Ensuring Successful Plant Relocation Process

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A number of factors may agitate the process of plant relocation in industries among them being the current challenging economic times. In this case, companies have to develop a schedule that will lead to a successful plant relocation process. Some companies may decide to consolidate some of their industrial facilities in order to cut down on operation costs. Plant engineers and other supporting contractors have to be keen when executing the entire project. With detailed a planning scheme and a good communication style, they are able to overcome the unique challenges met during the relocation process.

Detailed Layouts of Donor and Recipient Facilities

Plant installation engineers have to come up with a detailed layout drawing of the donor plant where the equipment is currently located. Secondly, they should create a second layout of the destination facility and make a keen comparison of the two. The two layouts will enable the engineers to provide the required designs and accommodate all the necessary utilities within the two facilities. Engineers should be keen to check accuracy of the two drawings and replace any missing drawings before they begin any designs efforts in the destination facility.

Critical Review of Equipment Condition

A critical equipment review and assessment of the condition must be done prior to the relocation planning process. The engineers should document the current condition of the equipment and make necessary recommendations as to whether it warrants a direct relocation, abandonment, and refurbishment. It may cost more to repair the systems, upgrade, and then relocate them than simply replacing. All these factors must come out clear for a decision to be made on what needs to be disposed and what should be shifted to the new facility.  

Identification and Database System of Equipment

A database or spreadsheet system should be developed to record all the equipment information gathered. Equipment that cannot be easily identified with an ID or an asset tag should be manually tagged to ensure that no single component is left mismatched. When shifting to the new location, all the controls, utility tie points, and connections of the equipment must be accurately identified by the contractor.

Installation Coordination of the New Facility

The plant engineer has a responsibility of coordinating with the relocation contractor and the utilities installer to ensure that all the equipment has arrived and is ready for installation. Preliminary tests must be conducted to ensure that all the motor rotations are working correctly. When the equipment is considered complete, a full plant installation can take place in the new facility.


15 May 2017

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Hello, my name is Colin and this is my construction blog. When people think of the construction industry, they often just imagine guys in hard hats building brick walls. While this is a popular image of the industry, it doesn't reflect the true diversity of different contractors and tradesmen who are involved in a construction project. Lasy year, my wife and I decided to construct our dream home. I had to arrange visits of plumbers, roofers, electricians, surveyors and home builders in order to get the job done. I learnt a lot during that experience, so I decided to start this blog.