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After we completed one expansion project for E-Ink, they approached us to help them expand an upstream portion of the process that involved both flammable and nonflammable chemicals. The non-flammables were not an issue, but the increased quantities of flammables posed a potential problem. In order for their facility to be within regulatory compliance, we had to build a room using damage limiting construction. We specialize in this type of construction so we knew what to expect. We had to get creative, however, for two reasons; 1) their existing facility was cramped as it was, and 2) converting their existing manufacturing area to a hazard rated room would have been overly expensive.
Our solution: we were able to “steal” a small space adjacent to the manufacturing room and built an explosion proof “bunker” and relocate the flammable unit operations into this room. The materials processed in this room were transferred through closed piping to the adjacent non-rated room where they were mixed with the nonflammables and became harmless.
SPEC has years of experience designing and building damage limiting construction. In order to pull it off, all of the other trades had to work together and each contributed their expertise.
In the end, E-Ink had an expanded production facility that was safer, more flexible, and produced more consistent product. They were able to increase their yields by 85%.
Mr. Pascoal, a Chemical Engineer, has been with SPEC since 2005, during which, he has served as a Sr. Process Engineer and currently a Project Manager.