If you've decided to relocate your industrial plant to another building, you are eager to have more floor space for your heavy equipment and supplies. However, it can be quite an undertaking to move an entire plant while continuing to do your work. That's why you're probably going to need the suggestions that follow; they can streamline the process.
Evaluate and Secure Equipment
To avoid the time and difficulty of transporting machines and other equipment that isn't working, you've got to enlist the help of your employees to properly evaluate how the equipment is working. You likely check equipment often for the work that's being done on a particular day, but you've got to identify what is in need of repair and what has seen its last day. Don't transport equipment thinking you'll get it fixed "someday." Start off right in the new facility and be confident that you won't be derailed by broken or obsolete machines.
Once you've made plans for the equipment you aren't taking with you, start working to secure the machines and tools that are making the trip. For instance, tie down moving parts. This will cut down on the damage that could happen in transport. In addition, a plant relocation company can provide forklifts and other equipment that could make the situation easier. They can also advise you about whether the equipment is properly secured.
Know Where Waste Will Go
It's inevitable that you'll have to deal with waste of many kinds when you've loaded up all your equipment and taken everything out of the building. If you're hoping to sell the building or already have a buyer lined up, you're going to have to ensure that the building you're leaving is in decent shape. That means you've got to plan where waste will go.
Most kinds of metals, lumber and concrete may be carted off to recycling centers and re-purposed. Chemicals are likely to necessitate a special agreement with companies skilled in treatment systems and other methods of safe disposal; a call to the local public works department can help you in that regard.
Transport Electronics First
It makes more sense to send the electronics first when you're about to move any business to a new space. Your plant probably has a number of electronic devices and systems that help it to run more effectively, from allowing workers to clock-in to tracking shipments through software. These systems and devices need to work quickly so the entire plant can function again. Your IT department or consultant should be on hand to reassemble and start up the electronics as other things are moved. When everything else has arrived, the electronics should be ready for them.
Being able to relocate your industrial plant without too much stress is not impossible with attention to the above details. Work with a good plant relocation services company that handles these issues so you don't have to worry.