Experienced pharmaceutical vessel manufacturer
SFI is an experienced fabricator of vessels for the pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical industries. We focused our efforts in 2003 by adding a 15,000 square foot "electropolish bay" to our production facility.
Segregated from the rest of the plant and dedicated to building and finishing only stainless steel pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical vessels, our electropolish bay greatly improved our leadtime and quality control, launching SFI as a leading provider of high quality, pristine electropolished vessels.
Since adding the electropolish bay, we’ve built over 2,200 vessels for pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical customers across the U.S. and worldwide.
In addition to building new vessels, we also provide modifications, repairs and inspection services. SFI personnel are highly skilled in all aspects of pharmaceutical vessel fabrication, including welding, grinding, electropolishing, testing, etc.
Options for pharmaceutical & biopharmaceutical vessels
Specific to vessels for the pharmaceutical industry, SFI offers a variety of options, including:
|Certifications||ASME, BPE, PED “CE mark, CRN, MOM Singapore|
|Construction||Single or double wall, insulation, various heads|
|Documentation/FAT||Full documentation and FAT services available|
|Fabrication Type||Shop or field fabricated|
|Field Service||Inspections, modifications, repairs|
|Heating & Cooling||Dimpled HTS, half pipe, full internal pipe coil|
|Material Finish||Electropolish, mechanical polish, mill|
|Materials||Stainless steel and other corrosion resistant alloys|
|Mixing/Blending||SFI will design an agitation system to meet your requirements|
|Portability||Casters, carts, forklift skids|
|Tank Supports||Legs, lugs, skirts, saddles, flat pitched|
|Vessel Types||Pressure vessels, mixers, reactors, storage tanks|
About the Electropolish Bay
- Provides the cleanliest possible environment for building biopharmaceutical vessels because it is segregated from the rest of the plant.
- Craftsmen are well trained and skilled at building these high-end vessels.
- All phases of production are performed in this area – welding, grinding, electropolishing, FAT (testing) and shipment.
- 5-stage electropolish finishing using state-of-the-art equipment.
- Capable of electropolishing up to approximately 12-foot diameter vessels (or 80,000 liters).
- All welders are ASME certified.
Shop or field fabrication
Vessels for the pharmaceutical industry can be built in either our shop or field fabricated at your facility. We hold the ASME “U” Certification for new vessels and the National Board “R” Certification for modifications and repairs. All SFI welders are ASME certified.
Modifications and Repairs
Not only do we build new equipment, our “R” certification allows us make modifications and repairs to ASME vessels in the field. These services include:
- Inspection services
- Repair damage
- Add or replace fittings
- Replace manways
- Fabricate ladders, platforms and handrails
Materials of Construction
- 300 Series Stainless Steel
- Other nickel based alloys including:
- Duplex 2205
- 2B (cold rolled sheet)
- Mill (HRAP)
- Mechanical polish (from 50 to 10 Ra)
- Mechanical polish plus Electropolish (from 30 to 10 Ra)
- As Is
- Scotch brite buffed
- Mechanical grind (50 grit)
- Mechanical polish (32 to 10 Ra)
Heat Transfer Surface
- Dimple jacket
- Half pipe coil
- Internal pipe coil
- Open jacket
SFI will custom design a mixing solution to meet your needs. We offer mixers or combinations of mixers for processing a wide variety of product viscosities and applications. Mixer styles include turbine, sweep, scrape, dual motion, and magnetic.
- Sight glasses and lights
- CIP systems
- No foam inlet and down tubes
- Outlet valves
- Manways and fittings
- Gaskets are from USP class VI or FDA allowable materials
Documentation and Factory Acceptance Test
Our quality program is based on ASME Section VIII, Division 1 and we utilize a variety of procedures and tests, such as:
- CIP and riboflavin testing
- Drain test
- Dye tests
- Electropolish and passivation
- Hardness testing
- Hydrostatic testing
- Material receiving and handling
- PMI (positive material identification) testing
- Shipping preparation
- Surface roughness (Ra)
We offer various levels of documentation, anywhere from approval drawings to an 8-section full documentation package. Your Regional Manager will talk with you about the level of documentation you need during the quote phase.
Customers are encouraged to inspect and/or witness testing of their vessel prior to shipment. In the absence of an on-site inspection, we are happy to provide photos by email.
SFI utilizes various standards to ensure your product is built to the highest quality possible.
We hold the following certificates:
- ASME “U” certification
- National Board “R” certification
Other standards are utilized as required.