Moving your production facility to a new location might be necessary to reduce overhead costs of facility shipping. Completing a plant relocation can be challenging, and it's important that you are prepared for the relocation process, if you want to reduce the number of problems you experience while moving your plant in the future.
Here are three important things that you can do to streamline the plant relocation process, in order to avoid costly production delays.
1. Assess the new facility well in advance of your relocation.
Once you have decided on a new facility, it's important that you take the time to assess the new facility carefully, with your own production processes in mind. You should create a layout for the new facility on paper, then determine if electrical outlets, water hookups, and other physical elements are strategically located to accommodate your desired layout.
Making these assessments well in advance of your relocation will give you time to reconfigure your new space, before you begin moving equipment into the new building. You will be able to reduce downtime and improve your relocation efforts, by assessing the new location for compatibility, before your move.
2. Ramp up production prior to the relocation.
It is inevitable that you will have to shut down your production line for a short period of time, while you are relocating to a new facility. This pause in production could compromise your company's profits, if you are not prepared to meet demand during downtime.
You should plan to ramp up production in the months leading up to your relocation. This will ensure that you have enough inventory available to fill orders and maintain profitability, while you get your new plant up and running.
3. Invest in maintenance for your production equipment.
Since you will be taking apart major pieces of production machinery, in order to move them to a new facility during a plant relocation, you should take the opportunity to invest in advanced diagnostics and maintenance that will help extend the life of each piece of equipment.
Investing in repairs and maintenance, while there is already a scheduled delay in production, means that these tasks won't compromise your productivity or the performance of your machinery, once you get set up in your new plant.
Being able to successfully complete a plant relocation is critical, when it comes to ensuring the success of your business. Be sure that you assess the new space, ramp up production to build inventory, and plan to invest in equipment maintenance and repairs during the relocation to help streamline the process of moving your production facility in the future.