What are some of the risks of a factory relocation?

What are some of the risks of a factory relocation?

Factory relocations are a massive undertaking, not only due to the physical logistics; but, due to the risks involved.

These risks range from:

  1. Health and Safety concerns due to the danger to your staff and the relocation staff
  2. Damage to equipment
  3. Lack of knowledge
  4. Loss of revenue due to a downtime in productivity
  5. Environmental damage
  6. Physical space
  7. Moving logistics
  8. Working with the UK Transport Agency, Police Escorts, local authorities, & documentation
  9. Required documentation
  10. Difficulties of the relocation
  11. Specialised equipment required

Let’s explore these points further.

Health and Safety concerns due to the danger to your staff and the relocation staff

Some factory machinery can weigh into the hundreds of tonnes and he machinery required can be rather dangerous if not operated by a qualified individual. Consequently, just moving the machines even a few metres can be extremely dangerous to life. Due to this it is important that the people who are operating the machinery and are put in charge of moving your machinery understand the risks, the right type of equipment required, and more importantly have all the RAMs and health and safety documentation in place prior to starting any move.

Damage to your equipment

Moving factory machinery is not only dangerous; but, runs the risk of damaging your equipment, which repair costs can run into the millions of pounds to put right. Consequently, the movers need to understand the consequences of this and have the relevant insurances in place encase the worse occurs - especially when the machine needed to be relocated has been placed in a difficult position.

Lack of knowledge

One of the worse issues to occur when relocating your factory or machinery is a lack of knowledge. This is both a lack of knowledge in both management and the operators employed to do the relocation service.

Consequently, if management don’t under the risks and process involved in the move, the factory relocation operators should be able to advise to fill this knowledge gap - to make sure it goes both smoothly and legally.

Loss of revenue due to a downtime in productivity

Moving a factory, or any machinery for that, can cause a loss of revenue. Not just from the potential risk of the machines being moved becoming damaged in or before transit, but, due to those machines being out of action during the move.

Consequently, this needs to be managed to keep any loss in productivity to an absolute minimum otherwise it could become even more costly.

Environmental damage

Moving some machinery isn’t just a challenge in regards to the logistics side of the move itself; but, also in regards to damage to the environment because of the oils, and other chemicals the machines may hold.

Consequently, not taking this into consideration at every step of the move can lead to costly clean up operations and huge company fines.

As a result, a machine moving company need to not only understand this, and the consequences of this; but, take it into consideration at every step.

Physical or lack of space

We have lots of experience in working with machines that were never designed to be moved at a later date once being initial placed, or having the partitions walls built around it in situ.

Consequently, some machines which may seem impossible to be moved can seem an impossible task. That said experienced relocation operators have the experience to move these types of machines in special ways.

Moving logistics

Sometimes moving the equipment on to a transporter is the simple bit, and often what can get overlooked is the transportation stage from one factory to another. On some occasions this needs special documentation being completed, and local authorities informed for road closures and special transport escorts.

Experienced factory relocation operators have the knowledge and experience to make sure these angles are all fully covered.

Working with the UK Transport Agency, Police Escorts, local authorities, & documentation

As part of our service and experience we know how to work with police and government authorities in regards to organising wide loads on UK roads, along with the documentation required to transport machinery to and from the UK to pass border security controls. This can allow you to save time and money by allowing us to get the right documentation in place beforehand, thus not leading to costly delays while it is put in place later on.

Required documentation

Moving equipment even a few metres - yet alone to another factory down the road, or around the globe - isn’t just a case of jumping straight in.

It requires all the necessary documentation to be in place first. This is everything from RAMs, health and safety documentation, risk assessments, documentation for the insurance companies, internal processes, and where required dismantle and installation documentation to make sure the equipment can be reassembled at the other end, and safely transported, or stored in shipping containers on route to name a few.

Difficulties of the relocation

Not all factory relocations are straight forward. Sometimes the machines are in close proximity to others, which can’t be touch or run the risk of being damaged whilst the machines in question are being relocated.

Other times the machines are in a place they were never designed to be removed from, and have to be dismantled or more creative solutions required to complete the relocation. Consequently, these are the times that not only qualified operators are required but also heavily experienced operators to make sure the relocation goes smoothly.

Specialised equipment required

On some occasions the move is impossible without specialised equipment, and this equipment can be hard to come by.

As a result, not only do you need operators that know what they are doing but have all the required equipment and it is well serviced.

Do you require a company to help you in your factory relocation?

If you require a company to help you in your factory relocation, who understand all of the above and more, why not get in touch with our specialised operators to discuss your requirements?

We are here to help where we can.


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