OEM Partner Relationships

Air Products sells membrane separators in two simple ways:

  1. In large, (turn-key) nitrogen and process gas membrane systems
  2. To B2B OEM gas system builders to serve niche applications

nitrogen familyToday’s post provides details on our OEM partner relationships where we manufacture reliable, long lasting membrane separators for companies who build their own membrane systems. Examples of these specialty systems include controlled atmosphere systems for food preservation, nitrox systems for scuba diving, pneumatic air dryer systems, and biogas upgrading packages.

With diverse applications like this, it is intentional and beneficial for us to allow the application experts to build the systems in their own field of specialty.

That means that we can focus our efforts towards providing the best technical support to these partners and perfecting the membrane products. This supplier-to-customer relationship allows each party to specialize in their own field, and that’s what makes the membranes business successful.

Air Products offers OEM Partners 
Technical support
Preferred Pricing
Priority lead times
Occasional end user inquiries for system quotes

The OEM Partner’s Job
Build innovative gas generating or gas purifying systems using PRISM Membrane separators
Sell or rent completed systems to end users or distributors

Common OEM Applications
Nitrogen Generation
Hydrogen Recovery
Oxygen Enriched Air Generation
Biogas Upgrading
Compressed Air Dehydration

Common OEM Industries
Oil and Gas
Food and Beverage
Industrial Inerting

The PRISM Membranes Group is currently accepting new partnerships and encourages inquiries to membrane@airproducts.com.


Prism Membranes Facility Hosts K-9 Training Event

The Air Products Prism Membranes facility in Saint Charles, Missouri recently assisted in a K-9 police training session. While unoccupied, the building hosted dogs and trainers from 8 local municipalities as they conducted various intruder and drug sniffing drills. The group safely utilized the facility’s office and front yard areas for certain search-and-find drills with the dogs.

Police officers at the four hour event expressed their appreciation for utilizing a different training location to offer variety in the dogs’ training sessions. Similar K-9 trials often occur in schools or office buildings on weekends. The Air Products Prism Membranes team was happy to lend their facility for this community-benefitting arrangement.

Nitrox Membrane Systems by Nuvair

Nuvair develops and offers multiple innovative membrane systems for breathing applications and scuba diving. Their systems eliminate the dangers of handling and exchanging pure oxygen cylinders and provide many benefits to the end users as well.

Nuvair’s nitrox systems can conveniently fill tanks or deliver continuous breathing gas at any desired oxygen level from 21 to 40 percent.

Features & Benefits to diving applications:
nuvair membrane system• Increased bottom time to depths of 120 feet
• Portable from dock to boat
• Enhanced safety
• Less fatigue following a dive
• Easily operated


Learn more about Nuvair’s nitrox membrane systems here.

News Release- Air Products’ Hydrogen Fueling and Biogas Membrane Technology Collaboration

hydrogenfarmjapanap011398Air Products (NYSE:APD) is part of a consortium that took part today in the inaugural ceremony of the Shikaoi Hydrogen Farm, a hydrogen production supply facility derived from livestock biomass waste located in Hokkaido, Japan. Air Products provided its hydrogen fueling technology for this project as part of the company’s collaboration with NIPPON STEEL & SUMIKIN Pipeline & Engineering Co. Ltd. to develop the retail automotive hydrogen fueling infrastructure in Japan. In addition, Air Products has provided its proprietary membrane technology for the biogas purification process.

“We are honored to not only provide our SmartFuel® hydrogen fueling technology, but also our PRISM® membrane technology, to support this integrated and renewable hydrogen supply chain capability,” said Ed Kiczek, global business director‒Hydrogen Energy Systems, at Air Products. “This innovative project represents the second hydrogen fueling station that we have successfully constructed and delivered with NSPE in the Japanese market, and we look forward to collaborating with them on many more.”

The Shikaoi Hydrogen Farm utilizes agricultural wastes which are anaerobically digested to create a supply of raw biogas. This biogas is upgraded to a purified supply of biomethane using Air Products’ PRISM® PB Membrane separators. The biomethane is then used as a feedstock to manufacture renewable hydrogen on-site, which generates heat, power and vehicle fuel. This is the first facility in Japan to use agricultural wastes as the source to manufacture hydrogen.hydrogenfarmjapan

The Shikaoi Hydrogen Farm is a five-year business project entrusted by the Ministry of the Environment in Japan for low-carbon hydrogen technology. The project demonstrates an integrated hydrogen energy-based supply chain, leveraging local renewable energy sources for hydrogen generation, storage, transportation and use. The hydrogen is returned to local livestock farmers and neighboring facilities as a source of renewable energy and fuel. Hokkaido’s first hydrogen-vehicle fueling station is installed at the Farm, which delivers fuel to hydrogen-powered vehicles and forklifts.

Additional companies contributing to the project are Air Water Inc. and Kajima Corporation.

Air Products’ SmartFuel® hydrogen fueling stations provide hydrogen fueling at 35 Mpa (5,000 psi) and 70 Mpa (10,000 psi) in compliance with JPEC (Japan Petroleum Energy Center) S0003. Use of the company’s fueling technology is increasing and is already used in approximately 1,500,000 hydrogen fills per year. Air Products has been involved in over 200 hydrogen fueling projects in the United States and 20 countries worldwide. More information about the company’s hydrogen fueling station technologies can be viewed at www.airproducts.com/h2energy.

Air Products has more than 60 years of hydrogen experience and an extensive patent portfolio in hydrogen dispensing technology. Air Products provides liquid and gaseous hydrogen and a variety of enabling devices and protocols for fuel dispensing at varied pressures. Hydrogen for these stations can be delivered to a site via truck or pipeline, produced by natural gas reformation, biomass conversion, or by electrolysis, including electrolysis driven by renewable energy sources such as solar and wind.

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 2016 sales of $7.5 billion from continuing operations in 50 countries and has a current market capitalization of approximately $30 billion. Approximately 16,000 employees are making Air Products the world’s safest and best performing industrial gases company, providing sustainable offerings and excellent service to all customers. 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, 2016.