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Colourless, Odourless Gas Has Its Place

Colourless, odourless gas is usually associated with negative things like Carbon Monoxide and Radon, but these types of gases can have many beneficial uses as well from food packaging to oh, allowing us to breathe! The most common examples of beneficial colourless, odourless gas are:

  • Argon
  • Carbon Dioxide
  • Helium
  • Nitrogen
  • Oxygen

A Deeper Look At Colourless, Odourless Gases

Argon. Argon is completely inert, making it a very valuable gas that can be safely used in many different situations. One of the biggest applications for Argon is as a shielding gas, as it can protect the work area from contamination, reactions with other gases, and the oxidizing effects of the atmosphere. In addition to welding, cutting, and metallurgy, Argon is used to fill lightbulbs and window panels.

Carbon Dioxide. This colourless, odourless gas is actually slightly toxic. It does not burn or support combustion but it is very soluble in water where it forms carbonic acid, giving us those fizzy bubbles in soda. In addition to providing carbonation, carbon dioxide is used to preserve foods and control food and water pH values. Non-potable/edible uses include shielding gas, blanket chemical, and fire extinguishing.

Helium. Helium is a non-flammable, colourless, odourless gas that is completely inert. It is the second most abundant element in the universe and was originally discovered on the Sun before being discovered on Earth. This gas has a high thermal conductivity and is a popular shielding gas due to its’ inert properties.

Nitrogen. Nitrogen is nonflammable, will not support combustion, and is not life-supporting. It is an ideal coolant and is often used to freeze food, blood, and other materials, control temperature reactions, and modify material properties. As a gas, it is used to pressurize devices and pneumatically convey materials because it is adept at keeping contaminants like oxygen and water out of the device.

Oxygen. Oxygen supports all life and combustion. Every element, except for the rare gases, react in the presence of oxygen, so even though oxygen itself is a colourless, odourless gas it could react with another to present a danger. Oxygen is widely used in the medical and healthcare industries, but also in any type of manufacturing that relies on cutting or welding, and is used in food packaging and preparation.

Find Colourless, Odourless Gas At Josef Gas

Josef Gas carries all of these colourless, odourless gases and more, ready for delivery to you. We offer pure gases and mixes for use in the welding and food service industries as well as other applications. Download our flyer, visit our website, or contact us at 416.658.1212 to learn more about our services and offerings.

Exploring Food Grade Industrial Gases in Mississauga

Have you noticed how much easier it is to find healthy, pre-packaged food options these days? Pre-Display of Fresh Fruit and Vegetablespackaged food used to be full of salts and preservatives. Your choices were limited to food that had already been cooked and was then frozen and ready for re-heating before you could dig in to it. Today, we have many more fresh, raw food options giving consumers some healthy choices for quick-fix meals or snacks on the go.

MAP Makes Fresh Frozen Food Possible

The reason for this explosion in options can be traced back to food grade industrial gases. Mississauga consumers have no doubt noticed the variety of fresh, great-tasting food options they can buy thanks to these gases. Food grade industrial gases most often include Nitrogen, Oxygen, and Carbon Dioxide. These three gases help make “Modified Atmosphere Packaging” (MAP) possible. MAP packaging enhances a food’s shelf life while still retaining the natural flavors and nutritional benefits of the food. It’s used to package fresh fruits and vegetables, but also fish, seafood, meat, poultry, and even baked goods.

MAP gases are specifically chosen for their odourless, colourless, non-toxic qualities. When combined in the right amounts these three gases can be used to create unique gas mixtures that preserve many different kinds of foods. Together with advances in freezing, chilling, and packaging technologies, these industrial gases are finding their way to kitchens all around the country.

MAP helps:

  • Preserve taste, texture, and colour of foods.
  • Ensure food consumption safety.
  • Extend food shelf life.
  • Reduce food waste and business losses.

Count On Josef Gas For Food Grade Industrial Gases In Mississauga

Josef Gas supplies food grade industrial gases to Mississauga businesses and food packagers. We offer several different gas mixtures as well as pure Carbon Dioxide, Oxygen, and Nitrogen to help ensure you receive the right gas for your needs.

View our list of food grade industrial gases, here, then contact us at 416.658.1212 to discuss your industrial gas needs or to arrange delivery.

The Basics of Axial Spray Transfer

Axial spray transfer is one of the three primary methods of metal transfer in MIG welding. Axial spray methods deposit wire electrodes as a stream of small molten droplets. The droplets are sprayed along the axis of the arc.

There are several advantages to axial spray transfer:

  1. Works well on many of the most common metals and alloys including aluminum, carbon steel, stainless steel, nickel alloys, and copper alloys.
  2. Efficient processing of electrodes reduces waste; as high as 98% efficiency.
  3. Consistency and control of spray reduces spatter and slag.
  4. Suitable for thick metals in the flat and horizontal position.

Quick Facts About Axial Spray Transfer

  • Axial spray transfer is most often used with shielding gases that contain a high percentage of Argon – as much as 80%; Argon-Oxygen and Argon-Carbon Dioxide blends are the most commonly used.
  • Axial spray transfer is a high voltage method of metal transfer. The wire feed speed is also quite high, but the operator retains control over the spray by using apertures that are smaller than the diameter of the wire electrode.
  • Speed is so high that several hundred droplets can be placed each second. This creates a large weld puddle, which is why the method is preferred for use on flat and horizontal surfaces.
  • The high speed and rate of transfer makes axial spray ideal for projects that need a high deposition rate.
  • Solid or metal-core electrodes are used with this method of transfer.

There are drawbacks to this method of transfer, as well. The biggest drawback is the restriction on use for flat and horizontal positions. Additional drawbacks include:

  • High fume generation.
  • Argon shielding gas blends cost more than pure CO2 gases.
  • High heat radiation and a very bright arc require additional protective gear for welders and observers.

Axial spray transfer remains an extremely popular form of welding. If you are having trouble with it, remember that every manufacturer uses a different type of arc stabilizer in the construction of their electrodes. You may need to try out several different brands in order to find the one that works best for you.

Shop for welding electrodes, gases, and suppliers at Josef Gas. We carry all the major brands like Miller, Lincoln, 3M, and more. Visit us online at www.josefgases.com or in person at 201 Basaltic Road in Concord, Ontario. Just have a quick question? Call our team at 416.658.1212.

We’re always happy to hear from our customers and help them troubleshoot their welding problems!


Propane Suppliers In Toronto Support Local Farmers

Green tractor in wheatPropane is most often associated with backyard BBQs and industrial uses, like forklift fuel, but there’s another, less well-known use for propane in Toronto: local farms. Since propane is so safe, efficient, readily available, clean-burning, and easily transported, it’s the perfect choice for farming where the need for power may be located far from the local power grid.

Propane suppliers in Toronto are meeting a variety of farming needs with this reliable fuel source.

Propane Uses On The Farm

Propane is used to meet many farming needs from greenhouse operations and watering to weed control and harvesting, not to mention propane-powered vehicles and equipment.

  • Propane-powered forklifts, heavy equipment, farm vehicles, and even the old standby, the pickup truck, are all available to farmers now. The fact that propane burns clean is an added bonus for farmers who are seeking to minimize their environmental footprint.
  • Generators have been a must-have piece of equipment on farm for decades. Today, there are both prime and standby units that run on propane. Propane generators eliminate the risks associated with storing diesel fuel on site and bypass the need for natural gas connection to be established.
  • Water Systems. Propane powered water pumps and water heating systems keep fresh water flowing to the farm in an energy-efficient manner.
  • Barn & Greenhouse Heating Systems. Propane heating systems keep animals and green houses warm during our frigid winter months. Propane-powered dryers have also been used to dry corn and soybeans for a quicker harvest, and provide frost protection in fields and orchards.
  • Pest and Weed Control. Farmers are taking aim at weeds with propane-powered weed flame control measures. Other forms of propane powered pest control can kill dangerous bacteria and other pathogens and sanitize without the need for pesticides.

With all of these uses, it’s no wonder that propane suppliers in Toronto are hearing from farmers more and more frequently! Using just one fuel source, they can outfit almost the entirety of their farming operations.

Josef Gas Is One Of The Top Propane Suppliers In Toronto

Josef Gas is proud to supply Toronto area farmers with propane. As one of the top propane suppliers in Toronto, we have the single largest storage propane tank facility in the GTA. Coupled with our flexible delivery schedules this ensures propane is available when you need it.

Visit us at 201 Basaltic Road, Concord, ON L4K 1G4 to see our facility for yourself or call us at 416.658.1212 to discuss your propane needs.



What To Look For When Estimating Your Forklift Propane Needs

Josef Gas Forklift Propane CylindersHave you ever wondered how much forklift propane your fleet needs or if your forklift is getting the right amount of mileage out of a tank of propane? We’re going to try to take some of the mystery out of estimating your forklift propane needs so you’re never left with less supply than you need.

Typical Forklift Propane Run Times

Most forklifts use 8 gallon tanks of forklift propane. This size tank should last for about 8 hours on a four-cylinder engine. Bigger engines will, of course, burn through fuel faster. The same 8 gallon tank will run out in perhaps, 6 hours or maybe even 4 hours if it’s an 8-cylinder engine. One way to extend your runtime on bigger engines like that is to buy bigger, 10-gallon tanks.

Conditions That Can Cause You To Use More Forklift Propane Than Expected

If you’re running propane forklifts, chances are you already know they can’t be beat in terms of fuel efficiency and cost containment. But if you’ve noticed that you aren’t getting the same amount of runtime out of a tank, it may be time to take a closer look at your forklift to try and identify the cause of increased fuel demands. Common reasons for reduced efficiency include:

  • Anything that causes the machine to lift more, like double load carriers, will cause it to use more fuel. It’s doing more work so it makes sense that the machine will run through more forklift propane.
  • Poor Maintenance. Just like a car engine, a forklift engine that isn’t maintained or tuned up regularly can burn through more fuel. Higher than average fuel consumption could be a sign that there’s an engine problem starting and warrants a call to a service tech for a check-up.
  • Unusual usage. If the forklift is regularly being pushed to its’ max speed, used to travel long distances, and left idling for long periods of time, it will burn through fuel faster. Again, just like with a gas-powered engine, turning off the machine when not in use and eliminating unnecessary trips can save fuel.

 Contact Josef Gas For Help Estimating Forklift Propane Needs

If you need help estimating your forklift propane needs or are looking for a new supplier in the Toronto area, give Josef Gas a call. We supply propane for many kinds of forklifts and have our own on-site propane tank for local fill-ups and quick delivery.

Call 416.658.1212 or contact us online to discuss your needs or feel free to stop in and visit us in person at 201 Basaltic Road, Concord, ON L4K 1G4.



Work With Your Gas Supplier To Ensure Adequate Supply To Meet Your Needs

Having the right gas on hand, and the right amount of that gas, is critical to getting the job done. If you’ve been in business for a while you probably have a good handle on what type and how much gas you need from your industrial gas supplier every week. But if you’re new to the industry or have experienced a change in business patterns or gas consumption, a call to your gas supplier is in order. Listed below are some examples of when it’s time to check in with your gas supplier.

When To Check In With Your Gas Supplier

There are several instances when you should contact your gas supplier to discuss adjusting your industrial gas delivery.

• You add new equipment. New equipment, particularly flow nozzles and regulators, can affect how much gas you are using. If you notice a change in your gas consumption after adding new equipment, those new pieces are likely to blame.

• You offer new services. If you have added new services, you are likely going to be consuming more gas. Rather than making do with the gas you have on hand, consult your gas supplier to make sure you are using the optimal gas for the application. There may be an alternative gas that is better suited to the new service.

• You are running out of gas sooner than usual. If you’ve been placing the same order for years and haven’t had a significant uptick in demand but are running out of gas sooner than usual, there’s a problem somewhere. You may have a leak or an equipment malfunction that is causing you to lose gas.

• You have more gas left over than usual. Having more gas let over than usual may sound like a good thing but it shouldn’t happen unless there’s a change in demand. Even if there has been a change in demand, it might not be worth it to keep the excess gas on hand and slowly use it up. Many gases have a shelf life and should be used before this date is met to maximize efficiency and effectiveness. It’s better to return unused cylinders and reduce the number of cylinders you receive than to hold on to old gas.

• You are not happy with the performance of your current gas. The right gas can make the job easier. If you are struggling to achieve desired results, the gas may be the problem. Check with your gas supplier to see if there is an alternative gas that can give you the results you’re looking for.

Josef Gas Supports Customer Success

By working closely with your gas supplier you can ensure a steady supply of the gases you need at all times. Josef Gas’ close relationships with our customers help us better understand our customers’ business needs and offer advice and support that helps them succeed. By understanding business needs and goals, we can recommend the best gas for the job and the most cost-effective solutions for the business.

Visit www.josefgases.com or call us at 416.658.1212 to discuss your gas delivery needs.

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