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Preparing for the New Year – Christmas Shutdown Maintenance & Installations

The Christmas traditions we celebrate at home may vary across Europe but there’s one thing all European countries have in common: the Christmas shutdown period is a time for maintenance shutdowns and machinery installations. For the team at AIS Eurelo, that means it’s a very busy time indeed. We’re already working with customers to help them planning for this critical period.

At AIS Eurelo, we support customers across a huge variety of industrial and commercial sectors to help them maximise the value of planned downtime during the Christmas shutdown. This is the most important maintenance period for many operators. Often this 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.

Machinery Installation During the Christmas Shutdown

Machinery installation is always a focus for the Christmas shutdown. This year, planning machinery installation for this period has never been more critical. Following the upheaval and altered commercial landscape prompted by the pandemic in 2020, many operators are implementing projects to diversify, enhance productivity or increase capacity by installing new equipment or replacing existing machinery.

Our experienced team works with clients to plan their machinery installation projects. They develop 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.

Whatever Your Christmas Shutdown Needs, We Can Help

Whether you’re planning a machinery installation project or have other heavy machinery disconnection, lifting, moving or mechanical and electrical needs, our team can provide a critical path, aligned to your deadline and operational requirements.

As we look ahead to 2021, it’s clear that there is more uncertainty ahead. This 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. At AIS Eurelo, our experienced team, fleet of specialist equipment and Europe-wide capabilities are here to help you make the most of your Christmas shutdown. Begin the year ahead ready to maximise your potential.