Whether you’re moving your heavy machinery to another part of the premises or are having it shipped to a completely different location, it’s important that you prepare the equipment adequately beforehand. Not only will this help to protect your machinery, as damages and breakdowns could cost thousands to rectify, but it also ensures the safety of yourself, your employees and others who might be in the vicinity when relocation occurs. So how can you prepare your heavy machinery for relocation?

Consider where you’re going to relocate the machinery to

Is your machinery being moved to another part of the premises or being taken to a whole new location? This is an important thing to establish because moving a heavy piece of machinery a considerable distance isn’t easy and requires a lot of planning before any manoeuvring can take place. Although planning is still needed for shorter distances, it could save you a lot of time and money in the long run if you first know how far the equipment has to travel. Other things you have to think about when it comes to relocation is:

  • Are you moving equipment through dirty environments?
  • Will specialist clothing need to be worn to ensure safe relocation?
  • Is the equipment moving between cleanrooms and areas that are grubby?
  • Do you need to protect flooring?
  • How much does the equipment weigh? You need to know this so you can stay within the load capacity of the machinery being used to move the equipment
  • Do you have the space to relocate the machine to that area?
  • Is there a power supply at the new location?
  • Identify any risks and/or hazards enroute to the new location, such as obstructions, cables, uneven floors etc
  • Are there any special requirements for machine relocation?

    Referring to the actual movement, otherwise known as ‘rigging’, you need to think about the equipment that will be used to move the heavy machinery in the first place. Heavy equipment cannot be moved without the aid of additional machines, so think about the load capacities of each machine.

    Be sure to know how much your equipment weighs before hiring equipment or getting in touch with a third party who can manoeuvre the machines for you, such as us here at Emcon Services. We have specialist heavy machinery relocation services that you’ll always be able to count upon. Take the stress and pressure off of yourself and your workers by hiring a team of professionals to do it for you.

    What about insurance?

    Much like taking out extra insurance when moving house, you’ll need additional insurance when it comes to the relocation of your heavy machinery. Not only does this protect yourself, financially, but it also helps to ensure you experience minimal downtime in the unlikely event that an accident occurs. This is because the insurance will either pay for immediate repairs or replace the machine entirely, depending on what your policy states.

    Think about export packing

    Packing is an important thing to consider when it comes to heavy machinery relocation. You need to think about:

  • The tools that are required
  • Materials that will be used
  • What level of protection is needed

Although this might seem simple and straightforward enough, the correct packing will help to ensure the integrity of the machine and the safety of everyone involved, especially when the equipment is in transit.

Find someone who can effortlessly move & relocate your machinery for you

It’s all the easier if you choose a professional heavy machinery relocation service provider to do it for you, such as us here at Emcon Services. You can rest assured that we’ll carefully move your heavy machinery with the utmost attentiveness to ensure your equipment doesn’t suffer any damage. When you put this task in the hands of a professional firm with a wealth of experience, you’ll have more time to focus on what it is you do best.

Emcon Services are pleased to be able to provide machinery relocation services to a range of customers, no matter the industry you might work in. We’re fully-insured with fully-trained, highly-skilled specialists at the heart of everything we do. With over 50 years’ experience in the field, you’ll have complete peace of mind that we’ll get the job done as smoothly, carefully and quickly as possible so you can get back to work. For more information about our machine relocation services, get in touch with a member of our friendly, expert team today – we’re always happy to help.