Managing cylinder gas supplies and avoiding run-outs presents numerous hurdles in the best of times. Restricted access to sites and reduction in on-site activity has created situations where the ability to keep up with gas content, cylinder exchanges, supply management, and reordering is difficult.
There are other compounding issues that create challenges including variations in gas use — especially in shared supply environments. Also, the inherent difficulty of gauging gas use and content remaining make it especially hard to know when exchanges are really needed.
Running short of gas has a significant impact on research, analytical, and development activities. Associated risks related to gas run outs include personal and facility safety, equipment damage, loss of research and analytical results, or worse. Impacts of these issues can range from temporarily inconvenient to catastrophic.
And costs, both direct and consequential, can be significant. Standard measures to mitigate risks, including early cylinder exchanges, frequent monitoring and overstocking inventory add to waste and inefficiency while failing to achieve desired results.
Airgas EZ-GAZ Services provide a comprehensive set of solutions designed to accurately monitor gas usage including:
The ability to accurately monitor gas use can also help avoid overstocking and optimize operations.
Why optimize gas management? Maintenance of uninterrupted gas supplies can nearly erase run-out related risks while achieving other benefits including: