Several factors can lead a manufacturer to choose to relocate their plant or factory. The decision could be driven by the need to expand or downsize, to merge one facility with another, or to establish an optimised infrastructure to accommodate operational needs.
This venture is not entirely unlike moving belongings from one residence to another — except that it is done on a much larger scale. “Moving house” involves transferring furniture; plant relocation involves lifting and moving heavy loads (and protecting expensive equipment and machinery).
A lot of things can go wrong with a plant move, and the best way to prevent liabilities and loss is to make a checklist and follow it. Once the moving plan is approved, papers and legal documents are signed, and you enlist the services of plant move professionals, here are some next steps:
● Secure layouts and drawings of both the old (donor) facility and the new (destination) facility. Drafts of the donor facility will help determine requirements for the new one. These drawings help design engineers decide where to locate equipment and utilities, allowing them to optimise factory operations.
● Acquire backups of important records and documents to prevent the loss of data and ensure optimal daily operations.
2. Equipment Testing and Listing
● Quality check all equipment and machinery. Determine the state of the equipment, whether it is ready for transport, needs repairs, or should be recycled. If it needs repair, determine if purchasing new equipment might be more economical.
● List your equipment along with details (including but not limited to):
- Type of equipment
- Manufacturer information
- Identification number
- Maintenance records
- Utility requirements
● Take high-resolution photographs of the equipment and the surrounding area. Record fine details like utility connections, control panels, and structural needs and requirements.
● In order to limit business downtime and make the transition seamless, sequence and schedule which equipment to move first and which to move last. While some equipment and machinery are being relocated and installed, those left behind can still perform work, if possible. While waiting for the last pieces of equipment to be moved, those already assembled in the new plant can start running.
4. Packaging Design and Building
● The assistance of professional plant movers and/or heavy transport services can can be invaluable for relocation. These experts can assess the transport needs of your equipment, ascertain any risk or potential damage involved, and provide (or build) the appropriate packaging to minimize those risks.
5. Work Instructions for Relocation
● Work with your contractors to create specific instructions for equipment relocation. Detail methods and processes for dismantling, packing, loading, securing, transporting, unloading, and reassembly.
● Include equipment details in these instructions.
● When the equipment has arrived at the designated site, it should be prepared for installation and the connecting utilities at the ready. For a successful move and installation, communicate instructions for equipment preparation to the movers and oversee/coordinate the installation.
7. Final Equipment Testing
● The extent and scope of the contractor’s involvement in the testing procedure should be established early in the process and included in the instructions. Depending on the contractor’s services and your agreement, have confidence in the successful installation of your machinery and that all equipment remains in proper working condition.
Plant relocation is a challenging and complicated task that requires extensive planning and proper handling of equipment. Entrust your plant and machine relocation needs to expert industrial movers; call Ready Machinery Movers at 1-800-211-2500 today for equipment transport that’s safe and secure.