Project Description


The scope of this project was to disassemble a complete consolidation and packaging line, to transport it to a new site, and to reassemble and commission. The line was running with a product that was still being produced and demanded in the marketplace. There was a critical and predetermined period of time that the line could be out of service. The line was formed from an assembly of various and varying equipment pieces and a contribution would be required from each equipment manufacturer to ensure that the project would be a success. The responsibility for the project was placed with Interflow and the management of this project involved interactions with both MSD Sites, Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs), and all other service providers.


Client:          MSD


The first steps of the project involved gaining knowledge of the line and the equipment. A working knowledge of the type of equipment that was utilised on the line allowed Interflow to be able to assure MSD that the project would be approached from a strong position. Following steps involved building good working relationships with both MSD Swords and MSD Oss, and following this, good relations were established with all of the equipment manufacturers and other service providers.was placed with Interflow and the management of this project involved interactions with both MSD Sites, Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs), and all other service providers.

Due to the critical timeline of this relocation the planning of the project was of the highest importance. Interflow worked with MSD to develop systems and documentation that would support the decommissioning of the line on one site and recommissioning on another site. Knowledge and use of various office automation tools allowed for good communication of ideas. Through this process all aspects of the project were considered; non conforming aspects were eliminated and a comprehensive plan was developed.

Preparation for the move involved site surveys at both MSD Sites. These surveys allowed Interflow to gain a complete understanding of the requirements. Important concerns of the project were highlighted and Interflow worked closely with MSD to resolve the issues.

The decommissioning was performed according to the steps outlined in a predefined plan. Interflow worked closely with MSD to ensure that both organisations were confident that the correct sequence was followed, than the correct readjustments were made for unforeseen aspects of the project, and that the work was done responsibly and safely and in a way that was in accordance with MSD procedures. The complete line was measured and dimensioned and all equipment settings recorded. Electrical wiring and interconnections were recorded before disassembly.

Packing and Transportation was equally important for this project. Interflow was able to offer a number of options for the packaging and crating of sensitive equipment that operated with electronic controls. This type of equipment is often sensitive to the vibrations and impacts of transport and exposure to changing environments and climate. The best solutions were applied to ensure that the equipment was transported between sites without any undesirable incidents. As an added precaution the full Interflow Project Team was in attendance for the loading and unloading. Interflow were able to schedule this part of the work so that it would not interfere with normal operations at the receiving and dispatch centres at both sites.

The recommissioning involved rebuilding the equipment in another area, in another site, in another country. Interflow had to work with Building and Electrical Contractors to ensure the area was prepared correctly before the equipment was moved into position. A working Knowledge of Facilities allowed for greater control of the project and determining what was in the best interests of the client in relation to the particular equipment and line assembly. Certain reconfigurations to the line assembly were allowed for so that enhancements could be made during the rebuild. Technical advice was made available to the client to allow them to explore options that arose during the rebuild and for them to make the best choices.

Following the rebuilding of the line there was an initial period of checks to ensure the mechanical and electrical interconnections were correct and secure. Following this there was a period that involved extensive testing to ensure that every critical and noncritical function was present. Interflow were able to be proactive with this process and assist with tests that were sometimes outside the scope of the project. Following these tests the line was tested for its capacity to operate in a full production mode. The process was approached as a partnership with the client and with a common goal to achieve success in the shortest time possible. With the client entirely satisfied the project was signed off.