Nitrogen gas is a lightweight, odorless gas that is common and unassuming, yet, without it, the heat treating process wouldn’t be nearly as effective. This common gas, when produced at a purity of 95% to 99.999% by our N2 generators, is instrumental to ensure a strong and beautiful end result, whether in a kiln or a furnace.
During the heat treating process, two things are found in abundance: heat and pressure. Whether metal or another material is undergoing the heat treating process, oxygen is the enemy. Any metal over 600 degrees Fahrenheit will oxidize if it comes into contact with oxygen. This causes the product to become discolored and weakened. Even if it finishes the heat treating process intact, the item will not be as strong or as beautiful as it could be if no oxygen was present.
That’s where nitrogen gas comes in. Heat treating facilities use nitrogen gas to purge the oxygen from the air to guarantee their product will not come into contact with this quality-ruining gas. With a never-ending supply of nitrogen gas from an N2 generator, they can consistently keep the air free from oxygen and shield the iron, steel, and other metals from oxidization.
Since nitrogen gas is so crucial to heat treating, it’s clear that it would be detrimental to run out of the supply during the process. With an N2 generator from On Site Gas Systems, this no longer has to be a concern. Companies can produce their own pure nitrogen gas right onsite, so they can rest easy knowing they will never run out.
Beyond that, heat treating companies love their N2 generators from On Site Gas Systems because they don’t have to bother with scheduling deliveries of nitrogen cylinders, and then waiting around for the driver to show up. They also don’t have to panic if a truck breaks down or there is inclement weather that causes the deliveries to be halted.
Heat treating companies especially love the amount of money they save with an N2 generator from On Site Gas Systems. Not only does an N2 generator quickly recoup the cost of the initial investment in the amount of nitrogen gas it produces, it also improves the quality of the product that is manufactured so less money is wasted on ruined materials.
If you are ready to improve the efficiency of your heat treating process, contact us today. We would love to get you set up with a custom N2 generator system to meet your manufacturing needs.