Category Archives: Nitrogen Membrane

Fire prevention equipment made with PRISM PA nitrogen separators.

A shout out to our friends at Engineered Corrosion Solutions in Saint Louis, Missouri.

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Engineered Corrosion Solutions will be exhibiting at SFPE’s Annual Conference & Expo in Nashville, Tennessee from October 28 – October 30, 2018. As an annual participant, this is going to be the biggest year for ECS yet.  Stop by table #25 for hands-on product demonstrations of ECS product offerings:

Engineered Corrosion Solutions is using the PRISM PA nitrogen separators as part of their wall mount fire sprinkler corrosion prevention system. Be sure to check out the great work that they are doing keeping our buildings safe.

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Why are PRISM separators made of plastic?

Air Products PRISM Membranes decided many years ago, to create membrane gas separators that are lightweight and durable. Evaluating many available materials, our engineers selected ABS for the shell (bodies) of the separators and aluminum end caps for the connection ports.

Our product philosophy is to provide a product that can be easily handled during assembly or field maintenance. The lightweight PRISM Membrane separators can be managed by one technician without the need for additional lift assist equipment. A benefit of PRISM Membrane separators is that they are a great fit for mobile systems. This is handy when your system is in a remote oilfield or in the hull of a ship.

Is ABS a good material choice for industrial products?

Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene (ABS) is an opaque thermoplastic and amorphous polymer. It has a strong resistance to corrosive chemicals and physical impacts. It’s easy to machine and is very structurally sturdy, which is why it is used in things like camera housings and car bumpers. ABS is relatively harmless as it doesn’t have any known carcinogens and there are no known adverse health effects related to ABS exposure. If you need a lightweight and durable material that holds up well to external impacts, ABS is a good choice.

So, is it OK to have an untreated aluminum component exposed to the elements?

When aluminum oxidizes, it forms aluminum oxide. This naturally occurring oxide layer, which forms on any exposed aluminum surface, protects the metal from any further deterioration. Plus, any surface scratches immediately form a new oxidation layer, making the surface self-healing.

Aluminum Oxide is used in many products for its hardness and strength, primarily in abrasive products like cutting tools and sandpaper, where the aluminum oxide is a substitute for industrial diamonds. If you’re looking for a strong, scratchproof coating, aluminum oxide is a clear winner.

Note: Air Products PRISM Membrane separators are also manufactured in other materials, like stainless-steel, for specialty applications.

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New Application- Hypoxic Altitude Training

iStock-868638448.jpgPrism Membrane separators generate nitrogen for a wide variety of applications. One process that is gaining interest is high altitude simulation for athletic training. Carefully controlling a slightly elevated nitrogen content in the training chamber simulates the naturally reduced oxygen environment at high altitudes. Hypoxic training provides the benefit of a competitive athletic edge through improved strength training and weight loss.

The purity of nitrogen required to achieve a safe hypoxic environment is well within the capabilities of Prism Membrane separators. At this time, we are actively evaluating relationships with builders of hypoxic gas systems to determine and supply the best fitting membrane solution.

 

Big Win! Nitrogen Membrane System for Coral FLNG

News Release

Air Products Wins Nitrogen Contract for Coral Floating LNG Project

December 12, 2017 Lehigh Valley, Pa.

Air Products (NYSE: APD) today announced an agreement with TP JGC Coral France for the supply of its Medium and High Purity Nitrogen Package for a floating liquefied natural gas (FLNG) facility to be located in the Indian Ocean, offshore Mozambique, Africa. This represents the company’s second supply contract with TP JGC Coral France for this project. Earlier this year, Air Products announced an agreement to supply its proprietary cryogenic coil wound heat exchanger technology and liquefaction process license for the facility.

The FLNG facility being built by TP JGC Coral France, an incorporated joint venture formed by TechnipFMC and JGC Corporation, along with Samsung Heavy Industries, will utilize Air Products’ advanced PRISM® Membrane Separators to produce both medium- and high-purity nitrogen. The combined nitrogen production will exceed 100,000 Nm3/day. The FLNG plant will be moored and operate on the surface above 6,500 feet of water in the Indian Ocean, in a natural gas field known as Area 4 of the Coral Field.

“Air Products is very pleased to again be selected as a key supplier to the Coral FLNG project,” said Charles Page, director of Air Products PRISM Membranes. “Our Nitrogen Package, which has been designed in accordance with the consortium’s exacting requirements, leverages Air Products’ unparalleled experience for supplying similar equipment for demanding offshore applications.”

“This project affirms Air Products’ capabilities and world class position for supplying high performance membrane nitrogen generation systems for the marine and offshore market,” added Hallgeir Angel, technical sales manager, Air Products AS Engineered Nitrogen Systems. “It builds on years of experience gained on similar complex projects and integrates well in Air Products’ market-leading Nitrogen Package portfolio.”

In support of the LNG industry, Air Products provides process technology and key equipment for natural gas liquefaction processes. Upstream, Air Products provides both nitrogen and natural gas dehydration membrane systems for offshore platforms. Downstream, Air Products provides membrane nitrogen generators for LNG carriers, and land-based membrane and cryogenic nitrogen systems for LNG import terminals and base-load LNG plants.

About Air Products
Air Products (NYSE:APD) is a world-leading Industrial Gases company in operation for over 75 years. The Company’s core industrial gases business provides atmospheric and process gases and related equipment to manufacturing markets, including refining and petrochemical, metals, electronics, and food and beverage. Air Products is also the world’s leading supplier of liquefied natural gas process technology and equipment.

The Company had fiscal 2017 sales of $8.2 billion from continuing operations in 50 countries and has a current market capitalization of about $35 billion. Approximately 15,000 passionate, talented and committed employees from a diversity of backgrounds are driven by Air Products’ higher purpose to create innovative solutions that benefit the environment, enhance sustainability and address the challenges facing customers, communities and the world. For more information, visit www.airproducts.com.

NOTE: This release may contain forward-looking statements within the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements are based on management’s reasonable expectations and assumptions as of the date of this release regarding important risk factors. Actual performance and financial results may differ materially from projections and estimates expressed in the forward-looking statements because of many factors not anticipated by management, including risk factors described in the Company’s Form 10K for its fiscal year ended September 30, 2017.

Why our Membranes are the Best

Here are the top three reasons why you should choose PRISM Membrane Separators.
1. Low total costs

• Lowest air consumption membrane separator on the market across the widest portfolio of product offerings.

• Broad operating range enables flexible design and optimization.

• More than 35 years of experience in designing the most cost effective systems.

2. Quality & reliability

• USA-based manufacturing with strict AS9100 and ISO9001 quality systems.

• Trusted in critical applications like aircraft fuel tank inerting, shipboard/offshore systems, and refinery operations.

• Longest demonstrated lifespan.

3. Technical support

• Access to experts at membrane@airproducts.com or +1-314-995-3300.

• Specialized experience in trouble shooting and development support.

• Capabilities to customize or develop new membrane products.

PA4050 Membrane Performance

We’ve experienced an increase in requests for our particular PA4050-N1 membrane recently. This is our most commonly used membrane product and for your convenience, we posted the performance tables and data sheet below. This data table publishes the minimum guaranteed performance for our PA4050-N1, so it’s typical that the membranes received are even higher performing.

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Our Feature in “Compressed Air Best Practices” Magazine

Our nitrogen and air dehydration membrane separators were featured in last week’s publication of Compressed Air Best Practices Magazine. The end user company, Basil V.R. Greatrex, worked with our partner company, Titus Co, to incorporate PRISM membrane technology into a nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy operation. The project required both high purity nitrogen generation and compressed air dehydration to a dew point of -80°C. Our business was happy to partner with Titus Co to achieve the solution. Read the full article here.

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