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Puraffinity - Case Study

TION Global Limited has designed, installed and commissioned five cutting-edge polypropylene fume hoods at a new laboratory in Central London for Puraffinity.

The primary aim of this project is to increase Puraffinity's R&D capabilities and help the company achieve its annual growth targets.

Initially, the project focused solely on relocating the business to larger premises. However, it soon became apparent that the company also required a series of specialised fume hoods to overcome their increased research demands.

Incorporated in 2015, Puraffinity is committed to designing SMART materials for environmental applications such as water purification. Its core mission is to use science to solve modern environmental issues, and TION Global Limited's polypropylene fume hoods have proven to be the perfect companion.

The Brief

The project requires five new ducted fume hoods with a supporting ducting system to safely run experiments over several hours without manual intervention. Consequently, the products must provide sufficient longevity and ROI with exceptional corrosion resistance.

Air extraction must also be reduced by 70% (reduction in FV and installations of Dynamic VAV system) due to the lack of makeup air and energy conservation needs.

Equipment Parameters

Ensuring the equipment is able to withstand harsh chemicals, VOCs, corrosives, and particulates are crucial to maintaining a positive ROI. As such, polypropylene, not metal, with be the material of choice.

Our polypropylene shells come with a 50-year guarantee to ensure product reliability over a substantial period. We also fit each cabinet with a state-of-the-art control system and red-light alarm. The alarm will visually notify the user of any potential hazards, such as a drop in airflow consumption.

Three-Step Customer Process

In order to guarantee the equipment we supply meets the exacting demands of Puraffinity, our senior project management team has created a three-stage client onboarding process:

Discover - This includes an extensive breakdown of project budgets, such as building specifications, processes, workflows, and the laboratory itself. We understand the importance of capturing project details early on to reduce the chance of price complications and extended timelines.

Develop - During the development stage, you will collaborate and engage with core TION personnel and project stakeholders to develop a solution that is fit for purpose within your chosen space. Our aim is to alleviate any concerns or potential roadblocks and arrive at a final specification.

Deliver - This is where the rubber meets the road, and we transform your build space into a working laboratory. Our delivery personnel will coordinate with your team to ensure that every step of the program is clear, concise and delivered on time by working closely with on-site contractors.

What We Delivered For Puraffinity

Three benchtop ducted polypropylene fume cupboards with vented storage cabinets and glass vertical sliding sashes.

One walk-in ducted fume hood with glass vertical sliding sash and fold-out tabletop able to withstand up to 100kg in weight.

One extra depth walk-in ducted fume cabinet with glass vertical sliding sash in two sections with 4 horizontal sliding panes per segment.

Phase 1: Fume Hood Procurement And Delivery

Grasping the logistical challenges posed by delivering over 2 tonnes of scientific equipment is no ordinary feat. First, we need to design the equipment with Puraffinity ensuring that each component is accessible to the site (considering doorway widths etc.). Then ship each individual piece to our storage facility in the Midlands.

The second is arranging transportation and offloading procedures on-site and coordinating with our delivery team. Most laboratories and active building sites require safety inductions and protective clothing (PPE).

Phase 2: Fume Cabinet & Ducting Installation

Puraffinity’s laboratory is located three stories high in the heart of London's White City district. In order to reach the third floor, we used an electric stair climber to lift the unit’s piece by piece. Installing the products is relatively easy due to our familiarity with the units and specialist VAV and air extraction knowledge.

One unique feature of Puraffinity’s two bespoke walk-in fume hoods is the ability to use a folding benchtop to create extra working space. In addition to installing auto-closing sashes to minimise user errors and reduce energy waste.

The ducting installation included a state-of-the-art VAV solution on a single extract system. A fresh air bleed apparatus was also installed to make certain the main duct pressure remained constant and contained whilst reducing energy loss.

Phase 3: Operational Checks And Project Sign-Off

Once the products are fully operational and connected to the ducting, we then undertake our performance and QOL checks. We measure airflow, product functionality and safety before final commissioning.

We also offer an annual maintenance plan in three separate tiers, bronze, silver and gold. This covers all electrical components and regulatory tests.

Containment

Safety is a crucial element of every product we manufacture. To ensure containment is maintained at all times, our products feature integrated alarm systems that can be programmed to monitor airflow and sash height. In addition to date specific timers.

These audible and visual notifications are particularly useful for laboratory personnel with an audible or visual impairment.

The Benefits Of Polypropylene

Polypropylene is one of the planet's few materials able to resist corrosives, water and detergents. It features a high tensile strength of 4800 psi, low weight density, and shows no signs of fatigue. Furthermore, thanks to the material's malleability, we can create bespoke designs at no additional cost.

Working With TION Global

This case study showcases our expertise, superior product quality and excellent customer care. Since installing TION fume hoods, Puraffinity has continued to work closely with us to develop new equipment.

If you are interested in working with TION Global, then please contact our project management team today.

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