Relocating machinery, whether it be to another space in the same premises or to a completely new location, is an extremely difficult task that needs to be executed meticulously but quickly. In most cases, the success of such an operation lies in the planning and that’s what we’ll be discussing in this month’s blog post.

Plan your machinery relocation as early as possible

Once you know that you’ll be relocating premises or moving the machine from one area to another within the same premises, then you should make plans immediately. This will help to ensure the operation goes smoothly, efficiently and safely whilst also being successful. The more time you have to prepare, the better, so make sure it’s planned in advance to make things easier for you in the long run.

Have a strong team behind you

This is paramount when it comes to the manoeuvring of heavy machinery. You need a capable, experienced team at the helm of the operation to ensure equipment is moved efficiently and safely. Emcon Services are pleased to provide heavy machinery relocation services that are competitively-priced and highly-professional. With a wealth of knowledge and expertise, you’ll be able to look to us to do the heavy work for you, while you concentrate on what it is you do best.

Double check the layout of your premises

You need to know that the new location will be able to accommodate the machinery you’re moving. Not only do you need to look at that specific area, but you also need to look at the surroundings such as aisle width or how wide doorways and openings are. Will you be able to get the equipment into the new premises from the offset, if needed? Look at your layout and blueprints to see whether the new location is adequate and can be easily accessed. You should also check to see if there are power supplies nearby, if applicable.

Create some detailed instructions

It’s important that you leave detailed, but clear, instructions so that those working on the project know and understand your needs and requirements. This also helps to avoid confusion which can cost time and money. You draft work instructions should detail several things, including how your machinery needs to be:

  • Disconnected
  • Cleaned
  • Dismantled
  • Packaged
  • Protected
  • Loaded
  • Transorted
  • Offloaded
  • Reconnected
  • Restarted

You should also look to leave instructions and/or information on how the premises should be left after the machinery has been taken out and moved. You’ll also need to do the same for the new location to ensure that it’s prepared and ready for the arrival of the equipment. Give someone the task of reviewing each step of the process to ensure it meets the requirements outlined in the instructions, for absolute peace of mind.

Devise a checklist for reference

Your checklist should contain all of the aforementioned, but in a brief and easy-to-read and understand format. For example, if looking back over this article, your checklist might look something like:

  • Plan as soon as possible, (making a checklist is the first step)
  • Build a team that’s capable and diverse to enable efficient movement of equipment
  • Identify and schedule contractors if needed
  • Prepare and check the layout of your premises, these will usually come in the form of drawings or blueprints
  • Produce a schedule that can be easily followed
  • Make sure clear instructions are presented

With over 50 years’ experience in the industry, you’ll always be able to count on our highly-skilled, fully-trained team of specialist technicians to relocate your heavy machinery for you. We are insured to handle, transport and move your machinery, no matter how big or small it might be. For more information about how we can help you today, get in touch with one of our experts – we’re always happy to hear from you.