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Nitrogen Gas in Electronics Manufacturing

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IPC-APEX-Nitrogen-GasDuring the soldering process, engineers in the electronics manufacturing industry use nitrogen gas. Many times, nitrogen gas is ordered from an outside vendor and delivered to the worksite; however, electronics manufacturing companies should consider using an on-site nitrogen generator. These innovative nitrogen generators are more economical than the traditional purchase and delivery methods; additionally, they frequently increase productivity, all while improving the overall safety of the workplace.

On-Site Nitrogen Gas Creation Offers Electronics Manufacturers Substantial Savings and Convenience

Eliminating the need for gas delivery with on-site nitrogen generation offers electronics manufacturers substantial savings. With the ability to generate nitrogen on site, deliveries of gas in bulk liquid or in cylinder format are no longer necessary. Furthermore, staff no longer needs to be concerned about running out of gas, cylinder reconciliations or the cross checking of delivery dockets.

Benefits of On-Site Nitrogen Generation for Electronics Manufacturing

Electronics manufacturing companies that use nitrogen fed wave soldering or selective soldering techniques can benefit greatly from an on-site nitrogen generator. An on-site generator is cost efficient as well as convenient.

Systems Recommended for Restriction of Hazardous Materials (RoHS) and Surface Mount Technologies (SMT)

Here are three systems that are ideal for use with RoHS and SMT:

  1. Nitrogen PSA Generator

An on-site Pressure Swing Adsorption (PSA) nitrogen generator physically separates molecules. Using ordinary air, the PSA generator separates the nitrogen molecules from the oxygen molecules.

  1. Nitrogen Membrane System

This adaptable system offers ease and reliability. When the Nitrogen Membrane system arrives at its destination, our technicians put it online. The nitrogen membrane system is versatile, which allows us to match N2 membrane generators to meet each clients’ compression equipment specifications.

  1. On-Site Nitrogen Filling Stations Are More Economical Than Purchasing Bottled Gas

No matter which nitrogen generator system you have, we can easily incorporate a nitrogen filling station for cylinders; thus, eliminating the need to purchase bottled-gas and wait for it to be delivered. A nitrogen fill system ensures that you always have the gas you need on hand.

Nitrogen Generation Semi-Conductors

Nitrogen inerting has been used by semi-conductor producers and component level manufacturers for years. N2 membrane generators permit a larger process window while providing the safety of minimal oxygen.

N2 Inert Gas Generation for Selective Soldering

Many solder applications use high purity nitrogen to reduce surface tension and dross on solder pots: This allows for a clean break from the solder site. The purities attained with on-site nitrogen generation usually range from 99.99 percent to 99.9995 percent. This high-purity nitrogen is also ideal for lead-free soldering applications. An N2 filling station conveniently provides engineers with the nitrogen they need, minus delivery fees and concerns about running short.
Engineers benefit from a larger process arena when controlled nitrogen atmospheres are utilized in wave, reflow, rework and selective applications. In addition, while the solder completes surface wetting, nitrogen helps to increase the strength of the bond.

The Electronics Manufacturing Industry Can Benefit Greatly from On-Site Nitrogen Generation

When compared to purchasing cylinder or liquid gas, nitrogen generation offers a variety of benefits, including its:

  • Ease of use – No special skills required – No contracts to sign
  • Increased safety measures – No need to move heavy, high pressure cylinders
  • Lower cost – No concerns related to gas price increases – No delivery or rental fees – lowest cost per m3 is possible
  • Dependability
  • Low maintenance costs
  • Quickly pays for itself

Learn More by Visiting Us at the IPC APEX EXPO 2016

It is almost time for the IPC APEX EXPO. If you are in the electronics manufacturing industry and you want to learn more about the innovative nitrogen products now available, consider visiting the IPC APEX EXPO at the Las Vegas Convention Center. The Expo takes place from March 13th to 17th. At the Expo, On Site Gas System experts are available to answer questions about how nitrogen generators work and the applications that will benefit from an on-site nitrogen generator with an N2 filling station.
If you plan to attend the Expo, please contact Mike Montesi at mmontesi@onsitegas.com to make an appointment.
When you are ready to take advantage of the many benefits an on-site nitrogen generator with a nitrogen fill station can provide, contact On Site Gas Systems. Our systems are perfect for use in the electronics manufacturing industry. With On Site Gas Systems you can save money, improve productivity and provide your staff with a safer work environment.

How NAPP Put a Nitrogen Generator to Work to Increase Their Productivity and Profitability

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How NAPP Put a Nitrogen Generator to Work to Increase Their Productivity and ProfitabilityOftentimes, you don’t realize the value in something until you experience it for yourself. That is why we created our demo program, which allows companies to test out our nitrogen generators before fully investing in them.
Recently, Natural American Pet Products (which has since been acquired by Dogswell), a premier pet food packager in the United States, embarked on their path to nitrogen gas freedom by giving our nitrogen generator demo program a try.
Here’s their story…

NAPP’s Experience with a Nitrogen Generator

Natural American Pet Products (NAPP) was curious to test the ROI of an On Site Gas nitrogen generator at their pet food plant. Shortly after our first contact, we installed a nitrogen generator on-site at their Missouri facility. The rest is history.

  • Within 30 days of the demo nitrogen generator being delivered, NAPP purchased the unit outright.
  • Within 60 days of installing the nitrogen generator, NAPP sent back all of their nitrogen gas cylinders and LN2 dewars (and they don’t miss all the logistics that go along with them).
  • After five months, they had recouped all of the costs of the nitrogen generator.

Their Missouri facility now produces all of their nitrogen gas on-site using our nitrogen generator.

How a Nitrogen Generator Can Work for You

It’s easy to see why NAPP converted to solely using a nitrogen generator for their nitrogen gas needs. They were able to produce their own nitrogen gas when their production demanded it, and they didn’t have to deal with the deliveries and storage of nitrogen gas cylinders. This had a profound impact on their productivity.
Additionally, an on-site nitrogen generator allowed them to increase their profits drastically. Instead of the ongoing costs associated with nitrogen gas cylinders, they were able to pay for the nitrogen generator outright after five short months. Now, they have minimal overhead expenses for their nitrogen supply, and little-to-no maintenance to worry about.
If you are ready to see how a nitrogen generator can help your company flourish, contact On Site Gas Systems today. We would love to discuss our demo program with you to help your company become more efficient and profitable.

Nitrogen Gas On Site in the Food Packaging Industry

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Food Industry Nitrogen GeneratorsWith so much time spent on getting your product perfect, it only makes sense that you would want your food packaging to preserve its quality and freshness – all while keeping manufacturing costs low. Food is often damaged during shipment or has a shorter-than-necessary shelf life with traditional packaging. An easy solution to these common food packaging problems is a nitrogen generator from On Site Gas Systems.
Whether you use bags, cans, boxes, bottles, cardboard, or plastic, On Site Gas Systems offers a cost-effective nitrogen gas solution that gives you peace of mind knowing your product is fresh and intact on store shelves. Many companies are choosing to replace their current liquid nitrogen supply with On Site Gas Systems nitrogen generators to avoid ongoing energy and transportation costs associated with delivery of liquid nitrogen or cylinders. Beyond this, it’s important to understand these three reasons why On Site Gas nitrogen generators are a staple in the food industry:

Lengthens Shelf Life

Bacteria need oxygen to survive—it’s a matter of science. Without oxygen in your food packaging, you won’t have to worry about mold or mildew forming on your product. Our onsite nitrogen generator provides a simple, effective, affordable way to displace the oxygen out of your food packaging and replace it with nitrogen gas. As a result, your product can last a lot longer, so there is less waste.

Preserves Quality

Not only does nitrogen gas prevent mold and mildew growth, it also preserves the quality of your product. With nitrogen gas filling up the extra space in your food packaging, there is no room for moisture to get in—and as you know, moisture can deteriorate the quality of your food faster than just about anything. With a nitrogen generator from On Site Gas Systems, you can realistically save thousands of dollars per year because you won’t have to discard as much product.

Prevents Damage

Nitrogen gas for food packaging can prevent damage. If you place a fragile food product—like chips or crackers—in packaging that can be crushed during shipment, there is a high probability your product will arrive in pieces. On the contrary, with our nitrogen generator, you can easily fill the remaining space in your food packaging with nitrogen gas. In doing so, you will ensure that your product arrives to your customer as you intended.
For the past 28 years, On Site Gas Systems has been supplying reliable, USA-made nitrogen gas generators to food manufacturers across the world. From your morning coffee to an afternoon bag of chips (and even your glass of wine in the evening!), On Site Gas Systems help food packagers keep their product fresh and intact, while saving them time and money.
Contact us today to learn more.

On-site Nitrogen Generators Improve Electronics Manufacturing

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Nitrogren Gas in Electronics ManufacturingIn today’s world of electronics manufacturing, it’s all about using surface mount technology. Not only are these devices safer and easier to produce than their leaded predecessors, they also perform better—as long as they are created under the right conditions. That’s where nitrogen gas from On Site Gas Systems comes in.

Why Nitrogen Gas for Electronics Manufacturing?

It’s no secret that the manufacturing of electronics is complex, and the process requires precision—there is no room for error. Nitrogen gas works to ensure this perfection is achieved in three ways:

  • Maintains the Ideal Atmosphere – Electronics manufacturing calls for a very specific temperature and environment to work successfully. With nitrogen gas, both can be achieved and sustained throughout the entire workday.
  • Produces Crisper Results – Pure nitrogen gas is also required in electronics manufacturing to ensure sharp finishes. It cuts down on the amount of dross that is formed in the soldering process, while also reducing surface tension to allow the solder to cleanly break away.
  • Prevents Oxidation – In convection reflow and selective soldering, nitrogen gas is crucial in order to eliminate the oxygen from the air, otherwise oxidation can occur, which weakens the solder. With nitrogen gas, the amount of oxygen is greatly reduced so the integrity of the solder can remain intact.

Why an On-site Nitrogen Generator?

The need for nitrogen gas in electronics manufacturing is clear, and when you break it down, so is the need for an on-site nitrogen generator from On Site Gas Systems. Here’s why:

  • Eliminates Dependency – When electronics manufacturers need nitrogen gas, they oftentimes rely on the delivery of nitrogen gas However, this causes them to be dependent on someone else for their supply, and it usually requires a contract. With an on-site nitrogen generator from On Site Gas Systems, electronics manufacturing companies are able to produce their own nitrogen gas supply. This means they will always have it available when they need it and they don’t have to worry about the logistics of getting nitrogen gas cylinders delivered.
  • Reduces Expenses – It is true that there is an upfront cost to get an on-site nitrogen generator from On Site Gas Systems, but even the Surface Mount Technology Association believes that it is well worth it. Since the nitrogen gas improves the quality of the electronics manufacturing tenfold, there are fewer repairs needed. You can further increase your saving by generating your Nitrogen On Site and On Demand. After a short time, the on-site nitrogen generator will pay for itself by greatly reducing the amount spent for your nitrogen needs.

An on-site nitrogen generator from On Site Gas Systems is ideal for use in electronics manufacturing. Not only does it improve the quality of the product and the efficiency of the facility, it also eliminates the need for nitrogen gas deliveries.
If you are ready to experience the ease of use and cost savings an on-site nitrogen generator can provide, contact On Site Gas Systems today.

Nitrogen Gas Generators for Heat Treating

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Heat Treating, Nitrogen Gas
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.

How Nitrogen Gas Helps with Heat Treating

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.

How On Site Gas Systems Helps Heat Treating Companies

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.

Why On Site’s N2 Generator for Laser Cutting?

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Laser Cutting, Nitrogen GasNitrogen gas is the top choice for the laser cutting industry due to its non-reactive properties, especially when cutting stainless steel and aluminum. It offers a clean cut without any additional heat being conducted, and it gets the job done fast. But as any laser cutter knows, an efficient process is crucial to succeed. With an N2 generator from On Site Gas Systems at your laser cutting job site, you will be able to improve your productivity while reducing your costs. Here’s why:

We Deliver Pure Nitrogen Gas for Optimum Results

As you may know, the purity of the nitrogen gas you use is vital to the quality of your end result. If you want the crispest edge when laser cutting aluminum or stainless steel, even the smallest amount of oxygen contamination will affect the appearance of the cut. It can cause a yellowing of the metal or form dross that needs to be removed. The purity of the nitrogen gas is especially important when you are laser cutting thick pieces of stainless steel. Since the speeds have to be lower, there is more time for the materials to react with the oxygen.
With an N2 generator from On Site Gas Systems, you never have to worry about quality. Our nitrogen gas is produced at a 99% to 99.999% purity without sacrificing the pressure output possibilities.

We Custom Build N2 Generator Systems Specifically for You

We understand that not every laser cutting facility is the same, which is why we ask several questions to determine the ideal N2 generator for your specific needs. Some of the questions we ask are:

  • What type of laser do you use? What model is it, who is the manufacturer, and what is the wattage?
  • What types of metals do you cut in your facility? How thick does the metal get, and what is your preferred pressure output?
  • When cutting the thickest metals, what size is the nozzle you use?

With the answers in tow, we put together a nitrogen gas system that can deliver the results you expect, both in purity and in flow rate.

We Cut Your Nitrogen Gas Costs Dramatically

With an N2 generator at your site, you don’t have to worry about the logistics or expenses associated with using bulk nitrogen gas. Instead, you can save up to 80% by producing your own nitrogen gas on site. Even when accounting for the upfront and maintenance costs of the N2 generator, you can save hundreds of thousands of dollars. When comparing the figures, most laser cutting companies say that switching to on site nitrogen gas is a no brainer.
 
For almost 30 years, On Site Gas Systems has been improving the operations at laser cutting facilities across the world. Our American-made N2 generator produces the nitrogen gas right at your job site, improving productivity while increasing your bottom line. Contact us today to see how our nitrogen gas systems can help your business succeed.