It’s February and we are all right in the middle of the first quarter of the new year already… seemed the holidays were just yesterday. Wasn’t it?
So, I am shinning the spotlight on Canada’s bulk Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF) distribution network and its current growth and demand for the fluid side as well as its Diesel Exhaust Fluid equipment side, such as high flow Bulk Transfer skid systems.
As of this past December 2013, Canada had reached 40 retail locations all serving a pure dosage of Diesel Exhaust Fluid. This is a commanding growth for this market segment with Pilot Flying J, TA Travel Centers, Petro-Canada, and a Circle K located in Enfield, leading the pack. We’d love to see a pic of that Circle K, so if you are around that area take a quick shot and email it to us. This growth was first seen between the second quarter and third quarter of last year, 2013. The Canadian network grew more than 60% during this time period, with a large concentration of that happening in Ontario. This leads us right into the equipment side where it has also seen an increase in demand for specialized packages.
As most of you know, our proven DEFPRO-6000 bulk transfer skid systems for diesel exhaust fluid (we make them for other mediums as well) has been in the industry for a good long run now, evolving into a mature and well engineered package now focused on more flexibility, giving you more customization options than ever before. Having said that, new challenges have come up to meet Canadian standards.
On US ground, our TECALEMIT DEFPRO-6000 bulk transfer skid systems can produce a maximum output of 220 gallons / minute with a legal weights and measure set up. We have used this set up extensively for rail operations and bulk set ups throughout many terminals in the US. These, of course, are the specialty bulk transfer skids and not every single one of our systems go out with this output. The majority of the bulk transfer skid systems that we put together will fall somewhere in the 50-75 gallon per minute spec.
Now, Canadian standards do not allow flow rates to push those type of flow outputs….remember we are talking weights measure legal. If weights and measure do not apply, then you can push product up to 500 gpm if need be.
However, that is not the case; here is what you need to know:
1. Canada legal limit for weights and measures is 32 gpm or 120 L / min.
2. You have to have an approved air eliminator along with the meter.
3. TCS is the only meter currently approved for Canada.
So now that we have gotten that out of the way, the question that keeps coming up is; “How do you get to 60 gpm or 227 L / minute?”
A quick answer is to set up two flow meters and two air eliminators back to back. The bulk transfer skid system for Diesel Exhaust Fluid can work on one set up alone but the second one is there in case you feel like pushing the pedal further down.
There is but one last option that could be used if you want to keep things in check, financially speaking. You can weight your product once you fill…. get you a certified scale and use it after you fill totes, drums, and other intermediate bulk containers.
In summary, on US soil..our LC line of certified meters can handle high flow rates and are commonly found on most of our Bulk Transfer Skid Systems for Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF).
If you are looking at bulk transfer applications for Canada, the TCS 682 flow meter will work for US and Canada. Keeping in mind that a maximum flow rate of 32 gpm is what Canadian specifications will call for.
If you are looking for help on Bulk Transfer systems (DEF) Diesel Exhaust Fluid systems, we are here to help. Send us en email at firstname.lastname@example.org or drop us a line from our website at contact us.
Our favorite way to discuss these projects is on the phone, so our line is always open to you. Call us at 281-446-7300.
Thank you for reading and as always, I look forward to your comments and suggestions…