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Intro to DEF (Diesel Exhaust Fluid)

Diesel Exhaust Fluid Systems from Balcrank

The EPA’s working to reduce pollution by mandating a multi-year diesel emission-reduction plan. In 1996, the EPA published Tier 1.

In 2009, the EPA published Tier 2 for new light and heavy-duty diesel vehicles. These vehicles must meet new strict emission control standards of 0.07 grams/mile of NOX, effective January 1, 2010.

In 2010, the EPA published Tier 3 for new heavy-duty highway engines and vehicles. These vehicles must meet new strict emission control standards of 0.20 grams/break horsepower-hour of NOX, effective June 2010 in truck applications.

To assist these standards, vehicle and engine manufacturers have developed a technology called, Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) for diesel engines. This technology uses Diesel Exhaust Fluid to convert the NOX into harmless nitrogen gas (N2) and water vapor (H2O).

Balcrank offers a wide range of true blue DEF dispensing equipment system packages designed specifically to handle DEF.

As your DEF volume increases, the true blue system packages can easily be adapted to fit various container sizes and distribution options.

For over 100 years, Balcrank has designed and manufactured quality fluid dispensing equipment systems and packages for the Automotive, Commercial, and Industrial Marketplace.

True blue diesel exhaust fluid (DEF) dispensing system packages are designed specifically to handle DEF, the true blue systems and packages help to reduce vehicle emissions.

DEF is packaged in totes, drums, and bottles. Balcrank offers drum and tote system packages for dealerships, garages, fleets, and commercial facilities. These packages are designed to make DEF refills convenient for technicians and drivers.




Balcrank Diesel Exhaust Fluid System Types

Open & Closed Coupler Systems


DEF purity is essential. A critical system consideration in maintaining DEF quality is the type of dispensing system used.


Closed System Containers

have a valve coupling system that seals the container opening on drums and totes (IBC) to prevent dirt, debris, bugs etc. from entering the container and contaminating the diesel exhaust fluid. Liquid in container system is sealed and secure, throughout container life cycle. For closed systems, use Economic Plastic Valve (EPV) or Reusable Stainless Valve (RSV) systems accessories.

Open System Containers

are drums or totes (IBC) that do not contain a valve insert in the container’s bung opening; potentially, allowing dirt, debris, bugs, etc. to enter the container and contaminate the diesel exhaust fluid. For open systems, use Drum Quick Pro (DQP) accessories.


Both open and closed systems are approved for use in DEF applications. Check with your DEF supplier for fl uid warranty details.




Container Size Options

55 Gallon: Supplies up to 11,000 miles*. Ideal for one or two trucks operations and can last several months.

275 Gallon: Supplies up to 55,000 miles*. Tote (IBC) is delivered by truck and requires unloading by forklift.

330 Gallon: Supplies up to 66,000 miles*. Tote (IBC) is delivered by truck and requires unloading by forklift.

*Note: Above calculations based at 3% usage at average fuel economy of 6 miles per gallon. Container volume /mileage usage may vary depending on vehicle dosage rate.




DEF Fluid Distribution Options

One-way: Fill – Transport – Dispense and dispose or recycle.

Returnable/Refillable: Fill – Transport – Dispense and return or refill.

On-site refilling: Fill – Transport – Dispense and refill on-site - The true blue system focuses on on-site refilling.