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Gasworld Interview with CEFRANK: Part Three

Gasworld’s editor in chief Rob Cockerill, asks CEFRANK about the future…

Gasworld: What does the future hold for CEFRANK? Will this be a future that you are involved in yourself, or will your father still be guiding the company onwards and upwards?
CEFRANK: I can’t predict the future of course, but things look bright for us. We’ve had a couple of very strong years and things don’t look like they’re about to slow down. We’ve had some really interesting enquiries and projects quietly developing in a few sideline areas in and around Europe. My father will always be guiding the business. He built it from the ground up and he knows it like no one else ever can, but in the meantime my brother and I have been slowly taking over more of the daily operations.

“We’re leaders in our corner of the market because we’ve designed and produced some of the most state-of-the-art packaged-gas equipment in the world, and we don’t want that to change. So while our goal might not evolve any time soon, our efforts do, constantly.”

Gasworld: What’s the chief growth driver for CEFRANK – and do you see that evolving over time?
CEFRANK: What drives us is a desire to make our product better. We’re leaders in our corner of the market because we’ve designed and produced some of the most state-of-the-art packaged-gas equipment in the world, and we don’t want that to change. So while our goal might not evolve any time soon, our efforts do, constantly.

Gasworld: Where do you see CEFRANK being in five years’ time?
CEFRANK: I hope that in five year’s time more of our bundles and pallets are seen in the field all around the world. We hope to get involved in some innovative partnerships with like-minded businesses who are interested in moving forward and making things better in our unique corner of the market.

Gasworld Interview with CEFRANK: Part Two

Gasworld’s editor in chief Rob Cockerill, asks CEFRANK about innovation in packaged gases…

Gasworld: There is a clear and increasing trend towards innovation in the packaged gases business today, a trend that is arguably long overdue. Do you feel this has previously been lacking in packaged gases? If so, why do you think this is?
CEFRANK: Yes, innovation has been sorely lacking in this sector. I think it’s because ultimately people don’t like change. They don’t want to be the ones who implement something new because they’re afraid of failure. It’s that ‘don’t fix it if it ain’t broke’ attitude that’s held back innovation. Often times, big corporations get stuck in a reactive cycle instead of moving forward with a proactive approach to their packaged gases. That kind of climate makes it hard to welcome new and innovative ideas. However, we’ve noticed a more open-minded approach in recent years, particularly with some of the independent gas companies and I think it’s due to a changing of the guard in the industry in terms of the development of new systems, but also of the people in decision-making roles.

“Our market share in China has been increasing steadily over the last 5-10 years because they can see the value in our innovation.”

Gasworld: Would you agree that such investment is essential if compressed/packaged gases are to remain a core mode of supply (with the rise of MicroBulk delivery in mind, for example)?
CEFRANK: There is a better, more stream-lined way of managing packaged gases. And there is room for all kinds of delivery systems as the industry changes with technology.

Gasworld: What innovation(s) or areas for development do you see going forward? Are there any particular areas of focus for CEFRANK in the near future?
CEFRANK: We’re particularly interested in further developing our modular manifold range and our specialty gas manifolds. Our market share in China has been increasing steadily over the last 5-10 years because they can see the value in our innovation. We’ve been developing some pretty hi-tech manifolds for very expensive mixed gases for the China market.

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Smart Design, Asset Protection

At CEFRANK we approach our design process with one major aim in mind, and that is protection. Protection in terms of safety to users, but also protection of customer assets. Our bundles house a number of high-value assets including cylinders and the actual gas. There are several features in our design that work to protect various elements of the cylinders and the sometimes very expensive gas contained within.

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  • During regulatory hydrostatic testing, the cylinder thread can often become damaged when using blocks or valves with threads made from hard metals like stainless steel. Our forged brass t-block components bear the brunt of wear and tear and are easily removed from the cylinder during testing.
  • Exclusive use of male nuts, which are much less vulnerable to damage throughout the life of the bundle increases durability.
  • No external welds means the manifold is far more resistant to damage and drastically minimises leaks.
  • Unlike the traditional single-piece manifold, our DC range allows for fast and cost-effective repair and replacement. Simply remove the damaged pigtail or component and replace it with a new one.

World Peace Gong Update

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The date draws closer for the installation of the World Peace Gong in the Croatian city of Vukovar. Symbolising peace, love and the future, the WPG has been installed in only 18 locations across the world in memory of the innocent victims of war. The original WPG was cast in Jepara, Indonesia as a monument to peace, tolerance and cooperation among nations before being taken around the world. Vukovar suffered greatly during the war of independence, it is estimated that 2,000 defenders of Vukovar and civilians were killed, 800 went missing and 22,000 civilians were forced into exile. According to some, “the damage to Vukovar during the siege has been called the worst in Europe since World War II, drawing comparisons with the World War II–era Stalingrad.”

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What better place then to install a symbol of peace and harmony amongst religious and cultural differences? Croatian sculptor and painter Ante Sardelic (pictured in the middle of the above photo) is making swift progress with the sculpture that will feature at the site and CEFRANK founder Frank Cetinich (pictured left of the photo) is anticipating that the gong will resonate with both locals and the global community at large. Mr Cetinich is a major sponsor of the World Peace Gong, and is looking forward to announcing the date that the gong will be officially displayed. It is believed that the gong will be unveiled in November 2015.

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Mr Cetinich is pictured below with the monument in London dedicated to the memory of the 202 lives lost in the Bali Bombing of October 2002.gong4

 

 

It’s happened quietly over the course of recent years, but in the compressed gas world, the headlines and discussions are focusing more and more on natural gases. A growing and more sustainable alternative to petroleum-based fuels, natural gas has become increasingly relevant in the compressed gases market because it is a product that can be used with existing equipment in many cases. Take CEFRANK for example, we have, for the longest time been focused on high pressure gases like carbon dioxide, oxygen, acetylene, helium and argon, but in recent years we have noticed a growing interest in compressed natural gas or CNG. Liquid natural gas or LNG is also another phrase that’s been taking up headlines of late but for the smaller companies and end-users, LNG doesn’t really come into play. LNG is used mainly for transporting natural gas from where it’s sourced to where it can be processed and then distributed.

What is natural gas?

  • Natural gas is made up mostly of methane.
  • It is colourless, odourless and the second cleanest fuel next to hydrogen.
  • It is safer than petrol, propane or diesel because it is lighter than air and disperses quickly in the case of a spill or leak.
  • It is still a fossil fuel, and it still emits greenhouse gases when burnt, but the emissions are about half that of coal – so a much less damaging fuel alternative.
  • Natural gas is increasingly being used for powering vehicles like trucks and buses and even cars and is being embraced in the less wealthy countries of the world who can’t afford the rising costs of petrol.

What’s the difference between LNG and CNG?

LNG is more or less the same kind of fuel, but because it’s cooled, the gas shrinks – by 600 times –  and becomes liquid. This means you can store more of it, which means it can be transported more cost effectively, and less frequent filling is required. Sounds great, however, the down side of LNG is that it’s very expensive to store and move due to the conditions it needs to remain a liquid, which is cryogenic technology that keeps the product at a frosty -160C.

CNG, however is natural gas that’s been compressed and remains in its gaseous state. The benefits of CNG is that it can be compressed to 330bar working pressure, which is similar to most other compressed industrial and medical gases. The only major drawback of CNG is the space that’s needed to store it. Because it’s gaseous, it needs a bigger tank than LNG and this has been a hurdle to it’s wide-spread use in cars, which can’t always spare the room.

To read more about the differences and qualities of natural gas, visit The Carbon Brief Blog.

CNG and CEFRANK

The great thing about CNG, is that it can be filled and distributed using CEFRANK’s existing compressed gas designs and product manufacture. CEFRANK is poised for the CNG revolution and welcomes inquiries for CNG equipment like gas cylinder bundles and cylinder pallets. Our CNG equipment can be applied to end users who need larger batteries of cylinders.

The Gas Cylinder Bundle: the complete package

With a product like gas cylinder bundles, it’s not easy to know where to begin and end in terms of what constitutes a complete package. We often have customers wondering what is and isn’t included when they buy our equipment. The answer is, the CEFRANK bundle comes with a frame and the manifold. The cylinder bundle does not come with cylinders or the 2 outlet valves required to complete the unit for a number of reasons.

Cylinders

The reason we don’t supply cylinders in our packs is because the paperwork required to purchase them is best managed by the customer. Compressed gas cylinders require documentation for ownership and tracking and so if CEFRANK purchases this item on behalf of customers, the ownership is then wrongly attributed to us, and not the customer. However, we are always pleased to work with the client to overcome these sorts of obstacles, and make sure that the installation of cylinders to our product is smooth and successful.

We encourage the innovative application of assembly at cylinder manufacturing sites. This would mean a significant reduction in the handling of cylinders as the manufacturer would not have to wrap and package the cylinders for transport and they would experience less damage in transit. We also are happy to send our disassembled frame and manifold anywhere you want it sent – so this could mean at your site or any nominated destination. Due to our flat-pack design, we can send our frame and manifold anywhere in the world for a fraction of the cost of other pre-assembled units.

Valves

The reason we don’t supply the inlet and outlet valves with our cylinder bundle is because they are a highly specialised and personalised component. Each customer prefers a certain make, model and brand of valves and this critical piece is best purchased by the customer at the same time you purchase the pack.

What we do provide

The CEFRANK manifolded cylinder pack comes with a hot-dipped galvanised steel frame and strapping that is bolted together. All the required lock nuts and bolts to assemble the unit come with the frame. A manifold is also supplied which is made up of either separate pigtails or one complete manifold. This comes with all the required parts to attach the manifold to the cylinders including CEFRANK brass cylinder blocks, bullnoses and seals. We also provide valve mounting blocks to install the customer-supplied inlet/outlet valves.

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World Peace Gong

For many years, CEFRANK founder Mr Frank Cetinich has been involved in the World Peace Gong Committee. He has campaigned to get a World Peace Gong installed in the war-torn town of Vukovar. As the digital publication 1klik.hr reported (translated), “Indonesian Ambassador to Croatia Agus Sardjana this year in Vukovar will be a monument to World Peace Gong . Sardjan is announced during today’s visit Vukovar when he pointed out that Vukovar proper place for such a monumental and distinctive monument works of unfortunate events and recent wartime past.” Symbolising peace, love and the future, the WPG has been installed in only 18 locations across the world in memory of the innocent victims of war. The original WPG was cast in Jepara, Indonesia as a monument to peace, tolerance and cooperation among nations before being taken around the world.

WPC President Djuyoto Suntani came up with the idea to make WPG duplicates that are to be erected permanently in various notable locations around the world. The first duplicate of this WPG as the noble symbol of unity was first set up permanently in Penglai-Shandong-China. On August 20th 2004, the R.O.C government in cooperation with United Nation’s UNESCO officials inaugurated the Grand Monument of World Peace Gong in the beautiful city park of Penglai, across the legendary 8 Perpetual Gods Statue, by the Yellow River. Thousands of world prominent figures were present at the inauguration ceremony.” WPG

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The flags represent each independent country with the white flower on the inner circle meaning “beauty, prosperity and harmony. Their positions on the left and right ends of each inscription translate to balance in the unity.”  The very inner circle contains the symbols of all the major world religions (Islam, Hinduism, Judaism, Christianity, Buddhism, Confucianism, Taoism, Sikhism, Shinto, and Bali-Hinduism) and the planet Earth in the centre is to remind us that we’re all born from the same descendants, walk the same earth and breath the same air.  “As one enormous family it is imperative that we all should live side by side peacefully, respectfully, helpful to each other and cooperatively in order to sustain and care for mother earth.” 

With a message of peace and harmony despite differences of faith and culture, Mr Frank Cetinich supports the WPG as a gesture of faith in the human spirit and the dream of unity. He looks forward to the gong coming to Vukovar and believes it will serve as a symbol of moving forward and hopes for a peaceful future for Croatia.