Project Management Professional Project Management for Lower TCOs

Author / Editor: Steve Jordan / Dominik Stephan

Some companies feel that they can project manage new processing facilities themselves, bringing in sub-contracted help only when it’s needed. They can, of course, but Thorsten Vammen, Director at GEA Liquid Processing in Skanderborg, Denmark, suggests another way. For, in the end, are the total cost of ownership that matter.

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Effective project management can save money and help bring products to market faster.
Effective project management can save money and help bring products to market faster.
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So, you are in the personal care, biotech or food industry. You need a new plant to produce detergents, cosmetics, cultures or food ingredients. You know exactly what you want to achieve, so why not just get on with it? Well, perhaps you should take a step back. In today’s competitive environment it’s not sufficient to build a plant that simply provides the desired outcome - you need to do better. Modern processing plants need to be hygienic, perhaps aseptic, use the minimum of natural resources and power, and have low emissions. What’s more, they need to be ready on time. It’s not the investment cost that matters – it’s the total cost of ownership that’s key. That’s where the professionals come in.

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To maximise efficiency and minimise the effect on the environment the project management team for a plant requires experience, understanding of the industry and a fundamental appreciation of the equipment, its capabilities and how individual components work as a complete system.

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