Modular skids a best replacement for traditional plants

October 3, 2019

What is a modular skid?

A modular skid is a system which contains process equipment, piping components, instruments and valves, within a steel frame that allows the system to be easily transported. Such individual skids can be combined to create larger process systems or entire portable plants.

Benefits of modular skids:

  • Easily transportable– The main advantage of Modular skids is that, they are self-contained units, built within the steel frames, and are easier to transport than traditional process systems. However while designing a skid it is very important to consider some of the factors such as modes of transportation, overall skid dimension and restrictions for the shipment.
  • Minimal site work- Modular skids arrive at the site pre-assembled and tested. Hence it will minimize the labour for equipment mounting, testing and troubleshooting.
  • Plug & Play– Typically skids are built offsite as a complete package and assembled at the site. Hence the existing operations are not affected by skid fabrication.
  • Pre-defined skid layout– Modular skid frames allow equipment layering within the skid layout. Piping, vessels, and necessary process equipment can be fit into a pre-defined footprint with a skid design.

When to go for modular skids:

Few key questions to be answered while going for modular skids:

  • Is the available local labour limited/expensive?
  • Are there any risks involved while fabrication and storage of the system?
  • Are there any challenges/restrictions for the transportations?
  • Are the technology and the marketing mature enough?
  • Will the system will have enough room for accommodation of more equipment for future expansions?

Applications of the Modular skids:

  • Batch processing skids
  • Pump system
  • Lubrication system
  • Chemical processing
  • CIP systems
  • Demonstration plants
  • FMCG industries
  • Mixing systems
  • Petroleum processing
  • Pilot plants
  • Wastewater treatment systems.
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