Planning the removal or relocation of heavy industrial machinery can be a daunting prospect. It is not just the dismantling and reinstallation, but the logistics of the entire project, including transportation, that is difficult to coordinate.
Added to the challenge is the knowledge that every single day the machinery is not in operation for its intended purpose is a day that the business is losing production time and therefore revenue. It stands to reason that the best course of action is to hire an expert to deliver this tricky piece of work for you, and here are some things to consider when choosing whose services to procure.
Using a single provider reduces risk to your project
The removal, transportation and installation of heavy industrial machinery is no easy task. It has not been unusual in the past for companies to hire several different providers to cover each part of the process, even for a single project. This was simply because it was virtually impossible to find a company that could safely, and expertly cover all aspects of machinery removals, covering only perhaps part of the process.
This coordination of multiple suppliers in a project is a nightmare, and introduces a lot of additional moving parts and risk to project timelines that is completely unnecessary. Nowadays it is entirely possible to hire a company that can cover everything, from mechanics, electricity, electronics, pneumatics, hydraulics, plumbing, welding and cutting of structures, movement to loading, transport and start-up for any industry sector.
Hire a company that values training its workforce
Of course if you are trusting a single vendor to provide all of the services in relation to industrial machinery removal and installation, you need to be able to trust in their expertise. As part of your vetting procedures and due diligence during contract negotiation it is very important to look at how professional and well trained the staff are, and make sure they are trained to an adequate level to fulfil any quality standards you need.
You want someone who has years of experience in the industry too. After all every project will be completely unique in almost every respects, so you need enough experience to be able to adapt to any possible roadblock or issue encountered during the project. You also want to be sure that they can handle the scale of the project, whether large or small, and that they have the equipment and resources available to deliver what you need, on time and to the highest standards.
Finally safety standards are also incredibly imports, especially when it comes to operation and set up of industrial machinery. You should be looking for a zero-incidents orientated provider.
Innovation and flexibility is key to success
As previously mentioned, no two removal or relocation of industrial machinery will be the same. Not only should a services provider have years of experience, but you also need them to be flexible and innovative – able to come up with ingenious solutions to a multitude of problems they could encounter along the way.
They also need to be flexible to moulding to what your business needs operationally, and be sensitive to production lines. You want a company with access to sophisticated tools, a highly trained workforce, and be able to offer a complete service that lives up to your expectations. After all you need to be up and running as quickly as possible.
Ultimately you need to choose someone who puts the customer first in their delivery, and can offer administrative, logistical and technical personnel and guidance at each stage of the project from start to finish.