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Money-Time saving tips on getting your machinery relocated

A positive outcome on machinery relocation is highly dependent upon planning. In an effort to minimize the cost, many companies don't realize that a "Let the rigger worry about it" attitude will only increase downtime and end up costing them money. Normally, rigging outfits will come out and completely survey the job; however, at times, they must rely on the information that the customer gives them. When this is the case, the customer should be ever so careful to give complete and accurate details. The following is a list of things to be mindful of.

Machine Moving Considerations

• Is there any power, water, air, or other services that must be disconnected by the machine mover?
• Is there any oil or other fluids in the machine that can spill out that the mover must remove? (anything not in a totally sealed reservoir) if so, do you have containers in which to drain the fluid?
• Is there any fluids, electronics, etc that can't be subject to weather conditions such as hot, cold, dry, wet, etc?
• Do you require machine(s) to be tarped?
• Are all chips, oil, etc cleaned up from around and under the machine?
• Are all axis' and any other moving part blocked and in a "transportation" position as recommended by
by manufacturer or an experienced technician. (Pay close attention to counterweight (s) that can freely
swing and cause damage.
• Is the ground, pavement, concrete, etc., both inside and outside, substantial enough to hold the weight of the machine and a forklift? If not, how big of an area must be covered with plates? (Remember that a loaded to capacity forklift has approximately the full weight of the load concentrated on each of it's drive tires e.g. a very small area)
• Is there any debris on the machine that could fly off while the machine is in transportation?
• Are there any traffic considerations in the area which limit times and or access to the plant? for example, there may be a waiting line to gain use of a dock or given door.
• Is there a large enough area to load and unload machine(s) without having to move the truck after arriving for example, there's not enough room when loading or unloading must be done in the street.
• Is there a time at which the move cannot be done for reasons such as city-town ordnances or production schedules.
• Are police traffic guards required? ( some cities- towns have such requirements)
• Do any machines, lights, or other obstacles need to be moved?
• Is there any leeching fields, gas lines, or other services that the mover should be aware of?
• Are there any hills-grades in the area in which the work is to be performed? (Inside, outside, severe or mild)
• What are the exact measurements of the machinery to be moved?
• What are the exact measurements of any doors that the equipment must go through?
• If applicable what is the height of the dock? Can 53' trailers fit in the dock? is the a hill up or down to dock?
• Do you have a list of any contacts the machinery mover will need to know?
• Are there any outside vendors such as electrical or plumbing contractors that will be affected by scheduling?
• Contact info for any trucking companies.
• Any other info not mentioned here?