Modular Installation Saves Downtime and Increases Consistency

Unilever Modular Leadin

Central States Industrial (CSI) installed a system for the customer in the traditional field installation method. All the equipment and tanks were delivered to the job site and installed, along with process piping, during a system shutdown. When the customer came back and asked CSI to perform a similar installation, they needed it completed in a very short window of time. CSI decided to convert the system to a module or skid. This would allow the system to be standardized and installed in a much shorter period of time.

The project was a great success. The customer was able to shorten their construction window a great deal and realized they could capitalize the system as a single piece of equipment, easily relocate it if necessary, and recreate the process in multiple locations, without worry of process inconsistencies due to variation in the installation or construction.

Within a year of installation, the business decided that this process was better suited in another location across the country. Having the system as a module also greatly reduced the time and complexity of moving the process and recommissioning it.


Central States Industrial Equipment (CSI) is a leader in distribution of hygienic pipe, valves, fittings, pumps, heat exchangers, and MRO supplies for hygienic industrial processors, with four distribution facilities across the U.S. CSI also provides detail design and execution for hygienic process systems in the food, dairy, beverage, pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and personal care industries. Specializing in process piping, system start-ups, and cleaning systems, CSI leverages technology, intellectual property, and industry expertise to deliver solutions to processing problems. More information can be found at