Air Products & Chemicals Inc. has announced it has installed 10,000 of its Microbulk Solutions gas supply systems.

The system - a large-tank alternative to cylinder gas delivery for small manufacturers has been offered in the United States since 2005, the company said. The unit has been available in Europe since before 1990.

The milestone was reached when system number 10,000 was installed in May at a manufacturing facility in Georgia, for use in delivering argon gas to vacuum furnaces. Air Products did not name the customer.