How to Best Prepare for the Upcoming Facility Shutdown
A&K Painting
July 6, 2021
Routine plant shutdowns are part of the territory in the industrial sector, with most planned shutdowns occurring around Independence Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. While the temporary halt in production is necessary—and appreciated by most employees—it can be difficult to spin that downtime as a positive thing for the company.

The good news is that facility shutdowns are positive because they’re a great time to tackle routine maintenance and other, more extensive projects that might have otherwise necessitated a shutdown during peak production times. With the right plant shutdown preparation, you can make the most of the upcoming shutdown and make sure your facility is primed to pick up where you left off when your workers return.

Shutdown Approaching? Start Preparing Now.

If you want to get the most out of the upcoming shutdown, plan ahead. Thorough preparation means you’ll make better use of the time you have available. So, start planning, budgeting, and coordinating with industrial contractors now. An experienced contractor will be able to guide you through these steps and provide a detailed timeline for the projects you have queued up, which can take some of the stress of planning off your plate.

If you’ve been waiting for the right time to tackle a big maintenance project, shutdowns are the perfect time. Plan to have your contractor start working on the larger, more intensive projects first to make sure they aren’t rushing to complete them as time runs out. Common projects include:

Floors

Reinstalling, resurfacing, and resealing floors would usually mean shutting down that part of the facility for however long the project takes, then waiting for the coatings to cure. So, moving forward with any big flooring projects should be saved for a routine plant shutdown, if possible.

Ceilings

Whether you want your facility’s ceilings painted, coated, cleaned, or anything in between, you’ll have to factor in the necessary use of ladders, scaffolding and lifts, which can mean closing off an area for safety while the crews work. That makes ceiling maintenance another good choice for a shutdown project.

Walls

Like working on ceilings, painting walls requires specific equipment to reach all the nooks and crannies. You’ll also have to factor in the time it takes for your paint or coating of choice to cure, so make sure you budget in plenty of time for these projects.

Equipment

Take this chance to remove and replace any old equipment, repair broken equipment, and perform maintenance on working machinery. That includes cleaning and applying protective coatings that can protect your expensive equipment from damage, like rust and corrosion.

Line Striping

Line striping your facility is a great way to reinforce safety around heavy equipment and machinery. If your old lines are faded and worn, consider having your industrial painting contractor come in to give them a fresh coat that can stand up to high-traffic areas.

Your Plant Shutdown Preparation Isn’t Complete Without A&K Painting

Before your next plant shutdown, start thinking about the projects you’d like to complete while the facility is empty. Your industrial contractor can help you prioritize the facility shutdown projects on your list and ensure you’re prepared to complete as much maintenance and repairs as possible.

Contact the experienced team at A&K Painting before your next routine facility shutdown to best prepare for your workers’ return.

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