Air Products Helps Processors Tackle Particle Size Reduction Challenges

   Air Products Helps Processors Tackle Particle Size Reduction Challenges

Company's Cryogenic Solutions Enable Effective and Efficient Particle Size
Reduction, Particularly for Heat Sensitive and Tough-to-Mill Materials

PR Newswire

LEHIGH VALLEY, Pa., Aug. 18, 2014

LEHIGH VALLEY, Pa., Aug. 18, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --Particle size reduction can
present challenges to processors in industries such as rubber, plastics, food,
pharmaceuticals, and others, particularly when working with heat-sensitive and
tough-to-mill materials. As a recognized leader in cryogenic grinding, Air
Products (NYSE:APD) has created a microsite aimed at helping processors
overcome these challenges and optimize their overall operation. For more than
40years, AirProducts engineers have helped processors identify the best
solution for a variety applications, including nutraceuticals,
pharmaceuticals, pigments, plastics, powder, spices, and thermoplastic
elastomers and waxes.

The new cryogenic grinding microsite provides technical information about Air
Products' PolarFit^® Cryogenic Size Reduction Solutions—which use liquid
nitrogen to cool down feed material prior to and/or during milling—and
includes illustrations that show the size reduction system configurations
offered by the company. The microsite also contains some short videos that
explain how exposing material to liquid nitrogen can help prevent melting or
decomposition, or achieve embrittlement, resulting in a higher yield of
particles in the desired target range, more uniform particle size
distribution, higher production rates, improved product quality, and enhanced
process safety due to the nitrogen inertness.

The range of offerings available from Air Products includes turnkey cryogenic
grinding systems, as well as individual components to retrofit an existing
process; liquid nitrogen supply, which is available in a variety of delivery
options to economically meet small- to large-volume requirements; and
value-added services, such as technical assessments/improvements of existing
milling systems and optimization of liquid nitrogen use. Air Products also has
trial facilities located in the U.S., Europe, and Asia, where customers can
test their products to determine the potential benefits of using cryogenics in
their grinding processes.

To learn more, visit Air Products' new cryogenic grinding microsite at or call the company at 800-654-4567 (mention code

About Air Products
Air Products (NYSE:APD) provides atmospheric, process and specialty gases;
performance materials; equipment; and technology. For over 70 years, the
company has enabled customers to become more productive, energy efficient and
sustainable. Recognized as one of the world's most innovative companies by
both Thomson Reuters and Forbes magazine, more than 21,000 employees in over
50 countries supply effective solutions to the energy, environment and
emerging markets. These include semiconductor materials, refinery hydrogen,
coal gasification, natural gas liquefaction, and advanced coatings and
adhesives. In fiscal 2013, Air Products had sales of $10.2 billion. For more
information, visit 

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