Gases are everywhere

There are hardly any products today, which can be made without industrial gases.

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    Aerosol can

    Spray cans must be free of impurities, so parts of it are flushed with nitrogen before they are assembled.

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    Airbag

    The life-saving air bags don’t work with air but with compressed gas mixtures in order to be inflated in a few milliseconds. In addition to helium, argon and oxygen are also used.

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    Aspirin

    Carbon dioxide is used in the production of the world-famous aspirin tablets.

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    Bread packaging

    The so-called “inert gas packaging” - of French bread, for example - maintains product quality longer. The inert gas atmosphere reliably prevents the formation of bacteria and mould.

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    Balloons

    Without it, balloons wouldn’t be able to fly away: balloon gas, which is composed of helium and small amounts of air.

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    Books

    A large share of our knowledge is recorded in books. Those books are made of paper, which should be produced and recycled in the most environmentally friendly way. Gases help make this possible.

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    Mushrooms

    To allow cultured mushrooms to grow under optimal conditions, the compost soil containing the mushroom spores is cooled with oxygen.

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    Finished products

    The packaging of ready-to-eat salads, sandwiches and cake makes use of special food gases which protect against microbial attack by bacteria and mould.

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    Mobile phones

    Many electronic products are based on high performance “boards”, also known as “flat assemblies.” During their production, a variety of gases are used to make them more reliable and durable.

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    Popsicles

    The crunchy chocolate shell is a trademark of Unilever's Magnum ice creams. It is caused by the rapid and even freezing of the chocolate sauce. The cold here required is reached thanks to cryogenic liquid nitrogen. 

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    PV flooring

    Recycling is both a cost effective and an environmentally friendly way to get rid of old Polyvinyl chloride (PVC). It involves cold grinding: cryogenic nitrogen is used to turn the plastic residues into a fine powder, which is then re-used to produce new PVC-flooring.

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    Fresh salad

    In the packaging of fresh green salads special food gases are used. They prevent the salad is packaged in air, which can lead to unwanted product changes.

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    Sandwich

    Under the name of convenience food, there are more and more small meals, such as gourmet sandwiches. On the transport its freshness is preserved by refrigerated containerswhich work with a cryogenic dry ice filling.

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    Upholstered furniture

    For the furniture industry, carbon dioxide is of great assistance when it comes to producing first-class foam used as filler and upholstery material in beds, chairs and sofas.

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    Soft drinks

    Fact that drinks such as the famous Cola are on everyone's lips is, not least at the enjoyable tingling on the tongue. Responsible for this is carbon dioxide (CO2), which also extends the shelf life of the beverage.

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    UV-Lamp

    Exposure to UV radiation is most of the time associated with the sun, either natural or artificial sunlight. And let’s be honest, we have all experienced a painful sunburn. Used against bacteria, this ability to kill living cells turns out to be a valuable tool. For instance, UVC lights are used in the food industry or hospitals for disinfection. Gases like neon or argon are an indispensable part of the production process of such lights.

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    Glasses

    Whether drinking glasses, flower vases or wine carafes – containers made of glass are found everywhere around us. Their quality is due in part to oxygen, which optimises glass production and at the same time helps achieve cost savings. 

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    Meteorology

    Some of the meteorological data used to predict the weather are collected 20 miles above the Earth. Helium-filled balloons carry the measuring instruments into the atmosphere.

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