Best practices for moving industrial equipment
Moving heavy industrial equipment is a part of many manufacturing construction projects. The size and weight of the equipment can make the move challenging. And it’s not just heavy machines that can cause concern. Even moving the smaller equipment may become risky if you don’t follow the necessary procedures. Here are some basic practices followed by professional industrial equipment moving services:
Planning is key
Mapping out the move is a prerequisite for a safe equipment move. You may think just by looking at the space; it will be easy to make a mental sketch of how the machinery will fit. However, this may not be the case when you have the machine ready to go into its new space. A proper pre-move plan is required. While you’re evaluating the move, think about workflow. Be sure the move will ensure the same or better productivity and less risk to workers.
Remove all obstacles
Before you start moving industrial equipment, check the path between the two locations. Take the time to clear the moving path of any obstructions. Remember, it will be difficult to stop to remove obstacles while you’re in the middle of the move.
Think about potential risks and hazards
Assessing potential risks is also crucial before a move. Here are a few items to consider:
- Rough surfaces of the machine that can produce friction or abrasion
- Sharp edges that can cause cuts, wounds, and injuries
- Any parts that might come loose and cause harm
- People that can be crushed between parts of the machine or pushed towards a fixed part or wall
- Shearing that may result from the moving of two parts of a machine past one another
- Any components, materials, or emissions of the machine that can be hot enough to cause burns
- Electricity that may cause electric shocks or burns
FI•CON implements these practices, as well as many other procedures, to assure that our industrial equipment moving services are a riskless, hassle-free, and seamless process for our customers. FI•CON fabrication and construction services can meet the most challenging projects. By combining these two services and our strategic engineering partnerships, we can design, construct, and customize a project to meet your building and fabrication requirements. We work in a wide range of industries, including manufacturing, ports, mining, education, warehousing, health care, retail, and water treatment. To discuss your next project contact us at ficonusa.com or (386) 792-3060.