Worthington Industries, Inc. has launched a newly designed, DOT-approved cryogenic liquid cylinder line featuring both proprietary digital and mechanical gauges.

The cylinders are used to store liquid nitrogen, oxygen, argon and carbon dioxide for industrial gas markets and are available with capacities ranging from 180-265 litres net.

Features include the industry’s first liquid cylinder vacuum sensor that ‘takes the guesswork out’ of diagnosing vacuum quality, a proprietary gauge designed to accurately alert the customer of liquid levels, redesigned customer and distributor interfaces and optional customised name plate, centre-point lift lug, and a raised handling ring for easier valve access.

All of which, says Worthington, were designed based on customer insights. “Our cryogenics team spent time at industrial gas plants and we experienced first-hand the issues with refurbishment costs, dysfunctional fluid level gauges and overall handling and transport,” explained Sean Murray, Worthington’s Director of cryogenics.

“We believe this product will differentiate itself from other products on the market and offer valuable benefits to customers.”

“This new line, in addition to our LNG and cryogenic capabilities at Worthington-Aritas, allows us to accelerate our entry into other cryogenic cylinders and offer a unique product portfolio to global markets…”

Andy Billman, President of Pressure Cylinders (Worthington Industries)

Patents are pending on new product features designed to help customers diagnose cylinder performance issues, reducing unnecessary refurbishment costs. A new production area at Worthington’s Westerville, Ohio facility is dedicated to producing the cryogenic liquid cylinders.

“Many cryogenic cylinders sent to refurbishment for vacuum issues actually have been misdiagnosed and can often be repaired at the gas plant. Our vacuum sensor will help customers better diagnose performance issues and avoid the associated $300-$800 refurbishment cost per trip that can occur multiple times in a cylinder’s life,” Murray added.

For Worthington Industries, which achieved 2013 fiscal year sales of $2.6bn, the cryogenic liquid cylinder line is part of its multi-year growth strategy – adding new capabilities in alternative fuels and energy, while looking for synergies within its existing industrial gas market.

It also follows the recent acquisition of a 75% stake in Turkey-based company ARITAS.

Andy Billman, President of Worthington Industries’ Pressure Cylinders division, confirmed, “This new line, in addition to our LNG and cryogenic capabilities at Worthington-Aritas, allows us to accelerate our entry into other cryogenic cylinders and offer a unique product portfolio to global markets.”

“I’m proud of our team at Worthington for designing an innovative cryogenic liquid cylinder that is based on customer desire for a smarter product.”