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Bulk Gas Systems
Buying power and customer service that add up to a powerful combination.
You’ll find it with Airgas.

We’ve combined supply chain efficiency with the widest variety of products and impressive technical and customer support. The Airgas approach makes bulk gas easier and more cost effective to buy and manage than ever before. As the nation’s largest supplier of bulk gas, we have unrivaled leverage in maintaining product availability at consistent, cost-effective prices. Plus, our 1,100 locations and national distribution system means reliable, efficient delivery backed by our locally responsive network of knowledgeable support people.

Products as diverse as the industries we serve.

With Airgas, you get economies of scale across a wide variety of gases. Along with standard atmospheric gases, we offer hard-to-find specialized products, such as Nitrous Oxide, beverage-quality Carbon Dioxide and NF Nitrogen. We also provide high quality storage systems designed to meet or exceed industry standards, and these can be customized to meet customer requirements.

Bulk gases.

• Argon
• Carbon Dioxide
• Helium
• Oxygen
• Hydrogen
• Nitrogen
• Nitrous Oxide
• Propane
• Propylene

Bulk gas services.

• Evaluation of gas usage and needs to determine the most efficient and cost-effective supply mode
• Bulk gas delivery in tank trailers; installation of on-site bulk storage tanks
• Bulk gas delivery in tube trailers; installation of on-site ground storage tubes
• MicroBulk gas delivery; installation of on-site MicroBulk storage tanks
• Flexibility to grow and adapt to your changing gas supply needs

Customer support that puts our expertise at your service.

Airgas fields the largest customer care team in the industry, with the goal of making your business more efficient and profitable. It starts with an in-depth understanding of how you use gas, how you manage it and how we can apply the Airgas expertise in customer applications, installation of Bulk and MicroBulk storage and delivery systems, and better cost efficiencies for your business. The analysis begins by looking at the scope and diversity of your needs, details of applications, similarities of operations and how products can be used more efficiently. Working with your team, we develop a customized supply system plan that will meet current and future production requirements. This is followed by a complete overview of the installation, including design specifications, equipment and piping. A time line that can support seamless integration and eliminate downtime is created. After implementation, Airgas provides a report itemizing efficiency and cost effectiveness of the new bulk gas supply system.

The purchasing power of a national network. The service and attention of a local specialist.

With approximately 1,100 locations nationwide, Airgas is the largest distributor of industrial, specialty and medical gases and related equipment. This well-connected, integrated network enables Airgas to provide on-demand local delivery and personalized service and support. Each customer’s situation is unique and we treat it as such. Recommendations are developed to offer complete solutions
that contribute to overall business efficiency. A well-constructed plan may include opportunities to improve bulk supply management, minimize gas usage costs, reduce the number of suppliers and share best demonstrated practices across your organization.

As Customers’ Needs Change, Airgas Offers a Range of Supply Modes…


Airgas Bulk Storage Specifications

Nitrogen, Oxygen and Argon
Bulk nitrogen, oxygen and argon are stored as cryogenic liquids in a vacuum insulated vessel at the customer’s site. The nominal vessel working pressure is 250 psig. The stored liquid can be vaporized into gas as required for use by the customer. For liquid hydrogen, higher pressures, horizontal vessels, smaller and larger size vessels or other special application requirements, please contact your local Airgas associate.

Carbon Dioxide

Bulk carbon dioxide is stored as a liquid in a refrigerated vessel or vacuum insulated vessel at the customer’s site. The vessel maximum allowable working pressure is 350 psig. The stored liquid can be vaporized into gas as required for use by the customer. For higher pressures, horizontal vessels, smaller and larger size vessels or other special application requirements, please contact your local Airgas associate.

Hydrogen and Helium

Bulk hydrogen and helium is generally stored as a gas in ground storage tubes at the customer site. The ground storage tubes can be sized to meet your needs from 500 to greater than 100,000 standard cubic feet in capacity. For liquid storage options and other bulk gases in gaseous form (such as nitrogen, air, mixed gases, etc.), please contact your local Airgas associate.

Proven delivery systems for every application and location.

Airgas offers a flexible range of bulk gas designs and capacities to accommodate space, equipment demands and operating requirements. Expert technical assistance accompanies every system to verify proper sizing of tanks, interconnecting piping layout, gas applications and related factors.

Conventional and Jumbo Tube Trailers
• Our fleet of tube trailers is available in capacities from 45,000 SCF to 180,000 SCF and serves the needs of users with high-pressure gas applications
• Less common gases such as liquid hydrocarbons (C2 to C10) can also be supplied in tube trailers and tailored to individual supply needs

MicroBulk Systems
• Newest cylinder alternative that provides reliable, uninterrupted gas supply
• Sized between liquid cylinders and bulk, this distribution solution fulfills the previously unmet needs of customers with volumes that make using cylinders or bulk gas systems inefficient
• Less venting and residual losses than from liquid or high-pressure cylinders results in product savings
• No cylinder handling and moving presents opportunity for labor savings

Non-Cryogenic Gas Generation Systems
• Nitrogen
• Oxygen
• Hydrogen
• Ask your Airgas representative for more details

Fuel Gases
Ask your local Airgas representative about bulk supply options for Propane, Propylene, and MAPP® fuel gases.