Standardization by modularity provides flexibility to quickly move equipment and factories

After years in which customization was considered the holy grail, almost everyone nowadays strives for standardization. From a cost point of view and in order to be able to reuse knowledge, this makes perfect sense. By adding modularity to standardization, for example within our own SPMS, we can flexibly automate a wide range of industries. This combination of standardization and modularity also comes in handy when moving equipment and even complete factories.

Mounted on skids

There can be all kinds of reasons to move parts of a factory. For example, certain equipment may no longer fit in the current factory due to a renewal, but can still be used elsewhere. A necessary change in the factory layout too may trigger a transfer. In certain cases it may even be necessary to move a large part or even an entire factory. In order to disrupt existing processes as little as possible, equipment is usually mounted on skids, or frames. Moving equipment however takes more than that.

What belongs together is kept together

In order to minimize the transfer time from one location to another, we at Selmers always use a highly simplified, modular approach. We bundle all tactical combinations of both hardware and controls as much as possible on one skid or workstation. In other words: everything that belongs together is kept together. This prevents you, for instance, from spending another week or longer commissioning engines, valves and cylinders in the new setting. In fact, all you have to do is connect each piece of equipment using only two wires: one to the grid and another to the control system. Machines or installations can thus enter a container completely configured and taken into operation very quickly after unloading.

Quickly operational again

As a result of so-called Local Content Regulations (LCR) equipment increasingly needs to be integrated with third-party equipment at the destination as several countries use LCRs to promote the use of their own equipment and goods. This can be a challenge in itself, and in such situations too the installation time can be greatly reduced. Finally, a standard way of working is very useful when employees travel a lot and can work in the same way with certain equipment elsewhere in the world.

Would you like to know more about efficient, non-disruptive equipment transfer? Or are you faced with moving equipment or entire installations in the short term? Just call your sales contact or send an email to


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