Scheduled plant shutdowns can be an excellent time to perform upgrades, run critical tests, optimize automation, and plan for the future. Even small or remote access plants can benefit from using this downtime in a productive way.

The holidays are a great time of year to schedule downtime or even a full shutdown because there’s little to no staff in the building, machines can be tested individually (they can also be moved safely) and finally, data can be gathered in an isolated, controlled environment if need be.

It’s also important to think about the future. Use scheduled downtimes to audit your processes, mitigate risk by updating safety protocols, test reporting and connectivity between platforms, perform machine upgrades, or test capabilities for future implementation. Take it a step further by:

  • Reviewing maintenance procedures and current output capabilities.
  • Performing a walkthrough of your equipment to ensure it’s running optimally and still within warranty.
  • Perform substation maintenance, simple electrical upgrades, and network testing (this cannot be done while your plant is operational).
  • Collect data (either by standard reporting or infrared heat scans) and run tests to identify problems that may arise on the horizon.

 

And speaking of looking ahead…

Let’s say you’re planning an upcoming expansion or increase in output, can your facility handle it? Testing before a shut down will let you know if you have adequate capacity for an upgrade. What is your power availability? Can your panels handle more output? A test during a shut down can assess where you stand, and we can help.

“We are founded on the value and promise of providing exceptional service,” says Greg Brennan, Regional Account Manager at New Electric. “It’s woven into the fabric of who we are. Our mission is to keep our clients connected, minimize downtime, and respond with urgency and professionalism.”

Preventative maintenance is a large part of planning for the future. New Electric offers predictive testing designed to assess risk and identify non-compliance issues. Comprehensive reporting, including IFR Heat Scans (which must be done even before you shut down) as well as power distribution inspection, breaker and panel testing, and more, ensure that facilities are up to code and performing optimally.

By planning for the future, you’ll be reducing overall downtime, avoiding costly upkeep, and replacing equipment before it breaks down. It pays in the long run to make the best use of these downtimes. For plants of all sizes, from multi-function food and beverage processing and packaging plants to large scale electrical projects, get in touch to find out how a partner like New Electric can help you maximize your downtime.