Thursday, December 2, 2010



With precision dis-assembly and re-assembly, many details need to be taken into consideration. If equipment is to be relocated, it must be pre-determined where equipment will be split, and into how many sections, to properly prepare for packaging and transport. Every movement and opening – elevators, doorways, windows, roof openings, etc. – must be plotted, because the smallest opening is always a primary concern.

When factory testing of complex interconnected equipment is required, you should consider having the same layout at the FAT(factory acceptance test) as you have in your facility. This allows you to ship and reuse all
piping, wiring, flex hoses and all other equipment connections rather than do it twice. This can save considerable time, money and effort for your project.

If existing equipment is being relocated, this is the ideal time to replace defective parts, gasketing, and old or worn items. Involving the factory is a big plus, and you might even be able to have the manufacturer agree to extend their warranty.

The manufacturer must dis-assemble equipment and package all parts properly, clearly identifying each for re-assembly at the new location. If equipment is to be shipped by sea or air, proper packaging is necessary to prevention moisture intrusion, which is a concern that is more common than you might think. All fluids, media and product materials must be removed immediately after factory testing is complete before equipment is shipped. A quality contractor can ensure that all of these important steps are taken.

R. Baker & Son All Industrial Services recommends that, when dealing with large, complex equipment, customers should have a factory-trained tech provide basic consultation on how the equipment was packaged, how it should be assembled, and whether there are any specific steps that should be taken during or following assembly. Also, manufacturers sometimes require a factory tech to witness and document certain steps during assembly. Though factory consultation might add to your project costs, it is money well spent. Having to take equipment apart later because something simple was missed at assembly can be an expensive show-stopper.

If you have chosen wisely, your contractor will do far more than just rigging your equipment into place when it arrives on site. Whether installing new or relocating existing equipment, they should be fully knowledgeable on every project detail, asking all the right questions, and can assemble all of your systems – piping, electrical, controls, compressed air, nitrogen, hydraulics, etc. – to startup readiness.

Make sure your contractor has plenty of related experience, with expert mechanics and millwrights, and can guide you through the complex process from start to finish. Whether you are installing pharmaceutical modules, lyophilizers, equipment trains, tanks, generators, chillers, boilers, green technology, or even a large piece of art, your contractor should be your quality partner for success.

About R. Baker & Son All Industrial Services

R. Baker & Son All Industrial Services is the premier specialized contractor in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico.  The veteran founded company has been in business since 1935, has over 100 employees, an exemplary safety record (We have been directly involved in four (4) sites that received VPP OSHA Safety Awards) and is financially strong (bonding capabilities over $10 Million).  Capabilities include industrial and commercial demolition, riggingmachinery & plant moving, dismantling, decommissioning, plant and equipment relocation, interior demolition, wrecking, selective demolition , demolition contractors in NJ and warehousing.

Corporate Contact Information

R. Baker & Son All Industrial Services
1 Globe Street
Red Bank, NJ 07701
Phone: 732-222-3553
Fax: 732-450-0311

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