Chem Resist news archive: 2014
World Challenge Mozambique Expedition
December News 2014
As part of the continued support of young people in our community, Chem Resist is very proud to have contributed to the extraordinary efforts of one local student, Beth Woods.
Rather than doing conventional activities during her summer break Beth chose the more exhilarating and ultimately rewarding opportunity of being part of the World Challenge Mozambique Expedition.
Over a period of 1 month Beth travelled firstly to Mozambique and then on to Swaziland undertaking life changing activities with the highlight including snorkelling with whale sharks.
Engaging with the rural villages and local culture is as much a part of the expeditions as the more traditional adventure activities. To this end and as part of a team Beth successfully took on the challenge of improving the education environment for the local children. The task was to work with local builders to replace an existing schoolroom made of palms trees with a more robust concrete structure, ensuring the legacy of expedition for many years to come.
Chem Resist prides itself on helping provide young people with opportunities to challenge and develop themselves whether that be in work experience, sport and in this case a unique once in a life time adventure.
Chem Resist Group Ltd Exports its Urea Blending Plant Technology
November News 2014
Chem Resist Group Ltd recently delivered a large value contract to provide a UK based Haulage Company with a Urea Blending Plant in Scandinavia.
The new plant enables our client to diversify from its core haulage business into the sales and distribution of Urea, which when injected into the fuel mixture plays a major role in reducing oxides of nitrogen pollution from Heavy Goods Vehicles throughout Europe.
Due to the extreme low operating temperatures the client required a large capacity plant to fit into a reasonable sized building. The unique Chem Resist system can provide blending capacities up to 130m3 with a single vessel utilizing our Thermoplastic Spiral Winding Technology which reduces the required footprint. In addition internally mounted, all thermoplastic mixing educator technology powered by a base mounted centrifugal pump eliminates the need for the traditional large agitator and gearbox located on the roof of the vessel, again reducing the required building height.
The blend which comprises solid Urea prills delivered in one tonne bags and demineralised water could present a solids handling challenge to the normal aqueous blending process. This is overcome by traditional spiral and bucket conveyor systems delivering prills to the top of the blending vessel and the mixing educator technology ensuring dissolution of the prills into the concentrating solution.
One of the major efficiency benefits of the automated system is that the batch plant can be successfully manned by a single operator and wirelessly monitored in real time in the UK.
Our continued focus in the development of Thermoplastics in corrosive Process Plant applications puts the company in a unique position to present our clients with new opportunities to add value for the future.
Chem Resist Group Ltd Extends Framework Agreement
October News 2014
Chem Resist Group Ltd was recently rewarded for it exemplary performance during AMP 5 with an AMP 6 extension to its current Thames Water Framework Agreement, covering the supply of its Thermoplastic Spiral Wind Chemical Storage Tanks for Treatment Work capacity upgrades and for the replacement of expired existing Chemical Storage Tanks.
Whereas alternative manufacturers are restricted by set mandrels for tank dimensions, Chem Resist’s unique Spiral Wind Technology offers Thames Water and its partners the ability to replace redundant tanks not only with the best available manufacturing technology but also with exact dimensional replacements, significantly reducing many aspects of the design and installation costs, particularly around civil and bunding arrangements.
All tanks are designed to BS EN12573:2000 and are in accordance with the Thames Water Asset Standard M215 Plastic Tanks for Chemicals and Water.
Chem Resist challenges the traditional
August News 2014
Chem Resist Group Ltd was recently awarded a contract to manufacture 2 No 60m3 Polypropylene processing vessels which operate at elevated temperatures. In accordance with the European design standard the wall thickness of the vessels was dictated at 135mm.
Chem Resist’s unique Thermoplastic Spiral Wind manufacturing process enables the manufacture of vessels of any diameter from 1.20 meters up to 4.30 meters with wall thicknesses up to 140mm thick.
Chem Resist were able to provide references of previous projects where this level of construction was required assuring the client that this was possible.
By understanding customer’s processes, Chem Resist Group Ltd continues to develop new opportunities for its Thermoplastic TankTechnology in markets and applications where the traditional thinking is that Tank manufacturing technologies such as Rubber Lined Steel, Glass Reinforced Plastic and Stainless Steel are the only materials of choice.
July News 2014
Chem Resist Group Ltd are well respected leaders in the manufacture of spiral wound thermoplastic storage tanks, systems and suppliers of a wide range of chemical pumps.
To enhance their current portfolio Chem Resist are delighted to announce the launch of a new range of products - Chemiguard®.
The transfer of bulk liquids from tanker to bulk storage tanks happens hundreds if not thousands of times every day in the UK and the Chemiguard® range of products are specifically designed to increase the safety and reliability of this operation.
Consisting of 3 fully customizable products the Chemiguard® range covers blown tanker and pumped tanker discharge applications and also a dosing cabinet range).
This version is specifically adapted to unloading of tanks with vertical pipes within the system and features include isolation valve, sample point and integrated sump with drain. The system protects both the operator and environment from the various dangers of unloading operations including risk of leaks and splashes during liquid transfer and contamination of the surrounding area as spillages are contained.
The pumped discharge option is a complete solution, thanks to its integrated magnetic drive pump, pipe-work, valves and controls necessary for safe unloading of liquid chemicals.
Discharge rates and pump materials can be specified to enhance the standard unit to suit each application and the skid includes a sample point, drip tray with drain and is available in fixed or mobile versions.
All Chemiguard® cabinets are lockable, manufactured from moulded UV stable plastics and can be customized to suit individual customer requirements.
One of the unique features is the option to colour code each Chemiguard® cabinet. This can help site personnel identify different liquid streams helping to reduce the possibility of cross contamination.
Chemiguard® - Enhancing your site safety.
Chem Resist Completes Storage Tank Upgrade
June News 2014
Chem Resist Group Ltd has successfully completed the planned replacement of 3 No 60m3 GRP Bulk Storage Tanks at a large chemical manufacturer in the North West of England.
The project was initiated in 2010 when the company recognized that the existing bulk storage tanks manufactured using the dated GRP technology were nearing the end of their design life and replacements had to be sourced.
Instead of purchasing direct replacements, a detailed review of the optional manufacturing technologies available was undertaken. After much consideration investigating available materials, corrosion resistance, design life and inevitably cost the decision was made to progress with Chem Resist’s unique Spiral Wind Technology.
Chem Resist was commissioned to carry out the turnkey design, manufacture, installation of 3 No 60m3 High Density Polyethylene PE100-RC Storage Tanks, including the removal and disposal of the now redundant GRP tanks.
Over a three year period outages were agreed with the client to enable the staged replacement of each tank, with the final tank being replaced earlier this year.
Chem Resist run with Champions!
May News 2014
Chem Resist has a strong history of supporting local sporting clubs, sponsoring a number of Rugby and Football teams as well as junior educational expeditions to far corners of the globe.
This season one of our beneficiaries “Field AFC” open age which is jointly managed by Chem Resist employee Mick Hodgson has enjoyed winning success capturing the District Cup, League Cup and most recently the County Cup which was played at Leeds United’s home ground Elland Road.
Continuing support of local sporting activities is an important ethos in Chem Resist and something we are very proud of and it is especially rewarding to be associated with this sporting success.
Chem Resist strengthens it's position with continued growth!
April News 2014
March 2013 was the end of another year of growth for the Chem Resist Group with all three divisions within the group, Chem Resist Process Plant Systems, Chem Resist Pipework Systems and Chem Resist Fluid Transfer improving on previous performance.
Highlights of the year saw the group win its largest single Storage Tank contract for a total number of 55 Tanks. Our pioneering approach has also paid significant dividend with a growing number of Turnkey Projects being obtained for the design and build of Processing Plants, primarily constructed in Thermoplastic materials.
The introduction and successful launch of new products within the Fluid Transfer Division proved significant in developing increased opportunities within both current and new markets.
With our new financial period underway our focus of continued development of Thermoplastics in the corrosive applications, supported by our in house engineering capabilities and strategic investments puts the company in unique position to provide our clients with opportunities to enhance their performance in 2014.
POLYTANK EU Research Project – Non-Destructive Evaluation (NDE) of welded joints in Thermoplastic Storage Tanks
March News 2014
In our efforts to promote continuous development of thermoplastic storage and process tanks last year Chem Resist and three other European SMEs in conjunction with the UK Welding Institute (TWI) and Hessel Ingeniertechnik of Germany were successful in securing EU funding in excess of €900,000 for a major 2 year research project to develop Non-Destructive Evaluation (NDE) of welded joints on thermoplastic tanks.
Chem Resist’s Chairman, Seamus Quinn, is co-ordinator of the EU project
The popularity of thermoplastic tanks for storage and processing of corrosive liquids has grown strongly since the early 70s and even more so since the introduction of the European and British standard for design BS EN 12573 fourteen years ago.
While thermoplastic materials of construction have many advantages over traditional materials, they cannot be meaningfully examined by traditional NDE techniques such as Single Crystal Ultrasonics due to their amorphous nature. Hence to conform to the HSE Guideline PM86 Thermoplastic Tank integrity management tanks have to be emptied and examined internally during their design life.
This is an even larger challenge on continental Europe where thermoplastic storage tanks are the norm for corrosive liquid storage.
Early results using a Phased Array Ultrasonic Testing are very encouraging and are already holding out the possibility of examination of the internal base to side wall weld from the tank exterior using standard PAUT analysis combined with a specialist probe and track.
Over the next few months site tests will be conducted on samples of new tanks and failed tanks provided by the Health & Safety Laboratory (HSL) who are partners in the project.
Dr Stephan Menzer, Technical Manager of Chem Resist Ltd attends the 4th International Conference on Thermoplastics in Plant Engineering
February News 2014
150 delegates from 9 countries, representing raw and semi-finished materials suppliers, regulatory bodies, tank manufacturers and end-users, met in Munich earlier this week for the 4th International Conference on Thermoplastics in Plant Engineering. Once again, Chem Resist was the only UK Thermoplastic Tank manufacturer in attendance.
A significant element of the conference was the launch of further generation materials:
LyondellBasell are in the process of introducing a new grade of High Density Polyethylene, PE100RT, which offers higher operational temperature, extending the current range of HDPE from 60°C to 90°C based on a 10 year design life.
Borealis presented a new Polypropylene PP-RCT which offers much improved long-term strength.
Chem Resist will monitor the technical progress and availability of the two materials and will look to integrate into applications where real performance benefits can be offered to our customers.
One of the major uses of Thermoplastics is in the Chemical Processing Industry. To support material selection a presentation was given by SIMONA providing a detailed insight into how chemical compatibility of material is assessed and quantified for the use in structural calculations.
Further discussion focused on Thermoplastic welding techniques, weld repairs and welder certification incorporating the current European Standards. A highlight of this was confirmation that Chem Resists in house Welder Training and Certification programme exceeds what the ‘Germans’ consider necessary.
Highlight examples from the application workshop was a video of a roof installation of 1500 mm NB PE ducts. We have done quite a few tank installations which have required large crane movements to lower in through the roof. However to see this is done with a helicopter was amazing, the statement that this was the most economical solution to the problem was even more so!
Did you know that the obstacles and half pipes used for snowboard and free-style skiing events at the Sotchi Winter Olympics were manufactured from steel frames with Polyethylene covers and that some of the ramps were 25 m long? Amazing what can be done with thermoplastics!
Chem Resist Invests for the Future
January News 2014
Due to an increasing number of our customers choosing to take advantage of the commercial benefits of our larger volume Storage Tanks Chem Resist has commissioned INGENIA GmbH to manufacture a new state of the art Butt Weld Machine.
With a total investment of £90,000 the new Automated CNC controlled Butt Weld Machine has the ability to produce automatic butt fusion welds 4m long with materials up to 60mm thick.
This investment supports our continued commitment to improving our manufacturing Efficiency and Quality.
The machine is currently in manufacture and will be installed and commissioned in May 2014.