Diesel Exhaust Fluid- Understanding IBC’s with closed loop systems I

Hi folks-  we have been on the streets of Houston quiet a bit this past couple of weeks, talking Diesel Exhaust Fluid, right here in our back yard.

What we have found is the continuous confusion about dispensing from closed loop systems. Now, our job here is to help you and our distributor network understand these options; so we felt it was important to reharsh this concept once again.

Our previous post dealt with what you have available as far as distribution channels. One way IBC totes, returnable/refillable, on site refilling, at a glance.

Why don’t we dig in a little deeper on the handling and dispensing of Diesel Exhaust Fluid with a closed loop systems.

What is a DEF closed loop system? Micromatic is the system that we use, it is now company policy that only closed loop systems are being sold with either drums or IBC totes. The pictures below will illustrate the diesel exhaust fluid closed loop system.

Ok, now what we have a better picture of what that system is.  The following question came up: What do I need to make this system work for me on one way totes and refilling totes on site?

So, let’s take the first half of the question on one way DEF IBC Totes.

Say you are ready to serve one of your customer with an order of 330 gallons of Diesel Exhaust Fluid in an IBC Tote package.  How are you going to create a closed loop system when that tote will eventually be swapped out for a new one?

Starting from the top and working down into the IBC tote, here is what you need: 1) SS coupler, 2) container valve (economical) 3)down tube (275 gal or 330 gal).

From the SS coupler, you will need to clamp your EPDM hose for your pump.  We have these Micromatic parts in stock here in Houston, as well as the diesel exhaust fluid pump dispensers. Call us for more details at 281-377-5845 or email us for equipment information.





1 – Part #756-008B

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2- Part# 755-003

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3- Part#755-641/1245 g


When the DEF fluid is all used up, you can reuse the coupler on the new IBC coming in already filled with DEF.

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The second part of the question deals with servicing your customers by providing on location re-filling.  In other words, reuse the same tote by refilling on site.  We will discuss this in detail on the next blog entry.

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Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF) Houston Texas- DEF Closed loop system

Ok so based on current feed back; we are starting this new short series on Diesel Exhaust Fluid and its options on handling, storage, equipment, and more.

On the previous post, we learned that in order to meet Tier 2 emission standards, vehicle and engine manufacturers, have developed a technology called (SCR) or Selective Catalytic Reduction for diesel engines. These engines now use diesel exhaust fluid to convert the oxides of nitrogen (NOx) into harmless nitrogen and water, pertty cool don’t you think?

So, currently one of the biggest concerns right now is contamination. So, let’s talk about the distributor cycle:

One way–> That means that you buy the IBC totes, you fill them, transport them to your customer, you dispense diesel exhaust fluid and finally dispose or recycle. Now, this can get costly as you start doing this over and over again in servicing your customer.

Returnable / Refillable–>  Again, you buy the totes, you fill them, transport them to your customer, you dispense diesel exhaust fluid, and return or refill.

On-site refilling–> Buy the IBC totes, fill them, transport to the customer, dispense diesel exhaust fluid and refill on location.


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The above picture shows the Suzzara Blue dispenser for Diesel Exhaust Fluid. A current hot seller, more info here

Now, storing diesel exhaust fluid in intermediate bulk sizes, the choices are as follows:

55 gallon drums: Poly drums

275 gallon IBC Totes: Blow molded

330 gallon IBC totes: Blow molded

Now that you have your options for containers and how to refill them; how do you keep Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF) from being contaminated?

Transliquid’s internal policy is to sell Diesel Exhaust Fluid with closed loop systems only; you will not find open systems available through us.

Open and closed systems:

I don’t need to reinforce the fact that DEF purity is essential. So a critical system consideration in maintaining DEF quality, is the the type of system used. Let’s look:

Closed:->This system have a valve coupling system that seals the container opening on drums and totes (IBC) to prevent dirt, debris, bugs, etc…from entering the container and contaminating the diesel exhaust fluid within. The DEF inside the container is sealed and secure throughout the container life cycle.  If you have any more questions on this system, Email us.









micromtic_756-008BThis is a Micromatic closed loop coupler for illustration purposes only.

Open–>system containers are drums, totes (IBC) that do not contain a valve insert in the container’s bung opening.

Now both systems are approved for DEF, but again; Transliquid’s policy is to only sell closed loop system to help you avoid contamination.



If you have any questions on equipment or DEF fluid, go to our DEF section and send us a quick note.  We are ready to serve your needs. Call us today at 281-377-5845

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Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF) Houston Texas- Customer Service Part I

Our approach here at Transliquid is and will continue to be “service” to you, our customer.  On that note, the purpose of this blog is to provide as much information as possible to you, the customer so that we can empower you to make the best decision for your business, your customers, your fleets.

When you go look for Diesel Exhaust Fluid here in Houston Texas and its dispensing pump systems; light duty, medium or heavy duty applications; the questions follow: What do I choose? Who do I buy from? and most importantly in our opinion is, what do I need for my own fleet now?










We know you have a lot of questions, we hear them.  We understand this is new to your business, and new to your fleet. So, we are gong to begin a series of online clinics (blog entries) to discuss Diesel Exhaust Fluid, its dispensers for IBC totes, or dispensers for drums, handling, problems to avoid, and much more.

Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF), also known as AUS 32, is a high purity solution of 32.5% urea in deionized water. Diesel Exhaust Fluid is a colorless, odorless, non-hazardous, non flammable, and non-combustible liquid product.  This was developed to meet Tier 2 emission standards.

On our next blog entry, we want to discuss distribution options, container size options, and open and closed dispensing systems.

So, subscribe by email to this blog. We want to “service” you by providing you the right tools for your business and your fleet; requiring Diesel Exhaust Exhaust (DEF).  Remember, you have a very advanced system in your truck; keeping it clean and free of impurities is essential.  Know your warranty, know your supplier, and know your options.

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Got an immediate question? email us or call us at 281-377-5845; we are happy to assist you.

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Bulk Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF) Houston

As Diesel Exhaust Fluid begins to heat up; more and more retail locations are starting to pop up on our radar screen.  However, no one knows and tracks this better than the guys heading DiscoverDEF.


If you searching for retail outlets carrying Diesel Exhaust Fluid across North America, these guys are the best.

Their DEF fluid location counter shows a number of supply points selling Diesel Exhaust Fluid, roadside across North America. Search now

We were recently interviewed by DiscoverDEF regarding one of our bulk DEF storage packages. Our VP, Andy Cuadra, discussed the engineering and craftsmanship behind this bulk DEF storage package. Follow DiscoverDEF’s story here.  The package can be viewed here










As we gear up for the fourth quarter of this year, all eyes are on DEF and people are beginning to take notice.  Our terminal is right on schedule and we are about to release into fabrication our first bulk Diesel Exhaust Fluid storage tank to support our distributors here in Houston. Stainless Steel construction, coupled with heavy duty industrial insulation, heating and cooling systems. The first 25,000 gallon tank will be ready to receive the first of many railcars in the very near future.

Stay tuned for new developments by subscribing to our blog; and if you have any questions about distribution, don’t hesitate to contact us. We look forward to talking with you.

Transliquid Technologies

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