Heavy Machinery Movers – Hiring the Right Team for Your Project

 In Heavy Machinery Movers, Machine Moving and Rigging

Relocating any business is a big job and it becomes an even larger undertaking if there’s heavy machinery that needs to be moved. Heavy industrial equipment can be among a business’s most valuable assets. It’s important that it is handled carefully when being transported to its new location. This requires a rigging company with an experienced team of heavy machinery movers and the right equipment to get your machinery there safely. Like any other service industry, if you Google “heavy machinery movers” – you’ll have plenty to pick from but how do you choose the right company for your project? While the budget is a concern with any project, there are other equally important factors to consider.

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Reputation and Experience

A company’s reputation is based on the quality of the product or service they provide. It’s no different with heavy machinery movers. In today’s digital marketplace, with just a few keystrokes you can see how others rated their experience with the company. In addition to online reviews, you need to know how long they’ve been in business and if they have experience with your specific type of machinery move. Once you’ve done your preliminary research and narrowed down your choices, schedule a consultation with each company you’re considering. Allow each one to evaluate your move and explain how they are going to accomplish it. Ask if they’ve conducted moves similar to yours before and if they have, ask for references.

You should also ask if they have a Statement of Qualifications (SOQ). The information contained in an SOQ varies by industry. For an industrial service company, it will typically include their years of experience, the services they offer, and those they consider their specialties. It should also have case studies complete with details and images of their various projects. If you are specifically interested in hiring heavy machinery movers, details and images of previous projects can help to determine if they can handle yours. An SOQ should also include any accreditations or unique qualifications the company has.

Dismantling and Reassembly

Some industrial machinery is so large or heavy that it needs to be dismantled and, once it arrives at its new location, reassembled. These types of moves are often unique and it may be difficult to find heavy machinery movers that have previously dealt with your specific machinery. However, years of experience relocating extremely heavy equipment provides rigging teams with a wealth of knowledge and an accelerated learning curve. This allows them to quickly and accurately determine the proper method and equipment required to dismantle, move, and reassemble your equipment.  

Industrial dismantling and reassembly is a multistep process, Those steps can vary depending on the final destination of the equipment being dismantled. If it is to be dismantled and transported to a new location for reassembly, it must be dismantled with extreme precision. Schematics or blueprints may be consulted to ensure none of the parts are damaged in the process. Match marking is used to be certain the parts are reassembled in the correct relative positions and ensure a smooth reassembly process. 

If the equipment is being permanently decommissioned, it will need to be carefully dismantled to prevent the potential for injury. Ith components must then be sorted by material and Transported to the appropriate recycling facility. When choosing heavy machinery movers for your project, it’s wise to hire a company that offers turnkey services and can handle every aspect of your project.

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Equipment and Safety

When moving heavy machinery, safety is a top priority. Check to make sure the companies you are considering have the proper safety gear and comprehensive job site safety procedures. You should also inquire about any training or safety certifications they have. These can include NCCCO and OSHA training certification or memberships in organizations such as ISNetworld that enables industrial services companies to streamline contractor safety and risk management, resulting in a safer workplace.

The age and condition of the equipment the heavy machinery movers will use is also an important factor in making your decision. Old equipment doesn’t work as efficiently and can be prone to malfunctions or breakdowns. This can lead to delays as well as property damage or personal injuries. A company with well-maintained, modern equipment will be able to provide you with a safer and more timely move. It also demonstrates their concern for your property and that they take pride in the service they provide.  

Licenses and Insurances

You want to make sure the heavy machinery movers you hire are fully licensed and insured. Lifting and transporting heavy machinery involves a high level of skill and, unfortunately, a certain level of risk. Machine operators must be fully-trained and pass a test to become licensed. Make sure the company you hire only employs licensed operators who have the necessary certifications. Crane operators must have the appropriate NCCCO certification for the types of cranes they operate. These certifications are valid for five years. Then the operator must renew their certification. Reputable heavy machinery movers will also require their crew members to have a commercial driver’s license (CDL), allowing them to operate the vehicles used for transporting heavy equipment.

It’s important to ask companies you are considering to provide proof of the necessary insurance coverage and that it is current. Should an accident occur and your machinery is damaged, you will have to absorb the loss if the company wasn’t properly insured. Not only will your bottom line take a hit but the loss of equipment could delay operations at your new location.

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Professional Heavy Machinery Movers

 At Heritage Industrial, we have a team of experienced heavy machinery movers. In addition to machinery moving, we offer all forms of industrial rigging and dismantling, plant relocation, and installation nationwide. Our services range from removing and installing small individual machines to very large plant sized projects. We work with a diverse group of clients from a wide variety of industries. 

With over 90 years of combined experience, our expert staff uses cutting edge rigging equipment and certified safety techniques, including thorough inspections to ensure the highest quality and safest rigging operations. We employ NCCCO and OSHA trained riggers and signalman for all projects to ensure that all your rigging needs are performed safely, efficiently, and on budget with no issues. 

Heritage Industrial is committed to conducting business operations in a manner that sustains the environment and protects the health and safety of our employees, clients, and the public. Please, contact us today to discuss your industrial machinery move!



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