Industrial machinery is among the most essential assets for plants throughout North America but they cannot perform at their top level if they're not properly installed.
Manufacturing is one of the major industries that drives the North American economy. Everyone uses goods that are produced in a factory, from laptops to cars. The saying goes that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts, and this is certainly true for any plant operation.
There is a variety of different machinery operating in these facilities. Even within a single factory, such as an aerospace manufacturing plant, there are numerous processes that need to be completed, including the application of fasteners, and the cutting of materials. Much of today's manufacturing has gone the way of automation, meaning that these modern pieces of equipment are very well capable of completing these tasks without the risk of human error.
In order to achieve maximum efficiencies, manufacturing companies need to ensure that the production equipment has been installed properly in the first place. This not only takes a skilled millwright, but also high quality tools to make sure that equipment is properly implemented. The following are a series of tips to make sure that your plant automation machinery is properly installed.
Finding the right millwright
One of the most important factors in making sure that your piece of equipment is properly installed is hiring the best millwrights available. These highly skilled workers are responsible for the actual installation of the equipment, so you want to make sure that they are capable of handling the various requirements of the installation process.
British Columbia Trades Info, an information resource by the Canadian Government, noted that there are a number of skills that a well trained millwright should muster when approaching an installation. These workers should make sure to know the specifications of the machine being installed, including weight, dimensions and tolerance. Also, it is important to consider the kinds of fastening bolts and the supporting structure that will house the machine.
This knowledge can only go so far. An experienced millwright should also be properly trained so that he or she knows how to act upon this knowledge.
Installation best practice
The right millwright for the job should be adhering to best practices over the course of the installation.
Plant Services recommended that you make absolutely sure that the support structure for the installation is able to support the mass and stiffness of the installation. If it is too loose or not fit to support the machine, this can lead to damage down the line. Heavy machinery, for instance, requires an independent concrete pad to make sure there is enough structural support.
It is also important to make sure that the new piece of equipment is well anchored. This requires the use of high quality anchor bolts to fasten the apparatus itself to the concrete. This is especially true if a machine is being installed on a higher platform. Not only do fasteners need to be able to keep the apparatus from falling, it needs to be able to provide a support system for it as well so that it can perform properly.
Another important factor to consider is leveling. Most machinery is designed to function on a perfectly horizontal plane, meaning that the installation needs to be able to reflect this. Not only does this require a well made leveling tool, it needs strong and well fastened parts in order to keep the machine in place.
By following these tips you can make sure that equipment installation at your plant is successful and smooth.