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Planning a Factory Move? Get a Factory Relocation Plan

Get a Factory Relocation Plan

If you are planning a relocation for your plant or factory, in most instances, the machinery will need to be dismantled, transported and reassembled at the new location.

It is complex to make sure that the entire process runs smoothly, so it becomes important to make use of a factory relocation plan to ensure the project is carried out on schedule.

Plan Early

The earlier you start your planning, the more prepared you’ll be. Once you’ve hired a rigging company to handle the move, coordinate with them to plan each step of the process. If the disassembling and moving of plant machinery is not carefully planned and executed, damage may be caused to machinery. The time spent on attending to this planning can greatly reduce the chances of this.

Audit Machinery

It is important to conduct an audit of all the plant before relocation. Make sure that you document the condition of each piece of machinery. This makes it easier to identify any damage that may have occurred prior to relocation, but it will also allow you to take stock of any machinery that may need to be decommissioned rather than moved.

It is also a good idea to assign a unique asset tag to each piece of machinery. Matching tags can be affixed to the coordinating manuals and spare parts for each piece of machinery. Taking photographs of your machinery can be a great way to enhance your documentation and can also illustrate machinery specific details such as connection points.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

Coordinate your Team

While the rigging company you choose will handle the majority of the project, no one is better acquainted with your machinery than the people who maintain and work with it every day. Having your crew collaborate with the company that is carrying out your move can increase efficiency. Be sure to provide them with any blueprints or schematics of your machinery to aid in the smooth disassembly and reassembly of your machinery.

Review Plant Layouts

Having detailed layout drawings of both your existing and new facility is a necessity when moving plant machinery. This will allow the moving team to identify any obstacles they will encounter in either location. It will also help in planning what order the machinery should be moved out of the existing location. The layout of the new location will also necessitate a plan to move and reassemble the machinery at the new location. Identifying obstacles and determining the correct order for moving plant machinery in advance will help ensure a smooth relocation process

Create a Schedule

The majority of plant or factory relocations take place over multiple days. By creating an extensive schedule, it may facilitate some machinery remaining operational in your existing location while other machinery is being reassembled and put into operation in the new facility. You and your moving team will need to develop a schedule in order to complete moving plant machinery quickly and minimize any downtime.

Adjust your Supply Chain

When moving plant machinery, it can have a roll-on effect on your supply chain. To keep that disruption to a minimum, ensure your suppliers and those you supply to are aware of your relocation and when it will take place, as well as how it will affect their supply. This will allow those who you supply to order extra products to hold them over during the relocation process and ensure that your suppliers know when to begin delivering to your new location.

Moving Plant Machinery?

At the top of your checklist should be hiring a turnkey rigging and moving company. It will make the relocation process more efficient and cost-effective. Reef Rigging can handle your entire relocation project from machinery dismantling, reassembly, and millwright services to rigging, trucking, warehousing and asset recovery. We also hold ourselves to the highest safety standards and pride ourselves on delivering the best service possible to our clients.

If you are looking for a professional and experienced team that is strong on lifting and caring for your assets to plan, disassemble, move and reassemble your plant or factory,  contact us and let us help plan and execute an efficient move.

Source: Heritage Industrial Services

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