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News ReleaseAir Products to Share Best Practices in Safe and Reliable Hydrogen Plant Operation at AFPM Annual Meeting

March 07, 2017 Lehigh Valley, Pa.

Backed by more than 50 years of experience operating steam methane reformers (SMRs) to produce hydrogen, Air Products (NYSE:APD) will share best practices for improving SMR safety and reliability of supply at the American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers (AFPM) Annual Meeting in San Antonio, Texas, from March 19-21.

Air Products will present a paper entitled The Importance of Pyrometer Temperature Measurement Corrections to Safe and Reliable Reformer Operation on Tuesday, March 21, at 10:30 AM as part of the conference’s Reliability Session. Presenter Oliver J. Smith IV, PhD, global operations excellence lead for Air Products’ hydrogen and syngas businesses, will explain the importance of temperature measurement corrections for safe and reliable reformer operation. He will discuss radiation thermometry—the industry standard for determining tube temperatures—and the inherent errors of this method, which can compromise the operational efficiency and mechanical integrity of SMRs. Dr. Smith will also share correction factors that can be implemented at customer-owned facilities to help them optimize overall system efficiency, safety and reliability.

“Air Products owns and operates over 100 hydrogen plants around the world,” said Smith. “With our extensive experience and best-in-class operational know-how, we can help our customers solve a wide range of issues within their own hydrogen plants.”

Air Products is the world’s leading hydrogen supplier, producing three billion standard cubic feet per day of hydrogen and operating the world’s largest hydrogen distribution network. For more information about the company’s plant support services, visit Industrial Gas Plant Support, or learn about Air Products’ onsite generation or hydrogen pipeline supply options.

About Air Products
Air Products (NYSE:APD) is a world-leading Industrial Gases company in operation for over 75 years. The Company’s core industrial gases business provides atmospheric and process gases and related equipment to manufacturing markets, including refining and petrochemical, metals, electronics, and food and beverage. Air Products is also the world’s leading supplier of liquefied natural gas process technology and equipment.

The Company had fiscal 2016 sales of $7.5 billion from continuing operations in 50 countries and has a current market capitalization of approximately $30 billion. Approximately 16,000 employees are making Air Products the world’s safest and best performing industrial gases company, providing sustainable offerings and excellent service to all customers. For more information, visit

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