The roll-out of BOC’s Cylinder Tracking System, which will electronically record and track the location, movement and content of every BOC cylinder in the UK and Ireland, was inaugurated at a ceremony in Aberdeen yesterday.

Nathan Palmer, BOC’s Director of Bulk and Packaged Gases, presented a certificate to Garry Stephen, Managing Director of Aberdeen-based Oil States Industries, the recipients of the first officially-tracked industrial gas cylinder in the country.

The ceremony also marked the completion of a three-year project by BOC to develop a system robust enough to track its inventory of several million cylinders in the UK.

Yet the system is also flexible enough to deal with the different ways in which customers buy products and services from the company, which is a member of the international Linde Group.

“Up to the minute accurate information about inventory is vitally important in today’s fast moving business environment,” stated Nathan Palmer.

“BOC supplies every sector of the UK economy and we have many customers for whom our products are business-critical.”

“So we have developed this system as an additional service to help all our customers manage their stock holdings more easily and efficiently.”