The Plant Optimization Experts™
Rely on the experts at EPI to identify root-cause problems, engineer cost-effective solutions, and start-up your projects to optimize plant profitability and safety. EPI’s simulation based approach ensures an optimal system design tailored to your specific needs. Our detailed models identify the most cost effective solution that is carried through the FEED, detailed design, construction and start-up phases. EPI has the expertise to take your project from concept to start-up and achieve all of your project goals.
EPI’s unique technology based approach significantly reduces the cost of engineering and design versus traditional approaches. EPI has a proven track record of high value and high ROI project results with 100% success. This includes new and revolutionary process designs to large complex cooling water, steam and firewater systems. Our innovative team includes an industry leader in process engineering software, EPCON International, and a pioneer in process design, the National Thermodynamic Laboratory (NTL).
EPI has partnered with the National Thermodynamic Laboratory (NTL) to develop new, cutting-edge Process Design services. NTL’s high level of experience along with their ability to research and design pilot processes complements EPI’s expertise in engineering and design. Our team of industry experts will design and optimize your existing process or develop a new process to meet your requirements through detailed design, construction, and start-up.
EPI specializes in process design projects for the chemical processing industries including high purity separation processes for close boiling and/or hazardous materials. Our proficiency with industry leading process engineering software has resulted in EPI successfully pioneering new process designs with optimal efficiency and reliability at lower cost that other EPC firms.
Improve production, profitability, safety and environmental compliance with a Utility System Optimization of your plant. EPI’s nearly 20 years of experience with utility systems combined with the use of EPCON International’s industry leading fluid flow simulation software technologies make this possible. Systems modeled and optimized include cooling water, steam, condensate, boiler feedwater, clarified water, instrument air, fuel gas, natural gas, etc.
EPI develops up-to-date computer simulation models that represent the current operating performance of each utility system. We develop multiple scenario models ensuring that recommendations to system deficiencies will result in desired performance. Once we identify the optimal design, EPI can provide detailed design and construction services.
EPI’s relief valve analysis identities overpressure scenarios, calculates relief loads and determines the adequacy of relief devices and associated inlet/outlet piping. The calculation basis for each relief valve is documented including overpressure scenario rationale for applicability, assumptions, and methodology to comply with OSHA PSM standards. EPI identifies undersized relief valves, excessive inlet pressure drops, high back pressures, etc. and mitigates the concerns present.
EPI also evaluates the flare header capacity to determine adequacy and report on valves with excessive back pressures. As part of a flare analysis, EPI determines the adequacy of all the components of the flare system including flare knock-out drum, flare stack design and location. EPI also provides radiation and dispersion analysis as part of our comprehensive service.
EPI develops up-to-date computer simulation models that represent the current operating performance of your firewater system. Multiple scenarios with a performance based design ensures an optimal fire protection system. We provide on-site hydrant and monitor testing to precisely confirm header plugging and to identify opportunities for increasing flow and pressure capacity. Our ability to precisely tune simulation models to current operations sets us apart as the industry leader.
EPI’s firewater systems analysis includes comprehensive radiant heat modeling. This ensures we provide the precise amount of firewater needed for each storage tank in your facility and avoids unnecessary capital expenditures. EPI will then complete the firewater system design to ensure your firewater system is fully optimized and code compliant.
Process Design & Optimization
Utility System Optimization
Pressure Relief & Flare Analysis
Firewater Analysis & Design
EPCON has been committed for 35 years to develop the full potential of engineers so they can make a significant, positive impact upon the world they live in. EPCON works closely with EPI Engineering to continually develop and refine EPCON's software products to meet the needs of their combined customer base. Their new Process Innovator simulation software interface was recognized by Chemical Processing magazine for it's significant contribution toward more effective and efficient plant operations (2013 Vaaler Award). The latest 9th edition of the API Technical Data Book is considered the Refiner's Bible for engineers working in the petroleum industry.
Current software development projects include fluid flow simulation, process simulation, flare simulation, relief valve analysis, flash/mixture calculations, process equipment sizing and costing, and process equipment specification. EPCON has received 4 Vaaler Awards from Chemical Processing magazine and 2 Product of the Year Awards from Plant Engineering magazine.
The National Thermodynamic Laboratory Inc. (NTL) is located at the Texas A&M University – Galveston campus. NTL is a leading distillation and separations experimental laboratory formed by engineers and scientists with the goal of implementing innovative separation and purification technologies for the chemical and environmental industries. As a technology developer and integrator specializing in applications that require extremely high purities or ones that involve extremely hazardous materials, NTL successfully finds solutions to any challenge.
With a leadership team of industry-recognized and world-renowned experts with decades of experience, the National Thermodynamic Laboratory (NTL) has successfully researched, developed, and commercialized numerous experimental projects, most of which have resulted in issued patents. The mission at NTL is to accomplish what has never been done before in process engineering for the benefit of mankind and to improve the world we live in.