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Stamping Press Relocation

Relocating heavy equipment, such as a stamping press, is an important decision for many manufacturing facilities. Whether equipment is being moved from one side of the facility to another, or across the country, there are many factors to take into account when planning to relocate equipment.

You probably already know that the equipment dimensions are important to the move, but there are several other measurements that need to be considered to ensure a successful move. These include:

  • Door Size
  • Floor rating
  • Obstacles
  • Open Access
  • Weights & Dimensions

Planning the transportation of your press is a critical step. The weights and dimensions of the equipment and its components are essential when it comes to estimating transportation costs. The best way to find the weights of the components is from the original equipment manufacturer.

Most large machinery exceeds the weight capacity of a standard five-axle tractor/ trailer combination. Oftentimes, when transporting heavy equipment, higher-capacity transport equipment must be specified, routes must be established, and special permits must be obtained. Depending on the state, some permits may take four to six months to obtain.

When planning transportation, you should also take into consideration the destination of the equipment. The destination will help to determine which transportation equipment is needed, which permits are required and the preparation and packaging requirements. Some states have different requirements for overweight and over-dimensional loads, so it is imperative to find equipment that can meet the requirement of all states through which the loads must travel.

Installation

The last step in ensuring you have a successful press move is the installation of the press. Hiring the right riggers can make a world of difference during the installation process. The right rigging company will have the proper equipment for the job, including cranes, gantries, fork trucks and man lifts.

The equipment’s new location will have its own set of challenges compared to its previous location. These might include:

  • There might not be a pit or foundation installed for the equipment.
  • Lower ceiling heights, which requires the riggers to use special assembly procedures.
  • The doorways might not be large enough which would require the machinery to be either disassembled or for the doorway to be made larger.
  • Power supplies to the building might not be large enough to handle the new equipment.
  • Air compressors might not be large enough to handle the new requirements.

At Lee Contracting, we can solve all these challenges with our 13 in-house capabilities working together. Our turn-key solutions process takes the time to ensure that every aspect of your project is carefully planned and executed with perfection.

We work with you to complete your project safely and efficiently. Lee Contracting has over 30 years’ experience and a full team of experts, who have the capabilities to complete all your required services as a single-source contractor throughout the United States.

Call us today to receive your free quote (888) 833-8776 or visit our website.

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Stamping Press History

Metalworkers were valuable members of early societies. As more products and tools began to be made from metals, society needed more people skilled in the craft of metalworking. Objects made from metals are necessary for heavy industry, farming, jewelry-making and defense purposes. Precision metal stamping is now used in nearly every product we use. As the capabilities of the process improve, new markets are opened.

The evolution of coin making has led to the modern stamping press. Coin making developed into a process in which the coin was struck using two coining dies: a lower die depicting the coin in a negative form and a companion upper die. A metalworker placed a blank between these two dies and the upper die was struck with a heavy hammer, rendering a positive image on the blank. The hammer method was used well into the Middle Ages. Even today people occasionally speak of coins being “struck.”

1830’s style German or French coin screw press.

In 1550, a German silversmith, developed a screw press for stamping coins. The screw press was turned by as many as twelve men to exert the pressure needed to form the metal. As the industrial revolution approached, the brute force of the human powered screw press was replaced by using steam power to lift a heavy weight above the die and dropping it to strike the image. As technology improved, the speed with which coins could be stamped rose dramatically, but stamping metal parts for industrial use was almost unheard of until the 1890s. Prior to then, manufacturers relied on forging and die-casting for the fabrication of most metal components. However, in 1890, a German bicycle manufacturer began making parts for bicycles using metal stamping.

As manufacturers discovered how fast and inexpensive parts could be fabricated using metal stamping, the process began to flourish. Surprisingly, one of the last manufacturers to embrace the metal stamping of automobile parts was Henry Ford. An innovator in the assembly process, his engineers had to convince Ford that metal stamping for fenders and other parts was not only faster and less expensive than die-casting, but the quality was just as good. As production demands increased, Ford had no choice but to accept the new technology to keep up with demand.

Lee Contracting is ready to assist your next stamping press project whether you are relocating or installing. We can also perform all utility hookups to get your press running. We are your turnkey solutions provider delivering safe, cost efficient and reduced downtime projects.

Schedule your conversation with us by calling (888) 833-8776 or fill out our online form.

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Turn-Key Press Installation

Lee Contracting’s in-house approach to working in the industrial field has yielded continued company growth. Over the last two years, Lee Contracting installed two new 2500 ton presses using their in-house equipment and manpower.

Lee Contracting is an industrial contractor who self-performs all work in-house, including electrical, rigging, mechanical, foundations, machine repair, and fabrication. When all of our trades work together they complement each other and seamlessly execute the project for our customers.

This is the case with the installation of two-2500 ton Fagor presses. Lee’s foundation team started with demolishing part of an existing exit scrap conveyor tunnel so they could extend the press pit for the new presses. The newly installed pit was 38 feet by 36 feet and 20 feet deep. With the addition of these two new presses, the scrap conveyor was extended another 20 feet and included a bump out for the aluminum bailer.

While working in an active manufacturing facility, Turn-Key Press InstallationLee’s riggers worked to fully assemble each of the presses internal components. They were shipped in 16 separate crates from Spain to the United States. When fully assembled, the base of the press weighed 150 metric tons, the slide weighed 112 metric tons and the crown weighed 225 metric tons. The flywheel alone weighed 15 metric tons, while the two eccentric gears weighed 30 metric tons each. The riggers then used Lee’s in-house 500-ton gantry crane to stack each of the presses and install a feed line for the presses.

Lee’s electricians and pipefitters worked on all of the electrical, hydraulic and piping interconnections to the press. This included setting a new primary transformer, installing a new 2,000-amp switch gear, installing a 1,200-amp main power feed to the new presses, installing chiller water, compressed air, a fire suppression system and an oil containment trench drain.

With Lee Contracting’s expertise, unique equipment and in-house approach to serving the manufacturing industry, they remain an indispensable asset for hundreds of companies. Learn more about Lee Contracting: leecontracting.com.