Airgas to Host Information Sessions and Introduce New Gas Chromatography Guide at PITTCON 2014

  Airgas to Host Information Sessions and Introduce New Gas Chromatography
  Guide at PITTCON 2014

  Innovations Designed for Gas Purity and Efficiency in Analytical and Life
                             Science Laboratories

Pittcon 2014

Business Wire

RADNOR, Pa. -- February 26, 2014

Airgas, Inc. (NYSE: ARG), one of the largest U.S. suppliers of specialty gases
and equipment, today announced that it will present two information sessions
and offer a sneak peek into a new resource manual intended for users of gas
chromatographs, The Chromatographer’s Guide to Gas and Gas Delivery Systems,
at the Pittsburgh Conference on Analytical Chemistry and Applied Spectroscopy
(PITTCON) at McCormick Place in Chicago, March 3 – 6, 2014.

“Our customers are always striving to optimize their results and find
efficiencies where possible, including streamlining their gas usage,”
explained Bill Russo, Airgas’ Vice President – Specialty Gases. “The Airgas
information sessions, as well as the new guide we will be previewing, are
excellent resources for improving processes and obtaining consistency and
quality across the board.”

On Tuesday, March 4 at 8:30 a.m., Frank Kandl, Product Manager – Airgas
Specialty Gas Equipment, and Reginald Bartram, Gas Chromatography Consultant
for Airgas, will present “Optimizing Performance with Consistent Results in
Gas Chromatography.” On Wednesday, March 5 at 3:05 p.m., Bartram will present
“Optimizing and Improving Carrier Gas Systems Enables You to Reduce Your Gas

“These sessions provide valuable insight and solutions that can help gas users
achieve consistent performance while also conserving resources, particularly
helium,” said Kandl. “By optimizing processes, users can benefit from
significant cost savings.”

Airgas specialty gas experts will also provide a sneak peek at Airgas’ new gas
manual, The Chromatographer’s Guide to Gas and Gas Delivery Systems. The newly
developed resource guide provides detailed information on the requirements
needed to design and construct the gas delivery systems used in gas
chromatography (GC) and other high purity analytical applications.

The guide provides in-depth expertise in selecting the correct gas purity,
understanding how purity is determined, and how purity affects applications.
It also explains how proper component selection can ensure process accuracy,
extend component life, and create necessary consistencies. Additionally, the
guide details laboratory gas safety codes needed for compliance, and offers an
extensive reference section on the safe handling of gases, including an
at-a-glance troubleshooting section that sets forth performance issues, gas
stream contaminants, and possible causes and corrective actions.

More information on Airgas’ sessions and new resource guide, as well as
information on all Airgas specialty gas product and service offerings, will be
available at the Airgas exhibit (Booth #2013) from March 3 – 6. Registered
PITTCON attendees who visit the Airgas exhibit will be entered into a drawing
to win a Microsoft Surface™ tablet. For more information on PITTCON, visit

About Airgas, Inc.

Airgas, Inc. (NYSE: ARG), through its subsidiaries, is one of the nation’s
leading suppliers of industrial, medical and specialty gases, and hardgoods,
such as welding equipment and related products. Airgas is a leading U.S.
producer of atmospheric gases with 16 air separation plants, a leading
producer of carbon dioxide, dry ice, and nitrous oxide, one of the largest
U.S. suppliers of safety products, and a leading U.S. supplier of
refrigerants, ammonia products, and process chemicals. More than 15,000
associates work in approximately 1,100 locations, including branches, retail
stores, gas fill plants, specialty gas labs, production facilities, and
distribution centers. Airgas also markets its products and services through
e-Business, catalog, and telesales channels. Its national scale and strong
local presence offer a competitive edge to its diversified customer base. For
more information, please visit


Airgas, Inc.
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Barry Strzelec, 610-902-6256
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Sarah Stockton-Brown, 610-263-8260
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