Understanding the Process
MicroChem Corp’s manufacturing process is a batch-type operation, whereby various polymers, resins, and other materials are mixed or dissolved in organic solvents. When the materials have been dissolved and mixed thoroughly, the batch is sampled and tested. When the batch meets specifications, the material is filtered and packaged and boxed, sealed, and shipped to customers.
In conjunction with CRB, which provided MEP engineering and project management services, SMMA designed the six main areas that support the new manufacturing operations: formulation, packaging, PMGI, a cleanroom, labs, and a scale-up/mixing area.
In addition to the manufacturing, warehousing, and lab areas, SMMA’s interior designers revamped the office and conference spaces, the latter of which incorporate artwork and references to Nippon Kayaku, MicroChem’s parent company.