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Material Handling System Solution Development Process

TriFactor Edge: Phase III - Implementation

TriFactor is a licensed professional engineering firm that specializes in material handling system solutions.  Over the last 25 years, we have refined our structured design build process and have selected to innovate rather than replicate traditional material handling system delivery methods and services.  Our unique solution is called the TriFactor Edge. The third of this three phase process is the Implementation of the material handling system.

This phase includes the procurement of equipment, installation, project management and training, as detailed in the GMP documents developed during Phase II.  The following work is generated during the Implementation phase:

  • Preparation of system layout, approval, installation, as-built and as-wired drawings.  Prior to placing any material handling equipment on order with vendors, TriFactor ensures that a drawing is approved from the customer depicting the layout of the equipment that is to be ordered. Additionally, prior to equipment arrival on site, installation drawings for the mechanical and electrical installers is generated detailing exact location and method for installation of the equipment.  Finally, when installation is complete, TriFactor engineers develop “As-Built” electrical and mechanical drawings for archiving and future reference.
  • Preparation of system approval and as-delivered documents such as Design Criteria, Design Assumptions and Description of Operation.  Equally as important as the approval drawings prior to ordering equipment, these documents are necessary in order to properly develop the control system software.  If nothing has changed in the design from Phase II, this is simply an administrative task since the work was previously accomplished. 
  • Design, fabrication, and supply of all new automated material handling system equipment.  Once equipment orders are placed, various manufacturers are charged with delivering the equipment per the schedule provided during the proposal phase.  TriFactor engineers coordinate these multiple delivery dates to ensure the proper material shows up in the proper order.  Often overlooked as a critical function, an organized and planned approach to ordering and coordinating equipment deliveries from dozens of vendors is essential to a successful implementation.
  • Mechanical and electrical installation, system testing and commissioning through customer’s acceptance of all new automated material handling system equipment. Once equipment starts arriving and the installers have properly reviewed the detailed installation drawings, the mechanical and electrical installation commences.  Upon completion of the electrical installation, which typically follows the mechanical installation, the PC or PLC programs are tested along with all other software, such as Warehouse Control System (WCS), Warehouse Management System (WMS) or other custom software interface systems.  After testing, the Project Manager leads the project team in the system acceptance phase of the implementation with the customer.  This requires documenting the testing criteria and eventually the test results.  Once results are complete and satisfactory to the customer, the system is deemed accepted and turned over to the customer.
  • Preparation of system operations and maintenance manuals to included spare parts lists and warranty procedures.  After the system is accepted and turned over to the customer, the customer must understand the new procedures for ensuring that up-time is maximized.  TriFactor provides a recommended critical spare parts list, so that if a failure occurs with a part that has a long lead time for manufacturing, it has already been purchased and waiting in the spare parts inventory for replacement.  Also, each piece of automated material handling equipment has its own preventative maintenance requirements. As such, TriFactor provides these requirements in a well-documented and easy to understand format, along with hands-on training.  In the event the customer does not have the resources or technical capability to accomplish preventative maintenance, we can provide one of the TriFactor Care Planned Maintenance Program options.  

Whether you have a Greenfield project or are retrofitting an existing operation, our proprietary design build process ensures our customers receive the innovative, yet practical, solution for their unique operational needs.