Historically, the design-build industry utilizes the EPC (engineer, procure, construct) model, a well-known strategy for building a plant and procuring, automating, and installing the required equipment. This comprehensive model allows for proper equipment integration based on building and operation conditions.
While the EPC model has been working well, there is a chance for collaboration gaps, especially related to the manufacturing of specialty equipment and specialty hygienic fabrications. For those that work in a Food & Beverage facility, you know just how important the equipment is to the daily operations. Quality, delivery, integration, and performance of equipment are all equally critical. To avoid collaboration gaps, Gray has introduced EPMCTM – engineer, procure, manufacture, construct.
Adding manufacturing as an in-line part of the process necessitates earlier conversations with the equipment manufacturer, meaning that quality and performance expectations and timelines for equipment are laid out before any construction begins.
The team at AD Process Equipment supports Gray’s specialty equipment manufacturing arm, along with Anderson Dahlen. Both companies are familiar with custom manufacturing, approaching each design, fabrication, and project with a personalized process.
“Identifying specialized equipment early on in design-build projects is an important factor in creating efficient operations,” says Perry Henderson, vice president, sales, Anderson Dahlen. “When process equipment is not effectively planned, there can be delays in getting the plant up and running, or a facility may not be as efficient.”
Integrating the manufacturing of equipment into the EPMCTM model will provide Food & Beverage processors with a competitive advantage, performing at their best right at the beginning of a facility opening, rather than piecing together inefficient operations.
Continue reading the full article, How EPMCTM is Changing the Food & Beverage Industry, on Gray’s News & Insights page.