Our Facility

SCF’s laboratory is equipped to synthesize surfactants and functional polymers, formulate for wide-ranging applications, and test and evaluate products in the industries where SCF is active. In 2000 SCF relocated to its newly constructed 6200 sq. ft. facility which provides expanded capabilities for synthesis of surfactants and functional polymers, formulation for wide-ranging applications, and testing and evaluation of products in the industries SCF serves. View our sustainability efforts through solar energy use here.

This facility includes our Technology Development Center which is designed and equipped to develop processes through pilot scale.  While the initial projects involve fertilizer coating applications, future plans include expanding to other processes in response to our client’s needs.

Most recently, SCF completed installation of a large solar panel array on the roof of the laboratory building. Each solar panel can be monitored individually, meaning that it should be possible to use the system to compare cleaners and/or soil repellant treatments applied to different panels. We hope to use this new capability to help formulate innovative soil repellent products.

SCF personnel work closely with its client’s scientists, engineers, and production staff to assure the smooth transition to new products and processes.

Surface Chemists of Florida, Inc., maintains a large up-to-date collection of samples of commercial surfactants, functional polymers, and other raw materials used in the diverse technologies and markets we serve. We also maintain an extensive library of trade literature, scientific and trade journals, books,and market data. SCF utilizes on-line data bases and research services to monitor developments and trends in a broad range of technologies.

Our instrumentation includes: 

  • Kruss K100 Mk2 Tensiometer
  • Tinius Olsen H5KT Universal Testing Machine
  • Beckman Coulter UV-Vis Spectrophotometer
  • Perkin Elmer Clarus 500 GC-FID
  • Perkin Elmer Spectrum One FTIR with an ATR sampling accessory
  • TA Instruments AR-1000 Rheometer
  • HunterLab Colorflex Reflectometer
  • Milton Roy Refractometer
  • Buchi Controlled Temperature/Pressure Reactor
  • Ohaus MB 45 Moisture Balance
  • Wild Heerbrugg Stereoscope with digital imaging
  • Hirox KH-3000 Digital Microscope
  • Brookfield Viscometer
  • Launder-Ometer
  • Terg-O-Tometer
  • Household Laundry Washer, Dryer
  • Household Dishwasher
  • Gardner Scrubability Apparatus
  • Environmental Chambers
  • Salt Fog Chamber
  • Lab and Pilot Scale Coating Facilities
  • Other standard instruments and equipment
  • SCF also has ready access to GC-MS, NMR, spectrophotometry, elemental analysis, and other testing needs through our contacts with universities and outside laboratories.

 

 

Industries that we serve: