What is Commissioning
The goal of any equipment purchase is to operate the existing process at the same, or better, productivity, quality and safety levels. In the event it is a brand-new process, then the goal is to achieve or exceed the operation goals used to justify the purchase. Commissioning a piece of equipment is the process of ramping up an operation with the new equipment from the moment it is installed to the point where it achieves the desired goals.
Preparing for commissioning starts at the very beginning of the project, understanding what are the desired goals, translating that into equipment supplier specifications and then conducting a Factory Acceptance Test (FAT) and a Site Acceptance Test (SAT). These tests will look at how the equipment meets Operational, Safety, Functional (ie. Mechanical/Electrical), Sanitation and Environmental criteria.