Oxygen Supplier to Fresno

Oxygen (O2) is a colorless, odorless, tasteless, highly oxidizing gas. Fresno Oxygen & Welding Supplies/Barnes Welding Supply supplies oxygen to Fresno businesses.

Commercial use of oxygen followed developments in technology throughout the nineteenth century. The quest for efficient mechanical refrigeration provided a methodology to liquefy air. While nominally a dead end as far as refrigeration, air liquefaction soon led to air distillation into its primary components: nitrogen, oxygen and argon. As a result of the significant relative differences in the condensing and boiling points of these gases, extremely high purities of each were easy to obtain. Coincidentally, brisk progress in electrochemistry and the quickly developing electro-plating businesses demonstrated that sending an electric current through an aqueous salt solution generated gases at both the anode and the cathode, these gases were quickly identified as oxygen and hydrogen, respectively.

While this was going on, the Bessemer steel process proved that large quantities of high quality steel could be produced from iron with adding oxygen-laden air. The Bessemer process became a superior alternative to the Crucible process in terms of uniform steel purity, vastly expanded steel-making capacity and dramatically lower cost, especially if a source of high purity oxygen replaced air in the process.

With enough potential base-load provided by steel production, low-cost, high purity oxygen’s availability spured several previously proposed applications that hadn’t been commercialized because they cost too much. These included oxy-acetylene welding and cutting, float glass manufacture, and the application of pure oxygen as an explosive in underground coal mining. And once a viable option for packaging and transporting gas became available via cylinders, the use of oxygen for breathing and respiratory therapy grew rapidly. While oxygen as an explosive’s use was dramatically curtailed in the 1920’s, steel and glass manufacture, respiratory demand and oxy-acetylene welding and cutting are still are the major uses of oxygen in the twenty-first century. Additional large oxygen demand processes now include water purification and paper production, where oxygen’s oxidative properties allow it to replace chlorine in many applications.

Environmental monitoring and semiconductor manufacturing account for a significant amount of oxygen’s demand in the specialty gas world. PurityPlus Hydrocarbon-Free and Ultra High Purity Oxygen are used to create Zero and Ultra Zero Air for atmospheric and environmental monitoring base-line studies. These are also used as a combustion support gas in conjunction with UHP Hydrogen in Flame Ionization and Flame Photometric Detectors used in Gas Chromatography. Ultra High Purity and Research Grade Oxygen may also be used in calibration mixtures for environmental emission monitoring, industrial hygiene and safety monitors. The electronics industry also uses vast quantities of Ultra High Purity Oxygen for laser etching of silicon substrates.

Learn how Fresno Oxygen & Welding Supplies/Barnes Welding Supply can help supply your oxygen needs in Fresno today! Call us at 559-341-4456 or connect with us online here.