2017 Diesel Exhaust Fluid Forecast (part 2)- DEF Industry Evolution

DEF Industry Evolution

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.

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.

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Looking Ahead

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.

 

 

2017 Diesel Exhaust Fluid Forecast (part 1)

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.

 

 

Diesel Exhaust Fluid forecast

DEF Price

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.

 

* http://fertilizerworks.com/sites/default/files/reports/Stats%20Page%20-%202%20February%202017.pdf

 

The Top 3 must see Agriculture Industry DEF Systems

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.

P.O.D.S
Noxguard P.O.D.S
Titan-PDU
Titan-PDU

 

Piusi Portable Tank
Piusi Portable Tank

 

 

Pump Specs

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.

Nozzle

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.

Hose

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.

Tank Capacity

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.

Warranty 

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.

Security 

All DEF systems come with a lockable lid, in order to secure the pump and its parts.

Noxguard Diesel Exhaust Fluid Mexico

Noxguard_DieselExhaustFluid_MexicoIf 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.

 

Location

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.

The Future

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

(281) 377-5845

 

Diesel Exhaust Fluid Quality Assurance Program

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?

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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.

You can find our API certification in the following link:  API Certificate    

2. NOXGUARD DEF Batch Track

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.

NOXGUARD Diesel Exhaust Fluid DEF Batch Track

Diesel Exhaust Fluid batch track
Diesel Exhaust Fluid batch track

3. Certificate of Analysis ( COA )

 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.

 

Noxguard fleet

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.

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Old World Industries has completed an asset purchase of Victory Blue

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.

Custom Bulk Transfer System

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 :
  1. Avoid lifting and handling of the drums/IBC’s from the vessel upon delivery this was being done prior to the skid

  2. Use the skid to pump directly from the drums while in the vessel, into the Skid’s Storage tank at the Platform.

  3. The skid will then serve as a mobile refilling station, to service new lubricants & chemicals going into each machine on the platform.

  4. 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!

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What to do if the DEF tank gets contaminated

What to do when the DEF tank gets contaminated?

We couldn’t stress more on the fact that Diesel Exhaust Fluid has to be handled with specific equipment to avoid contamination, and therefore avoid damage to the SCR system that would be very costly. So you have all the equipment necessary and you are doing everything right, until someone accidentally mixes the Diesel Exhaust Fluid with another fluid. Although everything was going right, there is always a chance for human error. Depending on the size of the container, here is what you can do.

2.5 gallon bottles: Simply dispose it. There is no way to clean out the container after the Diesel Exhaust Fluid has been contaminated without compromising the integrity of any remaining product.

55 gallon drums: Just like the bottles, the product should be disposed. There is no way to clean out the drum after the Diesel Exhaust Fluid has been contaminated without compromising the integrity of any remaining product. Drums are the easiest to get contaminated, simply because anyone can open and close them. Drums are one way systems, and should be thrown out after each use. These are recyclable and preferred by small operations.

275 & 330 gallon totes : Although not as easy as the smaller packaged containers, you must dispose of the DEF if it becomes contaminated. We do not recommend cleaning out the container after the Diesel Exhaust Fluid has been contaminated, improper cleaning could compromise the integrity of any new product that can be stored.  We recommend contacting your local environmental waste disposal company for a nearby disposal site, they can advise were and how this can be done.Totes are meant to be temporary bulk containers, and can be reused, as long as there is a closed loop system and they are dedicated to DEF. A brand new tote, with a closed loop system, refilled only with DEF should never have contamination issues as long as the seal is intact.

Follow the link for the Waste Management Industrial and Hazardous Solutions page : https://www.wmsolutions.com/locations/

DEF Tank gets contaminated

Above ground storage tanks & Underground storage tanks: We see this happening in places were there are multiple products being sold. The delivery driver can make a mistakes and off-load in the wrong tank. So not only is the DEF tank contaminated, but there is a high possibility that by the time the clerk figures out what happened, their customers have already filled up with the contaminated product. On a case like this it is important to give us a call so we can asses the damages. We would work on a case by case basis , to determine a plan of action. It is important to know that DEF contamination is considered an emergency and we would need to start working on a remediation plan immediately.

A cleaning crew would be sent out to the tank location as soon as possible. All the liquid would have to be disposed of, whether it is a mix of DEF and another product or even if it is just the other product. After properly cleaning the tank, a new load of DEF would be loaded, and a full lab test completed to make sure there is no contamination. Depending on the size of the tank, this process could take anywhere from 1-3 days to complete.

Purity down the line:

As the manufacturers we recommend to our customers to use the correct DEF equipment in order to keep the product clean down the line of distribution. We work with dedicated tankers to deliver our bulk product and avoid any cross contamination from the transportation of the DEF. For the smaller distributors we sell one way drums that should not be reused, as well as the bottles and totes. Totes come with a closed loop system, and can be refilled as long as the seal is intact. We recommend all our distributors buy totes from us, and discourage buying used totes, saving a couple pennies could cost thousands in damages in the long run.

 

 

8th DEF Forum 2015

Team Noxguard will be attending the 8th Integer Emissions Summit & DEF Forum from October 27 through the 29th in Chicago, USA.

We are excited to come back with the latest on crucial insights regarding legislation and advanced emissions control technologies.
Other interesting topics will be the VW emissions fraud update, which to say the least have caught the attention of our industry and the media.
Please be looking forward to our next blogs where we will share with you all this information and any breakthroughs for our industry. In the mean time, you can visit Integers website for updates and more detailed information.