In the Life Sciences industry, full or partial planned plant shutdowns are commonplace throughout any given year. Typically, such shutdowns are related to general plant or preventive maintenance, or installation of new production lines or equipment. The shutdowns are sometimes necessary to meet or maintain FDA requirements. Others are used to improve machine operations and production eff iciency by limiting or negating downtime. It’s a common occurrence. Any delay in material delivery or kitting accuracy could signifi cantly impact production and, ultimately, profi ts. Such delays cost companies tens of thousands of dollars each hour.
For this particular long-term life sciences client, a proposed plant shutdown was planned as part of the regularly scheduled maintenance program, cleaning house, if you will, to improve operation eff ectiveness.