Custom Engineered Solutions

Custom Process Equipment

Custom Process Equipment designs and manufactures custom engineered packages and modules for the Petroleum and Marine industries. Headquartered in Carencro, Louisiana, the company operates two leading edge manufacturing facilities within that state, as well as an office in Colombia, in order to provide clients with a complete line of engineering services and manufacturing capabilities.

The end result of the company’s efforts is a fully customized solution that enables clients to complete major projects on time and within budget.

Custom Process Equipment was launched by four industry insiders eager to put their expertise to good use. “We had all been working together building other companies for the last 15 years,” Cofounder Brandon Gaspard recalls. “And then an opportunity came up for us to start our own company, so we took advantage of it.” The move paid off almost immediately. “In the first years of business we pretty much doubled our growth every year.” Today, growth remains high at approximately 20 percent annually.

The company’s custom engineered solution sets it apart. “We offer a solution that is different to what is typically offered in the industry,” Mr. Gaspard points out. “A lot of fabricators in the industry offer a standard type product, so you don’t have a lot of options. [Those solutions aren’t] customized to fit your particular process parameters.” Custom Process Equipment, on the other hand, is able to step away from standard designs to create exactly what the client needs. This includes large, complex projects such as early production facilities for international clients. “We are making custom fit solutions for each particular client that they could replicate from one field to another, so it becomes a standard for that company,” Mr. Gaspard explains. “It is very important to our clients.”

Obviously, producing a custom engineered solution requires innovation, and the team relies on creative, out of the box thinking to deliver the ideal solution. For example, in a recent research and development project, Custom Process Equipment developed an entirely new type of equipment to do the job. The company also recently completed a large, state of the art early production facility in South America for Schlumberger.

The company supplies a complete solution, from design and manufacture all the way through to installation, and the team’s Technical Service Group provides start-up and commissioning services for all of its equipment. Programming, troubleshooting, and start-up services are available for a wide range of PLC systems and process systems including: Allen Bradley, GE, Siemens, SCADAPack, Modicon, Square D, Separators, Heater Treaters, LACT Units, Glycol Dehydration Units, Amine Plants and Chemical Injection Skids.

The company keeps its own process engineering group on staff in order to maintain complete control of every project and ensure the best outcomes. “That is unique,” says Mr. Gaspard. “Normally you only see that in companies that are much, much larger than ours.” This staff is made up of a careful balance of experience and youthful enthusiasm. “Our staff is a mix of very experienced [engineers] who have been in the industry for over 20 years and a lot of young, energetic engineers who are new to the business. The mix works very well. The younger guys bring a lot of energy, a lot of new ideas,” while the experienced talent provides mentoring and a level of wisdom that can only be gained from years on the job.

The greatest challenge for the company is finding properly trained staff, so this mentoring is invaluable. “Our number one holdback is finding adequate personnel,” shares Mr. Gaspard. “We counter that by mixing older talent with newer talent and with a lot of training programs that we have put into place. We are here to teach young people who want to learn the business. We are bringing new guys into the industry and training them.”

Custom Process Equipment’s chemical and mechanical engineers utilize the latest process and mechanical design software to deliver the highest level in equipment design and operational efficiencies. Engineering Software includes Promax Process Simulation, Risa 3D Structural Analysis, Compress Pressure Vessel Design, Autodesk Simulation Mechanical, and Autodesk Simulation CFD.

Engineered systems include separation equipment, process heaters, oil treating systems, liquid recovery, production units, sweetening equipment, oil and gas dehydration systems, gas filtration, structural systems, piping systems, and modular system packaging. Typical construction materials utilized include carbon steel, stainless steel, and special materials. Perhaps most importantly, a process guarantee is included on all of the equipment that the team designs and manufactures.

Custom Process Equipment’s primary manufacturing facility is located in Carencro, Louisiana. The total yard area is a whopping 12 acres; the 90,000 square feet of manufacturing floor space includes a climate controlled painting booth and enough room to allow all assemblies to be completed indoors so that weather has no effect on the company’s production schedule. The eve height of the pipe and small vessel shop reaches 30 feet, while the eve height of the main facility soars to 50 feet. The facility’s heated indoor paint booth measures 21’ x 65’ x 19’ and its outdoor covered painting area measures 50’ x 50’ x 50’. The sandblast building comes in at 50’ x 50’ x 50’.

The company has invested heavily in the facility’s equipment, allowing the team to take on virtually any project, even those that require heavy lifting and detailed design. Heavy loads are managed with a series of cranes that include two 20 ton overhead cranes, two 40 ton overhead cranes, and one 35 ton yard crane.

Recently, Custom Process Equipment has been focused heavily on gas dehydration and gas sweetening projects. The company’s gas sweetening plants range from small, extremely efficient designs to very large onshore / offshore plants. Other process specialties include Dew Point Control, Fuel Gas Conditioning, Gas, Refrigeration Plants, Crude Dehydration / Desalting, Crude Sweetening, Crude / Condensate Stabilization, Primary Separation, Primary Solids Separation, and Ancillary Equipment.

Projects are a mix of both international and domestic, with most U.S. projects related to shale exploitation. “That is what has kept the U.S. market going,” Mr. Gaspard shares. However, “the real mainstay for us is international work.” The company has an office in Colombia and carries out work throughout South America and the Middle East.

The team has relied on several key strategies to maintain success around the world. “Good work, return business, and word of mouth” are key to keeping sales up. While the company does have an active sales team, “There is nothing better than word of mouth. That has really worked for us.” The company’s wares sell themselves, Mr. Gaspard adds, because “we offer a better product at more cost effective pricing.” As a result, “people are finding out about us. They are seeing our projects up and running in other countries. It is really opening people’s eyes to alternatives.”

Sales are so strong, in fact, that the team is considering expanding the company’s facilities in both Carencro and Columbia. “We just want to continue to grow,” Mr. Gaspard summarizes. With a history of impressive growth dating all the way back to the company’s inception, the outlook for future development – and ongoing success – certainly looks promising.

For more information about Custom Process Equipment, please visit http://www.cpe-llc.com/

August 19, 2017, 2:43 PM EDT

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