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U.S. Refinery Accidents Minimized with Industrial Skids

ST. LOUIS, MO – Refineries must detect unsafe operating conditions before they occur. A set of automated safety shut-down industrial skids for refineries were engineered, built and shipped by EPIC Systems, Inc. and Mead O’Brien, Inc. in April 2016. As safety instrumented systems, these industrial skids monitor pipelines and prevent potential accidents from occurring with automated alerts and responses.

The systems feature an integration of pressure controlling and monitoring instrumentation, along with automated shutoff valves.  Each of the industrial skids monitors downstream pressure for improper conditions. If unsafe operating conditions are detected, the system isolates the incoming fuel supply and prevents downstream burners from operating at out-of-spec, potentially dangerous conditions.

Mead O’Brien developed the original system designs with their client and approached EPIC as a physical design and fabrication partner.  Using the process designs developed by Mead O’ Brien, EPIC developed piping and instrumentation diagrams (P&ID) and modular skid designs.

“The partnership between Mead O’Brien and EPIC has been rewarding for both companies. Mead O’Brien’s development of this specific system and knowledge of the refinery industry complements EPIC’s process design and fabrication experience. The success of these safety modules in the field is a testament to that,” said Mike Phillips, Senior Engineer at Mead O’Brien.

ABOUT EPIC SYSTEMS: EPIC Modular Process, Inc. is a leading multi-discipline engineering and fabrication firm located in St. Louis, MO. EPIC designs and builds industrial skids and systems, from pilot plants to pipe bridges. Using their proven design/build method, EPIC takes turnkey responsibility for every project. To learn more, visit

ABOUT MEAD O’BRIEN: Mead O’Brien is a mid-western industrial process company that specializes in valve automation and control, steam and hot water systems, and instrumentation & controls. They support customers with Application & Engineered design consulting, Surveys & Assessments, Field Service, and In-house Assembly & Repair. They currently have four locations serving ten states in the Midwest including Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, Iowa, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Southern Illinois, Indiana, Western Kentucky, and Texas Panhandle.


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EPIC Modular Process Systems
4134 Meramec Bottom Rd
St. Louis, MO 63129, US