Own a Business? Move Your Large Equipment the Right Way

To make the whole process easier, hiring equipment relocation service providers is a popular option. Doing so takes a lot of the work out of your hands plus, you don’t have to worry about losing production time because everyone can continue working as much as possible while the relocation company handles everything for you.

In this article, we’re taking a look at equipment relocation services and by the end, you can decide if this is a viable option for your business.

Equipment Relocation
Laboratory equipment and precise machinery are definitely not the domain of weekend movers. Do your research and make sure you are protecting your equipment when it’s relocated.

Types of Equipment Moving Services 

Here are some examples of the services provided by industrial relocation companies:

Equipment Moving

When you’ve outgrown your current facility and you need to move into a larger space, that doesn’t mean you’re going to leave all your equipment behind. You’ll want to bring a lot of it with you. The money you invested in that equipment is significant, and you need someone who will handle it with care and experience. It’s crucial that you have a knowledgeable heavy equipment mover to handle the job.

Planning and Coordination

You can’t just throw everything on a truck and expect it to get there safely. There are lots of other factors that come into play when coordinating a large-scale relocation of industrial equipment. You need to have the proper cranes and rigging for moving the equipment, forklifts, boom lifts, and whatever else you may need to get the equipment out of your facility and onto a truck.

Coordinating the transportation is another factor. These are all things you’ll have to do in addition to what you do already. This is simply not an option for some companies that operate with a limited staff and need to maintain a certain production level to stay profitable. It makes a lot more sense in this case to figure out the relocation costs and stack them up against hiring equipment relocation services.

Equipment Storage

No matter what, things never happen exactly as you want them too. In the event that there are some timing overlaps, you’ll need somewhere to store the equipment until you can get it to the new facility. We’ll help you with that by determining the proper storage and transportation to get it there.

Ongoing Support

When you’re on your own, you’re on your own. You don’t have a team of dedicated representatives to turn to when something goes wrong. That’s the advantage of hiring equipment moving services from a company like ARC Relocation. They won’t leave you hanging, and we’ll help by providing you with ongoing support in the future to help acclimate you to your new facility.

Industrial Equipment Relocation
Industrial equipment relocations require careful planning and attention to detail. Weights, measurements, timelines and guarantees become more important than ever before.

Why Hire Professional Equipment Relocation Services? 

Now that you understand what professional relocation entails, why should you hire someone for this rather than do it yourself? The reasons are endless and here are just a few:

We Understand Our Business

We do this all the time, in fact, it’s all we do. We can recognize potential issues before they become a problem and with our team of experts, we’ll develop a strategy that gets you from point A to point B as quickly and efficiently as possible.

We Minimize Downtime

The biggest challenge any company faces during a relocation is downtime. In equipment heavy business like manufacturing or services, limiting downtime is one of the most important factors of profitability. When the machines aren’t running, the company isn’t making any money. Our goal is to limit the amount of downtime by acting as an extension of your company. We’ll work around your schedules and move equipment in a way that doesn’t interfere with your standard operations.

We Have The Specialized Skills

Industrial moving is much different from office relocation. These are big machines requiring complex disassembly, rigging, reassembly, and packing of small but fragile parts. All of this requires resources such as cranes, lifts, and flatbeds, and can cost you a lot of time and money. We have everything needed to move your business wherever you want to go. If we don’t have it, we’ll find a way to get it.

Industrial Relocation
Oversized equipment, such as these brew tanks and fermentors are just some of the many items that industrial relocation specialists can assist with.

Factors to Consider with Industrial Relocation 

Before you commit to anything, there are some factors to consider. When it comes to machinery relocations, you’ll want to assess the situation so you know what to expect when you call us.

1. The size of the project

You’ll want to first get an idea of just how big the project is. Some industrial relocation won’t require much more than a forklift and some pallets. On the other hand, some will require us to contract out for heavy-duty cranes and we may even have to clear space just to get some of the equipment out.

Everything that is moving should have dimensions, weights, and any hazardous information we need to know. Be sure you also understand OSHA transportation laws pertaining to chemicals, flammables, and such.

2. The type of equipment

Having a good idea of the type of equipment you’re moving will help us determine what we need as well. Moving small things like computers and printers won’t be a problem but some large industrial equipment may require additional experts to come out to dismantle and pack the parts.

Another reason it helps to know the exact type of equipment is so we can coordinate transportation. Certain pieces of equipment can go on certain trucks while others can’t. Once we have a total of the weight and quantity of the machines, we can then determine what type of transportation we need and how we will go about it.

3. Safety and liability

Safety is the most important factor so you’ll want to have a general idea of how you plan for us to get the equipment out. Do you have a loading dock where we could back up a flatbed to it and truck most of the equipment onto it? Do you have a shipping bay with an overhead crane that a certified operator could run?

When you’re handling all of this yourself, you’re placing the liability on your back in the event that something goes wrong. When you hire equipment relocation services, it’s our problem at that point.

4. Packaging of smaller equipment and parts

Keep the smaller pieces of equipment in mind too because these can add up. If you have small CNC machines, grinders, lathes, and other parts to go along with it, these can get heavy. It’s important that you have a general inventory of everything so we know what to expect when we come to provide you with a quote. Of course, we’ll take a hard inventory on everything but it makes the process run smoother if we have a general idea of what we’re walking into.

5. Getting a quote

If you’re reading to get an equipment relocation services quote, contact us today and we’ll set up a free consultation to get things started. During that initial call, we’ll talk about the move, get an idea of what type of equipment you have, take plenty of notes, and likely schedule a time to come out and look at everything.

Streamlining the process for you is the name of our game and hiring a relocation company for industrial relocation is a smart choice.

Bill Mulholland

Bill Mulholland is the owner of ARC Relocation, a company that relocates thousands of employees annually, to every state in the United States, and more than 90 foreign countries, for organizations like DHL,, GNC, and the U.S. Government. Bill also owns a real estate brokerage and title company in Virginia.