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Bringing new life to old assets: Our 6 step approach to redesigning our fleet

Posted 15 Nov 2022

In our blog post last week, our UK Commercial Manager Matt Nicoll shared the 3 key benefits of refurbishing our assets, and this week he explains the step-by-step process on how this is accomplished.

Our 6 step approach to redesigning our fleet

“To give you a bit more insight into how we modify and redesign our fleet, I wanted to share our 6-step process - which applies to both Swire’s equipment but also their owned equipment too. If our customers have equipment that's no longer fit for purpose, we can work with them to redesign their asset through the same process, it doesn't have to just be a rental option.

1. Initial discovery

“Once we've identified a customer problem or requirement - perhaps they've contacted us or it’s come up in conversation - our initial step in the process is to arrange a meeting. This is done with the account managers, myself and perhaps someone from the engineering team to fully understand the challenges or requirements.

2. Design development

“After this initial meeting there will then be a series of follow up meetings or calls, where we work on the modified design of that particular unit. What’s great about having all of this knowledge and expertise in house, is that we can sit on a call together, the engineering team will demonstrate the 3D rendered design so we can actually see all aspects of it. The engineers can explain certain modifications which have been incorporated for our customer’s specific needs, so it’s a really interactive process.

3. Customer approval

“Once the redesign is complete, we send the design documentation through to our customer for review. They'll receive a drawing pack and a technical approval pack to be signed off and then we can action the final changes.

4. Fabrication

“Up until this point, our drawings will have been a lot more general and customer friendly, so once all approvals have been signed off, our engineering team will then create the fabrication drawings. These drawings actually spell out to the team ‘this is how you make this change.’

5. Design review

“Once the fabrication drawings have been completed, the operational team are then involved in the meetings and we have a discussion around what has been designed, what it has achieved, and what our plan is to deliver and execute the completed design.

6. Finalisation and delivery

“Now everything is ready, we can go back to our customer and confirm timescales for the modification work, then our operations team will take responsibility for delivering the project on time and on budget. Occasionally, we might make a single unit and it would be on a trial basis, but oftentimes there will have been enough thought put into the design that the customer’s required amount can be produced.”

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