When updating, expanding or scaling a manufacturing process, it’s amazing how quickly logistics can complicate the project. Long lead times on equipment, delays with on-site fabrication, and facilitating communication between vendors have all proven to drive up capital costs and slow time to production.
What is a Modular Process Skid?
A modular process skid is a self contained process system contained within a frame that allows the process system to be easily transported. Individual skids can contain complete process systems and multiple process skids can be combined to create larger process systems or entire portable plants. Modular process skids can contain entire process systems or individual process applications; including batch mixing or blending, delayed differentiation, solvent recovery, and small-scale distillation.
What are The Benefits of Using Modular Process Skids?
Process skids are considered an alternative to traditional stick-built construction where process system parts are shipped individually and installed incrementally at the manufacturing site. They provide the advantage of parallel construction, where process systems are built off-site in a fabrication facility while civil site upgrades are completed at the plant site simultaneously.
In addition to labor, skid mounted process systems provide manufacturers with a long list of benefits. Here are just a few:
Shorter Timelines – Fabricating process skid packages offsite allows on-site facility upgrades to proceed concurrently without interruption. Completing these steps in parallel can eliminate months off the project schedule, allowing manufacturers to bring their product to market faster.
Higher Quality Fabrication – Fabricating skids in a controlled shop environment eliminates weather-related risks and setbacks. It also reduces the need for craftsmen to perform overhead welds. Instead, shop craftsmen use orbital welders to do pre-fabrication on most materials, resulting in more precise welds.
Installation Savings – Manufacturers needing to install multiple skids across different locations can leverage engineering and design costs from the first skid and fabricate multiple replicas at a reduced cost for each process skid thereafter.
Engenda group can deliver a modular process skid from design, through fabrication and installation. All under a single purchase order and delivery timescale. This combined approach cuts costs and reduces lead times which ensuring safety and quality standards.