Industrial Cleaning: Fume Scrubber Filter Repack

The Challenge
With industrial processes becoming increasingly complex, small failures in key equipment can effect the operation of a whole plant. Therefore, reliability and availability have become key issues, since any failure can have a serious consequences for a business. It is not practical or economic to shut down key production process for extended periods of time, and consequently, maintenance and cleaning activities have to be undertaken quickly, accurately and, above all, safely.

The Project
Our client is a semi conductor wafer manufacturer, who had a small window of opportunity to bring all their fume scrubbers off line. In two days, the existing filtrate had to be removed, the scrubbers thoroughly cleaned and new filtrate installed. Our objective was to complete the work within the timescale, safely and deliver a solution that improved the process and performance of a plant.

Managing Risk
Complex industrial cleaning projects contain significant hazardous. Chemical residues and aerosols may cause acute irritation to skin and airways.Working in confined spaces represent significant risk of asphyxiation, or loss of life through fire and explosion, and the risk of drowning and exposure to hot conditions.

Planning, logistics and communication are key to the successful delivery of complex maintenance projects. As are, risk assessments to identify:
• Control measures;
• Competence and training;
• Instruction and supervision work;
• The right tools and equipment.
• The Complete Service

MSS provide a turnkey package of work for our industrial clients. We work closely with clients, to understand their needs, and to design a solution that is fit for purpose, reducing cost, saving time and minimising environmental impacts.

Cleaning in Manufacturing Environments

The Challenge
Manufacturing and industrial environments often present specific challenges and require specialist knowledge.

We have worked with Vale Inco Europe at their Clydach nickel refinery since 2011, taking care of all their cleaning needs:
• Office cleaning
• Industrial cleaning
• Window cleaning.

When MSS took over the cleaning contract in 2011 we needed to quickly bring the cleaning standards up to an acceptable level.

The Solution
We introduced new leaner methods of working. We started by putting the cleaners in the right jobs for their skills and experience. They were each given clear tasks and responsibilities with a detailed schedule of work. We eliminated wasted time by placing cleaners in buildings closer together to reduce walking time and distance. We standardised hours of work to all cleaning staff which meant everybody started work at the same  time, including the supervisor. Cleaning staff were happy with the change and they prefer being supervised during their entire shift. Starting at the same time promotes team working. We introduced a new range of cleaning products called the Eco Range which delivered better results with less effort. These chemicals worked well and we saw an immediate improvement in the standards of cleaning. We introduced a full set of new cleaning equipment including the Numatic NST220A Energy Saving Trolley Vacuum Cleaner. This raised performance standards and reduces energy consumption.

The Result
New shift patterns, better cleaning methods and new cleaning chemicals all encouraged the staff to take greater ownership and pride in their work. The changes have resulted in:
• Higher productivity levels;
• Higher customer satisfaction levels;
• Reduction in staff turnover;
• Reduction in staff absences.