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Production Relocation – Comprehensive Technical and Logistics Solutions Worldwide

You want to relocate your production line to another site and you are looking for an experienced team with extensive expertise in handling complex tasks? The MES team possesses the required expertise – worldwide.

Similar rules apply to the relocation of production lines as to the setting up of production lines; however, further requirements including those of logistics have to be met. The same quality and accuracy to detail of documents (drawings, circuit diagrams, specifications, etc.) is required as for setting up a production line in a new building.

For successfully moving a production line, on-schedule and on-budget, twelve steps have to be carried out:

Stages of relocating a factory/production line:

  • Planning
  • Preparations for disassembly
  • Disassembly
  • Cleaning/Disposal
  • Packaging
  • Transport
  • Preparations for installation
  • Intermediate storage
  • Installation
  • Final cleaning
  • Start-up
  • Start of production/Breaking in of machines

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Transport
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Production line set-up

Details on relocation stages

  • Permits/Applications
  • Components/Infrastructure (storage facilities, laboratory, servicing, etc.)
  • Fire protection (building, technical)
  • Auxiliary systems (energy, water, air, refrigeration, exhaust, air conditioning, etc.)
  • Material flow
  • Installation plan/Foundations
  • Relocation period, activities (disassembly, installation)
  • Technical inspections/Training
  • Personnel for production training
  • Start-up/Start of production
  • Insurance policies, liability
  • Select disassembly team members (electrical, mechanical)
  • Tools, lifting tools, forklifts, cranes
  • Containers, electrical power for construction, telephone, fax, heating
  • Forwarding agent, transportation permits
  • Intermediate storage facilities, cleaning facilities
  • Work permits (nights, weekends)
  • Fire protection, checking of occupational safety and health regulation requirements
  • Instruction of qualified personnel
  • Preparation of packaging material
  • Determine documentation (identification labeling, packing lists, etc.)
  • Check disposal channels (oil, products, metal, etc.)

The quality of disassembly preparations decisively influences schedule effectiveness, occupational, fire and environmental safety and protection and represents the basis for controllability of the overall risk for the supplier and the customer.

  • Labeling of system components
  • Comparison/Review of foundation dimensions with foundation plans
  • De-energize the system (power, oil, etc.)
  • Draining of supply lines
  • Disconnection of electrical cables
  • Electrical/Electronic disassembly
  • Disassembly of measurement technology
  • Backing up controller programs
  • Disassembly and cleaning of mechanical components
  • Disposal of residual substances

Disassembly work represents the simplest part of relocation measures; however, the quality of disassembly work determines whether installation procedures will be carried out on-schedule and whether the system will work correctly after installation.

The type of packaging

  • Containers
  • Pallets
  • Crates
  • Foil/Film

is determined by the type of transportation

  • Truck
  • Rail
  • Ship
  • Plane

and by the point of destination

  • Within site
  • Within Germany
  • Overseas

Insurance policies, liability and transportation documents are important.

  • Preparation of foundations (measurement, construction)
  • Assure infrastructure:
    • Power
    • Heating system
    • Cranes/Forklifts
    • Local suppliers
    • Containers
    • Phone
    • Fax
    • Interpreters
    • Human resources
  • Organize intermediate storage facility
  • Apply for permit
  • Prepare supply systems (power, water, refrigeration, air)
  • Organize waste disposal
  • Adaptation measures of the relocated system (steel construction, pipelines, cabling, etc.)

Essential points of installation preparations include the system foundation, energy supply, licenses and permits and the adaptation of the relocated system to the new environment.

  • Structural steel installation
  • Installation of electrical control cabinet
  • Component assembly
  • Pipeline installation
  • Installation of measurement technology
  • Wiring
  • Connection to control cabinets
  • Connection of supply systems
  • Connection of exhaust systems
  • Adjustment and leveling of components
  • Filling of systems with oil, lubricants

Installation work must be complete i.e. all mechanical, electrical, measurement technology and control work must have been carried out so as to ensure that the quality of production performance is the same as prior to disassembly.

The relocation team is selected primarily on the basis of installation skills followed by disassembly capabilities.

  • Inspection of safety equipment
  • Functional test of individual units
  • Functional test of control units and drives
  • Rotational direction check
  • Setting/Adjustment of pneumatic and hydraulic equipment
  • Signal exchange test
  • System start-up with production material
  • Optimization of control systems
  • Start-up / Run down test / Safety criteria test
  • System optimization, depending on recipes
  • Acceptance test
  • Training and instruction of operating personnel
Installation
Installation
preparations for start-up
Preparations for start-up

Project example: Production line relocation in China

MES has successfully relocated a factory in China including all auxiliary systems. The relocation of the existing three finishing lines was carried out individually and successively. Once the first production line had been successfully put into service again, the second line was relocated. In this way the production downtime was kept to a minimum. Production was optimized and capacities were expanded at the same time.

  • Stage 1:
    • Relocation of first industrial rubber finishing machine along with thermal oil burner and mixing unit.
  • Stage 2:
    • Relocation of second finishing machine complete with thermal post-combustion unit. Production was also optimized.
  • Stage 3:
    • Relocation of third finishing machine
    • Tripling of finishing capacity
    • Doubling of production speed
    • Conversion of heating system to thermal oil
Thomas Steinwachs, Head of Service

Thomas Steinwachs
Head of Service

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