Nine Key Components of a Successful Industrial Plant Move

November 23, 2021


Southwestern Team

The movement of an industrial plant has a million different moving parts and components that need to be accounted for, planned, and skillfully executed. Southwestern Industrial Contractors and Riggers are here to ensure that your plant transition happens smoothly and with no setbacks. We thought we’d take a look at the eight major components of a successful move.

Reviewing current inventory and production planning. Before moving it is important to take a full assessment of the inventory of the plant, what is used, what is underused, and anything that is obsolete or in the way needs to be moved.

Orderly disassembly. Disconnection and disassembly of all machinery require careful execution and planning as well as an understanding of the current operations.

Factor in the relocation impact on current operations. This is part of our planning process. When the planning process is thorough and detailed, then the impact on day-to-day operations can be factored in and the transition goes smoothly.

Sticking to the schedule. Falling behind schedule in any business or operation is costly and inconvenient and can really set everybody back. This is why the planning process is done with care and meticulous attention to detail so that the schedule is feasible and executable.

Include financial implications in planning. Planning for unforeseen and foreseen financial consequences is an important part of any large project. This is key when looking to relocate your plant to a new location.

Cleaning out what is unnecessary. This is part of the inventory assessment but to get a little more specific, leaving behind what is unnecessary for your operations can save you a lot of time, grief, and money. Relocating junk and stuff you don’t need is like moving to a new house with all the old junk in your garage.

Factor in the impact on old machinery. Understanding your inventory goes beyond just a head count. If you have old machinery, the move might have a significant impact on it that can affect its function after the move. This cost risk should be factored in and understood, as old machinery might not always resist a major move.

Effective site preparation. The site preparation has several stages and levels and this includes proper equipment setting, rigging, electrical, structural, and more.

Coordinating the moving schedule with other departments. Including the sales force or other departments in your moving schedule is important to ensure that everyone is on the same page. Everyone should know the part they play and their responsibilities during the moving phases.

Where We Come In
The logistics of these moves are a big-scale undertaking. Here at Southwestern Industrial, we will help you plan out the logistics of this very important move. At the same time, we help with preparing the machines, crating, transporting,  and site preparation.