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Roeslein Leads the Way In the D&I Can Industry

For more than two decades, the experienced team of professionals at Roeslein & Associates has earned a global reputation for exceptional, on-time service and unparalleled quality among aluminum beverage container manufacturers.  Our Modularized, Unitized, and Preassembled systems are the standard within the D&I can industry.  More recently, Roeslein has put that expertise and reputation to work in other industries including oil and gas, refinery, petrochemical, power, chemical and pharmaceutical. This article is the first of a series over several months designed to explain how we are serving both our traditional customers and new markets and the advantages of our unique approach: Modularization, Unitization, and Preassembly.

If you’re an executive in the D&I can industry, it’s possible you’ve encountered a situation like this one. You decided to invest in new capacity for your operation and hired a reputable manufacturing process vendor that offered you a competitive price and a promising schedule for completion. Throughout the design process, everything seemed to be going as planned. Twenty months later, shipments to your plant in a remote location start to arrive. Other parts come later, and others later still. Twenty-five months after you hired the vendor and over budget, production is up and running, but even now, not yet at full capacity.  

Customers that partner with Roeslein, however, realize a net savings by having made an investment in our high-performance, integrated solution that is proven to deliver reduced start-up times and improved efficiency and reliability. By moving most of the construction process to our fabrication and manufacturing facilities in Red Bud, Illinois and Shanghai, Roeslein removes much of the unpredictability associated with the job site that results in delays and inefficiencies. 

“Think of the delays our customers avoid by making sure that all parts are safely integrated and functioning before they arrive in the field,” says Rob Campbell, vice president of Operations at Roeslein’s Integrated Manufacturing Technologies based in Red Bud. “The typical time it takes Roeslein to complete a project for one of our customers is 12-15 months, and we are constantly striving to improve this timeframe.”

Roeslein achieves this through its signature methodology: Modularization, Unitization, and Preassembly. This combines complex manufacturing systems and their components into self-contained unit sections assembled at one of our two manufacturing facilities: Integrated Manufacturing Technologies, Inc. (IMT) – a wholly owned subsidiary of Roeslein & Associates; or Roeslein & Associates Shanghai.

After the modular unit sections are assembled, they are thoroughly evaluated and tested for quality, performance, and safety while still in the controlled environment of our facilities.  Parts are then disassembled, marked, tagged, and packaged by unit section for delivery to the job site. The same Roeslein project manager who has supervised a project since the beginning of the design and engineering phase oversees delivery and reassembly of unit sections, resulting in improved efficiency and on-time completion.

“We are able to complete projects for our customers so quickly and efficiently because we’ve separated the equipment build from the facility build,” says Campbell. Preassembly and testing removes job-site delays caused by missing, damaged or out-of-spec equipment. Precise timing of unit section delivery to the job site eliminates stacking of trades and work interruptions.

“And we’ve all but removed the challenges associated with the vulnerable, unpredictable nature of the job-site location,” says Campbell. Other vendors who rely on a traditional stick-build approach still face challenges inherent to building on-site such as the availability and quality of local labor and accessibility to specialized equipment or tradesmen. Inclement weather or local infrastructure failures don’t interfere with Roeslein’s production schedules.

By combining complex manufacturing systems and their components into self-contained unit sections at one of the company’s manufacturing facilities, Roeslein more efficiently overcomes the challenges that come with the unpredictability of the job site.  Because of this signature methodology customers who choose to partner with Roeslein realize the quickest return on their investment.

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