The Need for Nitrogen in Richmond, Virginia Pharmaceutical and Biotech Applications03/27/2018 We’ve talked before about the uses Nitrogen gas (N2) in the food and beverage industry. As you might gather, though, considering the commonness of this gas in our atmosphere, nitrogen has scores of other equally worthwhile uses. Arc3 Gases, your Richmond, Virginia PurityPlus® Partner, is especially active, for example, in supplying nitrogen to the pharmaceutical and biotech industries. Pharmaceutical manufacturers and biotech firms commonly apply nitrogen in a procedure known as blanketing to help protect or boost the quality of packaged medicines, medical supplies, medical devices, and biological samples. With blanketing, nitrogen displaces oxygen immediately before the packaging is sealed. This eliminates the possibility of oxidation, contamination, degradation, and other harmful side effects resulting from oxygen reacting with various other materials. Nitrogen maintains 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 most frequently packaged with nitrogen. Nitrogen being a safe, inert gas, it’s used quite commonly as well to transfer liquid and powdered pharmaceutical materials, which can be unsafe if handled inattentively. Additionally, nitrogen blanketing is used to decrease the presence of oxygen – and therefore the prospect of fire or explosions – in situations where combustion is a constant concern. Pharmaceutical manufacturing facilities, medical laboratories, and hospitals as a matter of routine make use of nitrogen generators to regulate the level of oxygen in the workplace because generators are more handily and accurately controlled than high-pressure gas cylinders. Fulfilling the pharmaceutical and biotech industries’ need for ultra high-purity and ultra carrier-grades of nitrogen here in Richmond, Virginia has been a top priority at Arc3 Gases from the beginning. Contact us today and speak with one of our specialty gas pros to help identify which of our nitrogen products is right for your application.