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Modular Systems – Heavy Duty and Industrial Application

Modular systems can support heavy loads, but two main challenges of selecting them include ensuring they are well-designed and that they are reliable. Expert modular system manufacturers and plant solution engineers can help you achieve these challenges, but choosing between them can still be difficult. This article will explain which features you should be looking for that indicate quality when selecting a modular system.

What are the features of a modular system?

Modular systems can feature different components including vessels, piping, and pumps. Each component is contained in a structure made of steel, with brackets and connected supports, that are in some cases joined together with clever bolting systems. MODULAR SYSTEMS – HEAVY DUTY AND INDUSTRIAL APPLICATION

Modular systems and piping: what are they designed for?

Modular systems used in plant engineering are designed to support pipeline components and intercept heavy loads. Systems should be capable of bearing these preassembled piping components with large diameters, and pipe supports. You will notice that quality modular systems have self-sealing pipe outlets and inlets and facilitate fast connection to the modular skid.

Why are manufacturers moving toward modular systems?

Quality in plant engineering solutions, for manufacturers, is now becoming the emphasis when they build modular systems. The three reasons manufacturers are moving toward modular systems over the alternative stick-built systems are the reduction of man-hours in construction projects, the reduction of costs, and the reduction of operational problems.

Reducing man-hours in construction projects

Controlled environments in which manufacturers create modular systems ensure higher efficiency of labor. This efficiency, as well as the reduced number of delays manufacturers experience in controlled environments, mean it takes less time to construct them.

Reduction in costs

With the standardization of modular skid manufacturing increasing, and the increase of manufacturing efficiency due to controlled environments, costs are reduced. It’s also less costly to construct modular skids as there are fewer weather delays.

Reduction of operational problems

As there is a single source for operational responsibility during the construction of modular systems, there are fewer operational issues. One manufacturing company takes full accountability for the entire project, which includes design and fabrication, making the construction run smoothly.

What indicates a well-designed modular system?

Factors that indicate a modular system is well designed include quality galvanization, the ability to dismount or remove components and construct them in a short time. What quality in a modular skid system also means is that manufacturers will have built them from materials that will be used in the plant. Modular skid systems should also be quality tested and meet certain transportation requirements.

Quality galvanization

Plant engineering solution companies should ensure modular system components are galvanized with a zinc layer that coats them. This might include a hot-dip galvanization process that prevents corrosion or damage.

Easy construction and removal of components

Modular process systems should not only be fast and easy to assemble, which includes piping and insulation components, but they should allow easy accessibility. Removal of components should be simple for when you want to detach these components.

Made of materials for the specific plant

Certain materials might not be accepted in some facilities. For this reason, plant engineering solution companies should ensure materials used during construction are suitable for the plant environment.

Tested for quality, meeting requirements

Top modular systems will have been quality tested and meet certain requirements. They will also suit your exact requirements and mechanical specifications as a customer, and operate safely within your facility’s environment. As modular systems will need to be transported, top manufacturers should consider transportation logistics and how to mount them onto steel skids. Logistical transportation arrangements that consider safety are an indication of modular system quality.

2 suggestions for creating and using modular skid systems

Using modular layouts and testing are two key ways to create and use modular systems. Here’s what each of these steps involves.

Modular layouts for modular skid systems

First, focus on the required area when creating a modular layout design. It is true that engineers can determine the modular system design and that designs will vary from designer to designer, but modular layouts will help you make adjustments or changes in the future. Then, consider the components your modular system will use. From tanks to membrane systems which components will you require? Your modular system design should feature those specific components.

How to test modular skid systems

Finally, before deciding on or using a modular skid system, test it. Take a look at the demonstration unit and then choose your specific parts. Ensure the system will fit in the frame.

When should you select modular skid systems?

Though some situations call for alternative solutions if the components don’t fit in the frame, modular systems have plenty of advantages. They’re cost-effective, quality solutions when compared with stick-built systems and are recommended for:
  • Water pumps
  • Process systems, and
  • Equipment for wastewater

Gain the benefits of modular skid systems: choose quality

There are many signs a modular skid system is of exceptional quality. Ensure your project is compatible with modular systems and when choosing one, remember to look out for:
  • Whether it uses the right materials for your plant
  • Simple construction and removal of components; and
  • Quality galvanization
Always consider the components you will need, put together the modular layout (which helps you make changes to the design), and test your modular skid system before you buy it. Discover more expert tips, top solutions, and plant engineering excellence at

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