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Exploring the Most Essential (and Underappreciated) Uses for Helium

by Andy Castiglione on Oct 30, 2019

It’s Not All Balloons and Blimps

Ever had an MRI? Or used a smartphone? Then you’ve got helium to thank for it. And as one of the most abundant elements in our atmosphere, you might think it to be one of the most available. While that isn’t exactly the case, it is still true that it’s absolutely indispensable for the happy and normal functioning of many, many parts of our lives; oftentimes without us even realizing it.

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Topics: industrial gases, welding equipment, helium, helium shortage, MRI, shielding gases

What is Helium and Why is There a Global Helium Shortage?

by Andy Castiglione on Oct 21, 2019

Introducing Helium: The Most Common Gas You Know Nothing About

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Topics: Specialty Gases, industrial gases, helium, helium shortage

Looking for Welding Supplies in Modesto? Meet One of Our Central California Retail Locations

by Francesca Celik on Oct 2, 2019

Feeling Modesto? For those looking for industrial & specialty gases, safety equipment, and welding supplies in Modesto, the search is over.

Modesto, California is a mid-sized town in Central California that is known for friendly faces, agriculture (including some of the largest wine makers in the world), and for being the birthplace of filmmaker George Lucas. That aside, it’s also the home of one of our retail stores, located at 510 River Road, just across the street from the Tuolumne River. Here you can find industrial & specialty gases, personal protective equipment (PPE), and welding supplies in Modesto, just to name a few.

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Topics: Specialty Gases, industrial gases, modesto, ca, westair branches, welding equipment

Success! A Quick Recap of our 2nd Annual Make-a-Wish® Charity Golf Tournament

by Francesca Celik on Sep 25, 2019

We recently hosted our 2nd Annual Charity Golf Tournament, benefiting Make-a-Wish San Diego and we’re thrilled to announce that it was a huge success! Even the weather was more perfect than usual - if that’s even possible in southern California.

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Topics: California, San Diego, CA, golf tournament

We’re Hiring! Calling all Class A with Hazmat Drivers in California

by Jennifer Perry on Sep 18, 2019

CDL Class A Drivers, we want to hear from you!

There’s never been a better time to join Team WestAir

Here at WestAir, one of the biggest factors in our overall success is our people. Yes, high-quality gases are important, but let’s be real: they’re not going to test, package, and deliver themselves, right? As such, we believe in not only finding the best people possible to make up our teams, but also in doing everything in our power to enable them to be successful, motivated, and happy in their roles. Because after all, happy employees are the first (and often fastest) step to happy customers.

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Topics: National City, CA, Class A Driver, Now Hiring

30 Days of WestAir: Giveaway Details and Conditions

by Francesca Celik on Jul 25, 2019

When it comes to celebrating, it’s fair to say that WestAir knows how to do it right. Why do we say that? Because we’re opening an incredible new SuperStore and to help our customers get as excited as we are, we’re hosting not just one giveaway, but 30!

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Topics: SuperStore, 30 days of westair, Giveaway

Welcome to the WestAir SuperStore

by Francesca Celik on Jul 23, 2019

Here at WestAir, we’re always looking for ways to improve how we serve our welding and gas customers throughout the region. One such improvement that has developed as a result of this focus is the upcoming launch of our new SuperStore in National City, California, just a few miles drive from downtown San Diego, opening this August.

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Topics: National City, CA, SuperStore

To Know your Dewar is to Love your Dewar

by Andy Castiglione on Sep 14, 2017

Or … How to Dodge Dewar Bullets

The old saying really goes something like:

To know someone is to love them

If people count on you to supply liquid nitrogen or other cryogenic liquids for storing biological samples or processes like Liquid Chromatography Mass Spectrometry (LCMS) and Molecular Beam Epitaxy (MBE), the saying can apply to your relationship with your dewars and liquid cylinders.

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Topics: Specialty Gases, Lab & Life Sciences, Nitrogen, Cryogenics

What You Need To Know About Cylinder Tracking!

by Dan Fairchild on Jun 28, 2016

Do you know where your gas cylinders are?

All of us, as either distributors or consumers, know how problematic and confusing dealing with rental statements for gas cylinders can be. How many times have we asked one or all of the following questions?

  • How many cylinders do I have?
  • How long have the cylinders been there?
  • Where are all the cylinders from my PO# XYZ?
  • Where is each cylinder located now?

There are many software programs available to gas users that can help answer these questions. These programs are able to track cylinders and assets in a way that can provide considerable savings and transparency to where your cylinders reside, time they’ve resided in different departments or locations, as well as the turns on each cylinder. Although you may keep an inventory of cylinders that come in and out of your locations, cylinders can easily be overlooked when you have multiple in use and at different locations. Understanding the safe and proper techniques of cylinder storage and handling will better enhance the accuracy of cylinder transportation and inventory.

If you're already a WestAir customer, you can find answers to many of these questions in your eCommerce account. Not an eCommerce user yet? Make sure to contact your account manager or sign up here today

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Topics: Accurate Cylinder Management, Cylinder Tracking

Baby, It's Cold Inside

by Dan Fairchild on Mar 22, 2016

Cryotherapy is a fast growing therapeutic remedy to pain and other ailments. This cryogenic therapy has enabled patients to naturally relieve pain in below subzero temperatures. Liquid Nitrogen is used to create temperatures inside the chamber ranging from 110° Celsius to 130° Celsius below zero. Levels, time and temperatures are determined by the patient’s tolerance in order to further the cryotherapy. The length of time exposed to the below zero temperatures enhances the patient’s quality of the session. Maximum time for any treatment is 3 minutes.

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Topics: Cryotherapy, Blog, Cryogenics