PCR Engineering employee checks a created process flow diagram (PFD) P&ID (piping and instrumentation flow diagram) during the basic engineering phase

Concept studies - from the idea to the basis for decision-making

Whether it is a new product launch or an increase in production capacity, right from the initial planning phase we are happy to support you in the development and selection of the right technology or location choice. To ensure the optimal project progress, we set the focus on the definition of the process and the main components. The result is a process concept with process data of the main components, including the first cost estimation, the first building and plant layout as well as the legal classification of the project.

Concept planning

  • Fixing process specifications and data
  • Concept development
  • Feasibility studies
  • Mass, energy and material balances
  • Authority and safety engineering/ approval planning
  • Cost recording/ budget planning/ cost calculation of investment
  • Operation and plant concepts
  • PFD (Process Flow Diagram)

As a result of the concept study, one or several realization concepts are prepared. Those include: 3D layout, PFD, cost estimation, project risk matrix, evaluation of the project in terms of approval law and schedule. Conceptual planning may also include comparison of multiple sites, process technologies or plant layouts with respect to their advantages and disadvantages.

The decisions made on the basis of the concept studies largely determine the investment sum and the realization timeline.

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Case study - concept study

An international corporation commissioned us with a case study for the construction of a pilot plant at one of its European sites. There were several potential sites on the company's premises, each with different advantages and disadvantages in terms of available floor space, building height and existing infrastructure. As part of the case study, we surveyed the shortlisted sites using 3D scans and made various proposals for the plant layout. This allowed us to quickly determine the optimal location. Furthermore, we made proposals for a suitable solid dosing system, an inerting concept and a cost estimation as part of the contract.