Oxygen Supplier to St. Louis

Oxygen (O2) is tasteless, colorless and a highly oxidizing gas. Cee Kay Supply, Inc. provides oxygen to St. Louis businesses.

The commercial development of oxygen came after developments in technology throughout the nineteenth century. The quest for cost-effective mechanical refrigeration furnished a methodology to liquefy air. While nominally a dead end as far as refrigeration, air liquefaction very quickly led to air distillation into its most significant components: nitrogen, oxygen and argon. Due to the large relative differences in the condensing and boiling points of these gases, extremely high purities of each were easy to obtain. Coincidentally, quick progress in electrochemistry and the quickly developing electro-plating businesses proved that passing an electric current through an aqueous salt solution generated gases at both the anode and the cathode, these gases were quickly identified as oxygen and hydrogen, respectively.

While this was going on, the Bessemer steel process proved that significant quantities of high quality steel could be produced from iron with adding oxygen-laden air. The Bessemer process became an improved alternative to the Crucible process in terms of uniform steel purity, vastly expanded steel-making capacity and radically lower cost, especially if a source of high purity oxygen replaced air in the process.

With an adequate potential base-load provided by steel production, low-cost, high purity oxygen’s availability drove several previously proposed applications that hadn’t been commercialized due to cost. These included oxy-acetylene welding and cutting, float glass manufacture, and using pure oxygen as an explosive in underground coal mining. And once cylinders provided a viable option for packing and transporting gas, the use of oxygen for breathing and respiratory therapy grew rapidly. While oxygen as an explosive’s use was dramatically curtailed in the 1920’s, steel and glass manufacture, respiratory demand and oxy-acetylene welding and cutting are still are the principle uses of oxygen in the twenty-first century. Additional large oxygen demand processes now include water purification and paper production, where oxygen’s oxidative properties allow it to replace chlorine in many applications.

Environmental monitoring and semiconductor manufacturing account for the majority of of oxygen’s demand in the specialty gas world. PurityPlus Hydrocarbon-Free and Ultra High Purity Oxygen are used to create Zero and Ultra Zero Air for atmospheric and environmental monitoring base-line studies. These are additionally used as a combustion support gas in conjunction with UHP Hydrogen in Flame Ionization and Flame Photometric Detectors used in Gas Chromatography. Ultra High Purity and Research Grade Oxygen can also used in calibration mixtures for environmental emission monitoring, industrial hygiene and safety monitors. The electronics industry also uses large quantities of Ultra High Purity Oxygen for laser etching of silicon substrates.

Get information about how Cee Kay Supply, Inc. can help supply your oxygen needs in St. Louis today! Call us at 314.644.3500 or connect with us online here.