Dissatisfaction with previous engineers: Siemens had tendered for a new contract after issues with the maintenance of the air conditioning (air con) systems. After winning the contract, Darke & Taylor (D&T) found that the maintenance paperwork was non-existent, with no asset register, drawings or schematics; in the words of the Project Director, ‘the information was beyond poor’.
Challenging factory environment: The majority of the air con units were located 6−8 metres off the ground, requiring MEWPS (Mobile Elevated Working Platforms) to carry out the maintenance work against the backdrop of a live working environment.
Complex problems: In such a technologically advanced factory, any problems that arise are rarely simple ones and often span a number of disciplines; for example, machines require power and lighting and there is often some element of data cabling involved.
Constantly changing demands: For the factory to remain operational during COVID, some of the manufacturing processes needed to be moved to an alternative factory a mile up the road. This had to be actioned during lockdown so as not to cease production.
Clean slate: At the outset, D&T had to think on its feet and draw upon all its M&E experience to ensure that no other operations were adversely affected. Subsequently, during the course of the ad hoc refurbishment process, D&T was able to build and maintain an asset register of the plant installed.
Working at height: All D&Ts engineers and electricians are IPAF-trained for working at height. The fact that Siemens had its own platforms increased D&T’s flexibility on the job.
All-in-one solutions: D&T was able to leverage the expertise of its Electrical and Structured Cabling divisions. For example, when servicing mechanical plant, a fault was traced back to the Building Management System (BMS) and D&T’s data engineers managed to locate and fix a failure in the control wiring.
COVID response: D&T’s H&S officer inspected the site and conducted risk assessments to permit D&T’s engineers to work safely in a COVID-compliant manner.
“Siemens’ Magnet Technology division, based in Eynsham, is the world’s leading designer and manufacturer of superconducting Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) magnets for medical applications.”