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Physical System Design

Batch Mixing System 3D ModelThe mechanical design and equipment layout of your system can be just as important to your success as the process chemistry. The physical characteristics of a system inadvertently affect the chemical reaction or ingredient mixing process, potentially affecting how well your system works.

EPIC partners with your technology, combining our knowledge of manufacturing plants, bench scale data, and manufacturing experience. Our plant engineers will complete a physical system design that balances your processing needs with footprint, cost, speed and output.

We have taken the initiative to become diverse in modular plant design and production. Our engineering team are experts in overcoming the challenges that come with each industry specific system.

Types of modular plants EPIC designs:

  • Pharma plants
  • Chemical plants
  • Alternative fuels
  • Agricultural plants
  • Food & beverage plants

We have the following capabilities for physical design:

Piping & Instrumentation Diagrams (P&ID’s)

EPIC develops P&ID’s in-house to clearly define the scope of the process skid or plant project. We’ve develop standardized systems and symbols for P&ID’s as a base, but adapt all diagrams to your specific plant standards.

Equipment Selection & Layout

Equipment is selected based on long-term cost/benefit analysis. We do not maintain formal relationships with vendors to provide objective equipment comparisons.

Equipment layout for modules is designed to maximize accessibility. Normally, equipment is arranged to the outside edges of the skid, to provide both outside access and an inner pathway down the center of the skid. Safety and processing steps are also considered during equipment layout development.

2D & 3D Modeling/Simulation

Designing with 2-D and 3-D CAD software allows our clients to visualize their process system fit inside the plant before final completion. We design process systems for ease of transport from shop to plant and pre-plan for safe installation.

Working collaboratively, we develop custom specifications for plant ergonomics and include each parameter in the skid’s structural design using programs such as:

  • AutoCad Mechanical 2009
  • Cadworx Plant 2010
  • Navisworks 2010
  • ASPEN/HYSYS

Drawing Development

EPIC develops drawings in-house. The most common types of drawings we provide for clients include:

  • Auxiliary views
  • Detailed elevation drawings
  • Detailed plan drawings
  • Elevation drawings
  • General equipment arrangement drawings
  • Isometric drawings

Finite Element Analysis (FEA)

A skid must withstand strains and stresses during shipping, installation and operation. These details can be determined by FEA Analysis. EPIC performs FEA analysis to ensure skid components are well-placed and the frame can support the weight of the system during shipment and operation. FEA analysis is performed in-house to calculate component displacements, strains, and stresses under internal and external loads.

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Lift & Installation Plans

Ensuring system safety during shipment and installation means developing comprehensive lift and installation plans. EPIC’s project managers ensure your system will arrive in-tact and ready to go. We work closely with shipping companies for safety and efficiency.

Modular Design Considerations

Most EPIC systems are designed and built with a modular approach due to the many advantages a modular design provides. We complete all design in-house with the following considerations:

  • Modular size form factors
  • Easy-to-access layouts
  • Gathered process connections for easy plant-hookups
  • Minimized plant footprints
  • Normal shipping constraints
  • Based on:
    • Siesmic zone requirements
    • Wind load requirements
    • Integrated temperature variance protection

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