Modular design

Which are the advantages of modular design?

The modular design, or modular principle, describes a division of an entity into parts, which are referred to as units, components, elements or modules. They have uniform interfaces, which make it easy to combine them. The dependencies between the components are kept low. 

At TBH, filter and extraction units with a modular design have one unit for the engine, one for the lid and at least one for the filter. Several filter units can be installed into a system one by one, or be supplemented with other units such as spark extinguishers. Depending on pollutants and particle concentration in the air, the filters complement each other in order to be geared to fitting the required processes even better.

Another advantage is, when changing the filter, only the respective saturated filter has to be replaced without completely dismantling the system. Visually, the systems look similar, but their units are differently composed, which make them suitable for various processes. Each system is therefore versatile. The units are manufactured individually and can be easily assembled / integrated on demand into an ordered system as desired. This enables a flexible and fast manufacturing process and thus shorter production cycles.

Due to the simplified structure, the functionality of the system is always given. Individual parts are easily and without the use of tools interchangeable like toy bricks without disassembling the whole system. There is no screwing and finishing work required. No difference is recognizable after the installation of the replaced units, and therefore it is instantly fully functioning again. Complex systems also appear easier to understand, because they are simple in design. Retrofitting with an activated carbon module is also readily possible. Work processes are fast-paced. The modular design makes it possible to adapt the system to changing requirements directly, quickly and cost-effectively.

The customer has a short waiting time after ordering, as the units are simply put together. This saves much time, because in contrast to the integral structure the system has not to be completely rebuilt. In addition, systems can be more easily adapted to the respective processes. The flexible structure allows us to meet the customer’s requirements even more. Building individual units, instead of entire systems in one part, also reduces storage and production costs.

The design simplifies error analysis as well, because each unit can be checked individually. In identical series, the repair is inexpensive, because of the uniform units, which are identical in all systems. In a modularized design, systems are components assembled along defined interfaces. The opposite construction form is an integral structure, which is also called monolithic (Greek: monólithos - the Einstein). This may refer to real or intangible objects.