Compressed Argon Gas

Toll Company originates and distributes PurityPlus® Argon for use by all kinds of Minneapolis businesses.

A few significant characteristics ensured that Argon would become a winning choice for technical applications, such as providing a heavier atmosphere in which to separate neutrons in nuclear research, in the late 1800s:

  • its inertness and molecular weight,
  • its perceived abundance when compared to other uncommon gases, and
  • its commercial practicability.

Unquestionably, the most notable early application for dry, high-purity Argon was gassing the globes in incandescent light bulbs as the twentieth century was getting underway. By and by, with the invention and commercial emergence of gas metal arc (GMAW or MIG) and tungsten inert gas (TIG), welding in the 1940s had to have a dense inert gas, normally Argon-based. While none of these are honest-to-goodness specialty-gas purity uses, their desirability remains strong and they still constitute a large segment of Argon’s sales volume.

Current specialty gas applications for high-purity Argon include its use as a carrier or background gas in a range of analytical instrument applications, for example: in the discovery and classification of trace and ultra-trace elements using Inductive Coupled Plasma Techniques, in Graphite Furnace Atomic Absorption, and in Fourier Transform Infrared spectroscopy. Argon additionally finds application in many forms of Gas Chromatography, especially those that involve a high-efficiency Electron Capture Detector (ECD) or an Ultrasonic Detector (USD). It’s also used as a carrier gas for analyzing hydrogen in helium with a TCD (Thermal Conductivity Detector) or USD. As things have progressed, Argon has found its most extensive use in the semi-conductor industry as a carrier/purge gas.

For more information on the simplest way to obtain PurityPlus® Argon for your application here in Minneapolis, phone us, Toll Company, at 612-581-9889, or contact us online. We’ve committed ourselves to providing for all of your specialty gas needs.