CLIENT

Materials Manufacturer

DESCRIPTION

Production Facility Retrofit

SERVICES

Industrial Process
Automation & Controls

LOCATION

Joplin, Missouri

Increasing Production while Reducing Formaldehyde Use

This client’s process for producing insulation uses formaldehyde—a colorless, strong-smelling chemical common in the industry. Due to an increase in environmental and health concerns surrounding the use of this chemical, our client chose to diversify by retrofitting existing production facilities to produce No Added Formaldehyde (NAF) insulation in addition to the company’s traditional product.

The project aimed to increase the facility’s production capability while using as much existing equipment as possible. In addition, the client needed to execute these modifications from design to startup in less than four months, with minimal disruption to the plant’s production schedule.

We provided engineering design, procurement, and technical bid preparation as well as construction and commissioning support for this project. Our team also developed a design strategy to minimize the overall cost of the project. In the design phase, we identified a significant cost-savings opportunity—by removing an existing, unused system and utilizing the footprint for new equipment, the client was able to forego an expensive expansion originally planned as part of the modification project. We also identified opportunities to repurpose much of the instrumentation and mechanical equipment. During the construction phase, we worked closely with the mechanical contractor to resolve several challenges, including construction and commissioning complications caused by inclement weather.

Our design and collaboration helped the client complete construction to increase capacity safely and on schedule with significant cost savings, despite many challenges.