WHO’S IN CHARGE HERE? Five of ten questions to ask a potential facility management company.

MAKING SOLID FACILITY MANAGEMENT CHOICES: PART 1

In an increasingly virtual world when the momentum is toward automation, facility management still requires wise decisions. That’s because data alone doesn’t equate to judgment, nor do specifications automatically guarantee smooth running, Kinetics embraces a balanced perspective where big data leads to major performance improvements, while also prioritizing the safety of personnel, facilities, and system investments.

Whether a new, upgraded, or expanded facility is anticipated, the central questions attached to evaluating management partners are the same. Rather than hoping potential clients will simply choose Kinetics based upon a world of experience, the team is open to discussing important variables attached to each project. They also advocate that manufacturers and processors do the same – without apology.

Big Question #1: What’s the project’s scope – and performance expectations attached to it?

Is this about pure processing speed with simple steps and chemistry; or fielding a more adaptable facility in anticipation of future (market) changes? Determining the dashboard attached to the project allows discussion of 1) facility technical design, 2) maintenance and equipment improvement programs, and 3) initial as well as ongoing consultation and training requirements.

Big Question #2: How does monitoring facility performance get built into planning and implementation?

This isn’t about a few gauges, monitoring stations, and delegating shift-by-shift results to simply operators (however well-trained they are). There’s more to it than that. For example, Kinetics plots operational cost analysis and auditing requirements. In addition, analysis and optimization of chemical and gas usage are factored into the equation, as is foundational facility benchmarking; worrying and wondering are the opposition.

Big Question #3: What methods will be used to reduce job site health risks and accidents?

Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) support is neither optional nor coincidental. As an example, Kinetics advances a plan even in the early stages. Frequently included is hazard analysis, along with the development of work instructions and safety guidelines. Worker training is outlined in tandem with identification of personal protection equipment (PPE) to safeguard individuals while managing enterprise risk factors.

Big Question #4: How does EHS turn into day-to-day, on-site management?

Any firm engaged to provide comprehensive facility management must clearly take on emergency management. That means considering how employees will be managed against desired safety outcomes. For numerous reasons, documentation is essential to clarify procedures and operations that will serve all involved; without leaving major gaps attached to wishful thinking rather than harsh realities.

Big Question #5: At what point do the challenges of working with chemicals, gases and other media become the focus?

Every industry and process has unique requirements. This is a case where the consequences, positive and negative, of handling materials properly and efficiently are mission-critical. Look carefully to see if the management contractor is concerned with cylinder and drum transport along with change-out, blending of chemical batches as well as routine system inspections. Do individual pieces of equipment receive inspection and cleaning at meaningful intervals?

These five Big Questions provide a solid start for project planners and company leaders to consider how they’ll manage a new facility, Five more powerful questions are coming soon, but there’s no reason to wait when it comes to evaluating your options. Click HERE to learn more about Kinetics work, and get your questions answered clearly and directly.