Swisslog undertakes the operative management and the responsibility for the construction and commissioning of the total system: from the construction of external facilities through interior construction work, structural steelwork, technical plant components, machines, control and software right up to the ERP level.
Just over 50 employees work on the installation phase of a medium-sized construction site at the same time. That corresponds to a medium-sized enterprise and thus adequately illustrates the demands on the project management and sub-structures.
There are subproject managers from Swisslog (e.g. for the software) and from supplier companies (e.g. for mechanical conveying engineering). All form a team under the supervision of the Swisslog overall project manager.
Installation follows a clear, sometimes very complex, deadline schedule. The methodology also embodies regular site meetings, for instance to discuss escalation procedures and prescribed test sequences.
Usually – except with small installations – Swisslog has a construction site manager, sometimes several. They continuously monitor progress and intervene as soon as a problem occurs, as is normal practice with the many and technically demanding interfaces.
Assembly and commissioning take place bottom-up from the installation equipment to the IT.