Hydrogen in Pittsburgh

December 5th, 2019 | Technical

Butler Gas supplies gaseous hydrogen in Pittsburgh, with purity levels certified to 99.999%. In addition to filling hydrogen cylinders and banks (cradles of 12 or 16 cylinders), our fleet delivers hydrogen tube trailers. Hydrogen gas is authorized for bulk highway shipment in tube trailers at pressures to approximately 2600 psig. These trailers are constructed of… Read more »

Best Practices for Outdoor Cylinder Storage

August 28th, 2019 | Technical

Cylinders are allowed to be stored outside, and in many cases, that is the safest area. Keep these best practices for outdoor cylinder storage in mind. Although our Pittsburgh climate does not present this obstacle, in geographies where temperatures exceed 125 degrees, cylinders should not be in direct sunlight. To prevent bottom corrosion, avoid prolonged… Read more »

What Do I Do With Butler Gas Empty Cylinders?

June 20th, 2019 | Technical

Cylinders are rarely truly “empty.” All cylinders should be handled in the same manner, whether they’re full, partially full, or considered empty. Separating your full cylinders from your empty cylinders is an essential part of safe and efficient cylinder housekeeping. To help your team differentiate between full cylinders and empty ones, Butler Gas shrink wraps… Read more »

CGA Standardized Cylinder Connections

April 24th, 2019 | Technical

Never force a cylinder connection if it does not fit. Our industry has developed standardized cylinder valve outlet and inlet connections, regulator connections, and transfer connections for specific types and groups of gases to prevent the misapplication of these potentially hazardous materials. Remember, if it does not fit, do not force it. Regulator connection threads… Read more »

How Compressed Gas Regulators Work

March 27th, 2019 | Technical

Properly working regulators are vital to a safe, efficient, and effective compressed gas application. Our gas regulators are designed to withstand the harshest environments and are 100% tested prior to shipment from the manufacturer. Regulators reduce unusable high pressure into usable low pressure and can keep the low pressure constant, compensating for changes in supply…. Read more »

CO2 Beverage System Safety

December 6th, 2018 | Technical

Beware that improperly installed or poorly maintained carbonated beverage systems can create hazardous concentrations of carbon dioxide (CO2) in enclosed areas, causing restaurant patrons and employees severe, sometimes fatal, harm. CO2 in the gaseous state is colorless and odorless and not easily detectable. It can be deadly even when normal oxygen levels are present. Reaching… Read more »

Understanding Oxygen

November 8th, 2018 | Technical

Oxygen, the colorless, odorless, tasteless elemental gas that supports life and combustion, constitutes about one-fifth of the atmosphere. We supply oxygen for industrial, specialty, and medical applications. Industrial applications for oxygen are broad, and include its utilization with acetylene, propane, hydrogen, and other fuel gases for purposes like metal cutting, welding, and hardening. We supply… Read more »

Propane Heater Safety

October 11th, 2018 | Technical

As temperatures drop, please remember these temporary heating safety tips. Temporary heating equipment powered with propane is portable and widely used in a variety of industries. Builders, manufacturers, exterminators, emergency management and others utilize propane to fuel temporary heating units. Heaters must be designed for use with LP Gas and AGA, UL, or CGA approved…. Read more »

Cylinders Exposed to Flood Situations

September 12th, 2018 | Technical

GAWDA (Gases and Welding Distributors Association) and CGA (Compressed Gas Association) released a safety alert yesterday reinforcing the need to be extra vigilant in the receipt, inspection, cleaning, and repair of medical oxygen cylinders that have been exposed to flood situations. Natural disasters can result in exposing a cylinder to a variety of hazardous conditions… Read more »

Is Air a Hazardous Material?

August 30th, 2018 | Technical

I breathe in air all day long.  What do you mean it’s hazardous? Air is considered to be a hazardous material when it’s packaged in a cylinder because it’s under pressure. All gases can present a potential hazard because they are under pressure. Every cylinder has a pressure rating for its maximum filled pressure. Depending… Read more »