Designing a Chemical Delivery System
Four family-owned companies collaborated to create a chemical delivery system with pump tranfer assembly and polytthylene spill containment unity.
In addition to the new, custom designed trailer being built, four family-owned companies began to collaborate to design a self-contained, removable chemical delivery platform for this trailer, as well as the other PVS Minibulk trailers. The idea for the modular unit originated with David Press, President of Jacob Press' Sons, Inc., a family-owned company offering regional and nationwide retrofits and repairs for delivery transport vehicles/trucks and other bulk delivery systems since 1859.
"The modular platform can be easily taken in and out of a trailer and has a small enough footprint that it is able to fit all of the trailers from PVS Minibulk. It also provides a uniform product, cleaner process and operations with additional driver safety. The platform is easily maintained and repaired. The same parts and components can be used across the company's fleet of trailers," said Press.
David Press and Griffin Schiele with the new self-contained, removable chemical delivery system.
As the idea began to form for the system, PVS suggested that David Press contact Salco Products, Inc. Salco Products creates plastic and metal products used in tank cars, hopper cars and containers. Josh Chesser, Vice President, Sales and Marketing Services, at Salco was contacted regarding the company's ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene (UHMW) parts and their use for the pump transfer system. The UHMW parts would be used to the replace the existing PVC piping, which was being corroded by the aggressive chemicals. Salco's Griffin Schiele, Product Development Engineer, Jr., has extensive CAD experience and was chosen to custom engineer the parts to be used for the platform. Dan Comp, from PVS, said, "With his youth and drive, he just kept pushing to get this done. It was good for us."
(left to right) David Press, Dan Comp, and Al McAlpine examine the new chemcial delivery system.
As the pump assembly was being built, the question arose as to whether or not it would be placed on a stainless steel spill shelf. Al McAlpine suggested polyethylene instead because of its high chemical resistance. McAlpine even recommended a company, Assmann Corporation of America. Al had previous experience with Assmann from which he had purchased a variety of 165 to 2,500 gallon, single and double wall polyethylene tanks.
Al contacted Steve Rowlison, VP Sales and Marketing from Assmann, about creating a sturdy, polyethylene spill containment unit to which the pump transfer system could be mounted. Custom tooling on the spill containment shelf was finished in about four to six weeks and a prototype was shipped to David Press, who received the part without any problems. McAlpine said, "I was happy with Assmann's quick tooling and fast service."
(Left to right) Josh Chesser - Salco Products, Inc.; Al McAlpine - PVS Minibulk, Inc.; Steve Rowlison - Assmann Corporation of America; Dan Comp, John Purvis of PVS Minibulk, Inc; David Press - Jacob Press' Sons, Inc. and Griffin Schiele - Salco Products, Inc., collaborated to create a delivery ssytem for PVS minibulk trailers.
After every component was tested, the completed chemical delivery platform, which included the pump transfer assembly and polyethylene spill containment unit, was installed in the trailer. With the new platform utilizing ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene parts and a polyethylene spill containment unit, PVS Minibulk hopes to eliminate the corrosion concerns that affected its previous equipment. The company would also like to eventually install more of these systems in other trailers. Four family-owned companies were able to collaborate and combine their experience, knowledge and technology to develop this system.