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Gas Box Speeds Your End Results

by Last updated Dec 5, 2022 | Published on Oct 23, 2018Contract Manufacturing

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The demand for high-quality, complete gas delivery systems continues to rise as advancements grow in a variety of industries, such as medical devices, semiconductors and alternative energy.

At Axenics, we use the terms gas box and gas cabinet interchangeably. Gas boxes can give your team a centralized location for gas cylinders and regulators, as pipelines push gases to output locations throughout your multiple workstations. Having a centralized gas system in place offers you better control over the gas output, rate and pressure.

We can provide you with a gas delivery system while ensuring the entire system is designed, engineered, assembled and tested by our team of experts. Once it arrives to you, the gas box is ready for installation.

There are benefits to having us create a complete gas cabinet solution for your production floor:

Complete Systems Save You Money & Get You to Market Faster

Some OEMs choose gas cylinder rentals, but rental prices will rise over time. Plus, you’re at the mercy of the rental facility, and you are potentially losing money while waiting for the empty gas cylinders to be replaced.

Gas cabinet manufacturing from Axenics provides you an efficient way to deliver gas through your systems. Implementing an in-house system means gas cylinder changes are convenient and won’t disrupt workflow on your production floor. With in-house engineering and design experts, we will help you determine the right type of gas delivery system based on your goals.

If your operation is growing, you’re likely already aware that adding components one at a time results in stretching your completion dates. Rather than purchase and install gas box components piecemeal, let us assemble a full gas box system for your current – and upcoming – needs.

We continually stock many common parts and fittings for gas cabinets, and our strong relationships with vendors will allow us to build a gas box system for you at a reasonable cost to you, no matter what components are necessary.

Cross-Trained for Expert and Safe End Results

Our employees are cross-trained for every aspect of a gas box build:

Another element to consider, you may need a gas monitoring system if you’re using toxic or flammable gases as they can sometimes build up in an enclosed room. We can assemble this system for you.

Safety is of the utmost importance when it comes to installing a gas box system. You can be assured that the end product we deliver to you has reached or surpassed every safety guideline.

Gas Cabinet Manufacturing

During the design phase of the gas box, an engineer has to decide on the type of pipes to use. Should they use stainless steel, copper, or plastic polyethylene? Once they’ve selected a pipe material, they also have to decide whether the pipes should be welded together or be seamless and use tube bending to fit in a space or shape. Here are some aspects to consider when deciding on the best type of pipes to install into your gas box:

Compatibility with Gas

The top characteristic to consider in choosing the ideal piping material is whether it is compatible with the gas that will flow through the line. Certain materials can be negatively impacted by the properties of the gas. The pipe could corrode faster, become brittle and crack apart, or cause contaminants to leak or leach into the gas cylinder.

Pressure Rating

Certain pipe and tube material is only rated to withstand specific pressures before experiencing failure. Pipes come with a pressure rating that signifies the amount of pressure they can withstand before bursting or cracking. For example, copper pipe may have a pressure rating of type L, which indicates that they can withstand gas pressures of up to 200 pounds per square inch gauge (PSIG).

Delivery of High Gas Purity

For certain applications, such as manufacturing semiconductors or medical devices, the purity of the gas used is essential. The piping needs to have a certain thickness, when the pipe is welded together. One type of pipe material used to ensure high purity gas applications is stainless steel with an electro-polished interior. A manufacturer may also select copper tubing or plastic tubing when they do not want a hard pipe or seams.

Temperature of Gases

Some gases may have extreme hot or cold temperatures, such as cryogenic gases that have a boiling point of minus 130 degrees Fahrenheit. These gases can cause the wrong type of pipes to break or burst. The material selected has to withstand extreme temperatures. A manufacturer may also have to select a material that prevents temperature fluctuations, as some gases can spontaneously combust (pyrophoric gases) when there is a change in temperature.

Pipe Sterilization

Sometimes a pipe must undergo sterilization to remove contaminants and ensure the highest purity gas is being sent through the line. Selecting gas box piping requires understanding how the pipe will react to certain cleaning methods. If a clean in place (CIP) sterilization method is used where chemicals are placed inside the pipe, the pipe materials must be able to withstand the chemicals and not corrode. If a steam in place (SIP) method is used, the pipe material must be able to withstand the steam’s high temperatures.

A gas box offers immense benefits to OEMs in a range of industries including those in life sciences, medical devices, semiconductors, and alternative energy. It can speed up production by keeping up a steady pressure of application gases flowing to workstations throughout the production floor. The gas box can also speed up changeover capabilities and allow workers to better control gas pressure.

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