Your Nitrogen Gas bills are a great place to start looking for the information you need about your Nitrogen usage when sizing and pricing a Nitrogen Generator. But determining accurate consumption can be tricky if you rely only on your bills to guide you in determining the right Generator for your needs.
The results of our Flow Verification Program have proven interesting and valuable for the users that have taken advantage of it so far. One thing that has come to light is how much your bills might vary from your actual usage as measured by the Flow Meter. In fact, one user determined that the total amount of Nitrogen actually used in their process was significantly lower than the gas they were billed for.
This can be a function of the fact that your gas supplier must account for several factors in their billing, including gas lost to evaporation while it is stored at your site. In addition, filling the tanker truck, transporting the gas, and transferring it to your storage tank all may result in losses to evaporation. Since you are paying based on the weight of the loaded liquid Nitrogen, those losses are just part of the delivery process for your supplier.
All of this means that your gas bills may be pointing you in the wrong direction. The flow verification results for the user in our example had a noticeable impact on the size of Nitrogen Generator the company needed. In their case, they ended up needing a smaller system than originally anticipated, saving them significant dollars - and frustration.
So is it worth it to verify before you buy? What if the Flow Meter exercise merely reinforces the information you get from your bills? We think that regardless of how the results compare to your bills, you will get a big helping of peace of mind. And that alone will make you glad you took this simple extra step. Contact us and we will be glad to walk you through the process.
The South-Tek Team