Planning for a Plant Relocation

two plant workers standing near equipment planning a plant relocationA plant relocation is a huge endeavor that shouldn’t be taken lightly. The best way to get the job done right and thoroughly is to plan every detail of the move. Whether a company is consolidating operations or has outgrown the current infrastructure moving may be an inevitable. Sometimes moving closer to a supplier or a large base of customers makes a relocation a good financial move. Finding the right location is only the first and also a crucial step in the process. At Southwestern Industrial Contractors & Riggers, Inc. our experts can help with every step of the process.

Make the Industrial Relocation Effortless

When you entrust the heavy lifting to us we ensure that the work on your end is easy. However, there are things on your end that you can take care of to streamline the process. The first thing you will want to do is ensure that plant layouts are up-to-date. While you may be in the same location you were in decades ago, but you have probably upgraded since then. If the current drawings are not up-to-date you will want to be sure to take care of this. Engineers will use these drawings to create a setup that suits your needs at the new location.

Take Care of the Details

There are a few steps in plant relocations that can make your move easier that many plant owners may not  consider. Taking photographs or video of your equipment is a great way to ensure that setup is handled properly at the new location. Be sure to get photos or videos from all angels. If there are specific connections or pieces that require special setup include these photos as well.

Any good move includes getting rid of clutter or unused items as well. There are many pieces of machinery that can be refurbished, sold, or replaced. Be sure to have a plant manager or engineer inspect all machinery. Moving unusable items and heavy equipment to the new location will only double the workload.

Consider All the Requirements

Before the move you should assess the overall plan. Be sure to take an inventory of requirements. This may include temperature specifications, special licenses, special foundations, pits, or trenches, and any other requirements. It is important to create a reasonable time frame.

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At Southwestern Industrial Contractors & Riggers, Inc. we have the expertise to streamline your plant relocation. We will take care of the heavy lifting and ensure your move is safe and timely. Contact us today for more info.

Tips for Surviving the Plant Relocation Process

workers undertaking a plant relocationIf you’re relocating your plant, you know how stressful it can be. There’s a lot of planning, thinking, and logistics involved, not to mention expenses and time lost. However, if you plan things right, it should all go smoothly in the end, whether you’re moving across the street or across the world. Here are some tips on how to survive the plant relocation process and to ensure your success.

Tip #1: Check the Condition of Your Equipment

Moving can be harsh on your equipment, so it’s important to analyze the equipment beforehand, so you can track any inevitable damage that may occur along the way. Depending on the plant relocation facility you go with, you may sustain more damage than need be, so it’s important to choose a trustworthy company to help you with the big move. It’s also important to check the condition of your equipment before any plant relocations because you may have damaged or outdated equipment or some that no longer meet industry standards and regulations. Plus, if you have any equipment you plan on selling or getting rid of, you can do so before moving to the new plant, so you don’t have to worry about taking the equipment with you.

Tip #2: Review New Regulations, Laws, and Standards

If you’re relocating your plant to a new city, state, or country, you want to be sure you know and understand the new laws and regulations you will need to follow. You will want to have your equipment inspected to make sure it follows the new laws and to make sure any employees who travel with you or that you hire for your new plant are trained to know them. This will ensure you don’t accidentally break any laws or fail to meet regulations along the way.

Tip #3: Create a Layout Plan

When relocating your plant, it’s important to know how you want the layout of your new location to look. This will include placing equipment in the most optimal places for their functionality, putting them in places where they will cause the least amount of harm or damages, and doing so in a way that meets regulations. It’ll also be important to note where all of the outlets, hoses, and other lines are in the new building, so you can plan accordingly. If you have a secure layout, it’ll make relocating the equipment on moving day much easier.

Tip #4: Work With a Reputable Plant Relocation Team

If you want to ensure everything goes smoothly on the big day, you want to work with a team that will ensure it does. Southwestern Industrial Contractors & Riggers in El Paso can help you with plant relocations. We’ve helped many companies move all around the world, from Mexico and China to the U.S. and Canada. Call us today to learn more about how we can help you!

What Happens during Mobile and Overhead Crane Inspections?

Crane and building construction site against blue skyWorking in the construction industry, you know how important mobile and overhead crane inspections are. They ensure your equipment is working effectively and safely, keeping you and your fellow employees safe. While you may know what an inspection is and what they are used for, you may be unfamiliar with everything that is checked out during the actual inspection. If you are also unsure of where or how to get one, Southwestern Industrial Contractors & Riggers can help. We offer both mobile and overhead crane inspections that can help you meet industry standards and guidelines and keep your employees safe.

The Mobile and Overhead Crane Inspection Processes

The inspection process will differ depending on which institute it’s under, such as OSHA, what kind of inspection it is, and whether it’s a mobile or overhead crane inspection.

  • Mobile Crane Inspections- During a mobile crane inspection, we search for issues such as cracked parts, excessive wear and tear on the brakes and clutch, and malfunctioning mechanisms within the unit. These inspections are done within the guidelines for each unit.
  • Overhead Crane Inspections- Overhead crane inspections are similar to mobile crane inspections in the sense that they search for broken or worn down parts, leaks, loose bolts, and deteriorated electrical units.

How Often Do Cranes Need to Be Inspected?

The answer here: it depends. Some cranes and regulations call for the cranes to be inspected daily, weekly, monthly, semi-annually, biannually, and annually. These inspections will search for different things and the cranes will need to meet certain requirements for each one.

Who Can Inspect Cranes?

As you’ve probably figured out, unless you are certified to do so, you cannot perform mobile and overhead crane inspections yourself. You will need to hire a reputable construction management company that is certified to do the inspections for you.

Why Hire Southwestern Industrial Contractors & Riggers for Crane Inspections

Southwestern Industrial Contractors & Riggers has helped companies throughout the world be successful. From factory relocations to equipment rentals, we can help you with a lot of things. We are also certified to conduct both mobile and overhead crane inspections. We’ll come out and inspect your cranes as often as they need to be inspected. We understand the importance of having equipment that is safe and usable, especially when it comes to construction projects. If you need routine mobile and overhead crane inspections done, call us today! We’re happy to help!

How Crane Service Can Aid Urban Development

hard hat in front of an urban development building with crane serviceDriving down the streets of El Paso, you’ll notice many great and magnificent buildings. There’s the Camino Real Hotel and Plaza Theatre downtown, the many Bhutan-inspired buildings on the University of Texas at El Paso campus, and the various schools, libraries, and shopping centers we have throughout the cities. One of the things they all have in common, besides being nice pieces of architecture, is that cranes and other construction commitment help to put them together. While you may utilize crane service from us for your construction projects, how often do you think about the work that goes into constructing other buildings? Most buildings, if not all of them, need cranes to lift and stack heavy materials. Crane service from Southwestern Industrial Contractors & Riggers can help build new buildings throughout town. These are some of the coolest buildings we can help put up.

Apartment Buildings and Hotels

Just recently we helped to put up a Candlewood Suites hotel in Ft. Bliss. But if you think about it, building apartments and hotels take a lot of equipment and manpower, especially the taller ones. Driving around El Paso, you can see tons of apartments and hotels that are multiple stories. Just take a look at the Camino Real Hotel. That one is so tall! Cranes help to erect, stack, and build these buildings.

Schools and Libraries

A couple of months ago, we helped set up the panels for a local elementary school in El Paso. Schools and libraries create foundational support for children and their education, but without crane service from a company like us, they wouldn’t be able to have a building to house their students and activities in. It’s just another one of the projects we are proud to have been a part of.

Stadiums and Amphitheaters

Crane service can also help put up stadiums and amphitheaters in the city. Next time you drive past the Chihuahua’s stadium in El Paso or the McKelligon Amphitheater, think about what kind of work had to be done to successfully build them. We promise you, lots of cranes went into that.  

Backyard Pool Installation

Lastly, something you may not think about, crane service from us can also be used to install backyard pools. We’ve helped homeowners create their own oases this way.

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What Can Industrial Contractors Help You With?

Industrial contractors looking over a plan Industrial contractors can help you with a number of things, many with their own specializations. At Southwestern Industrial Contractors and Riggers, we’ve been helping El Paso and many other communities around the world with their industrial needs. Over the years, we’ve gained the skills and knowledge needed to get the job done, and with our large inventory of machinery and equipment, there isn’t a job we can’t do.

Panels, Buildings, Schools, Oh My!

Industrial contractors and riggers can help with everything from the construction of new schools and buildings to lifting and hauling large equipment or vehicles. Industrial contractors are important in society because they help with building new establishments, be it a hotel or library, throughout a city.

As El Paso continues to expand, industrial contractions play an important role in doing so. Without us, houses, schools, libraries, hospitals, and so on wouldn’t be possible. Plus, next time you go to your favorite shopping center, check out its infrastructure. Without industrial contractors, that entire building wouldn’t have been possible.

Trains and Locomotives

Industrial contractors actually play a large role in locomotive maintenance–in order to have their wheels repaired or replaced, a rigger must lift the locomotive up in the air using a crane in order for the mechanics to reach its underside. This makes maintenance easier. Contractors can also help build train stations and lay tracks. That being said, industrial contractors also play a big role in trade and commerce.

Construction Companies

Many industrial contractors can help construction companies with crane and equipment inspections. Inspections are important because they help to ensure your equipment is safe to use while also meeting industry standards and requirements. Most equipment require inspections every year while others may need it more often. We can help you with routine monthly, yearly, and so on inspections.

Businesses

Industrial contractors can also help businesses expand. Not only can they put up panels for buildings, put up infrastructures, and use cranes and gantries to move otherwise heavy materials and equipment, they can also help other construction companies through crane and equipment rentals. In reality, industrial contractors are at the core of urban development and at Southwestern Industrial Contractors and Riggers, we are proud of that fact.

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Whether you need panels added to a building or a large piece of equipment transported to the other side of the country, we’ve got you covered. Call us today for more information.

Renting Vs. Buying Cranes and Equipment

yellow craneDepending on the kind of construction projects you work on, you may have a vast or limited line of cranes and equipment. When it comes time for new equipment, you actually have two options: you can purchase brand new equipment or you can opt for crane and equipment rental. Each option has its own benefits, of course, but sometimes one is better than the other depending on your circumstances. Let’s compare the two.

Purchasing New Equipment

There are a few instances when purchasing new equipment is the better option. For example, if you’re adding new services to your business or know you will use a certain piece of equipment or machinery a lot, buying it is better. Also, if you have a piece of machinery that repeatedly breaks down or gives you issues, it may be time to replace it. These are all perfect examples of when buying new equipment is better than opting for crane and equipment rental.

Crane and Equipment Rental

On the other hand, there are times when crane and equipment rental is your best bet. If you need a specific piece of machinery for a project, but know you won’t use it much after the project is completed, renting the equipment rather than paying a lot of money for it to sit in storage is your better option. Also, if you don’t have room in storage for any new equipment but need a specific piece for a new project, renting the piece can help as well.

One of the biggest reasons people opt for a crane and equipment rental rather than a new purchase is because of their finances. Generally, renting equipment is more affordable than buying it. You also won’t have to worry about paying for the upkeep of it, including maintenance, repairs, and cleaning. This also gives you one less thing to worry about when running your business.

Equipment Available for Rental

At Southwestern Industrial Contractors and Riggers, we have a variety of cranes and equipment for you to rent. These include heavy haul transportation vehicles, forklifts, and wedgelock lifts. We also have a variety of cranes for you to choose from, including rigging systems, gantry systems, modular lift towers, and lattice boom cranes. Whatever the project may be, we’ve got you covered.

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Big projects call for big machinery. If you’re in the market to rent cranes or equipment, Southwestern Industrial Contractors and Riggers is the place to find what you need, so call today!

Tips for Making Plant Relocations a Breeze

man moving a boxed machine during plant relocationsAny business, whether a small bead shop on a Hawaiian island or a large manufacturing plant in the heart of a metropolis, must undergo change to remain successful. This may mean changing up their product line or expanding to international business frontiers. Sometimes it means relocating your plant in order to have more room, merge with another company, or what have you. Plant relocations are a huge deal and can take a lot of time and energy to do. Here are some tips on how to make the experience a little less stressful.

Tip #1: Make a Plan

Like we mentioned, plant relocations are a huge job, so you’re going to want to have a good plan. In fact, you may actually want multiple plans. First, you’ll want to make a plan about where you plan to relocate to and how that’ll improve your business. That should be done before you relocate your entire plant, of course. You’ll also want to take inventory of every tool, electronic, and piece of machinery you house at your plant. From there, you’ll want a plan for how you’re going to relocate it and which pieces you should take over first. To minimize the number of days of work lost due to the relocation, it’s best to plan to take the machinery you use the least over first and what you use the most over last. Lastly, you’ll want a plan for where everything will go at the new plant. This will help you move everything over efficiently.

Tip #2: Use This Time to Change Out Old Machinery

Sometimes it’s easy to neglect the need for new machinery because you don’t want to lose quality working days. By doing it during a plant relocation, you can save time by just having the new machinery delivered to the new location. Plus, you may already be losing a few days of work because of the relocation, so you can kill two birds with one stone.

Tip #3: Think About the Benefits

Plant relocations can come with many benefits. For one, if you need more space because your business is growing, that’s a good thing! If you just need a change of space, relocating your plant can give you the fresh start you need. Maybe you want to be closer to distributors or wholesalers to save money on transportation. Relocating can help with that too! Focusing on the positives can help you keep your business moving forward.

Tip #4: Work with Southwestern Industrial Contractors and Riggers  

Plant relocations can be difficult, especially if you have a lot of equipment and machinery to move. When you work with us, you don’t have to worry about finding a way to transport it because we’ll do it for you. We can help you relocate anywhere in the United States and abroad! Call us today for more information.

The Hard Work And Training That All Professional Riggers Go Through

If you have some heavy work ahead of you, you will probably need to hire some professional riggers to help you out. If you are moving machinery from one factory to another or handling heavy materials on a work site, chances are you will not be able to do it alone. Professional rigging services will allow you to complete the job at hand safely and on time. If you are in El Paso or the surrounding areas, Southwestern Industrial Contractors and Riggers can assist you with any rigging of heavy materials you may need. We have the skills and knowledge to help you truly thrive.

Communication Skills And Hand Gestures Are A Must

Our professional riggers have gone through extensive training and schooling to be able to do what they do now. They are required to possess the right amount of knowledge, experience, and skills necessary to make themselves eligible for the profession of rigging. One of the most important things our rigging men must learn and retain is communication skills. They know that working on a construction site or any other site isn’t always easy. Heavy materials and equipment are everywhere and can cause a lot of noise as well. Since the work sites can be incredibly loud, all trained riggers must learn a variety of hand gestures in order to communicate with those around them. This is very valuable training that will ensure everyone stays safe. They will learn to signal and communicate with other fellow riggers in the area.

Inspect Equipment And Provide Excellent Customer Service

They will also have to be trained on how to inspect all of the equipment being used on a daily basis. This is very important because it can either keep everyone incredibly safe or put them in extreme danger. They will also be taught basic maintenance fixes if they do see something wrong. They are in charge of deciding whether or not the issue is something that needs to be fixed by someone with more knowledge or not. They also learn how to be very decisive and make decisions quickly. They will also be able to communicate with customers and provide excellent customer service to all of their clients. This is a very important aspect to portray as it can make or break big deals and contracts in the future.

Equipment Training and All Weather Operating Training

Professional riggers will also learn how to handle a number of different pieces of equipment as well. This will ensure that if someone needs to use machinery, that the riggers on site can help access them. This includes rigging machines, forklifts, trucks, and other necessary equipment for work purposes. Lastly, they are taught to work in all kinds of weather. If you’ve looked around your city at any given time of the year, construction really does not stop for anyone. Being able to work in heat, sleet, or snow will be very important.

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All of our incredible professional riggers at Southwestern Industrial Contractors and Riggers have been specifically trained and schooled to handle this type of job. If you are in the El Paso area and need our assistance, please give us a call today!

The Benefits of Equipment Rentals

Construction equipmentWorking in the construction business means you are used to working hard and long hours, and part of being in this business is using heavy machinery and other large equipment. These machines make your job easier because they can lift more than the human body can. If you are in this type of business and don’t want to shell out the cash to purchase forklifts and cranes in full, you should consider renting. If you are in El Paso or the surrounding areas, our team at Southwestern Industrial Contractors and Riggers can assist you when it comes to renting equipment for your construction work site.

What are the Benefits of Equipment Rentals?

There are many benefits that come with equipment rentals for your work site rather than purchasing outright. One of the main reasons to rent is because maybe it is a piece of machinery that you do not use all that often. If that is the case, why purchase it and barely use it? You will be saving yourself a lot of time and money if you choose to rent the machine. Some jobs may require a type of machinery and others may not. Chances are you will rest easier at night knowing you didn’t spend hundreds of thousands of dollars on a crane or forklift that you will only use a few times a year. Also, you will probably have to find and pay for storage for the machinery as well. Most people do not have a huge staging yard to keep their equipment on, making equipment rentals an attractive option.

How Does Renting Save You Money?

Another huge benefit of equipment rentals is the upkeep, or lack thereof. When you rent, if something goes wrong or the equipment needs maintenance, the rental company takes care of it. Now when it comes to owning it, you will be responsible for all the maintenance and repairs it needs. This can be a huge, unforeseen amount coming out of your pocket depending on what needs to be fixed and how much the part and labor will cost. This is not something many people enjoy being responsible for, which is why renting is much better. Lastly, when you rent, you have the ability and option to rent again and use a different type or style of machinery. Let’s say you need a crane or forklift that carries a certain weight on one job but your next job requires machinery that can lift heavier objects. When you rent again, you can get the next size up for your needs. Our team at Southwestern Industrial Contractors and Riggers can assist you.

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We know the importance of providing excellent rentals for all of our customers, including you. We make it a priority to make sure our equipment is in tip-top shape before it goes out the door with you, so there are no problems. If you would like more information about our rentals at Southwestern Industrial Contractors and Riggers, please give us a call today.

The Different Types of Crane Services

cranes and constructionIt is believed that the use of cranes dates back more than 2,000 years and they were used to build huge monuments including the Egyptian pyramids and several medieval churches. Today, construction companies hire a crane service to help lift extremely heavy amounts of weight. Cranes are equipped with a hoist rope, wire ropes or chains, and sheaves, as well as levers and pulleys in order to do those jobs that humans cannot do on their own. Cranes are used to lift and lower materials. They also move materials horizontally and transport these items to where they need to be.

Kinds of Crane Services

There are many different types of crane services that you can choose to use on your construction site. The selection made is often based on the type of job that needs to be done and where it is to be completed. Some of the more popular include mobile and tower cranes. However, there are also cranes available for offshore construction, as well as those known as loader, telescopic, and floor cranes.

For example, if your company was hired to construct a bridge, port, or offshore drilling platform, then you would need the assistance of a company that offers floating crane service. This type of machinery is also good for loading and unloading ships and other vessels. However, if you just need assistance with loading and unloading materials at the site, then you should opt for what is known as a loader crane. As the name states, this is its main function. It is equipped with a hydraulically powered articulated arm that can fit into tight and restricted spaces.

You can call for telescopic crane service if you have a short-term construction project, rescue job, or need assistance lifting boats in and out of the water. Floor cranes are best when you have an inside job. They are generally smaller than other cranes.

Mobile or Tower Crane Service

Probably the biggest decision you will have when it comes to hiring a crane service is whether to hire one with tower or mobile cranes. If you choose to use a tower crane it must be installed into your construction site over a strong slab of concrete. They are primarily used to construct tall buildings. They can also be attached to the sides of structures. This is done because of the massive amount of weight they move.

On the other hand, you can also choose to use a mobile crane service. They can be driven to different locations easily. They eliminate the need for special equipment to transport the crane. Mobile cranes are the most basic type of crane and come in a variety of sizes.

Whether you are in the El Paso area or not, if you are in need of crane service, contact Southwestern Industrial Contractors and Riggers. They have been successfully completing projects all around the world since 1920.