DUBAK'S PROCESS SKID SYSTEM
From simple pump skids to complex piping modules complete with instruments and controls. Complete Electrical system capability in accordance with the National Electric Code (NEC) including hazardous locations. Exceptional pneumatic and process tubing work as well as hydrostatic and pneumatic pressure testing including complete functional testing of system controls.
The efficient design of DUBAK’s Process Skid Systems can complement any installation or integration type. Our process modules and stainless steel process systems are easy to use and can reduce installation time because of their modular installation, allowing you to get back to what you do best — production. Stay on track; be on time with turnkey Electrical & Instrumentation installations.
Applications and Industries
There are a number of industrial environments in which modular process skids can be highly beneficial for companies. In general, these systems serve to elevate storage tanks, pressurized vessels and heat exchangers off the floor. This protects these sensitive pieces of equipment from spills, corrosive chemicals and temperature spikes that could contribute to breakdowns and failure. By keeping this equipment elevated, pump skids provide easy cleanup and maintenance and ensure that these units can cool down quickly.
Another significant advantage that process skids provide is portability. Because they hold vessels or other essential equipment on a self-contained platform, they can be relocated relatively easily. This means users can shift them around their facilities to achieve new configurations as additional machinery is added. Units that utilize modular process skid design can also be moved between jobsites with less difficulty.
Because of their many advantages, skids can be found in a wide range of industries. They are often used in commercial chemical production, pharmaceutical processing, biotechnology engineering, and even food and beverage manufacturing.
How Skids Work
Because different companies have varying needs and facilities, no two skid systems are exactly alike. Fabricators that specialize in these systems must be careful to consider the customer’s existing space, the equipment that needs to be included in the platform, and any piping or other connections that are necessary. Skids can be built to incorporate an entire process system or just one component. Some of the most common applications for skids include distillation, batch mixing and solvent recovery.
Process skid fabrication can take place either offsite at the manufacturer or onsite at the customer’s facility. Where production happens depends a lot on the complexity and size of the units being integrated into the skid. Although building them offsite typically is more advantageous for a number of reasons, there may be times when the equipment is too large or bulky to transport very far. In these cases, the skid may need to be assembled at the facility where it will be used.
How Are They Created?
Process skid design and manufacturing typically involves two steps. First, the fabricator must assemble the vessels, tanks and other modules onto the platform. This also includes all associated piping, wiring and other connections. Next, the unit typically is delivered to the customer’s facility, where the skid fabricator installs it to ensure it is properly integrated into the existing setup.
Skids provide a number of benefits beyond just the equipment. These advantages include:
Quicker turnaround times: Because they can be fabricated offsite, there’s no need to shutdown sections of a facility while these systems are being built. This means projects can be completed much faster than under normal circumstances.
Safer conditions: Skids are built in controlled environments, which means there is less likelihood of defects that could create safety issues when in use. Being manufactured offsite also means the company receiving them should have fewer OSHA exposure hours.
Lower costs: The speed and efficiency of the fabrication process means adding equipment and systems to an existing facility typically requires less time and costs less. Having these platforms up and running also means companies can begin to see a return on their investments much sooner.