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Tips to Prepare Equipment for Machinery Movers

When it comes to business relocation, company owners bear the responsibility of making sure their equipment and machines are ready for movers to safely handle. After choosing the trucks or trailers you’ll need, get your equipment ready to prevent damage and ensure your next operation is “turnkey” when you arrive. If you are unsure how to start, ask the moving company you hired for advice regarding packing and preparation.

 

Tips for preparing your equipment:

 

Tips to Prepare Equipment for Machinery Movers

 

Review the manual

Some machines may need to be disassembled, then reassembled at the new location. Check manuals for special guidelines. You may need to disconnect batteries, secure loose parts, and wrap protective coverings around levers, knobs, and gauges.

Obtain the necessary permits

Oversized equipment and machines may require special permits. Make sure to obtain these in advance. If you’re hiring an experienced machinery moving company, they’re probably familiar with the paperwork and can take care of it for you.

 

Tips to Prepare Equipment for Machinery Movers

 

Remove liquids

This is especially important for equipment that will be transported by flatbed truck. To avoid spillage on the road, remove liquids and store them in tight-sealed containers. You may need another type of truck to transport these items.

Secure vulnerable parts

If a machine has any protruding or movable parts, it’s best to remove or cover them before transport. Vulnerable parts that cannot be removed can be protected with cushioning and clear warning labels.

Take photographs of the equipment

Take photos of your equipment before relocation. This will serve as evidence should your equipment sustain any damage during transport. For equipment and machines that have slight damage before moving, note these flaws and inform your movers beforehand.

 

Tips to Prepare Equipment for Machinery Movers

 

Be prepared for pickup and drop-off

You will need an open area at the pickup and dropoff points to load and unload your equipment. You may also require docks, ramps, or cranes.

It is important that companies and plants follow precautions when moving their equipment and machines to a different area. Preventing damage secures your company’s assets and prevents delays for your operation.

Another way to secure your machinery and equipment for relocation is to hire a professional machinery moving company. Since 1982, Ready Machinery & Equipment (Canada) Inc. has helped clients move their machines across borders and oceans. Whether it’s an entire plant or a single machine you’re moving, no job is too big or small. Call us at 1-800-211-2500; you can also request a quote for our services here.

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Types of Equipment Moving Trucks

Some machinery moving companies offer different types of trucks for clients who need to move, relocate, or expand their business. When it comes to choosing the right truck for your needs, consider: (1) the affordability and cost of the truck rental or moving service and (2) the size and weight of your equipment. Most trucks are identified according to size and reflect their weight capacity.

 

Here are some trucks used to move equipment:

 

Types of Equipment Moving Trucks

 

1. Medium-sized: These trucks are able to carry relatively heavy loads despite being only slightly larger than small trucks. Machinery moving companies offer several options under this category, including:

  • Regular box truck. These are medium-sized trucks that usually have a roll-up door at the rear. They are mainly used for transporting home appliances or furniture.
  • Platform truck. Platform trucks are customized with a basket or bucket (also known as a platform) which elevates to an extended line and may go up or down. This allows workers or movers to move items more easily.
  • Flatbed truck. Flatbed trucks can either be “articulated” or “rigid.” These types of trucks have a flat level bed with no roof or sides allowing for easier loading and unloading of goods and equipment. Ideally, these trucks are used for items that are not vulnerable to rain/water damage and should not be used to transport liquids. Flatbed trucks can also be used for items that require more space than box trucks offer.

 

Types of Equipment Moving Trucks

 

2. Heavy trucks. For items that are unable to fit in medium trucks, machinery movers may offer a variety of heavy trucks that can carry large equipment and automobiles. Some commonly used heavy trucks include: enclosed, dump, or tractor-trailer trucks which can carry, support, and easily unload large items. One benefit for renting heavy trucks is that they help a business or plant save time and money by reducing the number of trips needed between locations.

 

Types of Equipment Moving Trucks

 

3. Heavy-Super tractor/trailers. Heavy-haul tractors or trailers are specifically designed to carry incredibly heavy loads between 40-60 tons. These trucks are mostly used for mining and construction, although they can also be purposed for plant relocation. Duties can include transporting giant transformers, plant parts, large boilers, and engines. These tractors help reduce the possibility of accidents related to the size and weight of the load. During transportation, special permits and/or escorts are required.

When looking for an experienced and reputable machinery mover, learn about the company’s reputation and their previous clients’ satisfaction. Before hiring an industrial mover, look for a company that employs a well-trained team to ensure an effective and safe relocation of your expensive and delicate equipment.

Since 1982, Ready Machinery & Equipment (Canada) Inc. has provided transportation, storage, staging, and installation of heavy equipment and machinery for satisfied customers. Whether you need to move a single machine or an entire plant, we have the power and capacity to handle your needs. Call us today at 1-800-211-2500 or request a quote here.

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Types of Export Packaging

Standards of shipment vary among countries and different states or provinces because packages are most likely handled by a network of conveyors and couriers. With this in mind, the type of transport items needs to be evaluated based on:

  • Weight
  • Size
  • Contents

Items that are heavy (or ordered in bulk) may require more durable packaging to keep them safe, while equipment or vehicles require a special type of transport packaging. Continue Reading

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Tips for Equipment Transportation across Land

When a company needs their equipment and heavy machinery moved to another location, it’s often wise for them to hire a company who specializes in this type of move. Professionals familiar with the needs of such a move may offer standardized packages describing the moving procedures, and how they comply with national (and international) laws and standards. A client with this information can have more confidence that their equipment is in capable hands.

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What to Consider When Using Export Packaging

Overseas shipping methods require movers to follow a set of standards to keep items secure during transport. This is especially true for businesses serving clients from other countries, and must abide by their regulations. If you’re looking to ship your equipment or other items to another location, consider how everything is packaged. Confirm it all meets the established standards.

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Expand Your Business with Professional Industrial Movers

Certain businesses that thrive in one location often make the choice to expand their production to other areas. Depending upon their needs at their current site and those of the expanded one, they may choose to move some equipment from one location to another. Expansion almost always involves various expenses like securing new equipment, shipping raw materials, plus the delivery and setup cost for the production machinery.

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Key Things to Know When Hiring Professional Machinery Movers

For companies planning to relocate, moving and transporting heavy machinery safely to your new space is a complex task. Unfortunately, many companies choose a do-it-yourself move. Moving machinery requires the right tools, equipment, and expertise. To assure safety for crew and your property throughout the process, consider hiring professional machinery movers.

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Benefits of Using a Hydraulic Lift

For any business that regularly lifts and transfers massive and heavy items, special equipment is needed to make that work easier. Using hydraulic has major benefits. For those unfamiliar with the moving industry, we discuss the purpose of this special type of lift and how it benefits workers and various companies:

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Tips for Hiring Industrial Machinery Movers in Ontario

Moving machinery is a tough job and requires special attention to execute safely. Relocating your factory and equipment is especially difficult, and protecting your investment requires attention to detail.

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Best Practices and Maintenance Tips for Hydraulics

Heavy machinery is an essential, but delicate, part of many industries. Making sure to follow rules/laws, maintenance procedures, and safety policies is important to keep equipment up and running. Is your maintenance procedure the best for your machine?

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