Worthington Industries has taken a new approach to the cylinder market with the development of a new cryogenic liquid cylinder.

As a leading global manufacturer of pressure cylinders, Worthington has spent a great deal of time researching and developing the concept, which is intended to address a number of handling issues at the industrial gas plant.

The end result is a DOT approved cylinder manufactured on an automated line in Columbus, Ohio.

Pending design patents include a simple internal float level gauge design to accurately alert the customer of gas levels, a raised handling ring for easier valve access and handling, a tamper-proof cap on the pressure builder regulator adjustment screw, and a vacuum sensor that takes the guesswork out of diagnosing vacuum quality.

Leading the effort was Worthington’s Director of Cryogenics, Sean Murray. He explained, “Our engineering team spent months at industrial gas plants and we experienced first-hand the issues with refurbishment cost, dysfunctional fluid level gauges and overall handling and transport.”

“I think our team has done a great job addressing these issues without adding cost to the cylinder.”

Murray added, “A majority of cryogenic cylinders sent to refurbishment for vacuum issues actually have been misdiagnosed and can often be repaired at the gas plant. Our goal is to save customers the associated $300-$800 per trip when unnecessary. Also, our proprietary level gauge will reduce customer complaints concerning cylinders running out of gas unexpectedly or being sent to them less than full.”

Product launch

Worthington Industries has added new capabilities in alternative fuels and energy, executing on a multi-year growth strategy. To address a gap in its alternative fuel and industrial gas product lines, the company identified the cryogenics offering as an attractive growth opportunity.

The official product launch of the new cryogenic liquid cylinder is on track for early 2014, gasworld understands.

 “We knew we wanted to not only enter this space, but to have a product that would differentiate ourselves from other products on the market,” said Andy Billman, President of Worthington Cylinders.

“We considered market entry via acquisition, but quickly determined that the best approach would be developing our own product and manufacturing it within our facilities.”