A Planned Shutdown is a Pit Stop for Industry

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In motorsports racing, a pit stop is a pause made by a car during the race at a designated area (the pit). As quickly as possible, the pit crew refuels the car, changes tires, and makes any needed repairs and mechanical adjustments to the car. Then it’s back to the race.


Planned well in advance

The pit stop is planned well in advance. The pit crew knows that if little stuff shakes loose or breaks during the race, hopefully it can be fixed before it takes the entire car out of the race. Without the pit stops, the car won’t even finish the race, let alone win it.


Shutdowns, outages, or turnarounds—they mean the same thing

Industrial facilities have something similar to a pit stop. It’s called a shutdown. Some industries call them turnarounds. Others call them outages. They mean basically the same thing. It’s a time for needed operational maintenance and repairs to the industrial equipment, and industrial cleaning and improvements to the industrial facility.

Everyone in manufacturing knows that their equipment is crucial to the production process. Keeping manufacturing equipment in good working order helps ensure the industrial operations run smoothly and efficiently all year. Industrial cleaning of the equipment, as well as industrial cleaning of the facility itself, is one way to help keep these operations up and running.


Planned and predictive maintenance can find and stop problems

Just like the race car’s pit stop, planned and predictive maintenance, and industrial cleaning during a planned shutdown can find and stop problems before they start. Without planned shutdowns, untended maintenance needs can cause equipment malfunctions and emergency shutdowns that can be a serious disruption to production.


Planned shutdowns are a big deal

An emergency shutdown rarely happens. If it does, it could be a serious disruption in production. Routine and planned maintenance shutdowns can prevent emergency shutdowns. As COVID continues to cause disruptions and the supply chain issues causes concerns for repair parts, it’s a more important need now more than ever for facilities to run more efficient. So that makes planned shutdowns a big deal!

Blackwell’s Inc. has worked with industrial facilities in their planned (and emergency shutdowns) for over 40 years. Whether your planned shutdowns include industrial cleaning or industrial flooring needs, Blackwell’s, Inc. is an experienced and talented industrial services professional who will understand the requirements of your shutdowns.

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Peanut butter spill caused this emergency shutdown
Dry ice blast cleaning during a planned shutdown of this industrial oven

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