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  • Writer's pictureCraig Drabyk

The Move to Modular: Better Projects, Better Quality, Better Function

Modular process “super” skids are widely used in biotech and pharmaceuticals construction due to the many advantages offered. Modular projects are typically completed months faster than stick-built projects and experience fewer delays. Most super skid projects are completed within a few percentage points of their original estimated cost.

With skid modules, tanks, pumps, filters, heat exchangers, and all associated piping are assembled on frames or “skids” as standalone sub-systems, rather than having multiple contractors install them in place. This pre-fabricated approach simplifies and streamlines the project, reducing trade stacking and site interference. As a result, there are fewer installation issues, better integration, and more consistency in quality. Electrical functionality is tested prior to site installation, so commissioning and final testing can be completed in a shorter period of time. Superskids can either be assembled in a vendor facility and transported to the project site, or constructed on-site by contractors in an adjacent area in parallel with construction of the building.

Omni works closely with engineers and owners on super skid projects to determine ideal locations for instruments and maintenance to ensure maximum ease of access and use. Once instrumentation, controls and network wiring are installed on each skid module, continuity checks, and calibration can be performed. The ultimate goal is for pre-commissioning to proceed swiftly and efficiently. When the super skids are ready for transport and setting, final control and power wiring is and commissioning can begin.

About Omni

Omni Instrumentation Services, Inc. is a premier instrumentation and electrical contractor, providing superior total care solutions since 1986. Services include instrument installation, tubing installation, instrument calibration, control loop testing, startup and commissioning, power and lighting, process control wiring, BMS wiring, telecommunications and data wiring, fire alarm wiring, security wiring, process network wiring, and control panel fabrication. Omni Instrumentation Services, Inc. is certified in Foundation Fieldbus, Profibus, DeviceNet and ASI-Bus installation.

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