Handling Machinery Removals & Relocations in Michigan

CCI Industrial machinery installing a tooling program

There is nothing more rewarding than seeing your business grow. Customers are ordering more, they’re happier with your products and services, your revenue is increasing, and you’re hiring and expanding to keep up with growing demand. But, there may come a point when you need to relocate your equipment and machinery to a bigger facility. And, when that day comes, you’ll need to have a comprehensive plan in place.

In this article, we’ll cover everything you need to know about heavy machinery removals and relocations, including what to consider when creating your plan, what type of equipment you’ll need to move machinery, and how to stay on schedule.

Planning & Scheduling

Moving an entire manufacturing facility requires detailed planning coupled with the ability to quickly adjust to the unforeseen. Regardless of whether you’re moving heavy-industrial equipment like CNC lathes, boring mills, presses, grinders, or any other type of industrial machinery, you’ll need to know that the entire project is well-planned and well-conceived.

When creating your plan, you’ll want to consider the following factors:

  1. The location of your new plant. During the planning phase, you should have a map of your new location, including a full building outline. This will better help you understand where machinery and equipment need to be relocated to in order to prevent bottlenecks.
  2. The machinery and equipment you are removing and/or relocating. You’ll want to create a list of the equipment that you’re relocating to the new plant. And, if you’re removing (and not relocating) any equipment, you’ll want to include this information in your inventory as well. Having this information on hand will help you eliminate any risk of both cost and equipment loss.
  3. The safety of both your equipment and your employees. Are you relocating hazardous materials? Are there pathways in the building itself that need to be avoided?

Additionally, when creating the overall timeline, be sure to factor in: a) the driving distance between your existing plant and new plant, b) the time it will take to disassemble, reassemble, and install equipment and machinery, c) how long it will take to crate items, d) an estimate of how long it will take to move these items into your new facility.

Relocation Equipment Capabilities

Even with the right equipment and a good plan, you could still experience project delays due to unforeseen events. That’s why you need a good plan and a good project manager.

The best way to stay on schedule and within budget, even in challenging situations, is by working with someone who knows how to overcome common relocation challenges. An industrial contractor with prior experience in machinery removals and installations can help you create safety plans and practical schedules, as well as assist in transporting, moving, assembling, and installing your equipment. Additionally, a professional industrial contractor will already have the equipment needed to handle machinery removals, which will help you further save time and money.

When searching for an industrial contractor, be sure to look at their years of experience and any relevant certifications, and don’t be afraid to ask for referrals.

Lifting staircase into place for REF Equipment Relocation

CCI Industrial Constructors’ Experience

At CCI Industrial Constructors, we use a five-step process on all heavy machinery removal and relocation projects. These include pre-construction planning, safety orientation, daily monitoring and progress evaluations, reporting, and value engineering.

Our commitment to safety and efficiency has allowed us to participate in multiple self-perform construction and moving projects. One such project involved us acting as the millwright and rigging contractor on a large-scale plant expansion in Sterling Heights, Michigan.

Another project involved us acting as the prime contractor to decommission and relocate a Refined Emissions Fuel (REF) system. Our unique approach involved removing the equipment in modules (separate sections) through the roof’s opening, which provided our customer with reduced costs and a reduced timeline.

Installing a platform inside an existing building during the REF Equipment Relocation

Schedule Your Machinery Removal Today

Founded in 1995, CCI Industrial Constructors has become a trusted name in the industrial contracting industry. Our core values include safety, integrity, teamwork, leadership, and community. No matter the scope of your machinery removal project, our team works hard to get the job done safely, on time, and within budget. For more details on our past projects, visit our portfolio. If you have general questions about machinery removal projects or would like to learn more about our heavy equipment moving services, please contact us today. We look forward to hearing from you!