An Overview Of Nitrogen Cylinders


The chemical element nitrogen, which is a colourless, odourless, tasteless and mostly inert diatomic gas, is stored and transported in specialized nitrogen cylinders. Commercial nitrogen, which is one of the varieties present in nitrogen cylinders, is often a by-product of air-processing for industrial concentration of oxygen for steel making and other purposes. When supplied compressed in nitrogen cylinders it is often referred to oxygen free nitrogen (OFN).

Paint Ball Guns

Nitrogen cylinders, which contain nitrogen stored at a high pressure, have in recent years begun to replace carbon dioxide (Co2) cylinders as the main power source for paint ball guns. The downside to this conversion however is that nitrogen must be kept at higher pressure than Co2, making N2 tanks heavier and more expensive.

Nitrogen And It's Uses

Nitrogen gas has a wide variety of uses across a number of industries, including serving as an inert replacement for air where oxidation is undesirable. Nitrogen is also used to aid in the preserve freshness of pre-packaged foods, as well as being used as an alternative to argon in light bulbs and being used in military aircraft fuel systems to reduce fire hazard.

Handle Nitrogen With Care

Nitrogen, like all other controlled gases, needs to be handled with care. When handling or storing a nitrogen cylinder that is not in use, it must be ensured that the valve is closed. Never transport or store the cylinder with the regulator fitted valve. With nitrogen you will be working with gases stored at high pressures. The pressures are high enough to cause serious injury or death. Nitrogen is an asphyxiate – it will suffocate you in high concentrations. Always adhere to compressed gas cylinder safety regulations while working with these cylinders. Compressed nitrogen cylinders should always be handled with care to avoid accidents.

Standfast Industries

A worldwide nitrogen cylinder supplier is Standfast Industries. Creating generic and bespoke nitrogen cylinder solutions, Standfast Industries have achieved an ISO9001:2000 Certification for their quality system. Specializing in engineering and service support for their customers, the company is able to assist with most aspects of design or changeover that require special design for standfast nitrogen cylinders applications.

An example of one of the nitrogen cylinders available through Standfast is the M500:

  • It is the first cylinder to be offered by Standfast Industries with a 44.5mm (1.75") body diameter.
  • To adjust pressure on the M500 cylinder, a CH125 Charging Adapter and a CH125 Discharge Tool needs to be used and the repair kit number for this standfast nitrogen cylinder is: RKM500.
  • It is that the M500, like all other cylinders, should be backed-up during operation.
  • A second note for this kind of nitrogen cylinder states that to prevent potential nitrogen cylinder damage from uncontrolled acceleration, cylinders should be pre-loaded.

Other nitrogen cylinders available through Standfast include:

  • The CH5000 - The CH5000 cylinder meets ISO standards for both the cylinder and all related mount styles. It is available with either a 7/16-20 port or a G-1/8 port as per ISO standards and a 7/16-20 port will be provided unless the G-1/8 port is specified.
  • The CHP5000 - The CHP5000 also meets ISO standards for both the cylinder and all related mount styles. It is available with either a 7/16-20 port or a G-1/8 port.
  • The CS 5000 - The CS5000 is available with either a 7/16-20 port or a G-1/8 port.
  • The CSP5000 - The CSP5000 is available with either a 7/16-20 port or a G-1/8 port.