Friday, December 16, 2011

How to Make Nitrogen Gas with an N2 Generator


The air we breathe is composed of 79% nitrogen.  This N2 gas in its purer form provides a number of uses in a wide range of applications.  Nitrogen gas is often used in corrosion prevention, purging, eliminating bacteria, modified atmosphere packaging, creating a clean, dry, and sterile environment, and much more.

With so many uses and benefits to using nitrogen, the question is: How do you make nitrogen gas?  How do you separate the molecules of N2 gas found in the air and capture them for use?

And the answer is: Leave it to your friends at South-Tek Systems, the leading manufacturers of nitrogen generating systems worldwide.

South-Tek Systems specializes in engineering and manufacturing nitrogen generators with the purpose of producing high purity N2 gas that can be captured and used for any number of applications.  They use simple Membrane technology or PSA technology within the generators to make this happen and then connect the generator with a tank for storage.

Nitrogen generators are safe, reliable, easy to operate, and require low maintenance.  The experts at South-Tek Systems use their Flow Verification System to size up the proper generator for your specific requirements, ensuring that you have the optimum purity and output necessary for the application.

With a Nitrogen Generator installed at the point of process, our clients can eliminate the need for gas company contracts and delivery, high pressure cylinder storage and handling, and the costs associated with using high pressure cylinders as an N2 gas source.  Our Nitrogen generating systems are easy to maintain, requiring only a routine filter replacement, and have a return-on-investment (ROI) of approximately 18 months.

Contact the experts at South-Tek Systems to learn how a Nitrogen Generator can benefit your business - save time, money, and make your process more efficient!  Call us today at 888-526-6284.




Tuesday, November 15, 2011

South-Tek Systems Welcomes Jimmy O'Connor to the Nitrogen Generator Company's Catalog Product Team

South-Tek Systems, the leading designer and manufacturer of nitrogen generating systems, are excited to announce the recent hire of Jimmy O'Connor to the Catalog Product Team, a division dedicated to marketing the trademark products created by South-Tek Systems including the MICBlast®, the BeerBlast®, SmokeBlast® and the TireBlast®.

Wilmington, N.C., November 2011 --South-Tek Systems welcomes the addition of Jimmy O'Connor to the Catalog Product Team.  Mr. O'Connor will have responsibilities including client management and support as well as new client acquisition.  The Catalog Product Team is charged with marketing and sales of specific trademark products created by South-Tek Systems, including the MICBlast® Corrosion Inhibiting System for Fire Protection Systems (FPS), the BeerBlast® Mixed Gas Dispense System for draft beer applications, SmokeBlast® for smoke machines and the TireBlast® Nitrogen Tire Filling System.

Mr. O'Connor graduated from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill in 2003 with a degree in Business and in the past nine years he's successfully sold products and/or services for national brands across a range of markets.  In addition, he is currently finishing his MBA at The University of North Carolina Wilmington.  Mr. O'Connor brings experience in sales targeted to very specific markets, an ideal fit for South-Tek Systems where the Catalog Products are intended for very select client bases.

As South-Tek Systems continues to develop new trademark products that need to be brought to market, building the Catalog Product Sales and Marketing Team is a top priority.  "Adding Jimmy to our growing team will help us manage our current client base, acquire new clients, and provide greater opportunities for expanding the Catalog," says Catalog Sales Manager Scott Bodemann.  "Our division is growing rapidly and we needed the expertise that Jimmy brings to help reach our potential."

South-Tek Systems has become one of the leading engineering and manufacturing companies devoted solely to nitrogen generators and products directly related to nitrogen generation.  Their expanding product list includes the MICBlast® Corrosion Inhibiting System for Fire Protection Systems; the BeerBlast® Mixed Gas Dispense System for draft beer applications; the SmokeBlast® for smoke machine applications; the TireBlast® Nitrogen Tire Filling Station; the N2-GEN™ C series, S series and T series of PSA Nitrogen Generators that are engineered to order for industrial and laboratory applications, and the N2-GEN™ Compact Portable Nitrogen Generator designed for military and lab applications.  Nitrogen generators produce high quality N2 gas at point of process and on-demand, at a fraction of the cost of using liquid nitrogen or high pressure cylinders.  Other benefits of a nitrogen generator include increased safety, flexibility, and reliability.

Learn more about South-Tek Systems by visiting their website at http://www.SouthTekSystems.com or visit the sites for specific products at http://www.MICBlast.com, http://www.ThePerfectDraftPour.com, and http://www.TireBlast.com.


Contact:


Scott Bodemann
South-Tek Systems
2940 Orville Wright Way
Wilmington, NC 28405
888-526-6284
info@southteksystems.com
http://www.SouthTekSystems.com

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Wednesday, November 9, 2011

South-Tek Systems Announces the Launch of N2Blast.com

N2Blast.com is the latest website and blog launched by leading Nitrogen Generator manufacturer, South-Tek Systems.  The N2-Blast® - Corrosion Inhibiting System designed for Dry and Pre-action Fire Protection Systems is a compact system designed to generate high purity, corrosion inhibiting Nitrogen (N2) gas to maintain supervisory pressure.


Wilmington, N.C., November 2011 - South-Tek Systems, the leading engineer and manufacturer of Nitrogen Generation technology, announces the launch of N2Blast.com, a website and blog dedicated to the N2-Blast® - Corrosion Inhibiting System for Dry and Pre-action Fire Protection Systems (FPS). This new website is devoted to educating engineers, contractors, FPS managers and end-users about the causes of corrosion to sprinkler pipe systems, the dangers of such corrosion, and the solution presented by the N2-Blast® - Nitrogen Generation System.

The N2-Blast® - Nitrogen Generation System was developed to inhibit FPS corrosion in Dry or Pre-action sprinkler piping by supplying dry, low pressure, supervisory Nitrogen (N2), which is an inert, non-flammable gas. South-Tek Systems engineers and manufactures Nitrogen Generation Systems for a variety of applications and for a range of purposes, including corrosion prevention. Corrosion develops as a result of unprotected metal coming in contact with both oxygen and water/residual moisture. Nitrogen gas works to inhibit corrosion by displacing any residual water left behind from hydrotesting as well as depleting the oxygen supply; both are necessary elements in the corrosion process. South-Tek Systems designed the compact N2-Blast® - Nitrogen Generation System specifically for the purpose of inhibiting corrosion within FPS.

N2Blast.com is geared toward any owner/user of a Dry or Pre-action Fire Protection System. Architects and engineers, contractors, developers, building managers, and property owners can all benefit from the information and resources presented at N2Blast.com. In addition to specifics about the N2-Blast®, the website and blog also provide facts about corrosion, photos of sprinkler pipe systems affected by corrosion, and the benefits of using Nitrogen gas to inhibit the development of corrosion.

"We are excited about the launch of N2Blast.com," comments South-Tek Systems' Catalog Division Product Manager Scott Bodemann. "We want the chance to educate FPS users and managers about the threat of corrosion and to present an effective, affordable system to help inhibit the problem. Our new website and blog is a valuable resource about FPS corrosion in general as well as the N2-Blast® - Nitrogen Generation System in particular."

Visit the new website at http://www.N2Blast.com to learn more or contact South-Tek Systems directly at 888-526-6284.


Contact:

Scott Bodemann
South-Tek Systems
2940 Orville Wright Way
Wilmington, NC 28405
888.526.6284
info@southteksystems.com
http://www.N2Blast.com 
http://www.SouthTekSystems.com/micblast.asp

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Tuesday, October 25, 2011

South-Tek Systems Hires Tommy Burkhart for Nitrogen Generator Industrial Sales Team

South-Tek Systems nitrogen generator company is pleased to welcome new hire Tommy Burkart to the Industrial Sales and Marketing Division, a team dedicated to placing nitrogen generator units in industrial plants and facilities worldwide with a need for high purity N2 gas generated on-demand at their process location.

Wilmington, N.C., October, 2011 -- South-Tek Systems, a leading nitrogen generator company, is pleased to announce the addition of Tommy Burkart to the Industrial Sales and Marketing Team.  Mr. Burkhart brings his strong background of sales and marketing to the South-Tek Industrial Sales Department in order to support and help grow the industrial market client base.

Mr. Burkart is a 2009 graduate of North Carolina State University where he earned a B.S. in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing.  Prior to working at South-Tek Systems he was the program manager for a leading online retailer in its industry. Mr. Burkart will be assisting the Industrial Sales Department at South-Tek Systems with managing current clients, sourcing new clients, preparing detailed product presentations for potential sales, developing marketing material and collateral to gain new leads, and delving into new marketing avenues where appropriate, both online and offline.

Growth in business and a desire to branch out into an ever-growing client base demanded a need for another position in the Industrial Sales and Marketing Department at South-Tek Systems.  "We are very excited to have Tommy join us at South-Tek," comments Charles Metzler, Industrial/Military Sales Manager.  "He is primed and ready to help develop our client base and target markets as we venture into the next level of growth here at the company."

South-Tek Systems has become one of the leading engineering and manufacturing companies devoted solely to nitrogen generators and products directly related to nitrogen generation.  Their expanding product list includes the N2-GEN®C series, S series and T series of PSA Nitrogen Generators that are engineered to order for industrial and laboratory applications; the N2-GEN® Compact Portable Nitrogen Generator designed for military and lab applications; the MICBlast® Corrosion Inhibiting System for Fire Protection Systems; the BeerBlast® Mixed Gas Dispense System for draft beer applications, and the TireBlast® Nitrogen Tire Filling Station.  Nitrogen generators produce high quality N2 gas at point of process, and on-demand, at a fraction of the cost of using liquid nitrogen or high pressure cylinders.  Other benefits of a nitrogen generator include increased safety, flexibility, and reliability.

Learn more about South-Tek Systems and its trademark products by visiting their website at http://www.SouthTekSystems.com or their blog at http://www.SouthTekTalk.com.


Contact:

Charles Metzler
South-Tek Systems
2940 Orville Wright Way
Wilmington, NC 28405
888-526-6284
info@southteksystems.com
http://www.SouthTekSystems.com


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Monday, October 17, 2011

Membrane Technology with a Nitrogen Generator


How Does Membrane Technology Work?

Membrane technology works to separate molecules of N2 gas from the air we breathe.  Starting with a vessel containing a hollow tube in the middle surrounded by a polymeric hollow fiber, compressed air is forced in and the fibers selectively permeate oxygen, water vapor, and other impurities out of its side walls.  This allows Nitrogen gas to flow through its center and emerge as high purity N2 gas that can then be stored for current or later use.

Benefits of Membrane Technology

Membrane technology is used to separate and capture Nitrogen that can then be used for a multitude of applications (see: Nitrogen for the Food & Wine Industry, Nitrogen Uses in the U.S. Military, Nitrogen for Power Plants).  South-Tek manufactures many of our Nitrogen Generator models with membrane technology because it offers the following benefits:
  • Least expensive N2 production method
  • High N2 purities, or high N2 volumes at lower purity levels
  • High reliability due to simple airflow design
  • Utilizes lower operating and delivery pressures 
Membrane technology is used in the South-Tek Systems' N2 GEN Series Compact Nitrogen generators as well as in our BeerBlast® and TireBlast® products.

 For more information, please visit our Membrane Technology webpage or contact us directly: 888-526-6284


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Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Nitrogen Generator Manufacturer South-Tek Systems Welcomes New Office & Accounting Assistant Donna Aiello

South-Tek Systems, leading engineer and manufacturer of nitrogen generators, announces the recent hire of Donna Aiello to act as Office and Accounting Assistant in the Wilmington, North Carolina South-Tek Systems headquarters.

Wilmington, N.C., September 2011 -- South-Tek Systems, a leading developer of nitrogen generator systems, is pleased to announce the addition of Donna Aiello to the Office Administration team at the South-Tek System headquarters in Wilmington, N.C.  Nitrogen generators from South-Tek Systems have worldwide distribution for a wide range of applications and the addition of Ms. Aiello to the office team will help streamline the order fulfillment processes as well as assist in shipping, invoicing, and Acccounts Receiveable functions.

Ms. Aiello arrives at South-Tek Systems after a ten year career as Office Manager with her previous employer where she also headed Accounts Payable/Receivable, Customer Service, and Shipping Supervision of both outgoing and incoming orders, importing goods including customs and duty monitoring, purchase orders and sales orders.  Ms. Aiello's organization, work background, and professional communication skills will prove to be an asset to South-Tek Systems.

"We are excited about Donna joining our team here at South-Tek Systems," Military/Industrial Sales Manager Charles Metzler states.  "As our business develops and expands, it's more important than ever to streamline our internal organization.  Donna has the experience we need to help us move to the next level of consistent and systematic business operations."

South-Tek Systems was founded in 1997 and has grown from a three person operation to over a 30 person operation with on-site manufacturing facilities for making nitrogen generators of varying capacities and outputs.  South-Tek has developed trademark and registered brands for their specific product markets.  Brands include the TireBlast® Nitrogen Tire Filling System, the BeerBlast® Mixed Beer Gas Dispense System, the MICBlast™ Corrosion Inhibiting System, and the N2-GEN® Compact Nitrogen Generator.  Product distribution is worldwide across a wide range of commercial, industrial, and military applications.

Please visit the South-Tek Systems website for more information regarding the company and their nitrogen generator product line: http://www.SouthTekSystems.com.


Contact:


Charles Metzler
South-Tek Systems
2940 Orville Wright Way
Wilmington, NC 28405
888-526-6284
info@southteksystems.com
http://www.SouthTekSystems.com

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Monday, September 26, 2011

Nitrogen Generator - Convenient and Cost Saving

Many industries utilize Nitrogen gas for applications ranging from corrosion prevention in power plants to electronics manufacturing, food packaging, and wine making.  Nitrogen gas provides many benefits in eliminating oxidation or producing a dry and sterile environment, but the means by which Nitrogen gas is obtained and applied can vary, resulting in different outcomes on business practices and bottom lines.

Traditionally, N2 gas has been obtained through gas company contracts and involves delivery, storage, and switching out of high pressure cylinders or bulk liquid nitrogen delivery.  South-Tek Systems is excited to be able to offer an alternative to these costly contracts and potentially unreliable deliveries.  They specialize in designing and manufacturing Nitrogen Generator Systems that can be installed at the point of process at your facility and set to generate high purity N2 gas on-demand and as-needed.  Nitrogen Generators are a safe, reliable, and cost efficient alternative to high pressure cylinders.

The proven benefits and and efficacy of Nitrogen gas coupled with the convenience and cost savings of a Nitrogen Generator installed at the facility could mean a boost to the efficiency of production, the quality of the product, and the company's bottom line.  A rapid return on investment (ROI) means greater savings over the long term while the convenient and low maintenance qualities of a Nitrogen Generator mean greater productivity and reliability.

Contact South-Tek Systems to learn more about their leading Nitrogen Generator Systems: 888-526-6284.



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Monday, September 19, 2011

South-Tek Systems Nitrogen Generator Company Welcomes New Project Engineer James Nguyen

South-Tek Systems, a leading nitrogen generator company, has hired James Nguyen for the position of Project Engineer responsible for the nitrogen generating systems' product interface, improvement, and new product development.

Wilmington, N.C., September, 2011 -- South-Tek Systems, a leading nitrogen generator engineering and manufacturing company, recently hired an addition to their engineering staff.  James Nguyen is the new Project Engineer responsible for the engineering and manufacturing product interface, existing product improvement, new product development, research & development, and sales support.  Nitrogen generators use a simple PSA nitrogen or Membrane technology to separate N2 molecules from the air, producing a high purity nitrogen gas on-site and on-demand without need for manually changing out high pressure cylinders.

Mr. Nguyen obtained a Mechanical Engineering degree from North Carolina State University.  During his time there, he worked on internships and co-ops within the engineering and manufacturing industry.  After his graduation from NC State in 2007, he gained experience with a position at an Energy Conservation / Engineering Studies company working on the redesign of mechanical systems to optimize on energy consumption.  His responsibilities with South-Tek Systems include overseeing the engineering and design of the nitrogen generator product line, including active roles with updates and improvements as well as new product development.

"South-Tek Systems is excited for the opportunities of growth and development we'll see with James leading the way for product improvement and expansion," comments South-Tek Systems' Military and Industrial Sales Manager, Charles Metzler.  "We are confident that his experience and ingenuity in the engineering and manufacturing fields will help us reach new markets that can benefit from the use of a nitrogen generator on-site."

South-Tek Systems was founded in 1997 and has become a leading nitrogen generator engineering and manufacturing company with worldwide distribution.  Nitrogen generators are beneficial for a wide range of industrial, commercial, and military applications.  They are an efficient, reliable, and cost effective alternative to high pressure cylinders and liquid N2 gas deliveries.  South-Tek Systems produces a range of models for their nitrogen generators in various sizes and capacities to accommodate the selective needs of industrial applications.

Please visit the South-Tek Systems website for more information regarding the company and their nitrogen generator product line: http://www.SouthTekSystems.com.



Contact:

Charles Metzler
South-Tek Systems
2940 Orville Wright Way
Wilmington, NC 28405
888-526-6284
info@southteksystems.com
http://www.SouthTekSystems.com

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Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Nitrogen Generator Maintenance

Nitrogen Generators provide a number of benefits for users, including the fact that they are easy to operate and maintain.  Once installed on site, users can expect little to no upkeep to keep the N2 Generator working efficiently and effectively.

The South-Tek Systems PSA Generators are designed to last for 20 years or more with little to no preventative maintenance.  The only necessary maintenance to ensure optimal working condition is a quarterly filter change that can be done directly by the user in just minutes.  The filter simply twists on and off by hand.

South-Tek Systems makes it as easy as possible to order replacement filters. We have a form on our website for N2 Generator Filter Replacements Products that can be submitted online at any time.  Simply complete the form with as many details as possible, including the model and serial number which can be found on the sticker on the front of the generator, and click on 'Submit.'    We will get right back to you to confirm your order and to discuss options, availability, and pricing.  We will also send reminders when filter replacements are due so you can count on us to keep you on schedule.

The easy and affordable long-term maintenance of our Nitrogen Generators add to the overall benefits you can expect when you replace your bulk N2 gas supply with an on-site Nitrogen Generator.

Contact the experts at South-Tek Systems to learn more about the advantages of investing in an N2 Generator for your plant, facility, lab, or processing center: 888-526-6284.

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The Simple Way to Keep Up Filter Changes for Your Nitrogen Generator
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Benefits of a Nitrogen Generator

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Benefits of a Nitrogen Generator

N2 gas is used for all sorts of industrial, manufacturing, processing, production, and operating applications across a wide field of industries.  Nitrogen is used for the purposes of purging, inerting, corrosion prevention, cleaning and sterilizing, humidity control and more.  N2 gas is a clean, dry, inert gas that makes up ~79% of the air we breathe.  Applying Nitrogen gas to a processing or production application accomplishes any number of benefits depending on what is needed.

Nitrogen Gas Supply Source

However, many companies are stuck with an old way of supplying N2 gas for their purposes - relying on a gas company to deliver high pressure cylinders that need to be stored, changed out when empty, picked up and delivered again.  A more safe, efficient, and cost effective method of supplying Nitrogen gas is to invest in a Nitrogen Generator installed on-site (there are also compact, portable Nitrogen Generators available for more mobile applications, see N2-GEN).

A Nitrogen Generator separates the N2 molecules from the air through a simple PSA or Membrane Technology.  That N2 gas is stored in an attached tank and is ready for use on-site and on-demand.

Benefits of using a Nitrogen Generator 

There are many reasons why a Nitrogen Generator is a smart idea for business.  Here are some of the major benefits of using a Nitrogen Generator:
  • Cost - A Nitrogen Generator is an investment that, once paid off, can potentially save thousands each month based on what a company currently pays in monthly gas charges, tank leasing, and contracts with a gas supplier.
  • Reliability - Eliminate the risk of running out of gas an an inopportune time.  A Nitrogen Generator is always equipped to create high purity N2 gas simply from the air surrounding it.
  • Safety -A Nitrogen Generator is a safe alternative to handling high pressure cylinders.  It uses simple mechanics, is easy to use, requires low maintenance, and is safe to operate.
  • Flexibility -A company's output requirements may dictate the size and style Nitrogen Generator needed but the equipment is flexible and efficient, producing N2 gas as needed.
  • Return on Investment - How much, and within what time period, a Nitrogen Generator will positively impact your bottom line will likely be the key to making your decision. 
South-Tek Systems is a leading engineer and manufacturer of Nitrogen Generators, supplying systems to industries and companies worldwide.  Contact the experts at South-Tek to learn more about how a Nitrogen Generator can improve your business operations and your bottom line: 888-526-6284.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Key Attributes of the N2-GEN Nitrogen Generator

The N2-GEN is our compact, portable Nitrogen Generator system used widely in military operations requiring high purity N2 gas in the field or with mobile setups.  We've covered the solutions that the N2-GEN provides for challenges with current procedures.  Here we'll lay out the key attributes of the system that make it such an efficient and effective solution.

Low Maintenance, High Performance Features

From it's functionality to its maintenance and routine operation, the N2-GEN has proven itself a valuable, low cost, safe, and high performing system for military ground systems.  These are the key attributes that contribute to its performance, ease-of-use, and quality of output:
  • Condition Based Maintenance (CBM+) - N2 GEN 4 has scheduled maintenance for planning purposes but sensors provide condition based indicators.
  • Significantly Lower Life Cycle Cost - Can replace all current nitrogen charging purge kits.
  • No Special Tools - All maintenance can be performed with screw driver and adjustable wrench, no calibration required.
  • Imbedded Diagnostics - Used in conjunction with the manual, operators can isolate any fault within the systems.
  • Operationally Flexible - Variety of storage tanks available to support standard as well as niche operational configurations .
  • Dual Power (AC/DC) - Units available to operate on both 24V and 110V and not overly sensitive to power quality .
  • Increased Safety - Eliminates the need for high pressure bottles and eliminates the need for replacement bottle (See Also: Nitrogen Generator Safety).
  • Factory to Foxhole - N2GEN4 mounts in shops (Sustainment/Field Level) as well as contact trucks and recovery vehicles (wheel/track).
Nitrogen uses in the military are far-reaching and the N2-GEN provides a cost effective and viable solution to accessing high purity N2 gas.  The compact and portable system is currently being used throughout U.S. military bases as well as at Camp Freedom in Iraq.

Contact South-Tek Systems to learn more about the N2-GEN portable nitrogen generating system for use with military applications: 888-526-6284.
    See Also:

    South-Tek Systems Renews GSA Contract Through 2016
    Sustainment in the Field with a Nitrogen Generator



    Wednesday, June 29, 2011

    Sustainment in the Field with a Nitrogen Generator

    Nitrogen Generators from leading manufacturer South-Tek Systems are available in the compact, portable N2-GEN 4 model ideal for field work.  The advantages of using the N2-GEN 4 model include increased safety as well as sustainment.

    In military applications, the benefit of sustainment is quite pronounced.  We can walk you through some of the issues often faced by ground troops or mobile labs requiring N2 gas for specific, crucial applications:
    • Under current procedures and practices of using a high pressure cylinder, the Soldier in the field or in the shop relies on an outside source for an N2 gas supply.
    • Overseas especially, this creates logistical, safety, and performance issues with the quality and purity of nitrogen as well as correct connection threading.
    • In both of these situations, the Soldier is working with a finite amount of nitrogen. This leads to lost man hours due to supply line interruptions due to changing the N2 source and potential unavailability of nitrogen due to running out unexpectedly.
    • Supply line interruption or unavailability seems to be the most prevalent during times that the Soldier is in need of nitrogen the most or has a large work load needing fast turn around times.
    The N2 GEN 4, exclusively from South-Tek Systems, eliminates all of these issues:
    • This model generates high purity Nitrogen from the air using a simple mechanical process, on-site and on-demand.  
    • Nitrogen is produced at a rate of 21 CFH, the equivalent to having a fresh bottle delivered to the site every 11.6 hours. 
    • The Soldier and shop become a self support solution for N2 gas, eliminating the need for outside supply or changeout of high pressure cylinders. 
    • This is all done with a simple, flexible system, with specific sub assemblies for easy field repairs if needed.
    Military applications with ground troops or mobile labs is just one example where sustainment plays a crucial role in the safe, efficient, and successful access to high purity N2 gas on an as-needed and on-demand basis.

    Contact South-Tek Systems

    South-Tek Systems has extensive knowledge and experience with supplying nitrogen generator units to U.S. military bases throughout the world.  Contact the experts at South-Tek Systems to learn how the N2-GEN 4 unit can benefit your application: 888-526-6284.

    See Also:
    Nitrogen Uses in the U.S. Military
    South-Tek Systems Renews GSA Contract Through 2016
    Nitrogen Generation in Military Ground Systems

    Wednesday, June 22, 2011

    Nitrogen Generator Safety

    Nitrogen generators are a practical, efficient, and cost effective alternative to high pressure gas cylinders.  In addition, they increase the safety of a plant or laboratory operation by eliminating the need for handling high pressure tanks.

    Nitrogen Generator Safety

    The current practice of using high pressure bottles is strictly due to volume. Sites that use nitrogen for purging must try and store or keep a finite amount of nitrogen to use during calibration and maintenance. This is done by increasing the pressure of the nitrogen and storing it.

    Typical "K" cylinders can provide 245 CF of nitrogen for use in process. It is evident due to safety concerns and regulations of this method - such as chaining tanks to walls and restrictions for transportation in aircraft - that this method is inherently dangerous.

    A nitrogen generator can create an unlimited supply of N2 gas on-site and on-demand using a simple mechanical technology that captures N2 molecules from the air we breathe.  The high purity N2 gas is stored in an attached storage tank.  There is no need for handling the transfer from one outside supply to another.

    The size of the generator and the storage tank depends on the particular application being used.  Different model generators supply varying levels of flow rates and psi output, depending on the needs.  Once the generator system is fitted for the application, adjustments and calibrations won't be necessary.

    Safety is one of the main benefits of using a nitrogen generator on-site.  Other benefits include sustainability, automation, reliability, and strong return on investment or ROI (See: Making Nitrogen from Thin Air).

    Contact South-Tek Systems

    South-Tek Systems is a leading engineer and manufacturer of nitrogen generator systems worldwide.  Contact South-Tek Systems today to learn how a nitrogen generator can increase the safety of your operation: 888-526-6284

    Thursday, May 26, 2011

    The N2 GEN Solution for Military Applications

    The N2 GEN Nitrogen Gas Generating System, designed and manufactured by South-Tek Systems, is a leading compact Nitrogen Generator used by the US Military for a variety of purposes including ground systems, optics, and mobile units.

    The N2 GEN gear provides the ability to continuously produce high purity Nitrogen from air, using a portable system, eliminating the need to bring in or supply high pressure Nitrogen storage tanks.  There are numerous benefits of this system for military applications.
    • The STS N2 GEN drastically shortens the logistics tail for supplying necessary Nitrogen, and saves money in the process.
    • Sites achieve ROI of less than 1 year vs. high pressure cylinder supply.
    • No soldier ever has to wait for the supply chain to catch up; N2 GEN eliminates dependence on a local supplier for their Nitrogen needs.
    • The supply is produced from thin air, so it is unlimited and can be produced wherever and whenever it is needed.
    • We can provide Nitrogen Generation systems in a variety of configurations and set ups depending on the application and location.
    South-Tek Systems is a certified GSA supplier with their Nitrogen Generator systems available from GSA Advantage and the DOD EMall.  The N2 GEN unit completed an EMIP review in 2009 and was shown to improve capabilities in safety as well as reliability, maintainability, and sustainability (RMS).

    Contact South-Tek Systems to learn how the compact, portable N2 GEN can help your particular need for supplying Nitrogen Gas: 888-526-6284.

      Wednesday, May 25, 2011

      South-Tek Systems Renews GSA Contract Through 2016

      The GSA contract for South-Tek Systems was approved for renewal through 2016. South-Tek continues to be an authorized government supplier of nitrogen generators whose products are used in military operations in the U.S. and abroad.  South-Tek Systems' nitrogen generators help fulfill the GSA mission of excellence in the business of government through stewardship, superior workplace, best value, and innovation.

      Wilmington, N.C., May 11, 2011 -- South-Tek Systems, a leading engineer and manufacturer of nitrogen generator systems, is proud to announce that their GSA contract has been renewed through 2016.  They continue to be an authorized government supplier of nitrogen generators, making their products available to military and government agencies in need of safe, efficient, low cost, high purity N2 gas on-site and on-demand.

      The GSA is the U.S. Government Services Agency whose mission is to provide authorized government agencies with solutions to help improve efficiency, sustainability, and transparency in operations.  They offer a range of products, services and real estate resources as well as policies and regulations to streamline management strategies.  The GSA contracts with businesses who provide the products and services GSA customers need and delivering trust that those businesses have been through a rigorous approval process.

      South-Tek Systems has been a GSA contract holder since 2005 and is proud to have had their contract renewed for another 5 years.  Through the GSA, South-Tek Systems has been able to outfit military operations in the states and overseas with nitrogen generating systems specific to the applications required of each operation.  From high pressure systems, to large portable systems, to compact and portable nitrogen generators, South-Tek Systems helps assess the N2 output required for an application and designs the optimum system to meet those requirements.

      In addition to the GSA contract, South-Tek Systems is also a certified supplier of nitrogen generators at DOD EMALL, an e-commerce component of the Department of Defense exclusively for military and government personnel.  Their N2GEN Series compact nitrogen generator was chosen to go through the military Expedited Modernization Initiative Procedure (EMIP) review process and completed its review in 2010.  The N2GEN was reviewed for its improvements in safety and logistics for warfighters who require inert Nitrogen gas for field or facility maintenance.

      As a further testament to South-Tek System's prominence in the field of nitrogen generating systems, they have been cited in the U.S. Department of Energy Report entitled “Hardening and Resiliency: U.S. Energy Industry Response to Recent Hurricane Seasons” which can be found here: http://www.oe.netl.doe.gov/docs/HR-Report-final-081710.pdf.

      For more information about South-Tek Systems and the various applications that benefit from their nitrogen generators, visit http://www.SouthTekSystems.com and http://www.SouthTekTalk.com.


      Contact:

      Charles Metzler
      South-Tek Systems
      2940 Orville Wright Way
      Suite 600
      Wilmington, NC  28405
      888.526.6284
      info@southteksystems.com
      http://www.SouthTekSystems.com

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      Tuesday, April 26, 2011

      Nitrogen Use in Nanolabs

      Nanolabs are labs specifically designed for engineers and researchers to create silicon chips or integrated circuits (IC's) which are used in computers, electronics, monitors, cell phones, and other hand held mobile devices.  Nanolabs also provide an ideal environment for designing MEMS (MicroElectroMechanical Systems), a micro technology used in the medical field, energy and environmental technology, diagnostic devices, image scanning and processing, and more.  MEMS add a mechanical function to the integrated circuits such as imaging and telescopic capabilities.

      Nitrogen in the Nanolab

      Nanolabs require a very precise, specific, controlled atmosphere for producing IC's and MEMS. Due to the microscopic size of the technology being used and created, any foreign or unwanted contaminates, including organic contaminates, can severely lessen the success and quality of the product.  In addition, the presence of oxygen can reduce the efficacy of bonding, coating, etching, or cleaning.

      Nitrogen gas is used in Nanolabs to help eliminate contaminates and reduce or eliminate oxygen in the cleanroom equipment used in manufacturing the IC's and MEMS. Nitrogen is a clean, dry, inert gas that is found naturally in the air we breathe.  A Nitrogen Generator can separate N2 particles from the air and store them in an attached storage tank for use as needed.  This high purity Nitrogen can then be used for purging in order to displace the presence of oxygen.

      Benefits of a Nitrogen Generator in Nanolabs

      Nanotechnology is prevalent in modern day technology and as our demand for mobile devices continues to grow, so does the field of nanotechnology and the need for Nanolabs.  Nitrogen has been proven as a effective, safe, and reliable solution for purging and sanitizing.  A Nitrogen Generator makes access to high purity N2 gas easier and less expensive compared to delivery of high pressure cylinders.

      South-Tek Systems is a leading engineer and manufacturer of Nitrogen Generators.  They design models in varying size, pressure, and capacity using either PSA or Membrane Technology.  Contact the experts at South-Tek Systems to see which of their products is ideal for use in your Nanolab: 888-526-6284.

      Tuesday, April 12, 2011

      Lead Free Zone Ovens - Reflow Soldering

      In previous posts, we discussed the importance of a controlled environment in electronics manufacturing.  To this effect, reflow ovens used with Nitrogen gas application provide a time, temperature, and atmosphere controlled environment for effective soldering of surface mount components.

      (See: Nitrogen for Electronics - Reflow Oven and Nitrogen for Electronics Manufacturing.)

      The Benefits of Lead-Free Soldering

      Lead-free soldering has become more popular and widespread within the electronics industry.  In fact, the EU has been enforcing an RoHS (Restriction of Hazardous Substances) directive for electrical and electronic equipment since 2003 including the use of lead-free solder.  The benefits of lead-free solder for electronics manufacturing include health benefits for electronics workers, safer waste-handling, and better recyclability of electronics products.

      Why Use a Lead-Free Zone Oven?

      A conventional reflow oven for soldering surface mount components may not be ideal for lead-free soldering.  In particular, a conventional reflow oven can have a wide process window to be effective while reflow ovens for lead-free soldering require a more narrow process window to accommodate a higher melting point of the lead-free alloy with a tighter range between the melting point and the upper temperature limit.

      Lead-Free Zone Ovens provide zones for different profile requirements of the solder paste and board.  There are ovens with anywhere from 5 to 10 zones to accommodate the thermal demands of the boards.


      Why Use Nitrogen With a Lead-Free Zone Oven?

      Nitrogen gas can be used with Lead-Free Zone Ovens to create an inert, dry, controlled atmosphere free from oxygen and the threat of oxidation that may weaken solder bonds.  The most effective method for Nitrogen application is with a Nitrogen Generator.  This N2 generating system uses a simple PSA Technology or Membrane Technology to separate N2 particles from the air.  The high purity Nitrogen gas is then collected and stored in a tank and used on-site and on-demand for reflow oven use.

      South-Tek Systems is a leading engineer and manufacturer of Nitrogen Gas Generators.  Contact the experts at South-Tek for more information about how a Nitrogen Generator can benefit your Lead-Free Zone Oven process: 888-526-6284.




      Thursday, March 24, 2011

      Nitrogen for Electronics - Circuit Boards

      Circuit boards are used throughout the electronics industry and act as the "brains" of the electronic components of the device.  A television, for instance, uses circuit boards to process audio and video signals.  Likewise, a remote control uses a circuit board to complete a particular connection and  output the correct commands. Personal computers use circuit boards for a variety of purposes - graphics, memory, etc - including the motherboard, the circuit board in your computer that allows all the parts of the computer to receive power and communicate with one another.

      Circuit boards contain conductive pathways, or traces, to connect electronic components and are built using etched copper sheets often with soldered surface mount components laminated onto a non-conductive substrate, such as fiberglass.  Modern printed circuit board (PCB) technology uses surface mount components in many instances to replace through-hole technology that would fit components with wire leads into holes in the circuit board.

      How is Nitrogen Gas Used With Circuit Boards?

      Nitrogen gas is used with printed circuit board manufacturing during processes including reflow ovens and selective soldering to attach surface mount components to the PCB.  Nitrogen is used to prevent oxidation for both selective soldering and convection reflow soldering.  Oxygen and resulting oxidation can weaken the solder so N2 gas is applied to maintain a clean, dry, inert atmosphere during the process to create a strong and lasting bond.

      Why Use a Nitrogen Generator for Circuit Board Manufacturing?

      A Nitrogen Generator is an ideal alternative to high pressure N2 gas cylinders.  Nitrogen Generators produce high purity N2 gas from the air using a simple PSA Technology or Membrane Technology to separate the Nitrogen gas particles from the air.  It produces a limitless supply of N2 gas, on-site and on-demand, without need for gas company contracts or dependency.

      Contact South-Tek Systems today to learn more about the benefits of using a Nitrogen Generator for printed circuit board production: 888-526-6284.


      Tuesday, February 22, 2011

      Nitrogen for Electronics - Selective Soldering

      Juki W150
      Selective Soldering is a process used in Electronics Manufacturing as an alternative or follow-up to reflow soldering where the heat of the reflow oven may be too high for particular surface mounted components on printed circuit boards.

      Selective Soldering may follow the reflow oven process for soldering other surface mount components able to withstand that level of heat.  In these cases, great care must be taken in the selective soldering of additional components to the printed circuit board in order to avoid damaging those reflow soldered components.

      Nitrogen gas may be used in the process of Selective Soldering to eliminate the possibility of oxidation that would weaken the solder.  The chances of oxidation increase with the added heat that is required for soldering.  Nitrogen is a clean, dry, inert gas that, when applied during the soldering process, can work to displace the presence of oxygen and therefore avoid the threat of oxidation.

      South-Tek Systems engineers and manufactures Nitrogen Generator units that can produce high purity N2 gas from the air around us using simple PSA Generator or Membrane Generator Technology.  Nitrogen Generators can supply a steady source of N2 gas - as needed on-site and on-demand without having to deal with gas companies or high pressure cylinder deliveries, storage, or handling.

      South-Tek is partnered with Juki Automation Systems to provide the Nitrogen source for their Selective Soldering machines, including the state-of-the-art FlexSolder W150.  This partnership delivers great benefits for the end user in terms of controlling costs and providing high performance and quality.

      To learn more about the South-Tek / Juki partnership or for more information about how Nitrogen gas plays a role with the Selective Soldering process, please contact South-Tek Systems today: 888-526-6284.




      Thursday, February 3, 2011

      Nitrogen for Electronics - Reflow Oven

      Nitrogen gas is used with electronics manufacturing in situations where it's critical to reduce oxygen and maintain a clean, dry atmosphere.

      One such example with electronics manufacturing is Reflow Soldering and Reflow Ovens.  With the increased use of surface mount technology that is replacing through-hole technology, reflow soldering of surface mount components onto printed circuit boards has become more widespread.  Reflow ovens provide a time and temperature controlled environment for effective soldering of surface mount components.

      For reflow soldering, components are placed on top of the printed circuit boards on solder pads with solder paste applied.  These boards are then conveyed into the reflow oven that ultimately melts the solder particles in the solder paste, bonding the components to the pads on the circuit boards.

      There are different styles of reflow soldering but convection soldering generally uses Nitrogen gas applied to base metals. The N2 gas minimizes oxidation of the surfaces to be soldered.  The chemical reactions necessary for soldering require high temperatures but metal oxidizes at a faster rate with heat applied and oxidation weakens the solder.  Therefore, Nitrogen gas is used in order to create a clean,dry, inert atmosphere that eliminates the presence of oxygen.

      South-Tek Systems is an engineering and manufacturing company dedicated to Nitrogen Generator technology. Nitrogen Generators produce high purity N2 gas straight from the air we breathe using simple PSA Technology or Membrane Technology without the need for handling high pressure cylinders or relying on a gas company contract.

      South-Tek Systems has installed Nitrogen Generators for electronics manufacturing, specifically for Nitrogen Use with Selective Soldering, and works with a partner company, Horizon Sales, for distribution in the electronics field.

      Contact South-Tek Systems to learn more about using a Nitrogen Generator for Reflow Soldering: 888-526-6284.

      Tuesday, January 18, 2011

      Vertical Form Fill Packaging with Nitrogen

      Nitrogen is widely used in the food packaging industry to help preserve the taste, texture, quality, and shelf life of the packaged food.  By adding Nitrogen into the packaging just before it's sealed, oxygen is forced out so it can't react with the product to cause it to go soggy or turn bad before it's due.  We've talked a lot about Food Packaging with Nitrogen here in previous posts - See: Keeping Food Fresh with a Nitrogen Generator, Modified Atmosphere Packaging (MAP), and N2 Packaging Using a Nitrogen Generator.

      What Is Vertical Form Fill?

      Vertical Form Fill is a popular practice in food packaging.  These Vertical Form Fill machines work to take a flat section of plastic film and create a bag out of it while also filling it with product (dry or liquid) and sealing it off. Nitrogen gas injection can be incorporated into Vertical Form Fill so that N2 gas is forced into the package just before it is sealed.  This food packaging process results in fresher food with better taste and texture.  It's an automated, assembly-line system that also helps reduce production costs as well as wholesale and retail prices of the product.

      Using a Nitrogen Generator with Vertical Form Fill

      South-Tek Systems designs and manufactures Nitrogen Generator units ideal for use in food packaging and particularly with Vertical Form Fill.  A Nitrogen Generator unit eliminates the need for handling high pressure N2 gas tanks and for dealing with gas company contracts and deliveries.  It is a safe, reliable, easy-to-use, and cost effective alternative to high pressure tanks. 

      Contact South-Tek Systems to learn more about how a Nitrogen Generator can improve your Vertical Form Fill packaging process: 888-526-6284.




      Wednesday, January 12, 2011

      Nitrogen Generator Military Reviews and Testimonials

      South-Tek Systems' Nitrogen Generators have been installed in various industries and applications all over the world.  Some industries where our N2 Generators are currently used include:

      Military Operations - on base and in the field
      Power Plants
      Medical Device Packaging
      Controlled Atmosphere Storage
      Electronic Applications
      Modified Atmosphere Packaging (MAP)
      Wine Making
      Restaurants and Bars

      We recently reported on our Nitrogen Generator units being used at a military base in Iraq (see: Supporting Our Troops - N2 Generators Used With Military in Iraq) and another one at Camp Freedom in Iraq (See: N2 Generator Used at Camp Freedom in Iraq).

      We have heard back from military officials who are currently using our Nitrogen Generator products on bases here in the U.S. with their personal reviews. 

      A Site Manager from Bagram Airbase in Afghanistan reports: "The nitrogen generator we have works exceptionally well and has simplified things for the techs. We no longer need an outside nitrogen source."

      An Intermediate TWS Lead Tech from Fort Bragg near Fayetteville, NC says: "I really think the units are worth the money spent, because of safety issues with transporting bottles and the cost saving in time and money. Plus, the response (from South-Tek Systems) to what we thought were problems and questions was excellent."

      An official from Fort Lewis in Colorado declares: "Tanks are very portable and maneuverable, can take it right inside the unit to work or can keep in our shop van and work from that. We have had them now for a couple of months and only had to re-fill tanks once. We can plug in at night when we return from unit and when we come in in the morning tanks are full and ready to go. Big time saver for us."

      A manager from Fort Hood in Texas tells us: "The system has worked exceptionally well here at Fort Hood. It was easy to assemble and is simple to use. We mounted it on a small cart to make it more mobile and we were good to go."

      And, perhaps most simply put, a technician from Fort Carson, Colorado says: "A hell of a lot easier than using those high pressure tanks. We love these things."

      Please contact South-Tek Systems to learn more about our Nitrogen Generator products and to get more referrals and customer reviews from your own field: 888-526-6284.

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