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Another Satisfied Mechanical Contracting Client

happy-customer-augustLast month, we told you about some of the characteristics to look for when hiring a mechanical contractor. One good way to vet a reliable firm is to hear what its customers have to say. Here’s a letter we recently received from one of our clients that shows the kind of work we strive to accomplish:

July 21, 2015

Dave,

I would like to tell you that the … Kansas City Plant has been extremely pleased in the Safety, Quality and Efficiency [sic] that Mike [McCurley] has brought to our plant. We have had Mike work on several tough jobs for us over the past month and he has been able to handle every one of them without an issue. 

In addition, Mike was a key person when we had a fire in our GK-12 kettle. Mike was working directly besides our Maintenance [sic] personnel to make sure that the fire was extinguished and did not cause any more damage to the plant.

Mike does a good job communicating and providing updates to the plant on exactly where he is on each project he is working on.

Thank you for your support.

Scott

We love to hear from our customers, especially when they let us know that the qualities we strive to deliver to our clients come shining through.

At TMS, we offer a wide variety of mechanical contracting services and solutions for each and every one of our business partners. If you’d like to hear what we can do for you, give our TMS experts a call and put us to work.

Your success … is OUR success!

 

Need Mechanical Services in Your Back Pocket? Yes, and Here’s Why

need-mechanical-servicesIt’s a fact. Sooner or later something will go wrong at your plant. Are you prepared for the downtime it will bring? Or eventually you’ll need to upgrade your facility to increase productivity. Do you want to redirect key personal from their day to day responsibilities to focus on a one time project? That decision alone might increase the chances of something unplanned going wrong. It’s a catch-22: Somehow you’ve got to keep everything running and figure out how to increase production without putting a monkey wrench into that well-oiled line. This is why you need a mechanical services contractor in your back pocket.

While your maintenance department might enjoy the challenge of figuring out how to increase efficiencies in your plant or taking on an expansion project, if you put them on those tasks, they won’t be available when, say, the mixer breaks down again.

A wise plant manager knows that it’s best to divide mechanical services into two different types: those that are addressed by staff, and those that are contracted out. Here’s the difference, and why the best time to think about the matter is right now.

When a Mechanical Services Contractor Makes Sense

Are you having a lot of unscheduled downtime? Is preventive maintenance not getting done because your staff is always dealing with breakdowns and surprises? This would be one reason to use a mechanical services contractor. We can handle the surprises and let your maintenance staff concentrate on say — the maintenance.

Contractors are also best when it comes to increasing capacity and handling new projects. While your maintenance staff knows your company’s existing systems—and their issues—very well, they aren’t always able to step back and take a look at the bigger picture.

That bigger picture is critical when you’re thinking about increasing capacity, because it’s not just a question of making sure, for instance, that a bigger, better mixer can fit into an existing space. You also need to think about whether you’ve got enough of a footprint for both the raw materials and finished goods, and an efficient way to move everything from one stage to another.

Mechanical contractors specialize in thinking through the entire process.

Signs That You Need Help Now

So do you need help with mechanical services? If your maintenance requests are piling up, the answer is likely yes. Also, if you want to increase production but can’t find trained, professional manpower, you might very well benefit from the fresh perspective of a contractor. A mechanical contractor is capable of taking an objective look at your line or system and helping you find ways to increase capacity without the need to hire more staff.

Plus, when you’ve got to take production to the next level, chances are you won’t already have a project team on staff to make it happen. We’ve noted the problems associated with pulling maintenance personnel off their jobs and giving them such a project—even if they would enjoy a break from their daily routine.

Maintenance will be even more critical during a project phase, because there will inevitably be downtime for commissioning. That means you need production running at peak level the rest of the time, and your maintenance staff is key to making that happen.

Develop the Relationship Ahead of the Need

Now, you could wait to call us until it’s time to increase production. Or you could hold off on interviewing mechanical contractors until you’re already in trouble. But that would be a mistake.

As you probably know from experience, not everyone is as good as they look on paper. Will the contractor really get back to you when they say they will? Can they give you an accurate estimate of how long commissioning will take? Do they factor in “best-case, worst-case” scenarios? Will they notify you right away when they begin to take the line apart and discover it’s three times as bad as they expected?

There’s much more to developing a contractor relationship than touring the plant and signing the contract. This is why we recommend that you call us now. Let’s start the conversation before the timeline is in place.

Call TMS today. Get to know us before you need us. We’re happy to be in your back pocket, ready to provide whatever mechanical services you need to keep everything humming along at peak capacity.

Things to Consider When Hiring a Mechanical Contractor

hiring-mechanical-contractorFor those companies that run consistently with no scheduled breaks in production, it is important to know who to call when repairs need to be done. The costs associated with a lack of production extend far beyond the hours that are lost. It is crucial to get back on track, and in order to do so you must guarantee that you are hiring someone who is fully capable of completing the task at hand. Here are four major things to consider when hiring a mechanical contractor.

  1. Safety is the most important feature of any mechanical contractor, and one of the first things you should do is ask for what should be an impeccable safety record. It is likely that someone who is not safe is not a very good planner either, which means the proper steps are not being taken to accomplish a task. Unsafe practices jeopardize everyone on the property, and if they have hurt themselves, there is a chance they will hurt others.
  2. The next item to inquire about is the client list. Whether or not a mechanical contractor can boast of the richest clients is irrelevant. What you are looking for is consistency. If a mechanical contractor has worked for the same clients for several years, this is proof that all tasks are executed well. Nobody continues to employ someone who performs poorly.
  3. Major mistakes are another factor to consider. You need to know what mistakes have been made and how they were handled. If at all possible, talk to the clients wherein the major mistakes took place, and get their perspective. It is inevitable that mistakes happen. It is how a mechanical contractor handles a bad situation that proves their worth. The ability to be honest about mistakes and learn from them is invaluable.
  4. Once you have chosen your mechanical contractor, the next step is to encourage their completion of a pre-job hazard assessment. Before any project is set in motion – and again at the start of each day – a plan should be laid out. This daily plan details what the contractor will be looking at, the actions they will execute and what could go wrong. This provides an opportunity to mitigate any errors that might occur. If something unfortunate does happen, the contractor can clearly look back and view the steps that were missed. This assessment of a situation is a chance for the entire organization to learn and improve.

It is essential that your company is up and running again as quickly as possible following a mechanical failure. With these steps, you can ensure that the mechanical contractor you hire will expertly provide the services needed. You can’t predict when things might go wrong in a business that runs all hours of the day, but you can control the solution. The right mechanical contractor will turn things around safely, promptly and efficiently.