Shutdowns are stressful, yet essential.
Whether you're planning a shutdown to perform preventative maintenance, update aging machinery, inspect inaccessible parts, or move a line, the process can be stressful. Although challenging, a shutdown provides an opportunity to improve plant performance.
When preparing for a plant shutdown, one of the most important decisions you can make is to choose a partner that you can trust. When it comes to pulling off a shutdown, communication and trust are absolutely paramount.
A shutdown can provide a variety of pain points: heavy coordination, tight deadlines, critical sequence of events, reliable manpower, safety concerns, and the risk of failure. In order to ensure a successful shutdown, you must choose a partner who understands these risks upfront.
11 Tips for a Successful Shutdown
Combining a strict budget, tight schedule, and complex projects, a shutdown can be the stuff of nightmares. When planned correctly though, a shutdown can be incredibly effective in accomplishing a critical project or plant floor tune up. The key to success lies in the planning. We talked with our shutdown experts to gauge how you… Read More »
Why FZ Excels
- We have the manpower needed to scale up to fit your needs.
- Learning how to navigate shutdowns is something best accomplished in real-time, onsite. That's why having a plethora of real experience matters.
- Safety is always our number one priority. No matter the circumstance, we will ensure that work is completed in a safe manner.
- By utilizing preplanning, we create a comprehensive site plan. Within the plan, we identify essential tasks and a assign a deadline for each.
- We maintain open communication before, during, and after the planned shutdown with all parties involved.
- Documentation is critical throughout and after a shutdown.
Plant Shutdown Examples
We completed a 16-hour shutdown for a large food processing plant in Michigan. It required over 31 FZers to tie in a new switchgear into the existing substation and switches.
We completed a full switchgear replacement for the Kalamazoo Water Reclamation Plant. Originally scheduled for 27 days, we finished in only 15 days.
We installed new sprayers, conveyors, and a robot in 2,500 hours over the course of 15 days at Bradford White.