Paradigm Shift describing Process Functionalities instead of specifying Equipment“

A concept for the future standardization in plant configuration was published some years ago with the Whitepaper „Modular Plants“

In the meantime this approach has acquired wide acceptance by operators within the chemical industry. Current discussions about energy transformation and independency from unreliable sources will trigger and require increased modularization to speed up plant design and construction and to support the conversion to smaller decentralized energy supply systems and conversion to chemicals ideally directly on-site.
Now its practical application shall be rolled out among In this progress report the result of several executed workshops with participants from equipment suppliers, industry and academia will be presented using the fundamental modular thinking approach presented in the original whitepaper.
The aim is to demonstrate the developed methodology of designing a universally applicable module in a collaborative approach between supplier and operator.


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The Progress Report was assembled by the ProcessNet group modular plants with members from:

Evonik, Merck, BASF, CLARIANT, Bayer, CHT, DrMüller, TU Dortmund University , TU Dresden, FH Südwestfalen

In cooperation with:

ProMinent, Lewa, Zeton, DeDietrich, Seepex, HNP Mikrosysteme, Fink Chem+Tec, Sera, HitecZang, Kramer&Best, Pfaudler Normag Systems, hte