Moving Machinery? Here’s how to select the perfect transportation vehicle.


This brief article is designed to outline which specific transportation vehicle would be ideal for your moving scenario, and predominantly focuses upon ‘Industrial Plant Relocation’. The phrase itself may sound self-explanatory, and indeed many other such blogs tend to simplify the concept by likening industrial plant relocation to moving house – but on a larger scale. However, this analogy does not capture the complexity of the operation.

Industrial plant relocation is an incredibly complex process involving expensive machinery, and potentially dangerous objects if not handled correctly. In order to smoothly and successfully carry out this transition one will need high quality specialist equipment, operated by industry professionals.

In the following paragraphs we have carefully selected examples of such equipment and highlighted their specific uses.

The Liebherr LTM 1100-5.2

An innovative and global leader in mobile crane technology, the Liebherr LTM 1100-5.2 is an extremely useful transportation vehicle to deploy during your plant relocation.

Firstly, it has the obvious advantage of being a mobile crane – which means more than mere mobility: a mobile crane takes less time to set-up than a tower crane. Meaning if you are on a strict schedule for your industrial plant relocation, the Leibherr LTM 1100-5.2 can be quickly utilised and works well in a compact space.

The optimisation of space will prove vital on a site in the midst of relocation, what’s more, this mobile, compact crane can lift up to 100 tonnes on its 52 metre telescopic boom – making this mobile crane one of the most versatile pieces of equipment available to heavy machine movers in the UK.

The Spierings SK599-AT5

If your needs are somewhat smaller, then the Spierings SK599-AT5 may well be the ideal crane to assist your relocation. An extremely compact mobile tower crane, the Spierings has a tower height of 34.6 metres and can lift up to 9 tonnes – one of the major advantages of this crane is its ability to operate not just in extremely tight spaces, but also at half its tower height if necessary.

A more compact option, which will no doubt prove especially useful for relocations that consist of lighter loads in smaller spaces.

The Versa-lift 25-35 Chart

Of course, cranes are not the only means of heavy lifting, and cannot reach every area in your current plant layout – the Versa-lift 25-35 provides an effective solution for transportation in tight quarters, usually within a warehouse itself.

The Versa-lift carries up to 25,000 lbs with its base retracted or up to 35,000 lbs with its base extended. As well as being ideal for reaching congested areas cranes wouldn’t have access to, the Versa-lift is (as its name implies) incredibly versatile and would be useful for scenarios on a scale smaller than industrial plant relocation, such as the moving of heavy gym equipment – a service many professional machine movers offer.

To Summarise…

We highly recommend you enlist the services of professional machine movers when undertaking large scale industrial relocation projects, relying solely on in house equipment and staff could potentially cause unnecessary strain on resources, and possibly incur further costs that specialist equipment (like the examples above) could have otherwise saved.


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