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From concept to fabrication, ask a process designer what he thinks about that P&ID?

In last month’s article: “Your next process project – why starting with those PFD’s and P&ID’s is the way to go”, we looked at why a Process Flow Diagram (PFD) is the first step, and why and how it evolves into a Piping and Instrumentation Diagram (P&ID) to help ensure a successful project. This month, […]

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Your next process project – why starting with those PFD’s and P&ID’s is the way to go.

OK, you are starting a new process project, and you need to get the project team to agree on the process purpose, what equipment is required, what plant utilities are needed, are they available, what are the budgetary estimates and what permitting is required. The starting point can be daunting but using a Process Flow […]

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The Benefits of 3D Laser Scanning—According to an IDI Client

It’s one thing for us to tout the long list of benefits that our 3D laser scanning capabilities bring to the job. It’s another to hear it straight from the client. Bob Uncapher, the former resident engineer at 3M’s plant in Midway, Tennessee, reflected on a time when IDI and 3D scanning played a crucial […]

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Why Every Engineer Should Pull a Few More Seats to the Table

One of the best things an engineer can do after engaging an engineering firm is pull a few more seats to the table. At IDI we stress the need to incorporate the end users and their perspective from the get-go. That means bringing floor managers and maintenance personnel into each project. Too often engineering firms […]

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Nothing Triggers a Headache Like a Bad Drawing

The devil is in the details—especially if those details are a mess. There’s a big difference between a well-done drawing package and a not-so-well-done package. The former can make things so much easier for an engineer and their fabricator/constructor. The latter can cause a major headache, which is why it’s so important for an engineer […]

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The Small Projects That Can Make a Big Difference

Sometimes the small projects are the ones that make a real difference. Something as specific as designing a new structural platform or modifying an existing one can give your employees a better and safer way to access a piece of equipment. But the seemingly easy things can end up being the toughest to get done. […]

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How Used Equipment Can Save You a Staggering Amount of Time and Money

Projects completed in a fraction of the time for a fraction of the cost. It sounds too good to be true, but it’s possible by leveraging the used equipment market, as IDI has recently done for some of our clients. In the two most recent cases, a supplier to Oak Ridge National Laboratory and a […]

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6 Ways 3D Laser Scanning Can Save Time, Money

IDI has been using 3D laser scanning technology from FARO for years, and we’re continuing to uncover new advantages to doing so. It’s an efficient and cost-effective way to collect the exact dimensions of existing structures needed for 2D and 3D retrofit projects. Here are six benefits that stood out in two recent projects we […]