Airgas demonstrates AcuGrav robotic system for gas mixtures

Radnor, PA, Mar. 13, 2006 — Airgas Inc., a distributor of specialty gases and equipment, is offering a virtual demonstration of its patented AcuGrav robotic gas mixing system at this year’s Pittsburgh Conference (PITTCON) in Orlando, FL.

Airgas will feature the demonstration in its Technical Suite Seminars at the Rosen Centre Hotel on March 13 and March 14.

The demonstration will allow viewers to experience the touch screen interface and voice commands that Airgas operators use to make specialty gas mixtures at 20 AcuGrav filling stations nationwide.

PITTCON attendees can also view the virtual demonstration at the Airgas booth and others can see it by visiting www.airgas.com and clicking on “AcuGrav Demonstration.”

Developed by Airgas’ automation team, the AcuGrav system features a completely modular data collection unit with a real time embedded control system to handle I/O and time critical routines. The programming includes 450 subroutines that automate the Airgas standard operating procedures for making gas mixtures with precision and consistency for every batch at every AcuGrav location.

Since launching the technology in 2003, Airgas has installed 20 AcuGrav units nationwide in select Airgas specialty gas laboratories. They are part of the largest national specialty gas infrastructure, which includes seven national laboratories and more than 50 regional specialty gas laboratories. More than half of these facilities have been certified to the ISO 9001:2000 standard for quality management systems. Three labs are accredited for the ISO 17025 standard for analytical laboratories.

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