The 3 S’s of Prefabrication Efficiency in Mechanical Skids

Prefabrication of engine rooms, boilers, and other mechanical equipment results in the three S’s – Scheduling benefits, Safety for workers and Smaller numbers on-site.

Our ISO-certified Fabrication Shop can prepare and prefabricate mechanical skids to make any construction project run more smoothly. Our team connects the appropriate attachments, piping and mechanical services in the shop to improve efficiency on the job site.

At the same time, the work moved to shop floor helps you reduce waste. The shop environment is ideal for utilizing raw materials efficiently, reducing overall scrap. It also removes the waste and scrap from your job site.

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Prefabrication involves preplanning and developing the entire system in the shop. This includes all of the hookup and finishing touches of the product. This allows for maximum efficiency in scheduling. While your on-site crew is working on site preparation and construction, our team is simultaneously preparing the mechanical skids to be delivered to your site at the exact moment you need them.

When they arrive, the prefabrication work completed in the shop shaves days or weeks off of the installation process. Your busy construction schedule can save valuable time by prefabricating your systems. All of that leads to a quicker speed to occupancy, saving you time and money.

Safety for Workers

When working in our shop, we are able to fully maximize the safety of the workers. The controlled environment in the shop allows for bench-height work. Our shop is designed to make it safer for skilled craftsmen to work on mechanical equipment.

Contrast that to on-site work, and you find tight fits, with numerous pinch injury opportunities, and overhead work with the inherent danger in working on ladders. By utilizing prefabricated mechanical skids for your project, you’re able to reduce the number of workers in tight, confined spaces. At the same time, that reduces your on-site liability and makes for a safer worksite overall.

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Prefabrication of mechanical skids also allows us to reduce the number of workers needed on-site. This will lower costs associated with the site and reduce the potential for scheduling conflicts. By moving some of the work into our fabrication facility, you can operate with a smaller focused team, especially in the last phases of construction, when the time being spent is mission critical. A strategy for a smaller number of workers onsite is not simply a way to make things easier; it’s a way to get an advantage over traditional construction.

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Smart Service: Planning for the lifecyle of your mechanical equipment

B1000303 OSU NRDT-Tep FULL RES DSC_6731Mechanical equipment is not designed to run forever. It’s important to plan ahead for future replacements. Each piece of equipment has a unique life cycle, and at TP Mechanical, we work with you to develop a timeline for replacement.

The timeline allows your business to plan and, most importantly, save for the replace of the equipment based on its current performance and its typical life cycle. Capital expenses are more palatable when they’re anticipated and planned for. No organization wants to take on surprise costs that may alter your company’s ability to meet business goals and objectives.

B1000303 OSU NRDT-Tep FULL RES DSC_6753So how do we calculate the life cycle of a piece of mechanical equipment:

  1. Review the equipment manufacturer information, warranty, manual and other documentation. Typically, the OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) will provide some guidance on the expected life of a piece of equipment – with proper maintenance.
  2. Look at industry research and averages. In many cases, you can learn the typical hours of operation and compare it to your facility’s usage to determine how many years you can expect from the equipment.
    • Boiler – 15 to 25 years, depending on the type
    • Heat Exchanger (commercial shell & tube type) – 20 to 25 years
    • Heat Exchangers (package roof top units) – 8 to 15 years
    • Chiller – 15 to 23 years
  3. Analyze the maintenance history of the equipment. Has it been a problem since the equipment came online? Or has it always run smoothly? Has your team conducted regular maintenance and checks on the equipment? The service history can be an excellent indication of the equipment’s future performance.
  4. Complete a thorough inspection. How much longer your equipment will last depends a lot on the shape it is in today. At TP Mechanical, we recommend checking your equipment at regular points throughout its life cycle. This will alert you and your team to potential problems. It can also spot small issues before they become a crisis.

After a review of all of the available information and an inspection, TP Mechanical can provide you with a recommendation as to when you can expect to replace your mechanical equipment. Armed with the facts, we can develop a maintenance plan and a replacement plan to meet your needs and your budget while maximizing your equipment’s lifecycle.