Refrigatron is the result of more than two years of
planning, engineering and construction. The system was
designed and built by the Airgas Research and
Development group located in Cheshire, CT and shipped to
Smyrna for installation and testing in early 2011.
Airgas is pursuing multiple patents on the innovative
processes and technologies that comprise Refrigatron.
The system is engineered for durability, with easy
access to high-wear parts and fast-swappable components
to prevent down time. The system currently boasts
greater than 99% uptime since its installation.
“Airgas Refrigatron was born from the idea that there
must be economies of scale to make reclamation
cost-effective sooner rather than later,” said Ted
Schulte, President of Airgas Refrigerants, Inc. “We’ve
learned from other refrigerant phase-outs, saw the
market for reclaimed gases looming, and sought to find a
way to make handling thousands of small tanks
cost-efficient and safe.”
Airgas is committed to honoring environmental
regulations and contributing to the safe repurposing of
reclaimed gases. The phasing out of R-22, by far the
most widely-used refrigerant in the United States,
spurred Airgas Refrigerants to more actively pursue the
market and to reengineer and automate the refrigerant
gas testing and recovery processes to make them more
About Airgas, Inc.
Airgas, Inc. (NYSE: ARG), through its subsidiaries, is
the largest U.S. distributor of industrial, medical and
specialty gases, and hardgoods, such as welding
equipment and supplies. Airgas is also a leading U.S.
producer of atmospheric gases, carbon dioxide, dry ice,
and nitrous oxide, one of the largest U.S. distributors
of safety products, and a leading U.S. distributor of
refrigerants, ammonia products, and process chemicals.
More than 15,000 employees work in approximately 1,100
locations, including branches, retail stores, gas fill
plants, specialty gas labs, production facilities and
distribution centers. Airgas also markets its products
and services through eBusiness, catalog and telesales
channels. Its national scale and strong local presence
offer a competitive edge to its diversified customer
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