Equipment Startups Gone Bad

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In a perfect world, startups would always run smoothly.

Everyone would show up on time. All the proper tests would be done and the paperwork completed. Equipment would be installed and running in sync. The manufacturer representative wouldn’t find a single fault.

But let’s be honest: that’s never the case. In fact, the opposite is what usually happens.

People can blame busy schedules or oversights, but an equipment startup that doesn’t go smoothly has consequences. It may start with a frustrating afternoon, but the delay creates a ripple effect. It means a lot of wasted time for the construction team, and, with the need for so many different people to be present, it can be difficult to reschedule a second meeting or even a third or fourth. This can pushback the scheduled turnover of a facility, and, in an attempt to compensate for wasted time, jobs may be rushed or problems patched up instead of being properly addressed.

It may seem normal to have problems like this, but it doesn’t have to be. We’ve talked about the benefits of hiring a commissioning provider, and this is an area where they shine. A good Cx knows how critical a smooth startup can be and will ensure everyone is there and ready to go. They’ll be responsible for making sure it happens on time.

That’s why we created the System Readiness Tool.

Instead of relying on a GANT chart, this tool will simplify the startup process by bring all the critical dates into one document. With a more cohesive schedule that focused on the startup, controls point-to-point, TAB, and performance testing, it’ll be easier to keep workers on track and hit the necessary deadlines before the startup date.

Equipment should be started up only once. This’ll help you get things right from the beginning.

Download the System Readiness Tool now to see how it can change the way your team approaches a startup. Or contact us to learn more about how one of our expert commissioners can improve your process.