Maintaining value and optimizing processes is key for any business in any industry. The industrial gases business, however, is still rather traditional in how it operates, based upon strong cultural and organizational paradigms. It’s still very customer-facing and local in nature. As a result, when digitization started making great headways in the niche market, the business model changed – which for some created a sense of confusion and fear.
No longer creating such a sense of unfamiliarity, digitization is now truly transforming the world of asset management and packaged gas tracking.
This trend was well-recognized by New Jersey-based Datacor a few years back, when it set out to transfer its skills in the process manufacturing and chemical distribution space into the industrial gases market. Through expanding the company’s skillset and visibility, along with some successful strategic acquisitions, Datacor is now looking to be a leader in the industrial gas and welding supply field, something David Frea, Director of Gas, Welding, Industrial and Safety, spoke exclusively to gasworld about in a recent interview.
“About three years ago, we learned that chemical and process manufacturers operated extremely similarly to industrial gas companies, but the form of the product was just different (solids/liquids versus gas),” Frea explained.
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