Our company has been supplying gas cylinders since 1990 and, as a result, we have established strong ties with key players in the market, including gasworks. Our gas cylinder refurbishment plant in Csongrád was established in 2005 as a response to our partners’ demand for refurbishment and periodic inspection services.
The first step was the procurement of indispensable machinery for our activity, as well as the provision of adequate training programs for our employees. At the time our stock of machinery consisted of a polishing machine, a pressure testing machine, a painting machine and a valving and devalving machine.
During the first few years of operation we gained considerable experience and invested in training our employees. As a response to a constantly increasing demand, we decided to extend the company. The first substantial investment was made in 2010 when we set up a semi-automatic conveyor line including a shot blasting machine and a two-component painting machine with corresponding curing oven. We also increased the number of our valving and devalving machines, and procured a sand blasting machine for external and internal cleaning of cylinders.
Our investments focused not only on machinery but also on improving expertise and knowledge. We took part in a number of training programs (both in-house and outsourced). One of the most significant achievement was becoming notified body for the inspection of PI-cylinders. This authorizes our trained professionals to carry out periodic inspections of the cylinders.
Development did not slow down, on the contrary, demand and take-up constantly increased. This led to another investment in 2014. We enlarged our 700 m² processing centre with an additional 1600 m² area. This accommodated a fully automated conveyor line with two painting technologies: an automated two-component water-based painting, and powder painting, which has placed the plant among the most modern refurbishment plants in Central Europe. So today most of the cylinders undergo powder painting, which guarantees a very high quality with a more than 100 microns paint coat and outstanding durability.
Quality and supervision is of crucial importance to us. In order to ensure this we have developed a unique plant management software, which, with the help of a barcode system, allows us to identify and track every single cylinder throughout the refurbishing process.
This investment has significantly increased our capacity from 50.000 cylinders to 110.000 cylinders/year/shift. Automation has reduced our costs, which means that we can provide our services at a favourable price-quality ratio.
Further developments followed in 2017 and 2018. Further developments followed in 2017 and 2018. The focus was on improving the quality of our services, functional safety, reducing costs and most importantly providing NEW SERVICES.
We have further developed our plant management software, which allows us to identify each cylinder as it enters our plant, and track it through the entire refurbishing process. The software records every procedure the cylinders undergo. Special attention was dedicated to the handling of cylinders which have already been processed by our plant several times. Given our long experience in business, these occurrences are more and more frequent.
Our new nitrogen system will be completed soon. This will allow us to carry out full periodic inspections of cylinder bundles as well.
We are currently working on our acetylene cylinder inspection department, which will enable the periodic inspection of acetylene cylinders.
In addition, we are also building a special department for refurbishing composite cylinders and valves in order to provide the best quality refurbishing for life-support equipment.
We believe that the future of our company lies in continuous improvement. This is what we strive for each day. We are constantly training our employees and are expanding our services in order to provide the best and most comprehensive assistance to our partners.