The decision to move production facility comes with a variety of reasons: cutting production cost, expanding, or getting closer to product suppliers. In addition to choosing a new location for your manufacturing facility, relocating heavy equipment can be an extremely intimidating task.
Regardless of the many reasons for relocating, detailed planning and communication help ensure a successful plant relocation project. Keep in mind the following tips:
1. Prepare an accurate and detailed layout. It is a good idea to check the accuracy and important details of the plant’s layout. An updated blueprint allows you to easily plan the arrangement and set up the equipment in the new location. Do a spot check to confirm the accuracy of the layout and items, such as the building column locations, utility locations, trenches, pits, aisle sizes, the number of equipment, and equipment identification and sizes.
2. Review the condition of the equipment. Examine thoroughly the state of each equipment to determine whether it is ready to be transported or requires repair before the scheduled relocation. Make sure to document all the essential details of the machine, such as:
- Equipment type
- Identification number
- Manufacturer information
- Maintenance records
- Utility requirements
- Department where it belongs
3. Choose an reliable equipment moving company. Hiring the services of an expert equipment mover will help make the process of machinery moving safer and less stressful. However, go for a contractor with the right skills and experience, as well as a solid track record in ensuring safe transportation of heavy plant equipment. You can visit the contractor’s website and take note of what their past clients has to say about their services.
4. Provide relocation instructions. Once you have decided which moving contractor to hire to carry out the relocation operations, provide them with equipment relocation instructions, the details, methods, and processes of dismantling, packing, loading, securing, transporting, unloading, and reassembling of the equipment.
5. Install the equipment. Once the equipment arrives at the relocation site, it should be assembled immediately. The relocation contractor should perform the initial test to check if the equipment is functioning properly and mechanically complete.
6. Run a final test. Every plant company has different testing requirements. The equipment relocation work instruction should include the scope and extent of the testing procedures. Depending on the services offered by the contractors and the agreement signed between two parties, the right contractor should ensure confidence for the success of the plant relocation and installation of all equipment.
Hopefully, this short post will be able to help you simplify plant relocation and ensure the safety of all equipment without any potential hassles and complications that may occur during relocation.