REDwire The benefits of modular plants

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Alps Welding has seen an increase in the demand for modular plant fabrication.

Alps Welding is a custom metal fabricator with more than 40 years of experience making a wide variety of equipment. The Woodbridge, Ont.-based company has made everything from small pipe-bodied pressure vessels to 15-foot diameter flare drums. However, there is growing popularity in a specific type of product it offers: modular plants.

“In recent years, we have seen an increase in the demand for modular plant fabrication, and have developed a particular expertise in these projects,” explains Dennis Dussin, the president of Alps Welding.

There are many benefits offered by modular plants that help explain why many plant operators are choosing modular solutions.

Small footprint: Plant modules can enable piping, tanks and other equipment to be fit in a smaller footprint by layering them.

Portability: Plant modules are much easier to transport than conventional process systems because they are self-contained.

Convenient connections: Skid-mounted equipment and plant modules can be designed with all of the process connections located in one spot. This simplifies the connection process when compared to traditional systems where connections are located throughout the plant.

No disruption to existing operations: Because the plant modules are built offsite, existing operations are not affected. The offsite construction also ensures controlled assembly.

Equipment accessibility: Plant modules can be designed with the major pieces of equipment located around the edge of the module with ladders, platforms and centre hallways for easy access.

FAT testing: Factory Acceptance Testing (FAT) can be performed prior to shipping and installation, reducing the time needed for on-site startup.

Company expertise

Alps Welding offers extensive experience in fabricating skid-mounted equipment and modular plants. For one modular plant project, the company fabricated 16 modules. Thanks to Alps Welding’s versatile capabilities, it was able to handle the complete production of the structural steel modules, including platforms, ladders, railing, vessels, supports and interconnecting piping. The company also handles the assembly, installation and wiring for all of the required equipment, including pumps sensors, controls and instrumentation.

For more information, visit the company’s website.

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