MOPs Keep Pharmaceutical Processes Online During Renovation Project
A multi-purpose pharmaceutical facility was slated to undergo renovation to repurpose an existing space into a new mission-critical blood processing area. It was stressed by the client that there could be no interruptions in neighboring departments where employees were laboring to fill important backorders. Omni’s solution was to develop a Method of Procedure, or MOP, to ensure that ongoing plant activities would proceed with little to no disruptions.
An MOP is a document that meticulously coordinates, outlines, and organizes each project task down to the smallest detail and can be instrumental when mission-critical systems and processes are involved. It dictates the precise sequence of what has to happen, when, by whom, and at what time to ensure smooth project execution.
Six separate sub-MOPs were developed for the project, and each involved an unusual twist. Rather than dictating targeted dates and times, switchover scheduling was left open-ended to allow critical process department managers to strategically select their own shutdown times.
Omni’s first step on the project was to identify and map all required switchovers and create a timeline for the client’s review and approval. The electrical work included removal and replacement of a 20-bucket existing motor control center. Multiple other motor control centers required rerouting of 480V feeders and branch circuits to make ample room for the new process area. Controls work included fire alarm, building automation, and existing process controls that needed to be relocated. This necessitated our tracking every conduit, wire, junction box, control panel and instrument.
Omni technicians worked 10-hour days prepping, prefabricating, preinstalling and completing all possible work that could be accomplished prior to switchover. Departments were then given a window in which to select a shutdown time that would have the least impact on their production. Through this process, the project was completed successfully and downtime was kept to a bare minimum.
Omni Instrumentation & Electrical Services, Inc., located in New Jersey and Maryland, is a premier instrumentation and electrical contractor, providing superior total care solutions since 1986. Services include instrument installation, tubing installation, instrument calibration, control loop testing, startup and commissioning, power and lighting, process control wiring, BMS wiring, telecommunications and data wiring, fire alarm wiring, security wiring, process network wiring, and control panel fabrication. Omni Instrumentation & Electrical Services, Inc., is certified in Foundation Fieldbus, Profibus, DeviceNet and ASI-Bus installation.