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Fiber Optics

Improve the information transfer speed for today and tomorrow

Today there are more than 2 billion kilometers of optical fiber installed around the globe that serve multiple applications, from telecommunications to medical and industrial. As the global leader of industrial gases, Air Products can provide a wide range of gases for different processes from preform manufacturing to fiber drawing, including helium, hydrogen, and nitrogen, as well as related equipment and services.
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​Global leading industrial gas supplier for Fiber Optics

Our core capabilities of product, equipment, and service include:

  • Various supply modes, including onsite generation, liquid bulk and microbulk supply
  • Bulk gases, including nitrogen, oxygen, hydrogen, helium and argon Ultra high purity process gases and gas mixtures
  • Design, manufacture and installation of all related equipment
  • Excellent record of meeting on-time needs Industry leader in safety
  • Technical expertise World-class customer service


Air Products gases, typically provided in gaseous and liquid form, enable customers in a wide range of industries to improve their environmental performance, product quality, and productivity.


Argon, an inert gas, is commonly used in applications across metals production operations to improve quality, and increase efficiency and yield.


Helium, an inert gas, is used for quenching, cooling, leak detection, and plasma applications.


Valued for its reactive and protective properties, and used by many industries such as electronics, foods, glass, chemicals, refining and more can benefit from its unique properties to improve quality, optimize performance and reduce costs.


Nitrogen is commonly used in applications across metals and materials processing operations to improve quality and increase efficiency and yield.


Oxygen can improve combustion through increased heat transfer, higher flame temperatures, and reduced volume of fuel gases in metals production operations.

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Helium Recovery

Helium is a high-value material that can be recovered, purified, then reused.

  • Recovery through vacuum collection with mass flow controller
  • Maximize amount of recovered helium without affecting fiber production and pulling in excess air
  • Recycle recovered helium to remove particulates, moisture and oxygen

Ask the Expert

“With helium in short supply globally, are there other gases or alternatives that I can use for my fiber pulling operation?”

As the global supply of helium struggles to cope with the increased demand for this gas, here are two potential alternatives:

  1. You can blend argon with the helium, with argon at 20% and helium at 80%.This will reduce your helium usage; however, you will most likely need to slightly reduce your pull speed rate. A blending system will be required to accurately blend these gases for peak performance.
  2. If your only choice is to use 100% helium, you can work with your gas supplier to understand if the helium can be recovered and recycled for reuse in your fiber pull operation.This will require modifications of the cooler tubes and associated equipment to remove the moisture and oxygen in the recovered helium.

Questions? We've got answers.

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