The Need for Nitrogen in Springfield Pharmaceutical and Biotech Applications03/27/2018 We’ve previously discussed the uses Nitrogen gas (N2) in the food and beverage industry. As you may guess, though, judging from the prevalence of this gas in our atmosphere, nitrogen has many other equally advantageous uses. ILMO Products Company, your Springfield PurityPlus® Partner, is especially engaged, for instance, in producing nitrogen for the pharmaceutical and biotech industries. Pharmaceutical manufacturers and biotech firms commonly use nitrogen in a practice dubbed 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 transit. Specimen containers, blood supplies, and doctor’s test kits are examples of products most frequently packaged with nitrogen. Nitrogen being a safe, inert gas, it’s employed quite commonly as well to transfer liquid and powdered pharmaceutical materials, which can be risky if handled improperly. In addition, nitrogen blanketing is used 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 customarily 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 top priority at ILMO Products Company from the beginning. Contact us today and speak with one of our specialty gas specialists to help figure out which of our nitrogen products is right for your application.