
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    Less is Moore

    2017-12-01T10:52:00

    Electronics manufacturing is a highly complex sequence of adding and subtracting material, with the resulting sum yielding circuits sometimes less than one hundred atoms wide. For over 50 years, Moore’s Law has driven an industry to make smaller devices on larger scales.

  • electronics manufacture
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    Specialty gases in the electronics and semiconductor industry

    2017-12-01T10:50:00

    The roots of our digital lifestyles certainly are semiconductors, which allow for the creation of complex transistor structures. Semiconductors are crystalline or amorphous (non-crystalline) solids with distinct electrical characteristics.

  • Chemist doing chemical lab research
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    Securing the lab

    2017-12-01T10:50:00

    Our laboratories are vital to research and development, as well as to the production of countless products. For many industrial gas distributors, supplying gases and related equipment to laboratories is an important part of their business.

  • close up beer bottle
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    Food Safety Modernization Act update

    2017-09-01T00:00:00

    Producers and distributors of specialty gases in food and beverages need to know that the new regulations for the Food Safety Modernization Act (21 CFR Part 117) are now officially in effect.

  • US wall street new york stock exchange copyright kent weakley
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    US refrigerant market in a state of waiting

    2017-09-01T00:00:00

    A-Gas International Commercial Business Development Manager Ken Logan provides an update on how the US is reacting to the new presidential administration.

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    Modified Atmosphere Packaging

    2017-09-01T00:00:00

    We are in the business of manufacturing artificial atmospheres. For want of a simpler explanation, that’s what we do. We start off with a perfectly fine atmosphere that surrounds our Earth and, through our special magic, we separate it into its individual components.

  • rare gas zr based purifier exposed to nitrogen
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    A safe approach to gas purification

    2017-06-05T15:09:00

    Ultra-high purity gases are a necessity in many industries, including fabrication of electronics, photovoltaic, and lighting components, as well as generation of high purity carrier gases for laboratory, medical and life science uses. In many cases, the end-users may be unaware of the risks associated with selecting, installing and operating ...

  • Fermilab, SGR Q2 2017
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    Fermilab: Unlocking the secrets of the universe

    2017-06-01T00:01:00

    What are we made of? How did the universe begin? Imagine working on the answers to these really big questions. Well, that is exactly what the scientists at Fermilab have been doing for the past 50 years.

  • Jack Marrin, Scott-Marrin
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    A lifetime spent as a spec gas innovator

    2017-06-01T00:00:00

    There will be lots of time to tend to the impressive botanical gardens that thrive on the five acres that surround his home, and there will be domestic and international travel with his wife and business partner of almost 50 years.

  • excimer gas mixture in a laser discharge tube
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    Excimer laser gases

    2017-06-01T00:00:00

    The familiar, colorful electric glow of neon signs can transform into a powerful – and invisible – tool for making leading-edge microchips by adding small amounts of other simple gases. They’re called excimer lasers because the light is emitted by excited dimers of two molecules.

  • CryoWiz switchover
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    CONCOA – Precision gas controls

    2017-06-01T00:00:00

    Controls Corporation of America (CONCOA) was founded in 1987 when BOC divested its AIRCO equipment division in the US. Although at inception, CONCOA produced only apparatus for oxyfuel cutting and welding, the company quickly developed pressure and flow control devices for specialty gas, medical, and industrial laser markets.

  • the servotough laser 3 plus is designed for in situ cross stack measurements
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    Controlling combustion

    2017-03-06T15:51:00

    Fired heaters are integral to hydrocarbon processing. Specifically designed for the reaction of fuel and air to produce extremely high gas temperatures, heaters transfer this energy to potentially highly flammable process fluids via heat exchangers.

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    Hydrocarbons: The driving force of western civilization

    2017-03-06T14:10:00

    Over the years, we have reported on the rapid growth of sales opportunities related to high purity hydrocarbon products. This segment of the specialty gas industry is experiencing one of the greatest booms in oil, gas, and natural gas liquids in US history. In this article we touch on the ...

  • Tiger Optics Aloha analyzer, Q4 SGR 2016
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    Tiger Optics helps enable The Internet of Things

    2017-01-04T11:34:00

    The era called The Internet of Things (IoT) began almost eight years ago, according to Cisco Internet Business Solutions Group, which defines it as a period when humans are outnumbered by physical devices connecting to the Internet. Unquestionably, the proliferation of such devices is exponential.

  • VUV Analytics, SVGA 100, Q4 SGR 2016
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    VUV detector simplifies streaming gas analysis

    2017-01-04T11:29:00

    Gas purity analysis is an important aspect of bulk and specialty gas production, and affects a number of industries including petrochemical, biotech, and electronics manufacture. Understanding the concentration of gases in a mixture and monitoring for the introduction of impurities has often required the use of complex separation and multiple ...

  • CO2 purity, MOCON – Baseline Inc., Q4 SGR 2016
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    What purity CO2 are you delivering?

    2017-01-04T11:27:00

    Since its discovery in the 1700s by Joseph Black, carbon dioxide (CO2), a colorless, odorless gas, has found its way into several industrial, as well as everyday uses. The most common application is as an ingredient in soft drinks. Dissolved CO2 gas provides the “fizz” in various carbonated beverages. As ...

  • Oxygen Services Q4 SGR 2016
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    Keeping the lab safe

    2017-01-04T11:25:00

    Oxygen sensors at a Saint Paul, MN-based gas distribution company are working backwards. Instead of looking for oxygen concentrations in the company laboratories, they are looking for no oxygen. For Oxygen Service Company, monitoring gas levels in the labs helps assure employee safety. To keep a beady eye on those ...

  • Ray Borzio SGR Q4 2016
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    Investing in technology

    2017-01-04T11:22:00

    “Build it and they will come.” We all remember “Field of Dreams.” Beware the operative word here — dreams. This assumption has no home in the real world of high end specialty gas production technology. Even if “they” do come, they will not come fast enough to satisfy your return ...

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