ROYAL GROUP has served the chemical industry for over 30 years and during that time we have produced over 2,000 tanks for the industry. Typically built as robust, mill finish tanks, all chemical tanks are custom designed and fabricated to the specifications needed to handle any job.
Chemical and industrial tanks serve many purposes, including, but not limited to:
● Acid tanks
● Blend and mix tanks
● Buffer tanks
● Circulation tanks
● Feed tanks
● Filtrate tanks
● Holding tanks
● Jacketed tanks
● Pressure vessels
● Pump tanks
● Receiver tanks
● Solution tanks
● Solvent tanks
● Storage tanks
● Stripper/Scrubber Columns
● Surge tanks
● Weighing vessels
We are always looking for ways to work smarter, increase efficiency, save money and improve the quality of our end product. In tank fabrication, Research and Development is an on-going process. It affects not only production, but every facet of the business. Each department has initiatives that propel SFI forward.
This mindset has led us to implement the following, for example:
● Purchasing the latest technology in production machinery, welding and grinding equipment
● Developing automated processes for both shop and field
● Utilizing the latest software and technology in our daily work
● Improving skills and knowledge base company wide
● Undertaking projects outside our normal scope
● Eliminating most outsourcing by bringing services in-house
We challenge ourselves regularly by taking on projects with requirements or jobsite conditions that are foreign to us in order to develop our skillset and widen our capabilities. We thrive on partnering with customers to work through issues that haven’t been tackled before and our success is largely due to the experience of our people combined with our ability to listen and communicate with our customer.
Through research and development, SFI has eliminated the need for outsourcing many components such as certain manways, heat transfer surface, fittings and electropolish services.
● Improve quality, efficiency and lead-times
● Automate and streamline processes
● Improve fabrication methods and capabilities
● Upgrade tools, machinery and technology
● Material handling improvements
● Increase knowledge and expand skills in all facets of the operation
Vessels that will be electropolished are built in our separate 15,000 square foot electropolish bay. By design, this area is isolated from the rest of the plant by an exterior wall providing the cleanest possible environment for vessel fabrication. This production bay facilitates:
● Welding, grinding and fabrication of vessels away from potential contaminants
● In-house passivation and electropolishing to 10 Ra; vessels up to about 80,000 liters
● Superior quality control and improved lead times
● Testing, inspections, FAT and full documentation services available
Passivation or electropolishing services of customer furnished parts
● PMI, metal and alloy analysis
● Hydro, 1000 psig maximum
● Shop air, 125 psig
● Vacuum box, for API designed tanks
● Liquid penetrant, fluorescent or color contrast methods
● Profilometer, Ra finish thickness verification
● Ferrite testing
● Hardness testing
The personal health and safety of each employee, customer and visitor on SFI premises is of great importance to us. Visitors must check in at the front desk upon arrival and receive a name tag and appropriate personal protective equipment including a high visibility vest and safety glasses if going in the production areas.
Each SFI employee is responsible for cooperating with all aspects of our Safety Program and for continually employing safe work practices while performing their duties. In addition to personal responsibility, safety administration is organized as follows:
● Our in-house safety manager implements, monitors and documents our safety initiatives and trainings, ensuring that OSHA compliance always stays top of mind.
● The safety management team consists of the President, Controller, Safety Manager, Shop Supervisors and Leadmen. This group meets monthly to discuss topics such as outstanding issues, on-going training, PPE, job hazard analysis, etc.
● SFI’s safety committee is comprised of volunteer production personnel who meet monthly to:
⚬ Discuss “hot topics”
⚬ Perform inspections and walk-throughs
⚬ Work on various safety projects
⚬ Bring to light any employee concerns
⚬ Review any incidents that occurred the previous month and create action steps for future prevention.
● Shop and field supervisors conduct weekly toolbox meetings with their personnel.
● As part of their annual training refresher course, field personnel are provided with OSHA 10-hour training and CPR & First Aid training.
● All production new-hires receive safety orientation prior to starting work.
● SFI utilizes the services of an outside safety consultant for annual and special trainings.
SFI field crews build tanks and equipment on-site at customer facilities. They are well trained in our fabrication methods which includes safe work practices and use of proper PPE (personal protective equipment). All personnel are required to follow the SFI safety program as well as any additional requirements set forth by our customers. Our priority is maintaining an accident-free worksite!
We have JHA’s (job hazard analysis) on all production tasks and operations (for both shop and field). Our safety program covers a wide range of topics including:
● Aerial lifts, power industrial trucks, scissor lifts
● Confined space
● Crane inspection and maintenance
● Electrical safety
● Fall protection
● Fire safety
● Hazard communication
● Hearing conservation
● Ladder, scaffold safety
● Lock-out tag-out
● Personal protective equipment
● Welding & cutting
The safety program also provides for administrative issues such as
● Accident prevention, incident reporting, and investigation
● Emergency action plan
● First aid policy
● Fleet safety
● General waste management
● Substance abuse
SFI recognizes the dangers associated with drug and alcohol use/abuse and has a substance abuse policy in place that includes:
● 10-panel testing of new hires;
● Post-accident testing
● Random drug testing
● Reasonable cause testing