Preparing Your Heavy Machinery For A Cross-Country Move

If you are planning on moving your industrial corporation to another location, you will need to secure a heavy machinery moving service to handle the safe move of your important equipment. Since heavy machinery is very costly to replace, certain steps need to be taken before the trucking service arrives at your plant to place the pieces on their rigs. Here are some of the important steps you need to take in preparing your heavy machinery for transport.

Check Your Manuals

Find all manuals for your heavy machinery or request new copies from the corporations that built the equipment. These will have safety precautions listed in a readily accessible place so all employees can get involved in preparing for the move. The manuals should be the first place to look for specifics about the pieces you have to move to the new plant location.

Do Safety Checks

Before moving heavy equipment, have someone qualified with safety rules available to inspect the machinery before moving it. They will know which portions of the equipment would be at risk in injuring someone or breaking if not properly handled. The moving service is also seasoned on properly handling and securing the equipment. They will be able to work with your field engineer or safety manager in making a plan for the transport of each piece of equipment so it arrives to its new home without incident.

Drain And Disassemble

If the machinery you are moving uses fluids to operate properly, it is best to drain them completely before you place the equipment on the truck for transport. Leaking fuel and oil is hazardous to others on the roadway and it will increase the weight of your equipment, making it harder for the truck to haul. If there are pieces protruding from the machinery cover them appropriately or remove them altogether and reassemble the equipment when it arrives at its destination. 

Battle Elements

Since your equipment will be transported via roadway, it is vulnerable to weather. Prepare it for wet weather by using heavy-duty covers to shield mechanical parts from moisture. These covers are also appropriate for keeping machinery out of the blazing sun. 

To keep machinery safe while moving in frigid temperatures, grease all movable parts before the machinery is placed on the flatbed. This will keep the parts from freezing during the haul. If the machinery runs via battery, remove it after the equipment is secured  on the truck. Keep the battery in a warm place during the transport process.