The Need for Nitrogen in Springfield Pharmaceutical and Biotech Applications03/27/2018 We’ve written before about the uses Nitrogen gas (N2) in the food and beverage industry. As you may guess, though, considering the pervasiveness of this gas in our atmosphere, nitrogen has many other equally advantageous uses. ILMO Products Company, your Springfield PurityPlus® Partner, is particularly engaged, for example, in producing nitrogen for the pharmaceutical and biotech industries. Pharmaceutical manufacturers and biotech firms most often use nitrogen in a practice known as blanketing to help protect or enhance the quality of packaged medicines, medical supplies, medical devices, and biological samples. Basically, blanketing replaces oxygen with nitrogen prior to the packaging being sealed. This removes the possibility of oxidation, contamination, degradation, and other damaging side effects resulting from oxygen reacting with other sorts of materials. Nitrogen safeguards product or sample sterility and integrity. It also helps preserve and protect products in transportation. Specimen containers, blood supplies, and doctor’s test kits are examples of products regularly packaged with nitrogen. Nitrogen being a safe, inert gas, it’s employed quite frequently as well to transfer liquid and powdered pharmaceutical materials, which can be unsafe if handled improperly. Finally, nitrogen blanketing is applied to reduce the presence of oxygen – and consequently the prospect of fire or explosions – in settings where combustion is a real concern. Pharmaceutical manufacturing facilities, medical laboratories, and hospitals as a matter of course use nitrogen generators to look after the level of oxygen in the workplace because generators are more handily and precisely controlled than high-pressure gas cylinders. Satisfying the pharmaceutical and biotech industries’ need for ultra high-purity and ultra carrier-grades of nitrogen here in Springfield has been a main concern of ours at ILMO Products Company from the beginning. Contact us today and speak with one of our specialty gas experts to help work out which of our nitrogen products is right for your application.