The Need for Nitrogen in Beaumont Pharmaceutical and Biotech Applications03/27/2018 We’ve already described the uses Nitrogen gas (N2) in the food and beverage industry. As you might infer, though, given the ubiquity of this gas in our atmosphere, nitrogen has many other equally beneficial uses. Coastal Welding Supply, your Beaumont PurityPlus® Partner, is especially active, for instance, in supplying nitrogen to the pharmaceutical and biotech industries. Pharmaceutical manufacturers and biotech firms typically employ nitrogen in a practice known as blanketing to help preserve or enhance the quality of packaged medicines, medical supplies, medical devices, and biological samples. In blanketing, nitrogen winds up replacing oxygen before the packaging is sealed. This removes the potential for oxidation, contamination, degradation, and other deleterious side effects resulting from oxygen reacting with other kinds of materials. Nitrogen sustains product or sample sterility and integrity. It also helps preserve and protect products in shipment. Specimen containers, blood supplies, and doctor’s test kits are examples of products most often packaged with nitrogen. Given that nitrogen is a safe, inert gas, it’s used quite often as well to transfer liquid and powdered pharmaceutical materials, which can be dangerous if handled thoughtlessly. In addition, nitrogen blanketing is used to minimize the presence of oxygen – and consequently the danger of fire or explosions – in circumstances where combustion is an ever-present concern. Pharmaceutical manufacturing facilities, medical laboratories, and hospitals habitually make use of nitrogen generators to control the level of oxygen in the workplace as generators are more easily and accurately controlled than high-pressure gas cylinders. Meeting the pharmaceutical and biotech industries’ need for ultra high-purity and ultra carrier-grades of nitrogen here in Beaumont has been a top priority at Coastal Welding Supply from the beginning. Contact us today and talk with one of our specialty gas pros to help determine which of our nitrogen products is best for your application.