Moving Your Industrial Business: What You Need to Know

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Moving your business is never an easy process. Moving tangible assets from one location to another takes the right kind of professional know-how. Whether you’ve outgrown your current location or gotten a great deal on a new piece of real estate, making a seamless transition from one place to the next is essential to keep your business on track. It can be a difficult enough process when you’re in the commercial industry, but when you’re on the industrial side of things, moving can be especially tricky

When you’re in the business of manufacturing goods, you have special needs when it comes time to move. And nowhere is this seen more than when you are in the chemical or biological sectors. When it comes to lab moving, you need a professional. There are a myriad of regulations concerning the transport of these types of goods; not just local and state regulations to maneuver around, but also Federal rules if you’re moving between states.

That’s why it’s essential to have a company that knows the difference between 49 CFR 173.134 – Class 6, Division 6.2 and 49 CFR 173.134 – Class 6, Division 6.1.

Moving a biological or chemical laboratory is a complicated process that demands precision and the right tools for the job. After all, you don’t want to move a $20,000 rotary evaporator in the back of a pickup truck. And it’s not just the equipment that needs to be handled properly; you also need your biological goods transported with care.

All biologicals require specific ranges of temperature for survival. Your movers should have fully refrigerated cargo spaces with a full range of temperature controls. You also want a system that has good air circulation to prevent cold and hot spots. Redundant power systems that operate as backups in case the primary power fails is also a must. While equipment can be replaced if it breaks, proprietary biologicals can be priceless.

When you arrive at your new location, it’s important that you already have your site plan determined. Knowing where everything will be installed makes it easier not just on you and your staff, but also on the movers. Make a plan on the order that equipment needs installed and realize that depending on how large your lab is, you aren’t going to get everything up and running in one day. Even establishing an ISO 5 level clean room takes time, time that can’t begin until your equipment is in place.

You also can’t forget about setting up your data connections. And with establishing a data infrastructure comes setting up an IT system with everything needed to keep your data secure. Be careful not to fall into common pitfalls when it comes to setting up your cybersecurity systems. It’s not just about setting up a robust firewall and anti-virus system; it’s also about educating your staff about best practices when it comes to keeping your systems secure.

Moving your lab facilities can be quite a hassle, but there are ways to reduce the stress of a move. The logistics and timetable of a move can be stressful to plan and implement, but with a good plan, your move will take less time than you think. Trust the relocation of your equipment and biologicals to properly licensed and trained professionals so you can focus on getting your new lab up and running in minimal time.

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