SF6: The “Perfect” Gas for the Springfield Utilities Industry06/12/2018 ILMO Products Company seen as a crucial provider of dielectric gases – also commonly referred to as insulating gases – for the Springfield electrical utilities industry. These gases are used most often to either avoid or quickly put an end to electrical discharges, for which their dielectric attributes render them ideal. The most prominent of these gases and the one most sought from us is sulfur hexafluoride (SF6). Utilities work with SF6 to electrically insulate high-voltage transformers, sulfur hexafluoride circuit breakers, switchgear, and other comparable kinds of hardware. Relevant to SF6 circuit breakers, they’re generally swapping out oil-filled circuit breakers (OCBs), which, because of the fear of their being polluted with now-banned, environmentally unsafe polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), are no longer preferred. The common use of SF6 under pressure in gas-insulated switchgear is because of its manifesting a dielectric strength signally higher than air or dry nitrogen (the latter one more gas in wide use by our utilities industry customers). One major advantage of SF6’s high electronegativity and density is that it lets the utilities industry diminish the size of electrical gear. This makes it possible to place such gear in more-tractable indoor environments, rather than air-insulating it outdoors. Gas-insulated gear placed indoors is, of course, less likely to suffer the damages inflicted by climate and pollution. Furthermore, a controlled environment also promote greater system reliability and longevity. If for some reason you haven’t yet been introduced to SF6 and would like to know more about its benefits in utilities industry application, contact ILMO Products Company, your Springfield PurityPlus® Partner, today.