Two tips for those who want to build a manufacturing facility

If you want to build a manufacturing facility, here are a couple of tips that you may find useful.

Have the soil's thermal resistivity tested at the beginning of the construction project

Before your contractor initiates the construction process, you should get in touch with a company that performs soil thermal resistivity testing and arrange for them to check the thermal resistivity of the soil on your plot of land.

The reason for this is as follows; even small manufacturing facilities need to use at least a few large pieces of extremely powerful electrical machinery to produce their products (including, for example, things like CNC laser cutting machines, hydraulic presses, lathes and welding machines).

The electrical cables that will deliver power to this equipment may need to be installed in the soil below the facility. If the soil in which these cables are located is not resistant to heat, the heat within the electrical cables is likely to spread to the soil and cause it to warm up to potentially dangerous levels. This could then cause the cables to melt which could, in turn, lead to the wires inside them being damaged.

This type of damage could cause major problems in a manufacturing facility, as the resulting loss of electrical power would mean that none of the aforementioned equipment could be used to manufacture the facility's products until the damaged cables had been repaired.

Fortunately, this type of scenario can be avoided by having the soil's thermal resistivity tested before the facility is built. If the testing process reveals that the soil is not heat-resistant, you can then ask your contractor to use specialist electrical cables, made from materials which are less likely to melt when regularly exposed to high temperatures.

Buy the highest quality roof you can afford

Building a manufacturing facility is an expensive process. As such, you may need to look for ways to keep your costs down. Whilst this is understandable, it is important not to scrimp when it comes to choosing the roof materials; ideally, you should opt for the highest-quality roof you can afford.

The reason for this is as follows; if you opt for a cheap and poorly-made roof, the materials from which it is made could begin to deteriorate and develop holes in a matter of months. If you don't immediately identify and patch up these holes, the moisture (in the form of humidity and rainwater) that then enters the building through these openings could damage your facility's expensive electrical equipment.

If your facility manufactures perishable goods and so needs to be temperature-controlled, these openings could also result in the spoilage of your products, as they may allow the cold or warm air outside to enter your building and thus lead to the indoor temperature being lowered or raised, respectively.

As such, it is vital to purchase the best roofing materials you can afford.