— Kim Blankenship, Director of Contracts, E&C

Engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) projects are the bedrock of large-scale infrastructure growth across a wide range of industries — from oil and gas refineries to aerospace hangars to chemical processing plants. When it’s time to expand operations, EPC contractors are tasked with delivering a facility that is ready to operate.

Getting these complex projects across the finish line successfully is rarely smooth sailing. Accelerated timelines can quickly turn engineering and construction into controlled (or not-so-controlled) chaos. Engineering companies need to deal with several key challenges:

  1. Constant pausing and unpausing
  2. Unreliable supplier bidding and budgeting
  3. Material supply chain issues
  4. Communication gaps

To solve these challenges, it’s vital to set your project up for success at the very start by choosing a supplier that provides one-stop-shop support for quality, engineering, sourcing, production, documentation, and logistics.

Challenge 1: Responding to demanding schedule changes

EPC projects require a team to be flexible — able to quickly slam on the brakes and regain momentum at a moment’s notice. As a manufacturer and distributor of safety sealing and attachment components, Lamons can offer fast and responsive service by simplifying communication and eliminating delays between manufacturer, distributor, and construction.

To proactively plan for potential schedule changes, we’ve also built a dedicated EPC team who give their full attention to EPC projects. We provide bolts, gaskets, and hoses for a variety of industries, including oil and gas, petrochemical, and renewable energy. And we have a proven track record of successfully closing out projects on time or ahead of schedule.

Challenge 2: Unreliable supplier bidding

The complexities of EPC projects often introduce uncertainty into the supplier bidding process. Anything from material change approvals to special crating needs can create unplanned costs and headaches mid-project. That’s why the EPC team at Lamons takes a rigorous approach to reviewing bid packets. All aspects of the bid, from engineering to sourcing to logistics, are reviewed by an expert in the relevant field. That means costs are factored in up front, giving you confidence in pricing and budget.

Challenge 3: Supply chain issues

Market disruption can introduce roadblocks to your project by making raw materials difficult to obtain. The EPC team at Lamons tackles supply chain issues using a two-pronged approach. First, we allocate materials early on whenever possible, so your project needs will be covered regardless of market changes.

Second, we keep a close eye on markets and stay in constant communication with you about lead times so we can quickly adapt to constantly changing product delivery demands. Whether you need conventional materials or specialty grades, our team’s goal is to give you peace of mind, so you can expect best-of-breed products delivered when you need them.

Challenge 4: Communication gaps

The longer the chain of command becomes, the more likely that communication will break down during the course of an EPC project. That’s another benefit of working with a full-service supplier partner — our team coordinates internally from engineering to shipping. We also stay in constant communication with you, cutting out the “game of telephone” between manufacturer, distributor, and construction by giving you a single point of direct contact you can rely on. We take pride in the strength of our communication during each step of the project, supported by proactive meetings, regular updates on testing, and other key milestones. Rather than coordinating with multiple partners at different stages, you can count on us to simplify communication and help deliver your project on time.

Choose a supplier who sets your EPC project up for success

EPC projects require rigorous preliminary planning and attention to detail to be successful. By choosing a full-service, consultative supplier partner for your gaskets, seals, and hoses, you can benefit from end-to-end expertise in sales support, quality, engineering, sourcing, production, documentation, and logistics. That’s how Lamons supports our EPC customers: with a dedicated team that offers strategic solutions every step of the way.

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April 20, 2022