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Larger quantities such as totes (119 gallons) or larger for liquid and supersacks (1,000 lbs) or larger for powders.

Contract Manufacturing

Hired-party manufacturer of components or products for a company. This is a form of outsourcing. A company generally approaches a CM with a design or product and ask for pricing to manufacture based upon variables like processes, labor, tooling, and material costs. There can be numerous benefits to using a CM, such as cost savings, quality, access to advanced skills, and economies of scale. However, there can be risks as well, including lack of control, loss of flexibility and responsiveness, and less ability to control quality.

H3 Facility

High hazard group building code as determined by IFC regulations. Facilities designed as H3 occupancy have the appropriate ventilation, fire suppression, containment, to enable the use of storage of hazardous materials safely.

High Sheer

Impellers convert the majority of the energy of the motor to shear force. They excel at quickly breaking down solids and producing fine grind

High Speed Dispersion

A type of mixer used to rapidly break apart lumps of powdery material, uniformly distributing and wetting them in a liquid. It is also used to dissolve soluble solids in liquid.

ISO 9001

International standard that specifies requirements for a quality management system (QMS). Organizations use the standard to demonstrate the ability to consistently provide products and services that meet customer and regulatory requirements.

Jacketed Tank

Tank with a water jacket to control process temperature; usually from exceeding a maximum limit.

Laminar Flow

In fluid dynamics, laminar flow occurs when a fluid flows in parallel layers, with no disruption between the layers.

Post Mounted Dispersers

Mounted on a ram that raises in order to position a mobile tank/vessel underneath


Blades are made to move material quickly for blending purposes rather than sheer purposes. These include low speed (propeller) blades as well as high speed vane style blades

Quality Control

A system of maintaining standards in manufactured products by testing a sample of the output against the specification.

Responsible Distribution

A mandatory third-party verified environmental, health, safety and security program that lets members demonstrate their commitment to continuous performance improvements in every phase of the chemical storage, handling, transportation, and disposal

Tank Mounted Dispersers

Dispersers are mounted to a bridge positioned in the center of the tank for high sheer applications or a clamp/mount on the side of the tank for blending/low sheer applications

Toll Manufacturing

A company provides its raw materials or semi-finished goods to a third-party service provider. The service provider, who often has specialized equipment or infrastructure, provides a subset of manufacturing processes on behalf of the company using those materials or goods for a fee.

Toll Processing

Also known as toll manufacturing, is defined as a company with specialized equipment processing raw material or semi-finished goods for another company.