The Need for Nitrogen in Winona Pharmaceutical and Biotech Applications


We’ve previously discussed the uses Nitrogen gas (N2) in the food and beverage industry. As you might expect, though, judging from the pervasiveness of this gas in our atmosphere, nitrogen has scores of other equally beneficial uses. Mississippi Welders Supply Co., Inc., your Winona PurityPlus® Partner, is particularly active, for instance, in producing nitrogen for the pharmaceutical and biotech industries.

Pharmaceutical manufacturers and biotech firms most often employ nitrogen in a practice known as blanketing to help maintain or boost the quality of packaged medicines, medical supplies, medical devices, and biological samples. Basically, blanketing displaces oxygen with nitrogen immediately before the packaging is sealed. This eliminates the likelihood of oxidation, contamination, degradation, and other deleterious side effects resulting from oxygen reacting with other kinds of materials. Nitrogen sustains product or sample sterility and integrity. It also helps preserve and protect products in transportation. Specimen containers, blood supplies, and doctor’s test kits are examples of products most frequently packaged with nitrogen.

Nitrogen being a safe, inert gas, it’s employed quite often as well to transfer liquid and powdered pharmaceutical materials, which can be risky if handled improperly.

Additionally, nitrogen blanketing is used to diminish the presence of oxygen – and thus the possibility of fire or explosions – in environments where combustion is a constant concern. Pharmaceutical manufacturing facilities, medical laboratories, and hospitals customarily make use of nitrogen generators to manage the level of oxygen in the workplace seeing as how generators are more readily and precisely controlled than high-pressure gas cylinders.

Taking care of the pharmaceutical and biotech industries’ need for ultra high-purity and ultra carrier-grades of nitrogen here in Winona has been a top priority at Mississippi Welders Supply Co., Inc. from the beginning. Contact us today and consult with one of our specialty gas experts to help pinpoint which of our nitrogen products is right for your application.