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When to Use Millwright and Rigging Services

Supply chains around the world are faced with the complicated job of managing the constantly moving parts, people, and jobs necessary to help get products and materials from point A to point B fast and within budget. From manufacturing to transportation, storage to distribution, the product cycle within the supply chain can be a complex one. 

With that in mind, it’s understandable that speed, safety, and accuracy are top priorities for most every company. Sometimes in this complex system, products will require specialized logistics services to ensure accuracy and effectiveness in the results. One of the most specialized logistics solutions is millwright and rigging services.

A millwright is a highly skilled tradesperson with extensive training in the installation, upkeep, and repair of various kinds of mechanical and industrial equipment. Millwrights are required to assemble or disassemble machinery. To accomplish this, each component of the machine needs to be meticulously disassembled, organized and packaged.

The specialist art of rigging services involves employing the proper mechanical shifting equipment to secure, move, and set down a load. Riggers employ tools like cranes and hoists, as well as other machinery like chain blocks and winch systems, to move loads. When transporting a load, rigging can be a complicated process involving many considerations. Before lifting an item, riggers must be fully aware of the safest way to handle it, and they must then manage and position the load properly.

This type of work is required in almost every industry at some point. If you are unsure whether or not millwright and rigging services apply for you, we can help explain things further.

Oversized Materials

The most common use for rigging services is for oversized and overweight materials. Forklifts are a common piece of equipment used in millwright and rigging services. Forklifts lift products in a warehouse or on job sites, and they can come in different sizes based on the type of job. 

When products or materials are heavier than a forklift can handle, specialized tools must be used to complete the task. A rigging team will use various heavy-duty tools to move any size product or piece of equipment. This may be a crane or hoist system. 

Other specialized machinery includes booms, dollies, and gantry systems that can lift and transport oversized and overweight materials out of facilities or within job sites. Rigging teams typically have the capacity to move materials that weigh hundreds of thousands of pounds.

Precise Installation

While rigging work requires heavy-duty tools, safety equipment, and manpower, millwright services are the more precise counterpart to that process. The machinery used for manufacturing is typically large, heavy, and complicated. The expertise of a reputable rigging and millwright team should be used for the transportation and installation of this oversized equipment.

After delivery of new equipment, during maintenance periods, or when making adjustments to production floors, moving heavy machinery often requires rigging services in order to move things into the correct position with precision and care. After the items have been moved, millwright services are implemented to complete the installation. 

Millwrights are trained to complete complex and precise installations of machinery and equipment. From setting and aligning to measuring and ensuring the proper fitment and operation of machinery, millwright teams have the training and specialized tools to ensure that machines are set within very strict parameters. 

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Complex Transportation and Heavy Haul

Moving oversized and overweight materials and equipment is not only required on a job site or in a warehouse. Moving large shipments across the country or to the final job site destination takes the same care and experience that only specialized teams can deliver. You will find that a good logistics company generally either possesses or has a connection to the equipment and expertise needed for this work. 

Heavy haul transport is a large part of what rigging teams must do in order to complete their job. Rigging services use rigging equipment such as booms, gantry systems, or crane systems to move large items onto trucks such as flatbeds or step-decks for over-the-road, oversized transportation. They may also rig the materials or machinery into or onto rail cars or A-frames for rail transportation. As you can imagine, this is a precision job requiring vast amounts of experience and skill. 

After loading, the task of transporting the large shipment is also a consideration. This challenging part of the process requires years of training and experience to know how to do things correctly. From planning the routes to coordinating with escorts as needed, rigging and millwright teams handle every aspect of the heavy haul job from beginning to end. From using oversized equipment to ordering materials that may be outside the standard scope of work for your average warehousing and logistics company, having a quality and experienced millwright and rigging partner like Murphy Logistics can open up many different options within your supply chain. Knowing you have a reliable millwright and rigging partner to help you accomplish your job brings not only peace of mind, but certainty in the results.

Get Started With Our Millwright and Rigging Services

Learn more about how Murphy Logistics, and more precisely our partner Murphy Rigging, can help you with this part of your business. By speaking to our team and discussing your unique needs, you will see how our experienced machinery movers can provide the results you are looking for. That’s because our services go beyond being just a trusted warehousing and logistics company, to include full 3PL logistics solutions such as proven and professional millwright and rigging services.