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Uses of Industrial Gases in Manufacturing

Industrial gases play a key role in various manufacturing processes. Depending on the industry, they’re used to improve safety, productivity, or product quality. Read more about the uses of industrial gases in this blog.

Argon

Welding and Casting

Argon is one of the most commonly used gases in welding and casting applications. Argon is very nonreactive, making it ideal for use as a shielding gas. Welders use shielding gases to prevent exposure of the molten weld pool to the oxygen, nitrogen, and hydrogen in the atmosphere; this helps prevent porosity and excessive spatter.

Glass Manufacturing

Glass manufacturers also use argon to fill thermal holes in window panes. Reducing thermal holes helps create a tighter envelope and increases energy efficiency in buildings.

Automotive

Automotive assembly plants use argon in combination with other industrial gases to weld exhaust systems, suspensions, seats, and axles.

Acetylene

Welding

Acetylene has highly flammable characteristics that make it ideal for cutting torches in welding processes. The welding jobs that use acetylene are known as oxy-fuel cutting and require temperatures as high as 5,700 degrees Fahrenheit. Oxy-acetylene welding is an effective technique for soldering filler rods to base metals and melting iron and steel.

Automotive

Automotive manufacturers use acetylene as a carbon source for low-pressure carburizing processes.

Portable Lighting

Acetylene has provided light for portable lamps since the late 19th century. Miners and outdoorsmen still use these carbide lamps.

Blue Flame Plus (Propylene)

Welding

Blue Flame Plus is a high-flame temperature gas that’s well suited for heavy burning and heating jobs.

Plastics

Plastic molders use propylene to produce polypropylene plastics for injection molding.

Carbon Dioxide

Welding

Carbon dioxide is used as a shielding gas to help produce higher welding rates in MIG and MAG welding processes. Cutters prefer carbon dioxide in their operations because it’s an inexpensive gas and provides deep weld penetration, even through thick materials.

Fire Suppression

Carbon dioxide is effective as a fire suppressor because it quickly displaces the oxygen in the atmosphere, preventing the fire from spreading. Manufacturers prefer carbon dioxide suppression systems because they eliminate the risk of water damage and require little clean-up.

Dry Ice Blasting

Manufacturers use dry ice blasting to clean their industrial machines. Dry ice blasting uses compressed air with high-velocity and dry ice pellets to safely blast clean surfaces. Other benefits of this cleaning process include:

  • Reduced Downtime: It’s a quick process that increases productivity.
  • Safety: It eliminates the need for harmful chemicals and keeps your employees safe.
  • Cost Effectiveness: It minimizes equipment clean-up and disposal costs.

Helium

Welding

Welders and cutters use helium with non-ferrous metal and stainless steel because it helps produce a wide penetration profile and works well with thick materials.

Automotive Manufacturing

Helium plays a key role in testing radiator heat exchangers, torque converters, and fuel tanks to make sure they meet industry-standard specifications.

Electronic Manufacturing

Electronic manufacturers use helium to manufacture semiconductors, LCD panels, and fiber optic wires. It functions as a carrier gas in production processes and enhances throughput by quickly cooling parts and components.

Hydrogen

Welding

Hydrogen gas enhances plasma welding and cutting operation in various welding processes. When mixed with argon, it forms a gas shield that protects the welded metal from contaminants.

Metal Fabrication

Metal manufacturers use hydrogen to prevent oxidation during heat treating processes.

Glass Manufacturing

Glass manufacturers use hydrogen in combination with other gases to reduce the atmosphere above the tin bath. This helps prevent oxidation during float glass production.

Nitrogen

Automotive

Compressed nitrogen gas is used with other gases to weld auto parts, frames, and mufflers in the automotive industry.

Plastics

Plastic manufacturers use nitrogen in their gas-assisted injection molding projects. Gas-assisted injection molding is a process that produces large plastic parts that have complex designs. It’s performed by introducing an inert gas at pressure and pushing plastic melts into mold extremities. Some of the benefits of gas-assisted injection molding include:

  • Leaves no sink marks
  • Reduces part deformation
  • Molds thicker products

Metal Fabrication

Nitrogen is a carrier and purge gas that prevents oxidation in steel production and heat-treating processes.

Oxygen

Automotive

The automotive industry uses oxygen as a plasma gas for laser cutting processes. Oxygen also plays a role in the production of automotive coatings.

Glass Manufacturing

Glass manufacturers use oxygen as an industrial gas to improve productivity and enhance combustion in glass furnaces.

Metal Fabrication

Oxygen is an important gas in metal processing jobs and is used to enrich the air in ferrous and non-ferrous metals.

Want to learn more about the uses of our industrial gases? Follow the link to read more about the industries we serve.

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Our Bulk Delivery for Industrial Gas Manufacturers

Our innovative bulk gas delivery system allows for the continuous use of industrial gas and keeps your operations moving. Gas is delivered directly from our truck to your bulk gas containers and makes managing bulk gas easier than ever. Our innovative delivery system eliminates:

  • Cylinder handling
  • Product run-outs
  • Job-related injuries

CK Supply: A Leading Industrial Gas Manufacturer

CK Supply is Missouri’s largest independent supplier of compressed industrial gases and welding and cutting equipment. We pride ourselves on offering a unique combination of products, services, and technical support. We strive to make things better for our clients every day and achieve that by sticking to our four core values:

  • People Oriented: Best honest and respectful towards our clients
  • Solutions Focused: Our technicians are knowledgeable and focus on solving problems
  • Driven: We’re a hardworking company that’s dedicated to growing your business
  • Passionate: Our employees are passionate about what we do and always have a positive attitude

Contact CK Supply today to learn more about the various uses of industrial gases and how our innovative system guarantees an uninterrupted supply.

 

 

Illinois Branches Open to Limited Retail Traffic

Effective Monday, June 8th, 2020

Retail operations in Illinois will be reopening with limited access to the front counters ONLY. CK Supply will be following all required and recommended Illinois and city codes.

You and your employees are welcome to enter any of our Illinois & Missouri branch locations, if equipped with a face mask prior and during entry. If you do not have a face mask but would still like to enter, CK will provide a face mask to be worn, as available.

Additional options remain available to those that would not like to enter our Missouri & Illinois branch locations including: Curbside Pickup and Pickup Lockers (Available only in St. Louis & O’Fallon, MO). When utilizing curbside pickup, please pull into marked spots and call the branch location.

St. Louis, MO – (314) 644-3500
O’Fallon, MO – (636) 272-3400
Villa Ridge, MO – (636) 451-2185
O’Fallon, IL – (618) 624-9001
Wood River, IL – (618) 254-4090

Thank you for your continued business and support! Stay safe!

Missouri Branches Open to Limited Retail Traffic

Effective Monday, May 18th, 2020

Retail operations in Missouri will be reopening with limited access to the front counters ONLY. CK Supply will be following all required and recommended Missouri and city codes.

You and your employees are welcome to enter any of our Missouri branch locations, if equipped with a face mask prior and during entry. If you do not have a face mask but would still like to enter, CK will provide a face mask to be worn, as available.

Additional options remain available to those that would not like to enter our Missouri branch locations including: Curbside Pickup and Pickup Lockers (Available in St. Louis & O’Fallon). When utilizing curbside pickup, please pull into marked spots and call the branch location.

Currently, our Illinois branch locations will remain curbside pickup only until local restrictions are lifted.

St. Louis, MO – (314) 644-3500
O’Fallon, MO – (636) 272-3400
Villa Ridge, MO – (636) 451-2185
O’Fallon, IL – (618) 624-9001
Wood River, IL – (618) 254-4090

Thank you for your continued business and support! Stay safe!

New CK Supply Order Pick Up Procedure

Curb-Side Pick Up

Effective Friday, March 27th, 2020 until further notice

At CK Supply, the safety of both our employees and customers are our top priority.  In light of the recent Stay at Home ordinances issued in both Missouri and Illinois, we are implementing a curb-side service only for all of our retail stores.

This transaction will be limited to Credit Card Only for our walk-in customers.

Please Call Prior to Arriving. Customers with open charge accounts can call order in and will be able to pick up curb-side also.

New Procedure for Order Pick Up

  1. Upon arrivals, pull into the loading dock at the store.
  2. Call the store with your name and the color vehicle you are driving.
  3. We will bring your order to the dock and review for accuracy.
  4. Transaction paperwork will be provided.

St. Louis, MO – (314) 644-3500
O’Fallon, MO – (636) 272-3400
Villa Ridge, MO – (636) 451-2185
O’Fallon, IL – (618) 624-9001
Wood River, IL – (618) 254-4090

Thank you for your continued business and support! Stay safe!

Dry Ice Blasting Demo

Registration

Dry Ice Blasting Demo

2020 AWS Weld Show

UPDATED: Due to the Corona Virus and Based on the current fluid situation as it relates to the Corona Virus we felt that it was in the best interest of all of the members of the AWS and our guests to Cancel the upcoming AWS Weld Show. At this time we do not know if we will reschedule the event for this year. Please continue to follow this Facebook Page for updates. – AWS St. Louis Section 17 Chapter.

 

For the past 18 years, the American Welding Society-St. Louis Section’s Weld Show has become an important AWS technical function. This annual event is used to promote the science of welding technology, showcase the latest in welding equipment, safety apparel, post-weld testing equipment, plasma cutting, laser welding, positioning equipment, and mechanical cutting systems. Factory representatives will be on hand to provide live demonstrations and offer technical expertise.

March 19th, 2020

5:00PM – 8:00PM

FREE TO ATTEND

Welding Manufacturers

THE HIL BAX TECHNICAL CENTER (CK SUPPLY) 5835 MANCHESTER AVENUE – ST. LOUIS, MO – 63110

Food, Drinks, Giveaways, & More!

DON’T FORGET! THE AWS ST. LOUIS SECTION SCHOLARSHIP DEADLINE IS MARCH 1ST.MORE INFORMATION CAN BE FOUND AT: WWW.AWSSECTION.ORG/STLOUIS/SCHOLARSHIP

A Year in Review Gas and Welding Report

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As we begin a new year here at CK Supply, we cannot help but be thankful to our employees, customers and vendors which helped contribute to a great 2019.  Overall our business experienced strong growth primarily coming from bulk gases tied to light manufacturing and metal fabrication.  Our rental and repair facility saw an increase in activity as a few of the sizable construction projects have begun coming online.  Large equipment purchases also remained strong this year as customers look to improve efficiencies and automate their manufacturing processes.

Last year’s changing business landscape also brought challenges and opportunity internally at CK.  With employment at historic lows we held onto job openings longer but were able to keep our pipeline full with quality candidates while continuing to expand into new opportunities.  We had good numbers in our seasonal equipment sales showing the strength of small business and local consumers wanting to make new investments.  We therefore plan to hold these events again in 2020 offering the chance to obtain equipment as the lowest prices of the year.

We at CK believe that continued investment back into our business makes us a stronger partner and we have continued in this tradition making several improvements last year.  Our tech center got a face lift including televisions for demonstrations, the addition of “Pyatt’s corner” with a welding arm from WeldPro 360 and the newest version of Koike’s cutting tables.  In April, we expanded our dry ice manufacturing and distribution footprint into Kansas City, MO and surrounding areas with a new location.  In October, we completed a remodeling project at our Woodriver, IL retail showroom, which I invite you to stop by and take a look out our team’s hard work!  We then closed the year rolling out a brand-new Nitrogen Gas Express truck that has greatly increased our on-site fill times.

In regards to community events we were excited to participate in both Manufacturing Days events at St. Charles Community College and Warrenton and enjoyed watching the young student’s interest in our industry as well as the virtual welding machine from Miller.

Overall, we hear positive reports from our vendor partners and local business leaders about the upcoming year and CK remains optimistic about the potential opportunities for our customers.  We thank you for your business in 2019 and wish you and your business success in the coming decade. We invite you to “Discover the Difference” with CK Supply when facing any of the welding and gas related challenges that come your way in 2020.

Brad Dunn is Vice President for CK Supply and can be reached at Brad@CeeKay.com or 314-221-2861