While the majority of rigging firms would love to have the capability to design and manufacture their equipment on-site, this often isn’t feasible, which also extends to other companies that require heavy machinery. This means that they’ll need to outsource the process to another firm, which can often be located hundreds, if not thousands of miles away. This naturally requires the hiring of a heavy machinery transport company. Though many firms will have to rely on them extensively to operate effectively moving forward, they many often not know what to look for when hiring one, which is especially true for newer organizations.
While many people may believe that hiring a heavy machinery transport company may be similar to finding any other form of delivery company, there are some obvious differences. These can often make the decision making process much more overwhelming, which is further compounded by a lack of awareness in what to look for when making a choice. Because of how vital the decision can be to your operations, being informed about what to look for before you hire a firm is mandatory.
This means that you’ll need to do an extensive amount of research before contacting any transportation company, which will then help to narrow your choices. After this, it can be crucial to speak with representatives of each company to get an overall sense of how they operate, as well as how much it may cost to hire them. Outside of price, however, many people may not realize what they should consider and ask about during this process. While you may have a few specific things that you’ll want to discuss already, there should be a few areas that you should look at during the hiring process that you may not have thought about.
Logistics of Heavy Equipment Moving
Logistics is perhaps the first thing that many rigging companies will think about, there are more factors to this than you may have thought about. This is primarily because there can be quite a difference between moving one or two pieces of machinery and delivering all of the equipment that you might need to begin operations. You’ll first need to consider the number of parts that you’ll need to have transported and how large each of these are, which is something that becomes increasingly more complex with every piece of machinery that you add.
This means that you’ll need to pay a significant amount of attention to the firm’s logistics, as it can have a domino effect on a few other areas. For example, if a transportation company only can move have of your parts at a time, then the process will take twice as long to complete compared to a firm that can move everything at once. This means that your plant will experience much more downtime, which will naturally affect your overall production and profits.
While you shouldn’t want to rush the process, for various reasons, transporting your parts also shouldn’t take longer than necessary. Speaking with the company about their logistics can help you get a general idea of how long the delivery will take.
What capabilities they have also plays a large part in this, regardless of how large their fleet is. This is primarily because different trucks and other vehicles can carry various load sizes and weights. While the majority of firms will be able to handle a substantial amount of weight, they do have their limits, which is something that you’ll need to be informed about before you hire them. This can be quite a simple part of the process, although it’s not something that should be overlooked. As such, you should know how heavy each of your machine parts are and whether or not the transportation company will be able to carry such a load.
Experienced Moving Companies
After logistics, how experienced a heavy machinery transportation company is can be one of the more prominent factors that you should look at during the decision making process. Naturally, this is because more experienced firms will be much more capable at transporting your parts than relatively new ones. However, this doesn’t mean that younger firms should automatically be ruled out; instead, you should look at the overall experience of their workforce, as they’ll be better adept at lifting and moving machinery.
This means that they’ll be less likely to make any mistakes during the transportation process, which should put your mind at ease when you’re hiring them. There can be quite a significant amount of time and training needed for someone to become skilled enough to properly transport heavy machinery, which is something that can be vital to look for when making a decision. After all, even a simple mistake can end up being costly for you, both in terms of the finances needed to repair the equipment and the downtime that will be required to do so.
When you’re researching a firm, it can be vital to find reviews from their previous clients, which can provide a significant amount of insight into the quality of their service. This is something that can be tied directly into how experienced the firm is, as the better-skilled employees are means that they’ll have better reviews; because of that, you’ll be able to base part of your decision on what these past customers are saying.
Licensing & Insurance
Licensing and insurance are perhaps the first things that you should look at when choosing a heavy machinery transport company. This is primarily because it lends a significant amount of trust onto them before you’ve even had a chance to speak to them. The majority of states require each of these companies to undergo a significant amount of procedures before they become certified to do business, which also extends to each of their employees.
This means that the more certificates they have, the more adept they will be at doing their job, which should help to put your mind at ease. Should they only have the basic certificates, then you may want to opt for a different company that has more, as it means that they’ll be able to offer much more security.
Insurance also plays a considerable part in this, as it helps to cover the cost of any accidents that may occur. While these rarely happen, they can be quite costly if they do happen, which is something that the majority of us will want to avoid. Insurance will cover the cost of this, although this can depend significantly on what kind of coverage they have, as well as how large their policy is. This means that you’ll need to speak with the firm about the level of their insurance policy to ensure that you’ll be covered if any mistakes happen.
Safety Rating & Carefulness
When dealing with any moving company, especially with heavy machinery, safety is paramount. This means that you’ll need to pay a significant amount of attention to the safety rating of any company that you may hire. There are a few areas that you’ll need to consider here, with the safety and security of the equipment you’re purchasing being one of the more prominent. However, that doesn’t mean that it’s the only area that you’ll need to look at, as the safety of their employees is also paramount.
This means that you’ll need to assess any safety measures that they have in place for their employees. While many of us will know the obvious examples of proper gear and attire, they should have a variety of procedures in place to guarantee safety. The more extensive these measures are, the better, as they ensure that there shouldn’t be any accidents during the manufacturing and delivery of the machinery that you’re having created and transported.
This should also extend to how careful each of the company’s workers is, which is primarily driven by the fact that much of the equipment you’re having transported can be quite sensitive. This means that any small mistake can have a prominent effect on how well this equipment operates once it’s installed. After all, if parts of your rigging equipment are off by even one degree, then it could completely disrupt your operations. Adding in how expensive the parts may be means that they can often be too valuable to have damaged en-route. While insurance may cover the cost of fixing or replacing the equipment, this could often mean stalling your operations, which will have a high financial cost.
Professional Equipment Movers
Formed in 1994, Entro Incorporated holds a considerable amount of experience in engineering and manufacturing to both commercial and API quality requirements. Each of the company’s products are designed and created in an API 4F certified facility. This history, combined with the company’s passion for the industry, ensures that each of the products that it designs are to a high standard and manufactured to customer specifications and requirements.
Aside from its manufacturing expertise, Entro Incorporated holds a significant amount of experience in the field services niche, helping to securely and efficiently assist with rig moves and set up. This also includes project management, field surveys, machining, and training, among others.
3601 NE John Olsen Avenue
Hillsboro, OR 97124