Friday, July 30, 2010

Nitrogen for Power Plant Gas Turbine Purging

Power plant gas turbine natural gas fuel lines need to be purged during commissioning or during periodic start-up. Typically, the purge pressure required is approximately 600 PSI to provide sufficient purging during this process.

Nitrogen, being inert and extremely dry, has proven to be a safe, reliable, economical, “green” solution to providing such high pressure purge to meet the gas turbine manufacturers’ or plant operations recommended start-up procedures.

Using Nitrogen For Natural Gas Line Purging

Nitrogen has been used for years to purge high pressure lines power plant gas turbines and similar applications. Nitrogen, which makes up 79% of the air we breathe, is the perfect “green” solution for purging gas turbines. Nitrogen is inert and when you generate your own Nitrogen at your facility you can also boost the Nitrogen for storage in high pressure cylinders for later use.
How a Nitrogen Generator Benefits the Power Plant

In the past, power plants have purchased either banks of high pressure cylinders or liquid bulk Nitrogen to provide this form of purging protection. Today, with the installation of a Nitrogen Generator at your facility, you can generate your own nitrogen at a fraction of the cost versus purchasing Nitrogen cylinders or bulk liquid Nitrogen. Plus you can generate the Nitrogen on demand, and never run out. The Nitrogen Generator simply separates mechanically, the Nitrogen molecules from the other molecules found within the air and stores the Nitrogen until needed for your process use.

South-Tek Systems offers a complete line of reliable, cost effective Nitrogen Generators sized for your application. Using our Flow Verification Program, we are able to ascertain the specific flow rates of Nitrogen required for your facility and a Nitrogen Generator can be sized and installed at your facility accordingly, allowing you to realize the significant cost savings yielded by this technology.

Contact South-Tek Systems

Please contact our experienced and knowledgeable sales team at South-Tek Systems to get more specific information about our N2 GEN® GT - Gas Turbine Nitrogen Purging System which includes a:
  • Nitrogen Generator,
  • N2 Storage Tank,
  • Nitrogen Booster, and
  • High Pressure Cylinders
Call us today at 888-526-6284 or contact us through our website:

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Eliminating Bacteria Using Nitrogen Gas

What Is Bacteria?

Bacteria are microorganisms that grow in soil, water, and organic matter as well as living plants, animals, and people.  While most bacteria are harmless (and some are even beneficial), there are a few strains of bacteria that are pathogenic and can cause harmful bacterial infections.  Bacteria can grow and divide extremely rapidly, especially in the presence of available nutrients.

How Can I Prevent Bacteria Formation?

Bacteria, as well as mold and mildew, can start to form, grow, and reproduce in the presence of oxygen, warmth, and moisture.  Removing oxygen from an atmosphere for packaging or storage eliminates the potential for harmful bacteria growth.  This can be applied to food packaging and storage as well as chemical processing and even to sterilization for cleanrooms and medical device packaging.

Nitrogen is a clean, dry, inert gas that is often used to absorb moisture and displace oxygen in an environment.  The application of N2 gas effectively removes oxygen and prevents bacteria formation as well mold and mildew.

Why Use a Nitrogen Generator for Bacteria Elimination?

Using a Nitrogen Generator to eliminate and prevent harmful bacteria is an efficient, reliable, and cost effective solution compared to using high pressure N2 gas cylinders or bulk liquid Nitrogen.  Using a simple, straightforward PSA Generator or Membrane Generator technology to isolate and capture N2 molecules from the air we breathe, a Nitrogen Generator essentially produces high purity Nitrogen from thin air.  It is reliable and safe, easy to maintain, and won't ever run out of N2 gas.

About South-Tek Systems

South-Tek Systems engineers and manufactures Nitrogen Generators for a wide variety of applications, including bacteria elimination.  Our Flow Verification Program ensures that you'll be fitted with the most appropriately sized generator for your specific application.

Contact South-Tek Systems today to find out how our Nitrogen Generators can help make your production more efficient, more safe, and less costly: 888-526-6284.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Nitrogen Gas Uses for Clean Rooms

A cleanroom may be used in manufacturing, in the pharmaceutical industry, or in a scientific research lab.  It provides a controlled atmosphere to reduce contaminants such as airborne particles and dust.  The essence of a cleanroom is to reduce environmental contaminants by controlling air flow rates and direction, pressurization, temperature, and humidity.  This provides the cleanest possible environment for manufacturing, packaging, testing, or research.

Clean rooms may utilize inert gas systems to maintain a specific air pressure and to control humidity levels.  Nitrogen is often used as the inert gas in this scenario. 

The dry, inert properties of Nitrogen gas make it an ideal substance for other cleanroom uses.  These may include:
  • Drying parts being used in the clean room
  • Blowing off an assembled system or piece of equipment before it leaves the clean room
  • Purging a product, system, or piece of equipment for packaging
Nitrogen Generators for Cleanrooms

Nitrogen Generators are an alternative to bulk liquid N2 or high pressure gas cylinders.  A Nitrogen Generator produces high purity N2 gas on-site and on-demand and may be customized according to the flow rate capacity of the cleanroom.  It is a safe, reliable, and cost efficient source of Nitrogen gas, ideal for cleanrooms because of their need for a continuous controlled environment.

Contact South-Tek Systems

South-Tek Systems designs and manufactures Nitrogen Generators for use with cleanrooms.  Using their unique Flow Verification Program, South-Tek has the ability to accurately measure your cleanroom flow rate requirements and design the optimum Nitrogen System for your operation.  Contact South-Tek Systems today for more information: 888-526-6284.

Friday, July 2, 2010

Nitrogen Use with Medical Device Packaging

The packaging of medical devices and supplies such as test kits for doctor's offices, blood supplies, instruments, and containers presents a challenge for sterilization, preservation, and extended shelf life.  Sterile packaging is a crucial factor for medical technology and devices but the packaging must also be optimal for transportation, storage, and end use.

Packaging for Medical Supplies and Devices - Challenges and Solutions

Medical supplies and devices are constantly being transported from office, hospital, or clinic to labs, or from suppliers to buyers where they are stored until needed for use.  It is imperative to maintain a sterile atmosphere within the medical supply and device packaging during transportation and storage - right up until the moment the package is opened for the end user.  Often, a medical supply being packaged is perishable and must be preserved at it's freshest state for the duration of the transportation and storage.

The challenge here is to maintain sterility, freshness, and shelf life so as to preserve the integrity of the product, to get the most accurate test results, and to extend the shelf life of medical devices and supplies.

Nitrogen gas is a clean, dry, inert gas used effectively for sterilization, preservation, and atmosphere blanketing.  Nitrogen provides an ideal solution to the challenges presented in medical device packaging.

Optimal Preservation with Nitrogen Gas

Nitrogen may be applied during medical device packaging to eliminate the presence of oxygen.  If oxygen comes into contact with perishable medical supplies, it may affect the nature of the product as well as any test results associated with it.  Nitrogen displaces the oxygen and maintains a dry, sterile atmosphere within the packaging.  Also, by eliminating oxygen, Nitrogen gas will prevent humidity levels which can affect the shelf life of stored medical devices.

A Nitrogen Generator is a safe and reliable way to administer N2 gas for medical packaging.  Especially when compared to high pressure cylinders, a Nitrogen Generator is cost effective, easily manageable, produces high purity N2 gas on-site and on-demand, and won't ever run out of gas.  Using a simple PSA Generator or Membrane Generator technology, a Nitrogen Generator is the best solution for sterile medical device packaging.

Contact South-Tek Systems

South-Tek Systems engineers and manufactures Nitrogen Generators for a number of different industries including medical packaging.  Contact South-Tek Systems today to learn how they can help you cut costs, increase efficiency, and provide an effective solution to medical device packaging: 888-526-6284.

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Medical Industry Benefits From Use Of Nitrogen Generators


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