21 May 2018

Need to make plant modifications but unsure where to begin?

There may be many different reasons to modify your plant’s process – modernization, increase energy efficiency, comply with new regulations, optimize maintenance, achieve higher accuracy, increase safety measures, maximize on return on investment. At the end of the day, making plant modifications is part of the business. Depending on what industry you are in, how often you need to modify your plant’s equipment and set-up will vary, but at the end of the day, every industry goes through upgrades and modifications to their system.

What do I need to take into consideration when I analyze my system?

Plant upgrades can cost a fortune, so it’s best to identify which processes are most useful to your plant or new project. Projects developed without pre-planning often cost more in time and money. By taking a step back and looking at past experiences, what worked well and what can be improved, maintainability, and what has to be added or can be simplified, the front-end activities and reviews where your plant needs assistance, you can review design options and compare costs with little effect to your budget. In contrast, the ability to minimize costs is very low once you reach the end of the project.

How do I know if I’m optimizing my budget and time?

Front-end engineering and development (FEED) is one part of the planning and engineering phase of a plant upgrade/modification that can assist with this. FEED activities follow conceptual project planning and during this phase, is where the best opportunities exist for optimization of technology, measurement design impacting cost and time savings. The other benefits with FEED services are getting input from internal and external experts who can assist you with defining customized solutions to meet your plant’s needs so that you’re getting the most out of your upgrade.

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