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A Complete Approach to Supporting Industrial Rationalisation Projects

The past year saw tough commercial and operational conditions across many industrial sectors, leading to some difficult decisions to mothball machinery and reduce capacity. For some of those affected, the best strategy for maintaining profitability is rationalisation. As operators begin to adopt longer term plans for maximising the potential outcomes of economic recovery and tackle the uncertainty of Brexit, AIS Vanguard can help with rationalisation programmes that minimise disruption and prevent business interruption.

Helping Operators to Plan

Rationalisation programmes can deliver significant commercial and operational benefits but effective planning is essential to ensure business continuity is maintained while machinery is taken offline, removed or reconfigured. Sometimes, the project may involve removing a whole process or decommissioning an entire building. Others, it may require the removal of a production line in a live facility or the removal of specific assets on a busy factory floor.

At AIS Vanguard, we prefer to work with customers from the very beginning of the rationalisation planning process so that we can understand both the aims and the challenges of the project. In this way, our customers can leverage our team’s experience of similar rationalisation programmes to anticipate any issues before they arise and maximise operational efficiency during every phase of the project.

Our experts will create a critical path, ensuring any building services diversions, access and egress considerations, and reconfiguration requirements are fully factored into the programme. With a dedicated project manager to oversee the project, including all risk assessment, health and safety and CDM management requirements, we take a meticulous approach to planning every aspect of your rationalisation need.

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With a plan in place, we bring together the right expertise from our multi-disciplinary team to deliver your rationalisation project.

Our experienced mechanical and electrical engineers carry out any service diversions and isolations required, before disconnecting and decommissioning the redundant asset. Having made any temporary access and egress modifications to the building, our team will then deploy the correct equipment from our diverse fleet of lifting equipment and vehicles, to remove the machine from the premises.

Often, rationalisation projects involve the removal of assets from a live industrial environment and maintaining business as usual operating conditions is a fundamental requirement of the project. Our expertise means that our clients trust us to overcome these challenges, even for the most complex and technical lifts. With our skills and deployment of the right equipment, we can remove heavy machinery while ensuring the safety of all personnel and the condition of the asset.

Logistics and Storage for Your Rationalisation Programme

Once machinery has been safely removed from your facility, we can transport the assets to wherever they need to be, whether that involves being broken down for scrap, put into storage to await sale or delivered to their new owner. We can even provide your secure storage requirements if needed.

Our in-house fleet and international network also ensure that we can transport the assets to their destination anywhere in Europe, or beyond, as part of a turnkey approach to rationalisation planning and delivery.

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Logistics Support to Put Businesses on the Road to Recovery

Industrial operators have had to adapt to unprecedented levels of change over the past year. The factors contributing to a continuing need to respond to change are still a key feature of market conditions across many sectors. Remaining agile in an environment like this is critical, which often means transporting heavy machinery, materials or products from one site to another. At AIS Vanguard, we are helping businesses across a wide variety of sectors to plan their logistics and ensure their assets are safely transported to where they need to be, on time and with all the correct paperwork.

Planning Logistics for Brexit Uncertainty

One of the biggest factors affecting operators’ logistics strategies over the next few months is Brexit. The end of the transition period on 31st December means there will be new rules in place for the transportation of goods between the UK and Europe, including both exports and imports. Alongside new compliance requirements and changes to paperwork for international logistics, there are a number of other ways in which the UK’s new relationship with the EU could affect logistics planning.

Even before the transition period deadline, uncertainty has prompted stockpiling of goods and materials, putting pressure on normal logistics networks, including vehicle availability, ports and ferry crossings, and warehouse capacity. This could result in backlogs for companies relying on their in-house fleet and warehousing facilities. It could also threaten business critical business transformation programmes, including machinery installation projects, factory relocations, asset rationalisation and asset realisation.

Realigning Capabilities after COVID

The other key factor affecting businesses’ logistics planning over the next few months is the impact of the pandemic on their operational requirements. In some sectors, reduced demand and a challenging commercial landscape is prompting rationalisation and asset realisation programmes. In others, there is an opportunity to capitalise on increased demand if new equipment and materials can be transported to the right location.

Where heavy machinery is concerned, specialist logistics capabilities are required in order to load, transport and offload the asset safely and efficiently. This may include gaining the correct approvals for the transport and putting support vehicles in place. Where machinery is being imported from abroad or dispatched to a buyer overseas, the logistics requirements also involve ensuring the correct paperwork is in place and liaison with the port authorities. And, of course, experience and the right skills for the job are important throughout the logistics planning and delivery.

Logistics You Can Rely on, Wherever Your Assets are Going

At AIS Vanguard, we have the fleet, logistics planning expertise and lifting and moving experience to meet all logistics requirements, including transportation of heavy machinery across borders. We work with our clients to understand their requirements and their deadlines to plan the logistics around their timescales. And because we understand the challenging conditions affecting the transportation of goods and assets at the moment, we can ensure that we factor any additional time or revised routes into the planning process to avoid unforeseen delays.

Our logistics capabilities encompass light commercial vehicles, including fully-equipped ‘tackle vans’, pick-up trucks and personnel vans, HGV vehicles including tractor units, HIAB trucks flat trailers and step-frame trailers and fork-lift trucks between 1.5t and 7t capacity. We also have eight large-scale warehouse facilities and an international network of storage provider partners.

Reliable logistics has never been more critical to business planning and performance, which is why our team is working hard to help clients get their assets to where they need to be.

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Getting Ready for the Year Ahead with Heavy Machinery Installations During the Christmas Shutdown

The New Year is traditionally a time for new beginnings and that’s just as true in industrial settings as it is for those who make a mental note of resolutions every year. Often, those industrial fresh starts involve substantial activity over the Christmas shutdown period, with new machinery installation taking place at this time, ready to hit the ground running when the first shift begins again in January.

Machinery Installation to Prepare for Change

Machinery installation is always a focus for the Christmas shutdown period as industrial operators use this scheduled downtime to introduce new assets and carry out any modifications required to the layout or building services. This year, however, planning machinery installation for this period has never been more critical. Following the upheaval and altered commercial landscape prompted by the pandemic in 2020, the UK will complete the Brexit transition period on 1 January 2021, creating new challenges and opportunities. As a result, it’s the ideal time to realise any plans to diversify, enhance productivity or increase capacity by installing new equipment or replacing existing machinery.

Ensuring Machinery Installations Go to Plan During the Christmas Shutdown

Ideally, any machinery installation required during the Christmas shutdown period should be planned as far in advance as possible and as much of the groundwork should be done in advance to maximise the value of the available downtime.

Our experienced team work with clients to plan their machinery installation projects, developing a method statement and risk assessment in advance and understanding the technical and operational requirements of the project. This may include diversions or upgrades to mechanical and electrical services, preparation of foundations and footings, floor preparations and positioning checks and drilling and preparation of floor fixings.

It is also not uncommon for temporary modifications to be needed to the building to enable access for machinery installation. Once again, this needs to be factored into the schedule for the machinery installation project and there is potential for this essential preparation work to be carried out in advance of the shutdown while the facility remains operational.

Another key area of planning for machinery installation during the Christmas shutdown is arranging the logistics and the resources required for the installation programme. As this is a key time for maintenance and logistics, booking transport and ensuring the right personnel with the skills and experience needed are available are essential elements of a successful project.

An Integrated Service for Machinery Installations

Thanks to the interdisciplinary expertise within our in-house team and our national fleet of vehicles and specialist lifting equipment, AIS Vanguard has the resources to plan, co-ordinate and implement machinery installations during the Christmas shutdown.

We can handle the whole machinery installation project with full CDM management, including risk assessment and method statement, logistics, lifting, mechanical and electrical connections, testing and pre-commissioning and commissioning. Our team can provide a critical path, aligned to your deadline and operational requirements to help you make the most of your Christmas shutdown for machinery installation and begin the year ahead ready to maximise your potential.

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Christmas Shutdown: Plan Early, Plan Well to Maximise the Value of Downtime

It may feel like we fast forwarded straight from early spring to mid-autumn this year, but, in industrial settings at least, the normal routines of the calendar still apply. With local lockdowns and fluctuating R numbers, how we’ll celebrate the festive season at home is still uncertain, but the predictability of a Christmas shutdown is more important than ever. As we look ahead to 2021 and the demands of competing during the recovery, it’s essential to plan ahead for scheduled downtime, including all heavy machinery installation, decommissioning, removal or relocation requirements.

At AIS Vanguard, we specialise in working with companies across a huge variety of industrial and commercial sectors to help them maximise the value of planned downtime, including the Christmas shutdown. This is the most important maintenance period for many operators, which often means disconnecting assets to enable maintenance, machinery removal to allow work to be carried out on the building or heavy machinery installation to replace redundant assets or adjust process capabilities.

Our role is not just providing the specialist equipment and on-site expertise to carry out projects, including technical and complex lifts and all mechanical and electrical requirements; it’s also to help our customers to plan their project, ensuring their objectives are met and the value of their Christmas shutdown is fully realised.

This year, that planning process is more critical than ever. 2020 has been a challenging and unpredictable year, which has resulted in spikes in demand for some, while others have been operating at reduced capacity. As we look ahead to 2021, it’s clear that there is more uncertainty ahead, which, combined with the extraordinary times that have affected us all over the past few months, means that businesses may need to think beyond their usual Christmas shutdown routines and use the time to optimise their assets, both operationally and commercially.

As an experienced industrial services specialist with a 40-year track record, AIS Vanguard has the expertise, resources and equipment assets to support industrial and commercial companies in leveraging maximum value from their Christmas shutdown. Our team works with customers to understand their commercial priorities and operational parameters for the Christmas shutdown period so that we can advise on sequencing activity in a way that is time-efficient and aligned to both their objectives and their budget.

This approach includes creating a critical path with clear and accountable deadlines for each element of Christmas shutdown maintenance and asset optimisation requirements, along with a detailed and bespoke method statement and risk assessment. Our team works with customers in the lead up to the shutdown over the Christmas period to finalise these plans and carry out any preparatory work that can be done while the environment is still operational. This may include diversions to mechanical and electrical services, modifications to the building for access or egress, or decommissioning and removal or redundant assets to make space for new machinery or construction work.

With as much as possible planned and carried out in advance, we can then work with customers to deliver their industrial services requirements within their Christmas shutdown period. Our team ensures we are ready to hit the ground running when the customer’s last shift ends and have completed all activity in time for the first shift to begin on time when the Christmas shutdown period is over.

The Christmas shutdown is so much more than a marker of the end of the year in many environments; it is a staging post for operational efficiency and commercial strategy for the year ahead. Our philosophy is to plan well and plan early and, in a year where thinking ahead has been more complex and challenging than ever, meticulous planning and implementation of Christmas shutdown maintenance and adjustments has never been more vital.

Plan Your Christmas Shutdown with AIS Vanguard

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Heavy Machinery Removal – An Overview

Here at AIS Vanguard, we realise that heavy machinery removal can cause major disruption to overall productivity and output for a business.

Our reputation has been built on reliability, quality and safety within the industrial sector and we’re proud to be recognised as one of the UK’s leading companies for heavy machinery removal. Prior to a project being undertaken, our clients like to know what’s going to happen and when; we’re providing a brief overview of what happens during a project.

Planning for Heavy Machinery Removal  

Prior to any work being undertaken, our Project Manager’s will speak to clients to fully understand the nature of the removal and what needs to be removed and why. Once everything has been communicated, an effective plan of action is created and shared with clients so everyone involved is fully aware of how the project will run.


When the plan has been agreed between AIS Vanguard and the client, our team then head onto site and start by safely decommissioning any machinery that has been allocated to be removed or relocated.

After safely decommissioning the machinery, we’ll help our clients to remove the machinery should they need assistance and ensure it is moved with the highest health and safety protocols in place.

Health and Safety Importance

Heavy machinery removal is a big task that requires all hands-on deck for everyone involved, however, health and safety is a priority for everyone here at AIS Vanguard and we pride ourselves on implementing the highest H&S standards into every job we undertake.

Our exceptional health and safety standards has recently just led to us achieving our 3rd consecutive Gold RoSPA Award.

Get In Touch

To learn more about our heavy machinery removal services, get in touch with the AIS Vanguard team on 01257 411111, or alternatively fill out our Contact Form and we’ll be in touch.