nitrogen compressor is commonly used in industry to temper and braze metals in metallurgy, to cool glass in production, to provide inert gas in a number of industrial processes, and for numerous other applications. In many cases, it is compressed to higher than atmospheric pressure and stored for later use. This is because nitrogen gas is an inert gas that cannot be oxidized and can help prevent explosions in areas where oxygen and other flammable gases are present.
Nitrogen generators produce a steady supply of high-purity, on-demand nitrogen gas by converting regular compressed air into a pure gas using PSA or membrane technology. These systems can be installed on-site and provide a variety of flow rates and purity levels to suit your laboratory’s specific needs.
Choosing the Right Nitrogen Compressor: Factors to Consider for Your Industrial Application
Rather than using an industrial air compressor to create nitrogen gas on-demand, these systems separate the oxygen and other gases from nitrogen in an air tank through a Carbon Molecular Sieve (CMS) bed, which preferentially adsorbed the other gases while allowing the nitrogen through. This process is accelerated as the system is pressurized, and the resulting nitrogen gas is then channeled off to another tank where it is stored until it is needed for a particular application.
More advanced nitrogen generators utilize multiple filtration stages to further remove dust or moisture before the nitrogen gas enters the CMS. This helps to reduce the degradation of the membrane and extends the life of the generator while increasing efficiency, output, and purity. Additionally, these more advanced units can offer redundancy in case of a single component failure for a complete system that provides continuous, uninterrupted nitrogen generation.