Over the last five years, the worldwide hydrogen energy economy has seen quite an expansion considering
various government budget cuts, alternative energy fad’s coming in and out, and general industry re-positioning.
In light of all of this turmoil, tremendous industry learning and growth is taking place in key sectors worldwide.
In North America, for example, the material handling market is proving to be an early commercialisation opportunity for industrial gas suppliers, component suppliers, and small and large warehouse distribution centres taking advantage of the inherent advantages of hydrogen powered forklifts.
PDC Machines, the worlds leading diaphragm compressor manufacturer located in Warminster PA, proudly announces the completion of their ISO 9001:2008 quality management process certification (Dekra ISO Certification number 1112232.01). “This is the completion of a long envisioned goal by PDC Machines and our staff,” says Kareem Afzal, VP of Business Development. “The dedication of the entire PDC Machines team toward this goal was truly exemplary and we know this only enhances the world renowned quality that our clients worldwide have come to expect from PDC Machines over the last 35 years.”
PDC Machines is an ISO9001:2008 certified company that provides engineered solutions for specialty gas and chemical processing equipment worldwide. Our state-of-the-art products are the top choice of industrial gas and renewable energy companies. We work closely with our clients to design, fabricate, test, and install custom-made products from diaphragm compressors to alternative energy equipment, pilot plants, reactors, stirrers, pumps, and more. Established in 1977, PDC Machines is a 2nd generation family-owned and operated business that is rooted in innovation, business discipline, fair pricing, and a deep commitment to our employees, clients, and the communities we serve.
Cylinder filling compressor operations: A case study
PDC Machines addresses the changing trends for cylinder filling, as Osama Al-Qasem explains in a case study for gasworld.
In the industrial gas industry, transfilling sites relied on the delivery of large tube trailers of packaged gases to be transfilled and compressed into bulk packs and individual cylinders for the packaged gas industry. For years filling centres would conduct the operation and leave a small amount of gas left in the tube trailer (500 psi worth) and return the trailer and get credit on the unused gas.
This was the most expedient approach. However, with the increase in worldwide energy and commodity costs the trend changed to empty the trailer as much as possible. PDC Machines has been supplying diaphragm compression systems for these types of cylinder filling centers for decades. Historically, PDC has been supplying two models, one for slow fills and one for fast fills.
PDC Machines, compressing its way to a greener future
Founded by Syed Afzal in 1977, PDC Machines, Inc. began as a one- man business in a home garage. “I dedicated my work to trouble-shooting chemical engineering equipment troubles and providing design services to a handful of clients,” says Afzal.
Today, PDC Machines is a multi-million dollar leader in providing engineered solutions for gas and chemical processing equipment worldwide. The company has 54 employees occupying two facilities and more than 50,000 square feet of manufacturing space, which utilizes cutting-edge technology and is ever- expanding, with 16 computer numerical control machines. The company’s state- of-the-art gas compression systems and products are the top choice of industrial gas, renewable energy, chemical, petrochemical, gas, and pharmaceutical companies and governments.
Kareem Afzal concludes, “All aspects of our diaphragm compressor design are intended to enhance component life. Our cavity contours are computer-engineered, using in house finite element analysis techniques, so our clients end up with compressors that last.”
“Whether we’re making diaphragm compressors, hydrogen refuelling equipment or any of our other products, our ultimate goal is to provide the highest quality, lowest cost commercial solutions for our customers.”
“We’re proud to take a leading role as a component supplier to the budding hydrogen industry”.
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