Everyone has to move at least once in their lives. Whether it’s to a new job, a new apartment, a new city or even a new country – nowadays it seems so easy to pack up your things and make your way – confidently or with a bit of trepidation – to somewhere new. But can the same be said when moving a company’s entire range of machinery to a different production location? Judge for yourself.
Printers and print finishing companies usually hire a relocation service when they move their machines from one production location to a new one. And although it would cost much more to replace an entire machine than the actual cost of the move by a competent company, many customers still hire low-cost relocation companies that are not specialized in transporting such machines or in dismantling and reinstalling them. So if something goes wrong, many customers, unfortunately, pay a high price.
If you‘re planning to move your machinery, make sure your relocation company takes account of the following factors:
Detailed planning and adherence to schedules are crucial to ensure that the equipment is brought to your new location quickly and safely. Ask the company organizing the move if they will prepare a CAD layout to ensure that full account is taken of the physical space and that the necessary connections, such as electricity and ventilation, can be optimally planned.
Many companies advertise themselves as relocation specialists. However, in many cases they are general contractors that hire service engineers, mechanics and truck drivers whose main focus is on the move. Such employees often lack the technical expertise necessary to reinstall the machines properly. By contrast, the trained technicians of an OEM (original equipment manufacturer) are completely familiar with the technical data and settings of your machine. Not only will they restore your machine to the proper level of performance, they can also make improvements during the reinstallation process if necessary.
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When you move a machine to a new location, you may need a certain amount of expertise to ensure that it performs at its original level – irrespective of the condition of the machine prior to the move. The ideal relocation provider should know how to fix any problems that arise when dismantling or reassembling a machine, and have quick access to original spare parts in order to accelerate any necessary repairs.
Machines frequently also have new machine operators after they have been moved to a new production location. So the relocation company should be able to correctly identify the need for training and be able to offer appropriate training courses as required.
Relocation projects are quite a considerable financial risk for many companies. So the provider should be fully and comprehensively insured and licensed. Remember that an OEM stands behind its service and repairs, and typically offers a discount on spare parts related to the move.
Our track record shows that the most qualified and reliable relocation service provider is the OEM, which is able to offer a comprehensive service from start to finish and also provide support after the move. And thanks to forward-looking planning, workflow processes can also be improved at the same time, which will optimize your profitability over the long term. Working with Muller Martini will make your move much less stressful while also ensuring minimal costs, the shortest amount of downtime and the highest level of productivity at your new production location.