Our Industrial & Welding Gases
Minneapolis Oxygen provides helium (He) for a variety of uses in a variety of purities up to 99.999%. We provide cylinder and liquid cylinder containers large enough to cool a particle collider or an MRI magnet, and small enough to use for balloons at your next party.
Helium is a component of natural gas production. Colorless, odorless, tasteless, nontoxic and chemically inert, helium is nonflammable and has a high thermal conductivity. The inert gas can chill temperatures to near absolute zero. Various usages include: pressurizing and leak detection; balloon inflation; fiber optics; and glass production.
The most visible use of helium is in party balloons and blimps that carry people. Although hydrogen is a marginally lighter gas, helium is non-flammable and therefore a safer choice. The exacting nature of space operations demands a high level of precision in leak detection and pressurization. Satellite and telescope missions may also use helium as a coolant for the telescope technology. Much like with the aerospace industry, helium is used in the electronics industry for leak detection and purging of other gases. Semiconductor production itself accounts for close to 6% of helium usage.Safety Data Sheet (SDS) Helium Cylinder Sizing Chart