Preparing to move an entire manufacturing plant requires an incredible amount of planning and the help of dedicated specialists. Most plant managers realize that hiring a rigging company is a must for hauling heavy machinery, but not everyone knows the extent of the services offered by these industry professionals. Read on to find out more.
Heavy Equipment Hauling
Rigging services offer hauling of heavy equipment that would be impossible to move without specialized cranes, trucks, and expertise. The equipment used in manufacturing is often extremely large and unwieldy, yet it can be surprisingly fragile. It’s essential to entrust the moving of all heavy machinery to expert riggers, who have the knowledge, expertise, and equipment needed to get these machines from one place to another without damaging them.
Millwrighting typically involves the assembly and disassembly of heavy machinery, although millwrights are sometimes also hired to rebuild machines and provide repairs according to engineer specifications. The services of a millwright are generally required after heavy machinery has been transported, as these machines must usually be leveled and aligned prior to putting them back into operation on the factory floor.
Crating and Packaging
Crating and packaging are sometimes required when manufacturing facilities move to a new location. These services typically include shrink wrapping, expert crating, packaging, and skidding, container loading, foam packing, and bare metal surface protection. Often jigs, fixtures, and supports must be custom-fabricated to meet the unique needs of individual pieces and equipment, so it’s essential to work with a company that can provide this service.
Rigging services don’t just relocate equipment and machinery; some comprehensive companies can also help companies looking to dispose of equipment as it reaches the end of its life with asset recovery. This may involve buying out just one or two pieces of used machinery or liquidating entire plants. Whether these machines have already reached the end of their lives and will need to be scrapped or are simply surplus machines that can be resold at market value, they still constitute valuable assets to factory owners, so it’s important to work with a company that will treat them as such and will pay out for equipment appropriately.