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Design of small process plants in 3D - for even better results

19 July 2019

Small systems can be designed and built even better with the help of a 3D system. This makes it possible to design plants of any size.

Small plants are often still designed in 2D. The purchase of a 3D system may not seem to be worthwhile at first glance, but on closer inspection, 3D design offer many advantages and saves a lot of time.

Compared to their larger siblings, small process plants are comparatively manageable. They often form a self-contained system that can be integrated into larger plants. These small systems are often designed using only P&IDs and 2D drawings. But even here, the creation of a 2D drawing with multiple views to define the pipework is often very time-consuming and error-prone. Consequently, the design phase is protracted and very uneconomical for both the project and company.

Plant design software for small projects

If you look at a typical small plant that has been designed in 3D, it will often appear to be clearly laid out. This is because 3D software offers many advantages when designing small plants. The exact positioning of equipment and routing of pipework is easy to achieve in 3D. Detailed 2D drawing and parts lists can also be automatically generated from the model in just a few seconds. This saves many working hours per project, even with small projects, and design errors can be avoided through automated collision detection.

Make the switch to 3D – Who dares wins

In this age of increasing digitalization, many companies recognize the need to position themselves more strongly in the field of design. One such company is CO-REF, a manufacturer of compressors for the refrigeration industry. CO-REF relies on CAD Schroer's MPDS4 3D software from start to finish throughout their design process to significantly reduce project timescales and ensure design quality.

Try 3D software on your own project

In order to be able to fully appreciate the advantages of 3D design, you simply have to try out such software on your own projects. To make it easy for 3D newcomers to get started with 3D plant design, software developer CAD Schroer offers a free trial version of its MPDS4 plant design software. This can be used to try out the software on your own projects. Companies can also access video tutorials and 1-to-1 support to ensure a quick start with the software. CAD Schroer also offers attractive special offers to facilitate your entry into the world of 3D.

Summary: The design of small process plants with a professional 3D system like MPDS4 brings many advantages and considerable time savings.

This makes it possible to design plants of any size

For more information, please contact:

CAD Schroer GmbH
Fritz-Peters-Straße 11
47447 Moers
Tel:  +44 1223 850 942 
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