Last Friday our Transliquid offices turned into a film set for a day. We have a new video coming soon this summer 2017! The whole cast of Transliquid Technologies will be featured in this short film.
We really enjoyed ourselves while filming this video. It was a great moment as we realized how far the company has come in the last 7 years. The growth has been incredible, with many new employees and a growing transportation department. We are very proud of Transliquid and sharing this video with our customers, vendors , familiy and friends is one way to show it. The video will encompass all areas of Transliquid and the DEF business. Here are some behind the scenes pictures of the shoot.
This segment of the blog series 2017 DEF Forecast, will focus on DEF equipment and other emission-reducing solutions. Along with the growth of DEF comes the need for DEF equipment. Dispensing and storage equipment for DEF are very important for this market, especially since it has such strict purity requirements. Manufacturers and distributors had to invest in a whole new line of equipment in order to sell the product. Equipment for DEF is still evolving and new and improved products are coming out every year.
DEF Equipment Solutions
In the beginning
The largest equipment manufacturers in Europe had plenty 0f experience with Diesel Exhaust Fluid and quickly started selling in the US. One of the first and key companies was Piusi, they have been offering DEF pumps for over 10 years and have sold thousands of units. Their product line for DEF equipment includes pumps for totes and drums, in both manual, AC and DC formats. Along with the pumps, they also offer nozzles, meter, and accessories for DEF.
Similar to Piusi, it’s German neighbor Tecalmit also distributed their German pumps to the U.S. Although with different technologies, they offered a similar line of products for DEF. In addition to DEF pumps they also offer storage and product handling solutions, such as the bulk dispensing systems for DEF.
GPI and BB pumps are two brands who were initially in the DEF equipment market, originally from the United States and Netherlands. These manufacturers are no longer in the DEF market and focus on other types of pumps.
The Future of DEF Equipment Solutions
DEF equipment has changed and evolved drastically, with new products and better technology. The original products are still available but now there is a wider selection of products. The main change in DEF equipment is the need to service the growing industries which are using the product. An example of this change was back in 2009 when the demand for access to DEF in a retail settings grew. Although bottles of DEF were easily distributed by truck stops countrywide, a need for bulk retail stations became imminent. Thus, creating a market for bulk retail systems specifically for DEF.
As the off-road market grows, new needs arise for the proper storage and transfer of DEF in off-road locations. A great piece of equipment which is fairly new is the DEF P.O.D.S (Portable Off-road Dispensing System). Equipped with an integrated tank and stainless steel D/C pump for keeping DEF at hand in remote areas.
Manual pumps or even D/C powered pumps can be inconvenient for the bulk transfer of product. The DEFMoto autonomous DEF transfer system is the latest for locations with no access to a power source. With a gasoline-powered engine that can pump up a true 50 GPM.
The Marine sector, as mentioned before is growing slowing in regards to DEF. Off shore use of DEF for different machinery, will need DEF equipment solutions. The conditions for transfer, storage and dispensing will be ever changing and evolving. The same goes for Industrial settings, Rail, and Agricultural markets. Here at Transliquid, we are constantly updating our equipment product lines to offer our customers the very best solutions to their needs. We custom build for those customers with a unique mix of conditions.
Emission Reducing Solutions- Whats new?
Emission reducing solutions have come a long way since goverment proposals have gone through to reduce emissions from heavy duty vehicles. Although we are very familiar with SCR systems, there is a newer company which created a different system to deliver ammonia to the SCR system. Their ASDS™ system works with a solid ammonia material (AdAmmine™), in conjunction with the SCR system. This system claims to work great in city driving heavy duty vehicles, such as city buses. The technology does not depend on ambient temperature to be fully functioning in emission reduction. So this solution would work great for heavy duty vehicles that operate in cities where temperatures drop below freezing.
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In this second part of the 2017 Diesel Exhaust Fluid Forecast, we will discuss the DEF Industry Evolution. If you are reading this you are probably already familiar with DEF and what it is. For those who are new and landed on this post please refer to our previous post, 2017 Diesel Exhaust Fluid Forecast (part 1) to our first blog back in 2010 We know DEF or to the FAQ page. DEF or AdBlue was first used for emission reduction in Europe. In the United States, the EPA set their standards in Tiers.
Because air pollution comes from many different sources both mobile and non-mobile sources. The EPA has separated them into categories to better set the standards. The two main classifications are mobile sources, such as cars and trucks and non-mobile sources such as power plants. Within the “mobile” sources of air pollution, there is further segmentation by vehicle type and weight or engine size. For each of the different categories, the EPA set tiered standards. Each tier would have a specific emission standard and would phase in over several years. Tier II would replace or add to Tier I with more stringent standards, and so on.
DEF is expected to be used by a growing number of applications other than on road vehicles. In the industrial and agricultural sectors, there will be tremendous growth.
On road vehicle usage of DEF will continue to grow. Standards will become more stringent to meet goals of NOx reduction, in the years to come. As regulations have evolved into the off-road sector, we will begin to see more users of DEF. The agriculture industry, for example, has had to adapt to meet the emissions requirements. Suppliers of farming equipment will need to find the best DEF systems for their specific market. This may include storage, dispensing and management systems for DEF. There will be challenges for the new players getting their feet wet with DEF and finding the best solutions to these challenges will be key.
The off-Highway applications of Diesel Exhaust Fluid are countless and include construction, mining, manufacturing, marine, and rail. Marine and Rail are two sectors who have not taken off completely and will be slow to move forward. They have their own set of categories and tiers set by the EPA, to help determine emission standards. We are currently in the last tier implementation for these two sectors, and the newest engines are already being manufactured.
Different industries will grow their Diesel Exhaust Fluid use but it is important to note, the concentrations levels of urea will also be increasing depending on the engine and use. Currently, 32.5% concentration is in high demand, but it is expected for 40% concentration to take a higher part of the pie. The DEF Industry will continue to evolve and before long every diesel engine in the country will meet the highest standards of emissions.
Having a better understanding of the DEF Industry and the internal and external factors that influence its pricing could assist you in making key decisions in your company. That is why in this blog titled 2017 Diesel Exhaust Fluid Forecast, I will outline some of these factors and general information in hopes that this information is useful for our readers. We will discuss topics such as DEF pricing, the DEF industry evolution, new DEF equipment solutions, other emission controlling technology and finally DEF usage in North America.
In this first part of the 2017 Diesel Exhaust Fluid Forecast, we will discuss DEF prices. Diesel Exhaust Fluid is composed of 32.5% urea and 67.5% DI Water. Urea is a commodity that is mainly used in the world as a fertilizer and is traded internationally as a commodity. In the case of DEF, we utilize an automotive grade Urea that is more a specialty than fertilizer urea but also is considered a commodity. Fertilizer Urea prices fluctuate based on the fertilizing seasons. In most countries of the northern hemisphere most crops are prepared and planted at the beginning of the year, thus, Urea is usually at a higher price then. When most of the crops are harvested and during the winter season, then the use of Urea drops and so does the price.
*Prices of automotive grade urea began low in 2016, therefore lowering the price of DEF. A brief rise in prices lasted only a couple of months. By the end of summer 2016, it plummeted to the lowest price ever seen since 2007. Fast forward to February 2017, prices of urea are a bit higher than the same time last year. We are already seeing a greater demand for DEF this year compared to last year. Add to this that fertilizer Urea is also rising, then DEF prices should follow. The tendency is on the upside.
Transliquid Technologies follows the DEF market very closely and adjusts its pricing up or down monthly. We do this in order to give our customers the leading edge when it comes to being competitive.
What is interesting for us, is the fact that even though the market of DEF varies monthly we continue to see the prices at the pump fairly stable and high. The large truck stop chains justify these high prices on the fact that they make large capital investments to provide DEF at the pump, but I want to throw this question out there, how long is this supposed to last? The price differential from our distributors to the pump pricing is significantly higher even though it is a commodity.
Timing is everything when it comes to agriculture. Some factors may be controlled but others such as the weather, we can only plan around. When a new product is introduced to the industry, there will be some who decide to use it and those who prefer to keep working in a traditional style. For those using any machinery that runs on diesel, diesel exhaust fluid is a necessity. Regulations on high-horsepower engines require the use of diesel exhaust fluid to reduce emission. When time is so valuable, it is imperative to buy the best DEF System for agricultural use.
The following DEF systems for agriculture use are all great. The idea is to be able to fill up the DEF tank of the different tractors and machines, which are in remote locations. It is important to notate that for an agricultural setting a tractor may use anywhere from 5 to 50 gallons of DEF per day.
All of the DEF systems for agricultural use presented bellow have been designed for rugged use in a location that does not necessarily have electricity access. When choosing the best option, remember to calculate your current and foreseen diesel exhaust fluid usage. This will determine the size of the unit which is required.
The main difference between the pump of these systems is the type of pump; vane / diaphragm. Although different both types of pumps work well and are both designed to minimize noise generation.
GPM & Housing
The gallons per minute dispensed for these pumps will be too close to compare, and will likely be the same. Although I was not able to find any GPM specifications on Titan’s spec sheet, I can estimate it is a close number to the 7-9 GPMs. Housing for all three DEF system units is the same with an all poly construction.
The different types of configurations for nozzles are as follows: manual vs automatic, plastic vs stainless steel and with or without a meter. The top configuration you can get is an automatic stainless steel nozzle with a meter. With the basic manual nozzle, you will save some money but there can also be unwanted spills do to having to guess when the tank is full. A nozzle with automatic shut-off will save you the trouble of guessing and will stop once the tank is full. Plastic will also be less expensive but not as sturdy and durable as an all stainless steel nozzle. Noxguard’s P.O.D.S comes with a standard manual plastic nozzle, but it can be upgraded to a full stainless steel automatic nozzle with a meter for a small premium. From the information found online, I found that both Piusi and Titan use a nozzle which is plastic with a stainless steel tip only. Piusi’s portable basic model comes with no meter but can be upgraded to a nozzle with a meter. Titan’s unit does come with a meter and an automatic nozzle.
Dispense hose length can be an important feature for the different applications of a DEF system for agricultural use. It is important to take a look at the units that will need DEF to determine the length of the hose needed. Piusi’s comes with a 19.6 ft hose and Titan’s with a 20 ft hose , in the standard unit. The Noxguard P.O.D.S standard unit comes with a 13 ft hose, which can be upgraded to a longer hose if desired.
Similar to hose length, tank capacity needed depends on how much equipment you have and the DEF used per unit. Before deciding on which unit to purchase, calculate how many gallons of DEF your equipment uses per day/week or month. Also keep in mind how many times you would like to refill the tank. The Noxguard P.O.D.S and the Piusi Portable Tank have two sizes available, 55 and 53 gallons and 110 and 106 gallons respectively. Titan has 4 sizes available, which provides flexibility and more options for the user.
If you purchase the Piusi Portable Tank or the Noxguard P.O.D.S a 2-year warranty will cover the equipment from manufacturers defects. Titan offers a 1-year warranty from the date of purchase. The limited warranty will not cover negligence, improper installation and or use.
All DEF systems come with a lockable lid, in order to secure the pump and its parts.
If you follow us on social media or on our TransliquidTV page, you would have seen one of our posts about the new operations of Noxguard Diesel Exhaust Fluid Mexico. It follows the original strategy to have Noxguard in the neighboring country and to continue further south. This project has been in the works for more than a year. It wasn’t until this year that all the pieces aligned and it moved forward.
The new plant is located adjacent to the PeroxyChem facility in Ecatepec de Morelos. The new facility provides customers a very convenient location in central Mexico sourcing Diesel Exhaust Fluid in bulk quantities. Just like the U.S operations, the plant in Mexico will follow all the same procedures and batch tracking formats. Customers can track their batches, and benefit from all parts of the Quality Assurance Program including our own private fleet of dedicated Noxguard trailers.
Noxguard Mexico has already started moving product in the capital to key transportation clients. We have the capability of covering the entire country, and will be moving aggressively towards all the major cities. As a result of our customers continuing to require DEF. The market continues to ask for Noxguard Diesel Exhaust Fluid. Our customers in Mexico value the quality in addition to the dependability that comes with the Noxguard brand. In conclusion, Noxguard is bringing a complete package of manufacturing expertise and technology which was lacking in Mexico.
For more information on the new Noxguard Diesel Exhaust Fluid plant in Mexico , you can give us a call at
When it comes to Diesel Exhaust Fluid not all companies are created equal. Usually you get what you pay for no matter what product or service you are dealing with. Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF) is very strict quality wise, saving a few cents up front, could cost you thousands in repairs. Some manufacturers sell DEF in used packaging that has been washed, or even go to the extent of purchasing low grade raw materials. For this reason we created our NOXGUARD Diesel Exhaust Fluid Quality Assurance Program, to provide you with the peace of mind you deserve.
What is the NOXGUARD Diesel Exhaust Fluid Quality Assurance Program?
The Quality Assurance Program was established with the idea that each user of NOXGUARD DEF, can have access to our in house testing, this is our commitment to you.
The QAP consists of the following parts:
1. API CERTIFICATION
According to the API, Its Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF) Certification Program “is a voluntary program designed to certify and monitor the quality characteristics of diesel exhaust fluid intended of use in motor vehicles with diesel engines.” Noxguard DEF has demonstrated that it satisfies the requirements of the most recent and applicable edition of ISO 22241, by participating in this voluntary program.
Earlier this month we finished our DEF batch track page, an integral part of the Diesel Exhaust Fluid Quality Assurance Program (QAP). It had been a goal for us to be able to give every NOXGUARD user the ability to search for the blending date and specs of their product. Every bottle, drum , tote and bulk load that leaves the warehouse can be traced via our tracking page. We are the only DEF blender who has given complete access to in house testing results, we go above and beyond by third-party testing every single batch of DEF that leaves the warehouse.
Go ahead give it a try, we want to know what you think.
For those who want to go beyond the batch track, we can provide a Certificate of Analysis. Each certificate is specific to the customer requesting with details such as the PO and the gallons of DEF sent out. For some companies the COA is important, it is simply a more formal document than the report created in the DEF batch tracking page.
4. Dedicated tankers & seals
Last it is important to point out, part of the Quality Assurance Program is having dedicated tankers for bulk delivery with NOXGUARD numbered seals. When a bulk load of DEF is ordered, we load it in one of our dedicated tanks and use a numbered seal that gets confirmed by the customer upon delivery. The reason is to prevent any tampering of the product, the customer can be sure that the quality of the product has not been compromised during the shipping time. Dedicated tankers are an added measure to certify that the product maintains its standard of quality. There will always be a greater chance of product cross-contamination when a tank truck is filled with another liquid and then washed to deliver DEF. With NOXGUARD this is not a chance we are willing to take.
We have worked hard to provide you the most information and transparency when it comes to the quality of our product. The QAP is just another tool we created for our customers, when buying NOXGUARD, you will know exactly when and how it was produced!
In our case not only will you get the best quality product but also a one of a kind customer service.
Old World Industries has completed an asset purchase of Victory Blue, a Dallas based Diesel Exhaust Fluid Manufacturer. For Old World this is a strategic move in order to grow their North American market.
How is the world of Diesel Exhaust Fluid today?
We are pleased to tell you that today more than ever, we can solve your DEF distribution. Including storage, filling, transportation and —of course— give you a variety of DEF packaged goods that can fulfill your necessities.
In recent dates, the market of DEF has become a very competitive and aggresive market. Only the businesses that are committed to Diesel Exhaust Fluid will stay in the game.
The new Old World Industries acquisition creates a great opportunity for Transliquid Technologies through its Noxguard brand of DEF. We are strategically located in the state of Texas. Our goal is to serve all Diesel Exhaust Fluid distributors in Texas and in the USA by being 100% dedicated to DEF and its related equipment.
In our history of customization of bulk transfer systems for both the Diesel Exhaust Fluid Industry ( DEF. AUS32, ARLA, AdBlue) as well as for the Fuel and Lube industry, we have experienced many different requests from all types of vendors.
Earlier last year we finished a very specialized project for Chevron; it consisted of a three lubricant Transfer skid system, to be used on board one of the world’s largest drilling platforms off the shores of South Africa.
Although they had a plan for the type of equipment that they needed, they could not find a company who could make a custom bulk transfer system for their needs. Our youtube TransliquidTV proved to be useful in their search for a company that could customize bulk transfer systems.
It was a very exciting project to work in, we look forward to doing more custom skids for large applications.
Our approach always centers on each one of our customer’s specific needs. Our experience allows us to determine the best options available in the industry in order to fulfill each particular project. We listen and develop unique solutions that meet each client’s challenges. Delivering value, quality, and dependability for our North America, Mexico, and Latin America markets.
In this particular project for Chevron, we incorporated their ideas with the highest quality equipment. The purpose of skid was :
Avoid lifting and handling of the drums/IBC’s from the vessel upon delivery this was being done prior to the skid
Use the skid to pump directly from the drums while in the vessel, into the Skid’s Storage tank at the Platform.
The skid will then serve as a mobile refilling station, to service new lubricants & chemicals going into each machine on the platform.
Transfer all Lubricants & Chemicals through a Stainless Steel closed loop system to avoid any spillage, & wasted product.
Once the project was meticulously designed, and approved, it took us 7 to 8 weeks to finalize this project. Working along with Chevron each step of the way with scheduled revisions of the build to assure we met all of their expectation.
If you are in need of a highly specialized customized piece of transfer equipment, just let us know… We are here for you!