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Moving machinery can often be an afterthought to a bigger project or purchase. However, this is actually a really difficult task with numerous risks and hazards that could cause damage or delays to your business, if not done properly. There are several things to consider when trying to move equipment like calculating the cost, the weight and size of the equipment, the time when the machinery needs to be transported, and these are all things that heavy removal specialist, Logos Logistics, will be able to assist you with to make the process a lot easier so that your projects will run smoother. 

If you're thinking of moving machinery that is very large and heavy, it is best to hire a professional moving service. However, if you're confident your machinery is small enough to move yourself, then here are some tips and advice for you.

Always Plan Before Moving

Always Plan Before Moving

Before you move anything, you need to make sure your team know exactly what they are doing as well as listing everything that needs to be moved to maximise productivity. Consider constructing a timetable listing all of the duties of every individual so the team know what they are doing during the transportation process.

You should also be planning the logical steps of the transportation process, this way you will reduce unnecessary movements and therefore use your time more efficiently, since wasting time can cost you even more money.

Finally, make sure you check that the new location has the correct power supply for the machinery and that the floor can handle the weight.

Safety - Identify the Risks and Hazardsy

Safety - Identify the Risks and Hazardsy

This is arguably the most important aspect to consider when planning to move Machinery. The Safer you make it for your team, the smoother the transportation process will go. After all, paying for any damages or injuries will be a lot more expensive than hiring professionals to do your move for you in the first place.

Key tips are:

  1. Measure the size, weight and length of the cargo so you know what you are dealing with.
  2. Check the cargo is properly secured.
  3. Make sure team members are able to ask for help when they feel they need it. Remove any obstacles before moving.

The key risks and hazards to identify are:

  1. Exposure of sharp or pointed edges which can cause cuts or stabbing.
  2. Exposure of rough surfaces which can cause abrasion of the skin.
  3. Possibility of machine material or emission being too dangerous or toxic for human contact e.g. hot water can cause severe burns and electricity can cause shock.
  4. of being crushed between machine material while moving.
Consider Warranty and Insurance if Anything go Wrong

Consider Warranty and Insurance if Anything go Wrong

As much as you should try to avoid any accidents from happening, you need to plan what to do in case one does take place.

Make sure you record the state of equipment and inventory before moving in case damage occurs once it reaches the final location. It is better to get an engineer to properly evaluate machinery to check everything is okay and is ready for transportation. Another useful tip is to check if the equipment you intend to move is actually advised to be moved by your supplier.

In some cases, the contract you signed with your suppliers states that they need to be present when you move equipment manufactured by them, so make sure you check this!

Evaluate the Weight, Height, and Length of the Machine

Evaluate the Weight, Height, and Length of the Machine

Knowing the weight, height, and length of the equipment you are working with is crucial to know to minimise risks and hazards. As moving specialists, we can tell you that even thought some equipment may feel light when pushing, this does not mean that it will feel light when lifting as well.

The key is to ensure stability and this can be done by using tools such as cranes, pallets, forklifts etc. Which tool you use to lift also depends on the weight, height and length of what you are lifting.

Make Sure the Final Location is Big Enough For Both the Machine and the Person Operating it.

Make Sure the Final Location is Big Enough For Both the Machine and the Person Operating it.

This is very easy to forget when selecting where you want to drop off the machine. Yes you have to check that the machine can fit inside the room, but you can't stop there. You need to take into account the people needing to operate the machine. They could even be in that room for hours so ensuring that the location you have selected is big enough for both the machine and the operator is going to be beneficial for the efficiency of your business.

 

Looking For Someone to Move For You?

Although it is possible for you to move machinery yourself, it is far more complex and dangerous than if you were to hire professionals. Moving your machinery safely and accurately is crucial to keep your business moving.

Here at Logo Logistics, we have 17 years of experience in providing services in stress-free move management solutions including transportation, storing your machinery in our temperature-controlled purpose-built facility, and more for a wide range of industries, all while having robust insurance. So if anything goes wrong, it's on us.

Our accreditation makes us a reliable choice in handling your moving freight, packaging and storage needs which can give you peace of mind and allow you to focus on managing other parts of your business. 

Looking for a quote? Give us phone no matter what stage you are at in your plan. 

 

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