January 24, 2018
Design, Manufacture & Installation, Steel Fabrication Engineering Specialists, Plant & Sheet Metal Fabrication, Manchester
Each processing plant relocation comes with it’s own unique challenges, which is why careful and detailed planning is crucial if it is to be successful. Manufacturing and processing facilities undergo relocation for a number of reasons including outgrowing the existing premises, new product lines, downsizing or the need for a more convenient location. Whatever the reason, it pays to be highly organised, and things to consider include:-
Layout drawings that are accurate and detailed showing the current position of machinery and components are crucial in helping with their relocation. These reference drawings assist the designers and engineers and should not be neglected. Overhead equipment like conveyors and cranes should be taken into account and may not appear on layouts.
Condition of Equipment
Not all of the equipment may be up to being moved and reassembled, and some could be past it best and need replacing. A review will tell you if this is the case, and if keeping the old version is cost effective.
In the absence of layout drawings, as-built drawings can be used with all of the relevant information, and if possible comprehensive photographs are a good idea. These should show all connecting points and control panels along with any views available.
Database and Equipment ID
A database or spreadsheet must be created that will take stock of all machinery and equipment etc, check all items are tagged too. If the facility is operational, the plant engineer will need to coordinate the proceedings to ensure a smooth transition. The plant engineer will have to oversee the plan regarding reducing production at the existing site and increasing activity at the new site.
Equipment Relocation Instructions
If contractors are used for the relocation, equipment relocation work instructions (ERWI) or similar should be used. These documents contain detailed instructions and procedures relating to dismantling, crating, loading, reconnection and start up etc.
Once the process is completed and the plant has been relocated, tested and is up and running, it can be business as usual. This type of project is a major endeavour, and if accomplished by professionals like Salford Engineering will give extremely satisfactory results.