The Society of Chemical Manufacturers & Affiliates, Inc. (SOCMA) announced the recipients of SOCMA's 2023 Safety Recognition Program. This initiative fosters collaboration across the chemical industry and serves as a platform for companies to spotlight their unwavering commitment to leading safety practices.
The 2023 recipients include:
• Baker Hughes Company
• ChemDesign, Inc.
• Ethox Chemicals, LLC
• GFS Chemicals, Inc
• Monument Chemical, LLC
• Pressure Chemical Co.
• Sofix, LLC
• South Coast Terminals, LP
"We are proud to recognize the extraordinary stewardship our members demonstrate as they continually enhance and nurture our industry's safety culture," said Jennifer Abril, president and CEO of SOCMA. "This shared commitment unites us and propels our member companies to new heights, which benefits employees, community stakeholders, and customers."
This year's Safety Recognition Program reviewed each facilities best practices around Process Safety, Emergency Planning & Response, Stakeholder Engagement, Communications and Material Transfer. The 2023 honorees will be recognized at the SOCMA Summit & Annual Meeting, scheduled for Nov. 6-8 in New Orleans.
Rapid Fusion pellet extruder. Photo Credit: Evo-3D
Advanced additive manufacturing (AM) technology being developed by a global consortium of companies and academic institutes aims advance industrial AM in the U.K. The Evo One large-format additive manufacturing (LFAM) project — involving 3D printing experts Evo-3D (Exeter, U.K.); the National Manufacturing Institute Scotland (NMIS) operated by the University of Strathclyde and part of the High Value Manufacturing Catapult; Rolls-Royce (London); materials supplier Filamentive (Bradford, U.K.); software developer AI Build (London); and energy technology company Baker Hughes — are developing a 3D printer system. The initiative has received £1.1 million in funding from Innovate UK, the U.K.’s innovation agency.
LFAM is a commercial 3D printing technique that creates large-volume polymer components, used in a variety of industries including aerospace, automotive, energy and marine. While countries like the U.S., Germany and China have embraced this approach, there are currently no LFAM manufacturers in the U.K., and, according to Ayming, the country only accounts for around 5% of the global AM market, which the U.K. government aims to increase to 8% by 2025.
Access to the right technologies will be a crucial part of achieving that aim, but existing LFAM systems have their limitations. These include slow build times, being unsuitable for high-value or high-integrity parts, operational complexity, use of unsustainable materials and being unaffordable to small- and medium-sized companies.
“We saw during the pandemic how easily supply chains can crumble,” Jake Hand, director of marketing and development at Evo-3D, says. “That’s why it’s potentially more important than it ever has been to develop as much capacity and capability in the U.K. as we can, not to mention the economic and carbon reduction opportunities associated with having a thriving manufacturing sector at the vanguard of the latest available green technologies.”
The new product being developed through Evo One LFAM will address the challenges associated with these systems and cater to the specific needs of the U.K. market. The system’s design team is aiming to make it 60% more reliable, achieve a 50% increase in productivity, reduce training and maintenance costs by 30%, and cut material waste by 80%, among a range of other improvements. It was noted that while fiber reinforcement will not be offered during initial product launch, due to the modular nature of the machine, there will be a continuous fiber module available in the future to purchase.
At the project’s completion, Evo-3D will launch a spinout business to commercialize the system, called RapidFusion, creating what is said will be the first U.K.’s OEM in LFAM. Its development would also create the foundation on which a new supply chain can be built, reshore critical manufacturing capabilities and help more U.K. manufacturers take advantage of the opportunities presented by Industry 4.0.
The NMIS team will support the project across a number of specializations, including material analysis, design and the AM process. It will also look at the validation and verification of the system and high-value materials being used. Rolls-Royce and Baker Hughes will test the system once it is ready, while AI Build will help with development of the slicing technology.
“With the right tools at our disposal, we can encourage more manufacturers of all sizes to embrace the latest manufacturing techniques and technologies, paving the way for a more sustainable and globally competitive sector,” Stephen Fitzpatrick, director – digital factory at NMIS, says.
The company said it made the donation in support of the country as the ongoing war takes a toll on its healthcare system. Included in the donation are patient monitors and handheld and stationary ultrasound devices, according to a news release.
GE Healthcare said Ukraine can use its monitoring technology for monitoring vital signs at bedside in the general ward and ICUs. Ultrasound devices can cover various clinical uses, including emergency care, obstetrics, and gynecology. Ukrainians can use them both inside and outside the hospital.
GE’s efforts to aid Ukraine
The company’s latest donation adds to a $4 million equipment donation made in March 2022. The GE Foundation also donated $500,000 to the International Rescue Committee (IRC) and Airlink. That provided relief to neighboring countries welcoming refugees from Ukraine. The GE Foundation also offers a matching gifts program for supporting relief efforts.
GE also offered cost reimbursements and paid time off to employees opening their homes to refugees. The company provided food, medicine and clothing as well. Approximately 360 GE Employees made use of use of the program, amounting to more than $300,000 in reimbursements. That includes around 100 GE Healthcare employees with about $90,000 in reimbursements.
“Given our access to life-saving medical equipment and our global reach, we have a responsibility to help patients when they need it most. We do not want a lack of equipment standing in the way at any time, especially during a time of conflict. We hope that this donation will help bridge the gap,” said Rob Walton, president and CEO of GE Healthcare for Europe, Middle East, and Africa. “We sympathize with the people of Ukraine, the health professionals who are working hard to save lives, and the patients in need of care in these very difficult circumstances.”