Supply and safety are the topics for the gasworld conference in Singapore today – as the second day of the first event in South East Asia gets underway.

After yesterday evening’s delectable smorgasbord of food, which was sponsored by Bhuruka Gases, delegates arrived this morning at 10am to hear the charismatic Hector Villarreal begin the final day of informative discussions – with a presentation on the Cost and Benefit of Palletisation and Automation.

Villarreal focused on a North American company, called nexAir, which had benefited from his company’s expertise.

Weldcoa’s Villarreal said, “Weldcoa went to a nexAir plant and made changes to their plant, when it was still operating, to reduce the amount of handling they were doing.”

“We did this by utilising palletisation which, in return, increased speed of operation.”

“We also helped nexAir with a problem many companies have – the cylinder roller. I found the solution when on a trip to Europe.”

“Many companies, with their cylinder, want to keep the appearance in a pristine condition. But rollers can scuff, scratch, and ruin this look.”

“The item I found on my travels is a little like a cocktail shaker which manages to mix the gases in the cylinder, which is very important, but without risk to the appearance of the cylinder.”

Next to the stage was Phil Thomas, from AIRSEP Corporation, who spoke about the need for being self-sufficient in oxygen supply.

“Oxygen is essential to supporting life and combustion processes. This makes it one of the largest sellers – with global sales figures of oxygen exceeding $30b per year,” said Thomas.

“It is used in the medical market for surgery and respiratory therapy, but also has industrial uses for steelmills, glass factories, and in paper and pulp mills.”

“In 1990, in New Zealand, at a pulp and paper mill the cryogenic supply was costing $260 per tn. PSA production maintenance cost was $62 making a theoretical saving of $198.”

“Now in 2012 the cryogenic supply at this site is $460. It is no surprise that we are installing many of the PSA system in order for companies to make reductions in costs. Most people buy this equipment to be self sufficient for their gas needs.”

The oxygen theme continued when Brian Wildey, from Pacific Consolidated Industries gave his presentation about the onsite generation of medical oxygen.

Wildey stated that, “40 years ago the technology of the PC revolutionised the world. This is now the same in the gases industry as there is now technology than can produce oxygen next to the site that needs it – which saves on transportation costs for the businesses.”

“As everyone knows the global population is greater than seven billion people with half of that number living in Asia. More than 60% do not have a reliable supply of oxygen.”

“This can be solved with a PSA – which can produce the required purity of oxygen required by the medical sector.”

“However, purity regulations have changed – from 99% to 93%. And a VSA is an alternative to the PSA as it eliminates some of the problems that a PSA has which results in a lower operating cost.”

Gazprom’s Nikita Pozdnyakov is the last person to speak before delegates break for lunch – which is sponsored kindly by SIAD.

The afternoon session then restarts with a presentation from AIGA’s Wing-Keong Low.