Modern bulk gas supply chains – Making big strides with MicroBulk and small bulk


Twenty years ago, industrial gases were supplied through three methods – packaged gases, including cylinders and dewars; bulk liquid; and onsite gas generation. While bulk fills and onsite gas generation are highly effective for large volume end-users, a precipitous gap existed for packaged gas users whose needs were of a significant volume, but not quite at the levels where bulk deliveries made economic sense.

The market was ripe for the introduction of MicroBulk and small bulk as a viable, and much welcomed, delivery method for industrial gases.

MicroBulk is a modern concept where the customer’s gas is supplied by filling on-site versus the traditional delivery method for smaller volume users where gas is supplied by swapping full for empty cylinders and dewars, according to Air Products. MicroBulk supply features specially designed tank trucks with integrated controls and flexible storage tank options, built with automatic shut-off devices. End usage can be provided as pure gases, cryogenic liquids, or gaseous mixtures via a blender installed at the customer’s site.

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