Today there are more than 2 billion kilometers of optical fiber installed around the globe that serve multiple applications, from telecommunications to medical and industrial. As the global leader of industrial gases, Air Products can provide a wide range of gases for different processes from preform manufacturing to fiber drawing, including helium, hydrogen, and nitrogen, as well as related equipment and services.
Air Products gases, typically provided in gaseous and liquid form, enable customers in a wide range of industries to improve their environmental performance, product quality, and productivity.
Argon, an inert gas, is commonly used in applications across metals production operations to improve quality, and increase efficiency and yield.
Helium, an inert gas, is used for quenching, cooling, leak detection, and plasma applications.
Valued for its reactive and protective properties, and used by many industries such as electronics, foods, glass, chemicals, refining and more can benefit from its unique properties to improve quality, optimize performance and reduce costs.
Nitrogen is routinely used in applications across foundries, integrated and mini mills, specialty/stainless, and non-ferrous metals production operations.
Oxygen can improve combustion through increased heat transfer, higher flame temperatures, and reduced volume of fuel gases in metals production operations.
With helium in short supply globally, are there other gases or alternatives that I can use for my fiber pulling operation?
As the global supply of helium struggles to cope with the increased demand for this gas, here are two potential alternatives: