The decision to fabricate onsite or offsite depends heavily on the specifics of the project, but there are many benefits to using an offsite facility that can help determine if offsite fabrication is the right decision. To make the offsite fabrication successful, a project strategy must be created to change the orientation of the project process- from the construction to the manufacture and installation. Once this is in place, the project can then move into construction while obtaining permits and approvals. Skipping the site-build construction can save time and money by not having to do the site preparation before the construction begins. Naturally, saving time and money is always a high priority, and is one of our three advantages, including avoiding weather trouble and receiving a higher quality and consistency. But how are these three advantages achieved?
The Three Major Advantages of Offsite Fabrication:
- Avoid weather trouble
You can never be sure what to expect onsite. The weather conditions can be different every time, and that makes the work unpredictable. You may even need to delay work for days due to uncooperative weather. But offsite fabrication removes weather from the equation. The work can happen regardless of the weather, and your project won't be delayed.
Weather trouble also plays a part in safety. Because you don't have to deal with poor visibility or slippery conditions offsite, the safety risk is lower offsite.
- Higher quality and consistency
In offsite fabrication, the same process is repeated many times. Each time, that process is streamlined. By doing your fabrication offsite, you can get a higher quality product. And the repetitive nature of the fabrication means that every product is consistent. You will have trusted and quality employees that have experience with one another and similar projects. When a company has experience with similar builds they will be up-to-speed on the specific permits and approvals needed to complete the project.
- Save money and Time
Using a facility has it's own advantages to saving money and time. With all the tools, machinery, and supplies in one place, it becomes easier to keep a project streamlined and organized. No need to schedule and transport machinery when it is at your finger tips. This also reduces safety risk with a facility that does regular safety checks and is regulated as opposed to an onsite area that can give way to unknown risks. Factory commissioning reduces punch-list items that the factory already accounts for.
Another money-saver comes in the form of labor costs. Offsite fabrication generally requires less labor than onsite fabrication. Other benefits include fewer skilled workers needed on your work site, predictive costs, and early power. The schedules are set and they can predict when employees are available. Offsite, workers require less training than onsite. It's more of a manufacturing process, and you can assign workers to just one role. Onsite, the workers need to know all the roles. Less training means you spend less money, and that's always good news.
If you think offsite fabrication might be right for your project, consider Easter-Owens. Easter-Owens is a leading family owned 55,000 square foot design and development facility in Arvada, Colorado. The firm's world-class design and development equipment have helped many corporations produce the controllers and panels that they need. For more information about your specific project, please contact us.