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Afrox has introduced a new speciality gas: Genie Helium N6.0. With a guaranteed minimum purity of 99.9999%, Helium N6.0 is the preferred carrier gas for hyper sensitive detection techniques such as Gas chromatography–mass spectrometry (GC MS) and GC with pulsed discharge helium ionisation detectors (PDHID).

“In these applications high gas purity is of absolute importance as impurities show up in the base line as noise and can potentially mask important components. Helium N6.0 can be used to determine ultra-low parts per billion measurements which was previously never achievable with other less pure helium,” says Andisha Dukkan, Head of Specialised Markets for Afrox.

Afrox introduces new speciality gas

Other applications where Helium N6.0 can be utilised include medical applications, metals cutting and welding, metals refining and mining, fibre optics, electronics, instrument calibration, emissions control, radioactivity detection and environmental monitoring.

The gas is supplied by Afrox’s parent company Linde in Europe and represents the highest purity gas ever manufactured by the company, according to Dukkan. The total amount of impurities in Helium N6.0 is below 1 part per million, making it as close as possible to pure helium and the ideal carrier gas to achieve accurate analytical and laboratory results. Analysers can therefore be assured of more consistent and reliable outcomes.

Afrox will be supplying the gas in a new cylinder. Called the Genie, this steel-lined carbon fibre wrapped pressure vessel is encased in a tough, all-weather, recyclable high density polyethylene jacket.

The cylinder includes a built-in digital intelligence unit display, which indicates levels of usage and remaining gas. The display also has a low contents alarm which sounds when gas levels are dwindling.

Dukkan says that the Genie cylinder is more portable than standard cylinders, with two easy grip handles that also double as guards, and optional detachable wheels that enable users to move the cylinders effortlessly. “The 20 litre Genie cylinder with a fill pressure of 200 bar is a Linde patented technology and also features gas identification rings with colour coding that allows for easy recognition of gas types. The Genie cylinder weighs only 22 kg which is significantly lighter than the standard 20 litre cylinders while their wider construction makes them more stable and minimises the risk of cylinders accidentally falling over. Optional extendable handle units further increase their portability.”

Image/Video credit: http://www.linde-gas.com/en/products_and_supply/supply_modes/new_cylinders/genie/index.html

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