Coregas has completed the installation of one of the largest industrial reticulated gas pipeline systems in the company’s history. Coregas installed and commissioned four 700m reticulated pipelines for argon, oxygen, liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) and air supply, and more than 220 regulated outlets on behalf of structural steel fabricators Genis Steel in Adelaide.

With over 40 years’ industry experience, Genis Steel manages all aspects of steel fabrication from on-site measuring, in-house drafting, fabrication, through to full site installation. With extensive in-house capabilities and state-of-the-art facilities in both Melbourne and Adelaide, Genis Steel is able to provide a range of steel construction components for domestic dwellings, architecturally designed projects and multi-level apartments right through to industrial, commercial and government projects.

Genis Steel recently expanded into South Australia, opening a state-of-the-art fabrication facility at the Lionsgate Business Park in Elizabeth South. This large facility, which was once home to Holden’s press shops, boasts over 15m clear heights and a 100-tonne lifting capacity. Combined with Genis Steel’s technical capabilities, workmanship and reputation for quality fabrication, the scale of the facility will enable the company to handle an almost unlimited scope of work.

Coregas worked closely with Genis Steel to understand its application requirements and design a cost-effective, efficient bespoke reticulation system that features quality gas control equipment supplied by Harris Products Group. According to Vince Manuele, Managing Director at Genis Steel – South Australia, the supply of gas is essential to Genis Steel’s operations.

“If we run out of gas, certain areas of production stop. So, our gas supply needs to be efficient, dependable and stress-free. For this to happen, our gas supplier must be very proactive, easy to deal with, and always prepared to fix my issues — Coregas is,” said Manuele. “Coregas and Nathan Lindsay (Sales Manager – Regional South Australia at Coregas) go out of their way. Nathan understands the concept of good, strong customer service, and he drives this continuously. Nathan understands that I need him to make sure our gas supply is seamless.”

Coregas manufactures and distributes compressed gases and cryogenic liquids to almost all industries, ranging from heavy industry and manufacturing, to healthcare and specialty users such as laboratories. The reticulated gas pipeline system installed at Genis Steel encompasses Coregas smart metering technology that will ensure Genis Steel is able to access critical level alerts and utilise automatic replenishment for optimum stock levels.

“The system has been set up so that it advises us automatically when banks of gas bottles are nearing empty,” said Manuele. “This removes some of the stress – there is no need to constantly monitor the vessels and stay on top of procurement. We receive an email alert, check the gauges, and send off an order via email. It eradicates the productivity problems associated with running out of gas. It makes the process simple.”

According to Lindsay, the comprehensive gas system will provide Genis Steel with the capacity and performance required to help maintain their position as leaders in Australia’s heavy engineering and steel fabrication industry.

“Without a doubt, the Genis Steel reticulated gas system is one of the most comprehensive and detailed installations in which I have ever been involved,” said Lindsay. “Genis Steel was very clear on their expectations, and how the system should perform. I took great pleasure in working closely with Vince Manuele and the entire Genis Steel team to ensure we not only delivered – but exceeded – all expectations.”

Coregas understands that quality and productivity are crucial in maintaining a competitive edge in the Australian fabricating and welding industry. Coregas shielding and cutting gases are formulated – and continuously updated – to help fabricators maintain this edge.