Benefits of Process Skid Mounting

Frame Mounted Thermal Process Assembly


A major beverage manufacturer needed to heat 40 gallons per minute of single strength juice from 70 to 145°F, then cool the juice to 105°F for packaging. The customer contracted Placer Process Systems to provide a solution that would process their juice, integrate with their existing process, meet all sanitary requirements, and minimize production downtime. Placer Process Systems successfully designed, fabricated, and installed a frame mounted system, with direct heat regen through a plate and frame heat exchanger, that met all the customer’s requirements.

Frame Mounted Concept

Fabricate components on a supporting frame with leveling feet including tanks, pumps, valves, instruments, piping, and process piping:

  • Complete system fabrication in a shop-controlled environment
  • Connect power and perform shop functional testing and customer acceptance testing before shipment
  • Focus field work on equipment handling and interconnecting piping
  • Typically, same journeyman team for shop fabrication and installation for seamless integration

Frame Mounted Advantage

  • Start the site tie-ins, pipe supports, and process piping before the skids arrive for a shorter timeline
  • Reduce labor costs when installing in an existing process environment
  • Minimize disruption to existing production and quality operations
  • Reduce contractor personnel on customer premises
  • Minimize process shut down for installation
  • Allow highest quality fabrication methods
  • Complete a project with lowest safety risk for customer and contractors


Skid Mounted Process System

Assembly Frame Sub-Systems

The frame assembly had 5 key components:

  1. Stainless steel support frame
  2. Plate & frame heat exchanger
  3. Sanitary booster pump
  4. Pressure and temperature sensors
  5. Sanitary control valves

All assembly piping is sanitary polished ID/OD tubing

Plate & Frame Heat Exchanger

Placer Process Systems sized and integrated a plate & frame heat exchanger to accomplish customer’s process needs:

  • Compact design
  • Efficient heat transfer
  • Low operating cost
  • All heat exchanger & piping gaskets are FDA approved EPDM

Sanitary Booster Pump

Placer Process Systems integrated a sanitary booster pump designed to supply the correct flow and pressure to the customer’s existing system:

  • High reliability
  • Easily accessible by maintenance personnel
  • Pump mounts securely to frame, not to floor
  • Frame mounted systems are wash-down friendly

Pressure and Temperature Sensors

  • Quality components chosen for the specific application
  • Fully integrated with existing process

System Valves

Placer Process Systems used single seat sanitary valves with automated pneumatic actuators

  • 316 stainless steel wetted parts with EPDM elastomer
  • Seat valves offer reliability and ease of maintenance


Our customer received a high-quality system that integrated fully with their existing process.

Our assembly is currently in use in their facility and is providing reliable and economical service.


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