I was thinking of implementing a new mod based on TE and around multi-block machines. The machines would through upgrades allow upgrading speed, power usage, parallel processing, … Simply the end product should be one multi-block machine that does what you need instead of having multiple machines setup in the same way and connected with loads of pipes. Think about ore processing where you could have pulverizer and furnace module in the same machine with queue and processing upgrades running at very high speeds and processing multiple items at the same time.
Balancing factor would be internal heat that modules would generate and frames would be able to take out. When the heat would reach a critical point the machine frame would burn if wooden or melt down if metal. So the machine frame tier would need to match the heat generation of internal modules if run continuously or possibly machine frame could be lower tier, but then it would need to cool down in between uses. Possibly there would be an additional coolant input/output that would allow water to be used for cooling.
I would like to understand if people would like to see a mod like this as that would definitely add me some drive in working on it. Also if there would be someone happy to help with textures/UI stuff that would help quite a bit as I am sure I am not good at that.
This is roughly what I am thinking for blocks/tile entities.
ME interface (will need to see if this is possible)
Processing - speeds up
Queue - adds parallel processing
Likely to be different tiers and allow multiples of these in one machine
Big hammer - disassembling many machine blocks at once (more for fun than anything)