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The Source is published especially for Oil & Gas, Power and Air Quality processing engineers and professionals to provide them with up-to-date information on news, technologies and the latest projects relating to engineered-to-order, modular process packages and systems.


IFS Water Injection Systems

When Upstream Oil & Gas companies drill for hydrocarbons, water is typically present in the reservoir and produced along with the oil & gas stream.  The produced water can contain contaminants like salt and can be considered corrosive and toxic.  Proper handling of the produced water is critical  The produced water can be re-injected into a licensed produced water disposal well or injected into the producing oil & gas reservoir to pressurize or sweep the reservoir to increase oil & gas production.

IFS Water Injection Package Solutions

IFS specializes in the design and manufacture of skid-mounted, modular liquid and gas process systems and is proud to be a global solution provider of modular packages for the process industry. This includes the design and fabrication of water injection pump packages. IFS’s Packaged Pump Systems with Building (PPSB) are designed to minimize on site installation costs by including the complete pumping system, electrical switchgear, instrumentation/controls, and insulated building enclosure in one transportable module. PPSB Series are used for water injection, effluent transfer, pipeline, chemical injection, and firewater systems. The complete system includes pumps, electric motors, suction/discharge piping, valving, instrumentation, controls, and switchgear.

Standard Features

  • Pump Types
    • API 674 Horizontal multiplex plunger
    • ANSI B73.1 or ANSI B73.2 Single stage centrifugal
    • API 610 Single or multistage centrifugal
    • API 675 Metering
  • Electric motor or engine (gas or diesel) drive
  • Full pump/motor instrumentation including vibration, temperature, flow, and pressure monitoring.
  • Rigid structural steel base with curbed perimeter and drain to minimize environmental impact
  • Hydrotesting of all piping
  • Human Machine Interface
  • High quality industrial coating system

Optional Features

  • Simplex, Duplex, and Triplex pump configurations
  • All NEMA or IEC rated enclosures and components for Class 1, Div. 1 or Div. 2 electrical areas
  • Microprocessor controller to monitor critical functions and provide complete system control
  • Complete string test of package
  • Building panels designed with Arctic insulation for severe weather installations

Additional Services

  • Nationwide Service Network
  • Installation and Supervision
  • Turn-Key Projects
  • Equipment leasing Program
  • Extended Equipment Warranty

Why Buy a Modular Process System?

When you need a new or replacement process package, you can select a “stick-built” solution (contract engineering, design, & on-site field construction) or a “modular” solution (engineering, design, shop fabrication, and testing performed in a controlled environment, ready to install on site).  A modular solution is a method that will save time and energy.

The impact of the factors below need to be evaluated when comparing stick built versus modular solutions.

Modular vs Stick Built Process Units

Lump Sum Bid – Contracts for modular solutions are lump sum fixed price including engineering, design, fabrication, testing, and delivery to site.  Contracts for stick built solutions are normally time-and-material based with no upper limit. Lump Sum contracts require only one purchase order. Budgeting is easier and cost overruns much less risky.

Labor Cost – Shop costs are typically fixed. Site labor costs depend upon local availability of specific trades required to do the type of work needed. Additional cost variables include supervision labor, tools, safety watch, testing, etc.

Productivity – Shops typically have standard operating procedures, ISO 9001 Quality Management Systems, and established techniques that add to the overall efficiency of the work. In addition, shop environments are not weather dependent, so loss of productivity and risk of schedule delays due to wind, rain, snow, flooding, etc. are rare.

Equipment – Shop environments typically include overhead bridge cranes, calibrated welding equipment, nondestructive examination instruments, blast & paint facilities, etc. Stick-built jobs require advance planning to get this equipment on site.

Materials – Shops have reliable and ready sources of the materials and components needed to build modules that meet industry requirements and local standards.  On site warehousing allows indoor storage of “work in process” materials.  Stick-built construction must source, order, transport and wait for materials to arrive.

Safety – Shop production environments follow written safety procedures as part of the regular work process. Safety training is a part of everyday work in a shop environment. Most modern fabrication shops have written safety programs and a safety team on staff.  Site built construction may require special and frequent training of temporary employees who are not as familiar with a specific type of work site and safety procedures.  Additional safety challenges include working in difficult weather environments.

Schedule – With modular skid fabrication, a detailed schedule can be created and followed reflecting each step in the project from design to testing.  Simultaneously, site permitting and field prep can be performed.  Once the site is ready, the modular solutions can be shipped and installed without delay. This is all possible if the shop has a well-planned process that is monitored and tracked by a computer-based scheduling system. Thus, the modularization process limits on-site construction only to prepping the site for the module installation. With stick-built jobs, the site-prep construction has to be completed before the new unit is built on site.

Plant Site Interruption – When a new process unit is built next to an existing operating unit, there are many hazards and safety risks associated with the field construction activities due to contract construction workers on site. Modular skid fabrication minimizes these potential hazards and production interruptions.

Also, modular systems are tested at the shop under duplicated plant site conditions. They arrive at the plant ready to “plug in” and start working.

Single-Source Responsibility – Modular skid fabrication reduces the burden on the plant’s project management resources.

  • ONE purchase order for the entire modular unit build
  • ONE number to call for all issues related to the build, on-going maintenance, and service after installation

For more information on modular skid fabrication, please see Why buy a Modular System? Cost, Quality, Reliability, Ready to “Plug in” & Single Source.


IFS Operations Group Deploying Kaizen 5S

The IFS Operations Group is implementing Kaizen 5S workplace organization to ensure they are operating in the most efficient manner.

What is Kaizen 5S?

Kaizen 5S methodology originated in Japan and was first implemented by the Toyota Motor Corporation. It is a systematic, visual approach to workplace organization and is widely considered the first step in implementing a Kaizen/Lean culture to reduce waste and improve productivity. Having an organized workplace that utilizes visual cues to maintain itself allows operations to proceed more smoothly.

There are five key practices involved in 5S. They are as follows:

SortSort through materials, keeping only the essential items needed to complete tasks. When in doubt, throw it out!
Set in OrderEnsure that all items are organized and each item has a designated place. This often involves placing items in ergonomic locations where people will not need to bend or make extra movements to reach them.
ShineThis means cleaning and maintaining the newly organized workspace.
StandardizeCreate a set of standards for both organization and processes. This is where you take the first three S’s and make rules for how and when these tasks will be performed.
SustainSustain new practices and conduct audits to maintain discipline. New practices become habit.


Benefits of Kaizen 5S

  • Creates proper environment for standard work
  • Improved Product Quality
  • Less Waste
  • Reduced Costs
  • Less downtime and equipment failures
  • Improved Customer Delivery Times
  • Safer Work Environment

The IFS Operations Group began to implement Kaizen 5S on March 27, 2017 with a facility walk, in which all employees conducted a Facility Walk to explain the 5S methodology. Tentative future  milestone dates include May 8, 2017, when Sorting is scheduled to get underway, June 12, 2017 for Set in Order and July 17, 2017 when the Shine phase tentatively begins. Please note that all dates are tentative and subject to change.

For more information on the Kaizen 5S implementation, see “Kaizen 5S Events Deployment Plan.”