Relocating a sizable manufacturing or industrial organization is a tremendous undertaking. When this involves a factory and the numerous interconnected moving parts involved, the task becomes even more complex. It takes meticulous planning to prevent mishaps along the way. Below, we’ll briefly go over some of the common challenges of relocating a factory as well as pointers on making the whole operation go as smoothly as possible.

There are many noteworthy risks a company may face when relocating a factory or manufacturing facility. A major one is the potential financial fallout from delays in production. As equipment is disassembled, transported, reassembled and undergoes quality testing at the destination, it inevitably leads to production downtime. This downtime should be factored into the timeline and accounted for financially.

However, a relocation could also lead to unexpected downtime. It could be due to equipment sustaining damaged during transport; problems arising with the new infrastructure; or as a result of a reduction in qualified personnel. Addressing this challenge calls for exhaustive planning and preparation. For instance, by performing an in-depth audit and drafting detailed lists of all the machinery and parts that will be moved, it helps optimize tracking and the reassembly of equipment at the new site. An assessment like this could also shed light on machine disrepair or similar issues that should be resolved ahead of the move.

Another challenge is ensuring the transfer of assets is carried out properly. If corners are cut, it could lead to costly repairs or worse — possible safety issues down the line. Instead, it’s more advantageous to utilize professional movers and logistics consultants to handle the transportation of specialized equipment. Putting these matters in the hands of such practiced experts helps improve the overall logistics strategy through optimal route planning, effective waste disposal and enhanced coordination.

Lastly, an important part of minimizing risk in a relocation of this magnitude is to carefully factor in timing. All too often, not enough time is allotted for all that goes into the reinstallation of equipment and re-establishment of facility services. Avoiding this calls for a thorough evaluation of the relocation’s target timeline and scope.

It also frequently necessitates composing a set of contingency plans for any difficulties that may develop before the new facility is up and running smoothly. Such contingency plans offer flexibility and the opportunity to rise above potential problems, whether they relate to logistics, operations or otherwise.

Want to learn more about what it takes to relocate a factory and the timing required to get the job done right? Check out the accompanying resource for a comprehensive relocation timeline.


Provided by heavy equipment hauling experts, Equip Trucking & Warehousing

Previous post A Guide too Employment Rights & Challenges
Next post Optimizing Your Factory Layout For Increased Productivity