Continuing its 90 year tradition of innovation and development, Solomon Colors has recently completed a new decorative sealer production facility in Springfield, Illinois. This state-of-the-art, automated plant, will more safely and efficiently produce solvent-based sealers and liquid release.
During a tour of the new facility, production manager Dave Stade stressed the new safety features included in the building. No expense or effort was spared to ensure the utmost safety for production staff. The entire building was designed to be anti-static, with grounds, rubber coverings and special electronics. The bulk of the machinery is pneumatically powered to reduce static charge and sparks. All pumps, sensors and lights are Class 1/Div. One explosion-proof certified.
Efficiency is a hallmark of this facility. The production area features two 1000 gallon blenders for sealers and two 500 gallon blenders for liquid release. Automated packaging equipment makes it possible for only two people to manage the entire sealer plant. In a separate building, several high capacity tanks hold raw materials. These tanks are continuously monitored with ultra-accurate radar level sensors and spill alarms. A basin was erected around the tanks to contain any spills and protect against external threats such as flooding.
The new sealer production facility underwent flushing in preparation of production on September 23. Full production commenced officially on October 3.