Three Reasons To Do A Test Run During Plant Relocation

Plant relocation from one warehouse to another is a major undertaking. Often this is done out of necessity or for the good of the business. Despite the reasons why you are choosing to move the location of your plant, you will need to break down all of the equipment and have it relocated. This will be a job that goes on for several days to weeks in order to perform it safely. Before you pack up the entire plant for moving, you should do a test run of moving some heavy equipment. Here are three reasons to invest in a test run load when relocating your company. 

You won't break everything with one mistake

If the driver, packers, or unloaders make a mistake, this can spell disaster for the equipment. If the equipment is not properly broken down or if it is not packed correctly, this can cause issues when it is moved. Parts that rub together or are left lose inside of the packing material can become damaged. During the actual move, the truck's motion may cause the parts to slide around which can cause damage or breaking machinery. By doing a test pack and drive you risk less money and machinery being lost. 

You get a glimpse in how long the breakdown will take

It is important to know just how long it will take to break down the machinery. At a plant, this must be done carefully and in accordance with the instructions to ensure that all parts remain in working order and that nothing gets stripped or broken. Time yourself and your crew breaking down and packing up one of the machines in your plant. Once you have the time, you can multiply it by the number of machines that you have and you will have a general idea on how long it will take you to pack up your entire plant. Use this as the rubric for the timing you will need for packing. 

You can work on spacing in the new place

Sending a few test loads to the new location of your plant is the perfect way to get a jumpstart on testing out how much space you will be able to have between machines and work areas. Unpacking a few machines in one load, then a few in the next will let you and your set up crew determine proper spacing and if you will need to make changes to your prior blueprint.