Moving Machines in the USA
Relocating machines is a big part of the manufacturing process in the United States. With increasingly sophisticated machinery, there is a greater need for specialized personnel and equipment to move them safely and efficiently. In this blog post, we’ll look at the various dimensions of moving machines, from preparation to transportation and safety considerations.
For any machine relocation, proper preparation is essential. This can involve both planning ahead before the relocation as well as ensuring that all parts of the machine are ready for transit. Important items to consider include:
- Taking measurements – Before beginning the relocation process, it’s important to get accurate measurements of each piece of machinery so that it will fit properly into its new space. This includes interior/exterior dimensions, weight, and accessories that may need to be transported separately from the main machine itself.
- Disassembling – Depending on size and complexity, some machines may need to be disassembled into smaller components for easy transport. Once these pieces have been removed from the original location, they must be organized within crates or containers for safe transit.
- Securement – To ensure that everything arrives intact, you must use appropriate securement methods. This could include bolting frames or structures together on larger machinery or using straps/nets/pallets on smaller items.
Once all necessary preparations have been made, it’s time to decide how your machine will get from Point A to Point B. Often times this involves hiring a specialized service provider who can provide both manpower and equipment (such as trailers) tailored towards heavy-duty tasks such as machine relocation. Other times it may make more sense to hire local movers if only light materials are being transported over relatively short distances. In either case, ensure that whoever is handling your load has adequate insurance coverage against damage during transit .
When moving machines in particular there are certain safety procedures which must be followed rigorously in order to avoid injury or property damage:
- Wear Protective Gear – Always wear protective gear when handling machinery including gloves, helmets and safety glasses (when appropriate).
- Ensure Loads are Balanced – Make sure that any load being carried is balanced sufficiently so that no single person needs to strain themselves unnecessarily in order to transport it properly; this also ensures better stability during transit!
- Take Breaks During Transporting – If long distances are involved make sure breaks are taken regularly so as not to exhaust workers while they’re driving or carrying heavy objects.
- Keep an Eye Out For Hazards – Be aware at all times of possible hazards both on foot (like uneven ground) but also with regards to external factors like weather conditions which could make transporting more difficult than expected!