Industrial equipment is often quite heavy, which, when combined with its delicate nature, makes it difficult to move. That’s why just about all industrial business owners opt to leave machinery moving to dedicated specialists, known as rigging contractors. That doesn’t mean they don’t still have their work cut out for them, though. Read on to find a few tips that can help make preparing equipment to be professionally moved simpler.
Review the Manual
Some types of equipment have to be disassembled before it can be moved then reassembled at its new location. Business owners can check these machines’ manuals for guidelines regarding disassembly and packaging. They may need to disconnect batteries, secure any loose parts, and provide a protective covering for any knobs, levers, and gauges before the equipment can be moved.
Look Into Permits
Most rigging companies take care of any permitting required for moving oversized equipment and machines. However, it’s still a good idea to double-check with the contractors to determine whether there is additional paperwork that must be filed in advance. It’s always best to be prepared.
If machinery is being transported by flatbed truck, it will need to have any liquids removed prior to transport. These should be placed in sealed containers and transported safely via a different type of truck.
Secure Vulnerable Pieces
Any machine that has protruding or moving parts will require extra attention. Any vulnerable parts that can’t be removed prior to transport should be provided with cushioning and warning labels to avoid damage. Those that can be removed should be.
It’s a good idea to take detailed photographs of the equipment prior to relocating it. This will ensure that business owners have evidence of the state of their machines prior to transport in the event that any damage occurs. Machines that have already sustained slight damage prior to being moved should have any flaws cataloged. This catalog of issues should be provided to the rigging company.
Prepare for Pick Up and Drop Off
Docks, ramps, and cranes may be required to move heavy equipment. These are usually provided by the rigging company but will require an open area for proper operation. The right rigging contractor will be able to help clients with these preparations to facilitate the move and make sure everything goes smoothly.