Applied Energy Systems (AES), provider of high and ultra high purity gas systems, services, and solutions â€“ including design, manufacturing, testing, installation, and expert field service â€“ is showcasing the capabilities of its SEMI-GASÂ® Xturionâ„˘ Blixerâ„˘ to support various processes that require forming gas mixtures. The Blixerâ„˘ provides a cost-effective alternative to purchasing expensive pre-mixed gas cylinders by enabling operators to blend their own mixtures on-site in their facility.
The ultra high purity gas mixing blender is used by customers across a diverse range of industries to uniformly mix H2 and N2 concentrations in customizable ratios that meet their distinct process requirements. Mixtures can be adjusted in real-time via the systemâ€™s GigaGuardâ„˘ PLC Controller, which features a 9â€ť Siemens color touchscreen for intuitive operation, allowing the user to fine-tune formulations on demand. This makes the system particularly appealing for high volume applications, eliminating the need to stock a variety of pre-mixed forming gas concentrations, decreasing the frequency of cylinder change-outs, reducing tool downtime, increasing productivity, and ultimately providing the end user with a significant cost savings.
The Blixerâ„˘ system is designed to provide a continuous flow of precise gas blends and includes a static mixing tube and surge/mixing tank to address dynamic flow changes and effectively maintain mix tolerances. It is also equipped with a Thermal Conductivity Hydrogen Gas Analyzer, featuring auto-calibration capability and a low flow alarm, to ensure +/- 1% blending accuracy. Its PLC Controller includes Ethernet connectivity to allow for seamless integration with a facilityâ€™s Monitoring System, and the systemâ€™s hydrogen hazardous gas detector and automatic shutdown feature alert operators during undesirable system conditions.
â€śWe have found the Blixerâ„˘ to be especially beneficial to customers using forming gas mixtures because it gives them flexibility to custom-blend H2/N2 concentrations in the exact ratios they desireâ€”instead of investing in expensive pre-mixed cylinders that still may not be precisely mixed to their unique process requirements,â€ť said Greg Havrilla, Technical Inside Sales Engineer for AES. â€śThe systemâ€™s value spans industries. Weâ€™ve seen it support laser-based technology development, semiconductor fabrication, electrically-powered vehicle manufacturing, sustainable energy solutions, and a variety of industrial manufacturing applications. Its flexibility is reflected in its ability to satisfy a range of process-driven demands.â€ť