Machinery
Move

CASE STUDY

A nuclear power plant in Central Illinois needed to move a 38,000 lb. engine lathe and a 68,000 lb. vertical boring mill.

THE SITUATION

The facility first considered using their own overhead crane to move the equipment; however, since the crane only has a capacity of 15 tons it would only be sufficient to move half the equipment. Next, they examined contracting a firm to move the equipment using two massive forklifts.

 

THE SOLUTION

Saved Money
Contractors were going to charge $450 an hour and estimated that it would take 10 hours to complete the job.
Safety
Contractors were going to utilize two forklifts in a delicate balancing act over 200 feet.
Tight Spaces
Maneuverability of the forklifts would have been extremely limited due to the close confines of the shop environment
Instead of using unsafe overhead crane equipment, Airfloat Air Skids simply floated the heavy loads on a film of air to their new position in just eight minutes.

The Result

Airfloat provided four of its 36-inch air skids, which boast a combined capacity of 125,000 lbs. The engine lathe was floated over 200 ft. in just eight minutes, saving the power plant thousands of dollars in rigging costs and lost downtime. In the end, Airfloat was able to provide a more simple, safe option for moving the engine lathe and the vertical boring mill. Instead of using unsafe overhead crane equipment, Airfloat Air Skids simply floated the heavy loads on a film of air to their new position in just eight minutes.

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