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World-class Innovation

Air Products pioneered the “on-site” concept of producing and selling industrial gases in 1940. That revolutionary idea not only launched our company, it launched the industrial gas industry we know today. 

Since then, we have built a reputation for our innovative culture, operational excellence, and commitment to safety and the environment. Tomorrow’s challenges demand diverse thinking, applications and mega-project expertise, and a collaborative spirit. Our passionate and talented employees are rising to this challenge every day by creating innovative solutions that benefit our customers and our world.

Dr. Samir Serhan

Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer

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Technology innovation is at the heart of everything we do. At Air Products, we have a tradition of excellence built by a high-performing organization of people who constantly strive to find solutions that make a difference for our customers and our world.

A History of Differentiated Innovation

Our Applications Technology teams around the world focus on new value creation for our customers through innovative and sustainable offerings that help them improve the productivity, quality and safety of their processes, while reducing their costs and environmental impact.  

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Cryogenic Food Processing

Our Freshline® cryogenic tunnel freezers and injection systems use the rapid cooling power of nitrogen and carbon dioxide to provide food processors with efficient, hygienic, reliable and cost-effective freezing and chilling solutions. 

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Oxy-fuel Combustion

Our Cleanfire® HRx oxy-fuel burner for higher quality glass production and Cleanfire® Transient Heating Burner for more uniform heating in reverb furnaces are recent examples of our continued industry-leading oxy-fuel combustion technologies. 

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Heat Treating

Our innovative gas density sensor allows reliable, low-cost monitoring of customers' furnace atmospheres in various heat treating processes. 

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Hydrogen Reactions Lab

Our Hydrogen Reactions Lab enables customers in used oil re-refining, transmix and renewable diesel markets to optimize their existing hydrotreatment processes and pursue higher yields, better quality and optimized gas use.

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Electronics Packaging

Our novel Electron Attachment technology allows electronics packaging customers to eliminate the use of chemical fluxes and wafer cleaning with a flux-free hydrogen reduction process.

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Process Monitoring and Control

Our advanced monitoring, process control and advising services leverage sensor development, the Industrial Internet of Things and data analytics to help customers run their processes most efficiently and reduce unplanned downtime.

Excellence in Large Project Execution Enabled by Innovation

Our team is continuously proving its ability to execute the largest and most complex projects in the history of Air Products, successfully completing megaprojects around the world with a strong focus on safety and performance. 

Over the past year, we achieved a critical milestone at our Jazan, Saudi Arabia air separation unit complex, where the team achieved 25 million man-hours worked without a lost time injury. We also completed the first year of operation of a large industrial gas complex for the BPCL refinery in Kochi, India, a complex that took 10 million work hours to build and where we also had zero safety incidents.

In addition, we successfully started-up the Lu’an air separation unit and gasifier joint venture in China, which is supplying syngas to Lu’an for their chemical production, and we opened a new world-class steam methane reformer in Baytown, Texas that provides carbon monoxide and hydrogen to Covestro and other customers along our U.S. Gulf Coast pipeline network.

Our State-of-the-Art Facilities

One of the basic tenets of Air Products’ 4S philosophy is Speed. Our state-of-the-art engineering, technology and manufacturing centers, strategically located in emerging markets around the world, enable us to act with speed and to be innovative in response to our customers’ needs.

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Asia Technology Center
Saudi Arabia Technology Center
U.S. Technology Center
Caojing Cryogenic Equipment Manufacturing Center
Port Manatee Equipment Manufacturing Center
Air Products PRISM® Membranes Manufacturing Center
Rotoflow® Equipment Manufacturing Center

Finding New Sources of Helium

Our one-of-a-kind helium production facility located in Doe Canyon, Colorado, uses cutting edge technology, combined with world-class operations, to extract and produce helium. Air Products extracts the helium from the gas stream and returns the carbon dioxide to Kinder Morgan CO2 for its intended enhanced oil recovery (EOR) use. Kinder Morgan CO2 supplies this carbon dioxide to the Permian Basin in West Texas, where it is used for EOR.   

Air Products' Doe Canyon helium production facility is the only plant in the world extracting helium from a gas stream composed primarily of carbon dioxide. The helium from this facility strengthens and diversifies our helium supply chain to further enable the reliable delivery of product to our customers around the world.

Our Digital Strategy

The innovative use of data and technology is fundamental to our long-term competitiveness. We use them as an engine to drive safety, simplicity, speed and self-confidence, and to achieve our company goals. Here are just a few examples of how we are advancing the use of data and technology.

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Supporting Our Customers

The MyAirProducts℠ mobile application and web portal is a one-stop shop for all of our customers' needs, enabling them to track their cylinder inventory, find key documents, and place orders online. We also offer Air Products Process Intelligence, which employs sensors and wireless communications technology that enables customers to monitor key process parameters, helping them improve efficiency, lower gas use, and reduce downtime in their operations.  

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Improving Our Performance

We are using novel computational and digital technologies—such as advanced modeling; data sciences including, Machine Learning; and real-time optimization—to drive step-change productivity. For example, we monitor ~400 operating plants around the world through our internally developed and patented ProcessMD™ platform. Using advanced analytics and modeling, ProcessMD enables us to operate efficiently in real time, reduce power consumption, increase production, and reduce vent losses. We also use monitoring and analytics on the road to enhance the safety and performance of our drivers.

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Conducting Business on Demand

We use modern digital handhelds with smart, connected applications that enable our teams to conduct business in real time whenever and wherever they need, whether they are maintaining equipment at our plants, reviewing current sales information and reports, or completing transactions with our customers.

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Embracing the Future of Work

For both our current and future employees, we continue to evaluate new digital and automation tools that will be critical for the  future of work and the digital workplace of tomorrow, including mobility, artificial intelligence and machine learning systems, and immersive experiences through augmented and virtual reality tools for enhanced training.

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