What are the benefits of modular systems?


A modular system is a system that is completely prefabricated offsite, compactly mounted on a steel frame, and delivered to your facility where the modules are then reassembled. The only onsite installation involves the basic connecting of utilities and piping.

1. Single-Source Responsibility

With a one-stop shop, the manufacturer has the responsibility from designing, engineering, procuring, commissioning, constructing, validating, installing, start-up, and everything in between. Careful planning in the initial concept and design stages involves input from chemical, mechanical and electrical engineers as well as designers and project managers. By combining engineering and architectural design under one roof, you can avoid the headache of dealing with multiple contractors.

2. More Accurate Pricing

With traditional project quotes, rough estimates are provided because the vendor doesn’t know the pricing they will receive from the various other suppliers that will be involved in the project. With modular construction, however, firm price proposals are easier to calculate because the scope of the work is more clearly defined and there are no unexpected costs or surprises that can arise from working with multiple vendors.

3. Improved Project Timeline

The stick-build approach, a term often used to describe a system that is built at the construction site rather than the factory site, takes considerably more time to complete. Shop construction, on the other hand, is typically much more efficient than building done in the field where schedules can be delayed by weather or other plant-site activities. Additionally, when fabrication takes place in a shop environment neighboring applications can maintain their productivity and won’t face the unwanted downtime that can occur due to the interference of on-site construction.

4. Quality Improvements

A controlled working environment with a knowledgeable, experienced workforce provides better overall product quality than when using an onsite labor force. Resources such as machines, tools, and materials that are needed throughout the building phase are not as freely accessible off site, which can potentially impact the efficiency of the labor and quality of the work being done. Depending on the location of the plant, installation can sometimes involve contractors who have little experience with specialty CPI equipment. This especially applies to facilities that are remotely located, where skilled and dependable labor for such specialized systems is in not readily available.

5. Cost Savings

All of the above benefits have something in common: they contribute to better efficiency which boils down to cost savings. Project execution is more concise when it is handled through one vendor; fixed prices reduce the risk of hidden variable costs surfacing; risks are minimized and schedules are improved when systems are shop-built with experienced, skilled labor. For these reasons, the modular design approach can lower overall project costs.