How Automatic Laboratory Gas Delivery Systems Improve Productivity
February 28th, 2023
Laboratories and laboratory technicians complete critical work using laboratory gases across many industries. From medical research to pharmaceutical manufacturing, quality control to chemical refineries, laboratories need strict gas regulation to complete work safely, accurately, and promptly to keep critical applications moving as planned.
The Hazards of Improper Laboratory Gas Regulation
Consistent and regulated gas levels are critical to the success of any laboratory. Loss or lowered gas flow can damage filtration, purification, and instrument systems, produce inaccurate and unusable results, and negatively impact your facility's overall safety rating.
Additionally, if gas cylinders are allowed to be depleted moisture, hydrocarbons, and other contaminants can be introduced to highly sensitive systems. Manual changeovers must be monitored closely to ensure that laboratory gases are switched out when approximately 10% of the overall capacity remains. Labor costs quickly rise as gas must be attended to on nights, weekends, and other off hours.
The solution? Automatic gas delivery systems.
How do Automatic Gas Delivery Systems Help Laboratory Productivity?
Automatic gas delivery systems are comprised of a changeover valve that switches from a primary cylinder to a secondary cylinder after the primary cylinder has been depleted. They are designed to provide cost-effective and hands-free operations by monitoring and delivering gas without the need for oversight or worry of delays or disruptions. Other benefits include:
- Lower risk for workers
- Lower labor costs
- Ability to monitor gas levels remaining in cylinders
- Higher degree of accuracy
- Streamlined processes for efficient operations
- Cost-effective for maximum value
Applications of Automatic Changeovers for Laboratory Gases
Leaks, inaccurate gas amounts, and other issues can quickly cost you valuable time, money, and resources. No matter your market, automatic gas changeover systems can increase productivity and decrease risk while distributing helium, hydrogen, nitrogen, and other gases.
Gas chromatography is used for quality control, research, and safety testing for products in industries ranging from automotive manufacturing to food and beverage sampling. It is an analytic process designed to separate and identify the presence or absence of certain chemical components.
Several factors can influence the results of gas chromatography processes, including vapor pressure, column temperatures, and, critically, gas flow rate. Automatic changeovers for carrier gases produce results with greater accuracy when compared to manual systems during precision gas chromatography operations as high flow rates can deteriorate the separation quality.
Mass spectrometry is applied to identify, measure, and analyze the mass-to-charge ratio of molecules within a sample. It’s used throughout many industries, including forensic toxicology, clinical research, environmental analysis, and many more.
Mass spectrometry is often paired with gas chromatography (GC-MS) to generate precision results for critical jobs. By installing an automatic gas delivery system, you can ensure that your facility produces safe and effective final products that will not cause harm to end users. At the same time, automatic systems can lower overall costs and provide reliable operations over long life spans.
The Eliminator Automatic Gas Delivery System Lowers Risk in Your Laboratory
One option for automatic gas changeover systems is the Eliminator from Assurance Valve. The Eliminator automatic gas cylinder changeover valve provides the industry’s best gas delivery for laboratory settings. We’ve designed our system to make the most of your budget, maintain consistent lab conditions, and provide long-lasting operations. Other benefits to the Eliminator for laboratories include:
- Straightforward installation process and easy operations
- Non-electric to avoid costly shutdowns
- Endlessly configurable to your exact laboratory facility
- And much more!
To improve your laboratory setup as soon as possible, we offer next-day delivery of processed materials or same-day pick up in will-call. No minimum purchase is necessary. Contact us or call 360-768-7368 when you’re ready to learn more about how the Eliminator automatic gas changeover valve can increase your laboratory’s productivity. Request a quote to get started.