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Accelerating Your Business with a Factory Relocation

We’re proud to be on the UK’s leading factory relocation specialists. Both our full turnkey and singular services are led by our highly skilled experienced team who ensure professionalism and a smooth transition during all factory relocation projects.

Changes within manufacturing demand may result in the need to completely relocate your business. We realise factory relocations can cause significant disruption to production timescales and overall output, but for factory relocations, we can confidently say the benefits outweigh the risks.

We explore how a successful factory relocation could help you accelerate your business.

More Capacity

Relocating your business to a larger facility provides you with more room to increase production and overall output. By doing this, your company will be better placed to ensure you can keep up with growing consumer demands across the market.

This is something we were proud to help Aggregate Industries Quarries with.

Closer to Your Supply Chain

It’s important to always think of every eventuality when it comes to your operations. Considering whether it would be more beneficial to be closer to your customers and have a wider supply chain is always a great place to start.

By having a closer proximity to both your customers and supply chain, you’ll help improve your overall service for customers, significantly reduce load times on products and services and save significantly save on transportation, distribution and storage costs.

All of these factors could essentially provide your company with an edge on your competitors.

Improved Infrastructure

Relocating to a factory or location may put you closer to better transport networks links, including motorways, regional and national hubs and rail depots too. Ensuring you’re within reach for customers and suppliers will only help increase output for your company.

Factory Relocation Ready

A factory relocation is a big undertaking and needs to be considered carefully to ensure the most efficient way to relocate without compromising production and output.

Talk to us about how we can help relocate your operations today to help accelerate your business. Call 01257 411111 or fill out our Contact Form and we’ll be in touch.

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Health & Safety: An AIS Vanguard Priority

For over 40-years AIS Vanguard have assisted companies in multiple sectors and during each and every one of these jobs, health and safety has been and remains at the heart of the operation. 

Implementing Health and Safety

Here at AIS Vanguard, health and safety is embedded in everything we do. Whether that’s machinery removal, factory relocation or machinery installation, we take a meticulous planning approach to every project to ensure both our team and clients are safe throughout. Every project undertaken is carried out in line wiht a risk assessment, method statement, compiled with site specific considerations of equipment and personnel involved. 

Our teams are fully trained in health and safety and regularly review and refresh that knowledge to ensure they can continue to deliver best practices AIS Vanguard have become known for over the years and they’re always in line with our policies and customer expectations. 

We’re fully committed to health and safety across all levels of the AIS Vanguard business. Our written policies include coverage for areas as diverse as: 

  • Emergency planning 
  • Ceasing work due to on-site hazards 
  • PPE 
  • Smoking 
  • Drugs and alcohol
  • Modern slavery 
  • Corporate and social responsibility (CSR)

Each one of these policies is regularly reviewed and are applied to all activities across all locations we operate in. 

Our Third Gold RoSPA

Over a 4-year course of testing, we’ve been awarded with a silver and three gold RoSpa awards in a row. 

RoSPA helps to provide risk management for people at work and beyond. RoSPA gold is the highest driving standard available and holders operate to the highest level. Achiving this demonstrates our efforts in safety and this simply wouldn’t be possible without the attention to detail in every project and our team’s dedication and effort. 

We’re proud to have an impeccable safety record, alongside trusted safety accreditations meaning our customers can rely on us to apply the highest levels of health and safety in all our projects at all times. 

Get in Touch

Health and safety is an absolute must in all our operations, its paramount to ensuring both our team and clients are safe at all times. 

To learn more about what AIS Vanguard can do for your business, get in touch by calling 01257 411111 or alternatively, fill out our Contact Form and we’ll get back to you. 

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Working in the Petrochemical Industry

Working in the petrochemical industry requires specialist knowledge. AIS Vanguard is proud to operate in a variety of industries offering multiple complex services including heavy machinery installation, relocation removal and both mechanical and electrical engineering.

We have over 40 years of experience providing specialist support to the petrochemical industry, learn more about our operations within the industry.

Challenges Faced in the Petrochemical Industry

Petrochemical companies operating today face multiple challenges, including environmental regulations, changing commodity prices and fluctuating levels of demand on the global market.

With these challenges being faced every day, profitability is a consistent pressure for businesses working in petrochemicals.

How AIS Vanguard can Help

Our longstanding experience in the petrochemical industry means we’re primed to effectively support refineries and chemical plant operators to control budgets with projects including installations, turnaround or shutdowns, expansions or relocations.

During the course of any project, we maintain a close relationship with clients to help us better understand the changes and constraints of every phase of the project so that everything is carried out with the highest health and safety possible whilst maximising efficiency and minimising downtime.

BIP Oldbury Ltd

One of our success stories from within the petrochemical industry is BIP Oldbury Ltd where we successfully dismantled various pieces of equipment for them over the scale of 3 different floors.

We dismantled the various pieces of equipment over 3 floors, supplied the Open Top and General Purpose Containers and Loaded equipment to these containers for onward Land / Sea transportation to Istanbul, Turkey.

During this project, we dismantled as required and successfully removed 2 x 4m W x 3m H windows and brickwork whilst erecting 2 x 10t load bearing scaffold platforms to cover the 1st and 2nd floor.

Get In Touch

Whether you require a full turnkey solution for your petrochemical company or a singular service, with over 40-years of first hand experience, AIS Vanguard can help.

Get in touch with our Project Managers on 01257 411111 or alternatively, fill out our Contact Form and we’ll get back to you.

Aerospace Industry News

AIS Vanguard and the Aerospace Industry

The Aerospace industry requires specialist equipment and the uppermost excellence when it comes to engineering and industrial services. Over the last 40 years, we have gained first-hand knowledge and experience in helping the aerospace industry.

Our Aerospace Industry Commitment

Our mechanical services help businesses across the aerospace industry in a variety of ways, ranging from the movement of single pieces of machinery, machinery maintenance, dismantling, relocation or a complete reinstallation. We also provide complete replacements to manufacturing equipment, thanks to our lifting equipment.

Lifting in small, potentially problematic areas including confined spaces or limited access areas, restricted floor bearings and overhead obstructions is no problem for our equipment or team. Our specialist equipment allows the aerospace project solution to be built around your location and problem, so the project continues without delay.

What we did for Spirit Aerospace

Our team successfully completed a gantry crane lift and relocation for Spirit Aerospace.

The Airbus hanger contained two 71-meter span cranes, with the west crane being in a much better condition of the two. Spirit requested the east crane be removed completed to allow the west crane to move along the gantry into the area where the east crane operated. This is where the majority of their assembly works take place on a new large order that had been secured.

After the west crane had been removed into its new position, the east crane needed to be remounted onto the rails so it can be tested prior to use and then re-commissioned for use. This was completed all within a time frame of just four days.

Get In Touch

Whether you require a full turnkey solution for your aerospace company or a singular service, with over 40-years in the industry, AIS Vanguard are here to help.

To speak to one of our Project Managers, call 01257 411111 or alternatively, fill out our Contact Form and we’ll get back to you.

Awards News

AIS Vanguard Achieves a 3rd RoSPA Gold Award

In 4 years of testing, the AIS Vanguard team have successfully been awarded with a silver and three RoSPA golds in a row! To say we couldn’t be prouder is an understatement. 

In every project we undertake, whether it’s machinery removal, relocation or a full factory installation, a meticulous planning approach is at the forefront of AIS Vanguard. 

What is a RoSPA Gold? 

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents has strived for the last 100 years to ensure their vision of a life free from serious accidental injury. This is achieved by health, happiness wellbeing and a variety of life-affirming activities. 

A RoSPA gold is the highest driving standard available and the holder will operate at the highest level.

RoSPA helps to provide risk management for people at work and beyond. 

Gold Standard 

Achieving a Gold Award from RoSPA demonstrates a high level of well-developed health and safety operations. This includes the business culture and management systems, which control risks, low levels of error, harm and loss. 

It’s always pleasing to be recognised for our safety efforts and this isn’t possible without attention to detail and the team’s dedication. We’re proud to have an impeccable safety record alongside trusted safety accreditations. This allows customers to rely on us to apply the highest levels of health and safety to all our projects at all times. 

Get in Touch 

To learn more about our services and how we can help you operate safely and effectively, get in touch with our team. Call 01257 411111, or alternatively, fill out our Contact Form and a member of our team will be in touch.

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Considerations for a Successful Factory Relocation

Factory Relocation:

Changes in manufacturing demand may result in the need to completely relocate heavy machinery in either a complete or partial factory relocation. 

Factory relocations and removals can cause major disruption to both production and timescales. We understand lost time leads to less output, so to ensure success, our team always considers the five basic principles.

1. Planning 

Moving a factory of any scale poses various questions for both the client and supplier. 

– What timescales are you working to? 

– What phases of the project need to happen when? 

– Can production continue during the relocation? 

– Are there any risks we need to consider? 

Right from phase one, our Project Managers are on hand to help provide all the answers to ensure a seamless, streamlined move. 

2. Take Stock 

Clients need to identify all the equipment that requires relocating. However, we appreciate it’s not as easy as just writing a list. 

During phase two, the AIS Vanguard team creates a detailed floor plan that covers equipment quantities, equipment identification, sizes, weights, locations of all utilities on the premises and any potential obstacles or challenges that may arise. 

These include overhead equipment, structures or cables and any aisles, pits or trenches to navigate. 

3. Updating Your Asset Register 

A factory relocation is the perfect time to update your asset register. By checking the condition of and identifying all equipment prior to the move. This is something that our team advises you on – if required – to provide you with full peace of mind. 

4. Operations 

Factory relocations can have a massive impact on day to day operations. It’s therefore crucial to plan ahead and set expectations around potential delays and predicted lead-times to avoid any conflict by keeping your supply chain informed.

Our team’s experience means we offer guidance at every stage so you can be as transparent with your stakeholders. 

5. AIS Vanguard’s Promise 

Our dedicated project managers are on-hand throughout to ensure relocations are completed as efficiently as possible. Every major move has its unique challenges but with over forty years’, first-hand experience we have the skills and expertise to ensure the move is carried out swiftly and safely. 

This ensures your business can transition with as little disruption to output as possible. 

Moving Factory Machinery

Get in Touch 

To talk to AIS Vanguard about how we can help fully or partially relocate your operations, get in touch by calling 01257 441111 or alternatively, fill out our contact form and one of our team will get back to you.

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How Crowdguard Technology is helping Social Distancing

A year since partnering with Crowdguard, the technology developed to deter terrorist attacks is now ensuring social distancing

This July marks one year since we began our partnership with Crowdguard, an innovative, award-winning surface guard product which ensures public safety against the threat of hostile vehicles. A short year ago however, we could not have foreseen how Crowdguard would become an important tool used by city centres in the fight against Covid-19.

Like many UK enterprises demonstrating adaptability since the onset of the pandemic, Crowdguard’s solutions are now employed for very different purpose than originally envisioned – namely, ensuring social distancing in pedestrianised zones within towns and cities.

If you’ve strode through a city centre in the UK during the past few months, you may very well have spotted the pedestrian and bike-friendly structures, and perhaps even passed through one yourself.

The permeable, temporary event security panels are modular and lightweight, and can be fitted securely to any type of road and space. These qualities, combined with the ability to raise and lower the barriers within 30 seconds for the passage of emergency vehicles, make them a flexible and effective tool for promoting social distancing and crowd control.

Amid a rise in walking and cycling by commuters in city centres including Manchester and London, the barriers will play an important role in helping consumers to feel safe and secure as they travel to work, shop or dine out.

Thus Crowdguard is helping local authorities to make the key changes quickly in support of safe movement within cities, measures which will be essential to economic recovery post-lockdown as high-street businesses across the country struggle to bounce back.

About Crowdguard

Founded by our CEO Matt and wife Deborah Ainscough, Crowdguard provides a market-leading solution in the field of Hostile Vehicle Mitigation (HVM), delivering effective products which benefit from innovative design, quality build and rigorous testing.

Crowdguard was developed in response to the growing threat to public safety posed by vehicle ramming attacks in the UK and Europe, such as the Westminster Bridge and Nice attacks, and is a practical measure put in place to protect crowded places and throughout the duration of celebratory events, considered by the government to be ‘soft targets’.

Matt said: “When Crowdguard was created in April 2019 in response to the risks posed from hostile vehicles at crowded events it was always the intention to use the skills and infrastructure of AIS Vanguard to facilitate the logistics of this critical equipment. 

“It’s been a busy time and following successful deployment at numerous public events Covid-19 hit in March and Crowdguard evolved to then assist in town and city centre attempts to create more pedestrianised space. 

“AIS and Crowdguard are both forward-thinking businesses aiming to offer the very best service to their respective clients and I look forward to seeing both businesses prosper together in the coming years.”


Preparing the Workplace for Socially-Distanced Operational Efficiency

For all businesses, the COVID-19 pandemic has been a commercial curved ball that has required some major re-thinking of operational norms. In the manufacturing and logistics sectors, many companies have had to adjust quickly with measures such as PPE, daily health checks, split shifts and changes to capacity. As we look ahead to an easing of the lockdown restrictions, it’s clear that we will not be going back to business-as-usual, so the question now is how do we prepare for the new normal on the factory floor?

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Planning for Recovery in the Manufacturing Sector

As some of the countries affected by the COVID-19 pandemic begin to ease their economies out of lockdown conditions and talk turns to exit strategies, manufacturers also need to plan how to transition from shut-down to operational status

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COVID-19 Support for Manufacturing Supply Chain from AIS Vanguard

As you are undoubtedly aware, the COVID-19 pandemic is currently sweeping the globe. Our clients deserve to know what we have done, what we are currently doing and how we can continue to help all industries during this time.

Whether it’s the movement of machinery, stock or medical equipment, AIS Vanguard is here to help. We are maintaining a 24/7 service during this challenging period, which means we’re on hand when you need us most.

Measures are in place to make sure that our staff and clients are safe during all operations, including high levels of cleanliness and minimal close contact with colleagues, suppliers and clients.

Our skilled in-house team provides reliable support for business-critical projects because our services do not depend on third party contractors or companies. This means our customers’ projects are never disrupted due to supply chain issues.

Our multi-site, nationwide service ensures that we have the flexibility and resources to re-allocate staff across the UK, so we can support you where you need us most. Our continued investment in technology, equipment, storage facilities and employees mean we’re ready to meet high levels of demand throughout the COVID-19 crisis.

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Heavy Machinery Relocation Services

AIS Vanguard has been built based on our reputation on reliability, quality and safety within the industrial market, and as such we are recognised as one of the UKs leading experts for machinery relocation and removals.

How we can Support:

  • Production Line Relocations, Installations, Connections & Maintenance
  • Equipment & Machinery Recommissioning
  • Equipment & Machinery Moving
  • Equipment & Machinery Installations
  • Transport & Storage Services
  • Inventory Management

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