The global shortage and rising cost of helium, traditionally the leading gas for leak detection, has pushed the industry to seek viable alternatives. Recognising this need, we are actively championing the use of forming gas as a sustainable and cost-effective solution.

A Promising Alternative

Forming gas, a mixture of hydrogen and nitrogen (typically 5% hydrogen and 95% nitrogen), offers several advantages over helium. It’s readily available and significantly less expensive, providing a much-needed lifeline for manufacturers grappling with the helium crisis.

Concerns about hydrogen’s flammability are understandable. However, forming gas’ low hydrogen content significantly mitigates these risks, making its safety profile comparable to helium and allowing for seamless integration into existing production lines with established safety measures.

The Benefits of Forming Gas

The appeal of forming gas goes beyond its affordability and availability. It aligns perfectly with the industry’s growing focus on sustainability, boasting a lower environmental impact compared to helium. Additionally, its compatibility with a wide range of materials and existing testing setups minimises disruption, making the transition to forming gas smooth.

Addressing the Challenges

Switching to forming gas comes with its own set of challenges, primarily related to ensuring test accuracy and reliability. We address these concerns by utilising cutting-edge technologies like nitrogen purge and advanced digital analytics. These innovations help neutralise background contamination, a common concern with hydrogen-based testing, making forming gas a reliable alternative for leak detection. Maintaining a clean testing environment, free from hydrocarbon emissions, is also essential. Our best practices are designed to optimise the effectiveness of forming gas, ensuring its potency in leak detection.

Leading the Way in Leak Detection Solutions

We remain committed to providing top-tier equipment for helium and alternative gas leak testing. As the industry landscape evolves, we are championing the use of forming gas as part of our mission to deliver innovative and customer-centric solutions.

A Step Towards a Sustainable Future

The transition to forming gas represents more than just a material shift; it’s a significant step towards a more sustainable and cost-effective future for leak testing. It allows manufacturers to move beyond the limitations of helium dependence and embrace a more adaptable and resilient approach.

Embracing Change with Confidence

We invite the industry to join us in redefining the boundaries of leak testing by fully embracing forming gas. This shift offers an opportunity to move beyond helium dependence and chart a course for a more adaptable and sustainable future. With VES as a partner, manufacturers can navigate the complexities of this new landscape, ensuring quality, precision, and innovation remain at the forefront of leak detection practices.

Forming gas isn’t just an alternative; it’s a symbol of progress, guiding us towards smarter and more efficient ways to ensure product integrity. Together, let’s embrace this change.