Relocating heavy machinery without interrupting facility operation
Long-term projects often require lots of planning, juggling moving parts, and flexibility. A project that started with a contact in mid-2021 was still going on through 2023, with Omega Morgan moving heavy machinery from multiple locations to one facility in Lakewood, Washington State.
Omega Morgan was contacted by an international manufacturing company that planned on relocating multiple US locations to the Lakewood facility. The project required moving over 115 spindle machines and other smaller components into the new facility.
The major hurdle for Omega Morgan was the fact that the entire project needed to happen during active construction, and the work needed to be completed before the building leases expired.
Months of planning
Omega Morgan’s machinery moving team worked with the company for months to develop a strategic plan for receiving the machines from New Hampshire and Tacoma, WA, and then for the move to the Lakewood facility.
The sheer number of machines and components to move presented a challenge, as did the timeline, planning around other contractors involved in the relocation, and ensuring our customer’s production value was not affected.
Over 115 spindle machines and a total of over 300 components were a part of this move. Most came from other facilities, though the client also purchased many of them newly. The smallest pieces included filter units and chillers ranging from 300 to 500 pounds. The largest machine was an Okuma MA-600, which weighed over 24.5 tons.
After months of planning, the first group of machines from a New Hampshire facility was received in September 2021. The crew of three to nine machinery movers got to work with the hoist, forklifts, three and four-axle trucks, lowboy, step deck, and double drop trailers.
As Omega Morgan received deliveries of the spindle machines and accompanying components, it delivered them to the Lakewood facility. Omega Morgan ensured the timely delivery of the machinery so the client’s production continued without pause.
Occasionally, when the number of machines that manufactured specific parts ran low, Omega Morgan had to switch gears to install more machines of that type to keep production going smoothly.
From January 2023 onwards, even though the majority of components have been delivered, one move a week was completed.