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How a Custom Winder Module Can Help Produce a Delicate Product Touch-Free

Posted by Pete Sherer on Sep 5, 2018 8:00:00 AM

We often say that we take away our client's pain - we solve problems for them, often complex ones. That can sound kind of vague, but that's because of the vast variety of problems we solve. Industrial clients have used us to solve problems such as machinery that requires safety guarding, or even a much larger problem like desalination of brine at a salt mine. The following example is a solution we came up with for a client with a very sensitive product produced on a roll-to-roll machine. To protect the client's confidentiality, their name and product are kept generic. 

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Topics: web handling, Skid Systems, Mechanical and Process Services

Condensate Skids for Waste Processing

Posted by Steve Beyer on Aug 27, 2018 9:52:42 AM

Skid systems solve a wide range of problems for many industries. Even waste processing in a hazardous industry, like one that handles radioactive waste, can be aided by a skid system.  This project profile is an example of how a modular fabrication & assembly process can be applied to solve a difficult problem. 

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Topics: Skid Systems, process design, Mechanical and Process Services, Manufacturing, Equipment

Using a Skid System for Coating Solution Delivery

Posted by Pete Sherer on Jun 12, 2018 1:47:21 PM

We have articulated in past posts some of the benefits of configuring processing equipment in skid form.  Generally, these advantages have to do with efficient execution, that is that a skid that supports a specific processing step is more thoroughly debugged at the OEM factory, installs quicker and is turned over to production faster with minimal interruptions.

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Topics: web handling, Skid Systems

Retrofitted Solvent Coater

Posted by Jen Palumbo on May 31, 2018 2:43:33 PM

As we've said before, skids come in all shapes and sizes, for many applications and industries. Take this solvent coater we retrofitted for the New College Institute.  

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Topics: web handling, Skid Systems

The Many Configurations of Skid Systems

Posted by Steve Beyer on Mar 27, 2018 1:24:19 PM

Question: when is a skid not JUST a skid?

Answer: When it is a cart, a panel, a pod, a plate, a module…

More and more frequently we at Optimation are seeing requests, and opportunities, for modular or skid-based production and manufacturing process projects. These are condensed application sets embodied in a well-controlled and highly-engineered custom configuration.

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Topics: Skid Systems

Skid Systems, SCADA AND IIoT

Posted by Bill Pollock on Mar 14, 2018 3:02:46 PM

At Optimation we design and fabricate many skid systems. These systems are used by manufacturers for a broad variety of applications. Skids can be built as carts, in frames, in shipping containers or trailers. They can be built as prefab production lines units that can be bolted together to form larger systems. Physical layout can be tailored to the complexity, geography and environmental conditions the skid needs to perform in. Some are mounted indoors in factory conditions, others may ultimately be located in the arctic, or on an offshore oil platform. Applications also vary. Some are used for chemical delivery or small scale chemical processing. Others have been used for hydrogen distribution, high pressure test systems, food processing or testing medical devices. Skid systems have the advantage of being built in a shop in controlled conditions and then installed in remote or challenging locations.     

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Topics: Skid Systems, Controls

Optimation Partners with Gas Technologies to Fabricate Methane-to-Methanol Plants

Posted by Bill Pollock on Oct 17, 2017 3:00:48 PM

Gas Technologies LLC. located in Walloon Lake, MI. has an NGL production facility set up in North Dakota and they are producing NGLs.  Present production is at the rate of 600 mscfd. They anticipate a ramp-up of this rate by year-end and will shortly set up an adjacent Mini-GTL plant at the North Dakota site. Their goal is to change the world of gas flaring by making a huge reduction in the amount of gas flared.

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Topics: Oil and Gas Industry, Energy, Skid Systems

Test Systems and The Edge

Posted by Steve Beyer on Aug 9, 2017 4:18:27 PM

Today’s technologies demand more of everything—more data, computing power, test cycles, security, reliability, everything.

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Topics: Test Systems, Trends, Internet of Things, Skid Systems

Engineering Safe Systems in Hazardous Environments

Posted by Steve Beyer on Dec 20, 2016 3:04:39 PM

Many companies employ systems of interconnected piping, pumps, accumulators, filters, heat exchangers, etc. and associated control systems to produce a specific set of conditions or products in a manufacturing or production process. Optimation specializes in this space, delivering such systems on skids or in pods for food, chemical, industrial coatings, or other products. Often these systems are designed and engineered to yield an environment for controlling processes using gases such as nitrogen or argon, etc. This requires use of specific technologies and materials, combined in such a way that they not only deliver the right pressures and volumes, but also employ the proper materials, fittings, piping, and valves. We also must consider the safety features that accompany such conditions in the presence of electricity which introduces a whole other set of risks.

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Topics: Manufacturing, Safety, Controls, Skid Systems, Test Systems

Manufacturing Using Process Skid Based Systems

Posted by Bill Pollock on Jan 12, 2016 11:46:16 AM

At Optimation we support and promote manufacturing by designing, fabricating and installing manufacturing systems.  There are many different needs by different manufacturers.  One of the common requests we get from manufacturers is to fabricate skid based systems.  From a simplistic perspective, a skid based system can be compared to using a modular home instead of stick built construction.  Skids can be built remotely, moved in quickly and may fit into difficult locations or installed in locations where there isn't sufficient local skilled trade labor to build a system from the ground up. 

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Topics: Skid Systems

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