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What are the benefits of gas mixing?

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Benefits of gas mixing include improved fuel efficiency, greater flexibility, better stability and lower fuel costs. Mixing gases also specifies and controls the composition of the resultant gas so that it can be used in different areas of application.

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Gas mixing benefits scientific and industrial purposes, and is also used extensively in storage, food production and to aid breathing. Industrial processes such as welding use mixed inert or semi-inert shielding gases to improve weld quality. Mixed gases are also a cost-effective fuel alternative to highly priced crude oil for applications engines such as land production, land drilling and well fracturing. In the food packaging industry, gas mixing is used in modified atmosphere packing to help keep produce fresh, extend its shelf life and to reduce waste.

Breweries use mixed gases for processes such as sparging, purging or blanketing to create the right amount of carbonation and prevent beer from over-foaming. Beer is thereby not wasted, quality is improved and there are significant monthly savings.

The right ratio of gases, when used to breathe while diving, dilutes oxygen to just the right composition while improving breathing by reducing decompression. Gas mixing is beneficial medically, as oxygen fractions and anesthetic agents in combination with other gases are used and controlled during surgery.

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