Permastore is committed to a continuous improvement process in an ongoing effort to improve products, services, and processes. Permastore strives to always be at the forefront of the industry, setting the benchmark in the market place.
In 2010 the Permastore enamelling furnace was upgraded to run exclusively on natural gas, rather than its previous combination of kerosene and natural gas. The furnace conversion enabled Permastore to adopt advances in technology that helped deliver capacity benefits, along with product, operational and environmental improvements. This was a substantial investment as it provided enhanced product quality and security of supply to our Customers and Distributors, along with operational and environmental benefits afforded by state-of-the-art technology.
As part of our ongoing investment program and after substantial research into the best current technology available, in 2013 we purchased a Bystronic 6kW CNC laser cutting machine to be utilised for state-of-the-art laser-cutting technology to complement our existing metal-cutting facilities.
Further investment was made in the Manufacturing Facility with enhancements to the glass spray booth in 2016. Our enamelling technology was developed to take advantage of the significant benefits within the steel micro-structure. A more homogeneous bubble structure is produced that enhances surface finish while at the same time ensuring that the existing Permastore Quality Standards, as well as those of EEA, AWWA D103-09 and the more demanding EN ISO 28765:2016, are still met or exceeded. This optimised bubble structure, coupled with Permastore’s unique glass formulations, results in a family of performance driven glass coatings with unrivalled performance in the field.
As part of its continuous improvement process, it is Permastore’s intention to ensure that its unique scientifically developed family of performance driven coatings continues to be the very best option for matching individual containment applications and the most resilient steel coating recipe available in the industry.
Always focused on product improvements and enhancements, in 2011, Permastore introduced a reduced diameter bolt hole design, utilising modern sheet steel production technology benefits. This offers consistently better precision and overall dimensional accuracy resulting in a “tighter finished tank” once the tank has been built and filled.
In 2012, Permastore introduced advanced tank design software. Experienced CAD technicians utilising the latest AutoCAD and Inventor suite of design software link to the company’s ERP system for automated parts listing. Drawings can be electronically exported in AUTOCAD DWG and DXF format. For quick and accurate communication to manufacturing, the CAD stations are networked to a two dimensional CAM system.
To further enhance Permastore’s product offering, in 2014 a full range of PERMADOME® roofs and covers were added to its Product Portfolio. These roof and cover solutions together with available flooring systems provide complete integrity of structure design. Following requests from our Distributors and Customers for “a Permastore level of quality, but in an Epoxy tank product”, in 2015, Permastore invested in a new epoxy facility at Eye, joining forces with a leading global producer of paints and coatings and designed a unique production facility with the equipment supplier.
Permastore has expanded to support its strategic objectives with a second site in the UK located in Burnley in the North West of England. This is close to many of our raw material suppliers. The office houses additional 3D CAD and engineering design capabilities but is mainly home to the core of our supply chain management team.