Relocation of injection moulding machines as part of a production restructure for a food and drink packaging company.
Company Profile: A leading provider of innovative custom injection moulded plastic packaging solutions for the food and drink industry.
Project Outline: Merritts was asked by a leading provider of innovative custom injection moulded plastic packaging solutions to relocate a number of injection moulding machines as part of a production restructure.
The restructuring project necessitated a phased relocation of production machinery comprising:
Disposal of Redundant Machinery: Following disconnection of services and draining of drum oils, Merritts were required to remove machines from site and transport to a ferrous waste recycling site.
Internal repositioning of machinery: Machine moves were scheduled and executed through a process of jacking and skating to avoid any disruption to ongoing production. Particular challenges included a tight working environment and steep internal ramps within the factory.
Transportation of machines to other sites: Machines destined for their other facilities in Nottinghamshire were disconnected, dismantled and removed from the production areas. Lorry mounted crane and Versa-Lift truck were used to load the machinery onto Merritts’ transport. A combination of low loaders and euroliners were utilised in this scenario.
Interim Storage: To enable well-timed integration of machinery into other sites, Merritts provided a short term storage facility within its secure warehouse.
Throughout the project Merritts were required to work to the strict health and safety requirements of a hygiene site.
“Working within environments that involve food and drink production requires an acute awareness of working in clean conditions to avoid any risk of contaminents.”