heavy machinery refurbishment

Merritts has 60,000 ft² of internal warehouse space serviced by overhead cranes, and a further 80,000 ft² of external storage space. This enables us to offer manufacturing businesses and machine tool specialists the opportunity to use our facilities as a base from which to carry out heavy machinery refurbishment and maintenance.

This service is frequently provided during the transport of a heavy machine to a new location, before it is offered for resale, or before it is temporarily decommissioned. This is because the machine owner sees this as an ideal opportunity to carry out a full overhaul so that the machine arrives at its new location in the best possible condition.

Obviously, whilst the machine has been in operation, it will have had its routine maintenance inspections carried out to ensure its continued safe operation and to avoid production breakdowns, but often, this has meant tooling engineers and inspectors working in confined spaces which may have limited access to all parts of the machine.

By transporting the heavy machinery ‘mid-move’ to our facility, engineers can have unlimited space within which to work and can use specialist lifting equipment such as Versa-Lift forklifts and overhead gantry cranes to enable them to move and lift the machine to access all sides and complete the inspection and overhaul.

Our inventory of specialist machinery moving plant and lifting equipment provides a workable solution to every scenario. All of our equipment is subject to stringent maintenance and testing procedures.

Machine tools specialists that have been approved to work on our site will have access to specialist equipment including:

  • Enerpac Super Lift gantry system (SL125)
  • Heavy duty lift trucks
  • Versa-Lifts (lift capacity up to 36 Te)
  • Lorry mounted cranes
  • Mobile elevating work platforms
  • Lifting beams and frames
  • Rigging accessories

Space is available to hire on a short or long term basis, with rates calculated accordingly. The package can be tailored to suit requirements and can include lifting facilities and access to power if required.

If you have a heavy machinery refurbishment requirement and need space to carry out the works please get in touch.

As part of Merritt’s bespoke services we provide safe and secure storage servicves for large loads and industrial equipment. This is often essential when equipment is being mothballed, sold on or can’t be transported to its final destination for a period of time. It is a key component of our comprehensive logistics services, although we also offer use of the storage facilities as a standalone service.

One of our key strengths is that we’re centrally located in the Midlands, conveniently close to the M1, giving us and our customers quick access to major routes North, South, East and West. Our secure facilities offer 150,000sqft of internal storage space, with another 80,000sqft external storage space for items that are not weather sensitive.

All of our warehouses are heated, equipped with overhead cranes that can lift up to 20 Tonnes, allow storage for items up to 10m in height and are protected with state of the art security systems. All of which is managed by our skilled warehouse team.

Storage Services

We have customers come to us looking for a variety of storage solutions, so we often tailor our services to suit each individual need. For instance, energy engineering firm Doosan Babcock needed to store some sensitive items that required regular maintenance and a permanent power supply to maintain correct temperature, humidity and performance. By closely following instructions our skilled team were able to fulfil all the manufacturer’s requirements for safely storing the equipment.

How short and long term storage these are some of the reasons why businesses choose to store their equipment with us:

  • Machinery manufacturers from all industry sectors often need a buffer storage solution prior to UK installation.
  • A piece of equipment may no longer be required but cannot be written off due to balance sheet value.
  • Manufacturers that downsize production on multiple sites by consolidating machinery may need to store some machinery prior to it being sold.
  • When manufacturers change their tooling or model they are still required to keep the old tools and parts for a specified time.
  • Used machinery dealers sometimes need a simple holding area or showroom to keep equipment prior to sale.
  • Auctioneers can require warehouse space in which to hold closed auctions or store machinery.
  • Many transport businesses can save fuel and time between drops to customers by using our central location to temporarily drop certain loads.

 

Storage services and HMRC bonded

Customs bonded warehousing

Our facilities are also popular with importers and exporters. Merritt’s premises are HMRC approved as a customs bonded warehouse facility, which means we can help our customers defer payment of import duty and VAT on their machinery and equipment.

These are the key benefits of our customs bonded warehousing facility:

  • Businesses can defer payment of import duty and VAT.
  • The opportunity to purchase stock machinery without paying import duty and VAT until they’re sold.
  • Provides customers with greater flexibility for supplying ‘quick turnaround’ machine deliveries to clients.
  • It also means you can take advantage of favourable exchange rates when purchasing stock machinery.
  • If you are unable to sell your machinery in the UK you can sell it for re-export without having to worry about the duties which would already have been paid.

 

Secure Storage Services

Rates start from £0.10 per square foot per week (£1.09 per square metre per week), which is inclusive of buildings insurance, rates, light, heat and power in the area dependent on use. Find out more about our storage services.

Get in touch for a quote on storage.

(NB Our customs bonded warehouse is approved for ‘dry’ status only. We do not have a ‘wet’ licence and therefore cannot process enquiries relating to the storage of alcohol, fuel or cigarettes.)

Every year Merritts’ Big Machine Movers handle over 100,000 Tonnes of precision engineered machinery, moving it from A to B in the safest and most efficient way possible. Because that’s a mind-boggling figure to get your head around we’ve created this infographic of comparatively huge items to illustrate just how much all those big machine moves can add up.

Big Machine Movers infographic

Proper routines and procedures are essential for every job that we do, because each machine move is unique and presents its own set of challenges. By putting thorough planning and preparation into a big move we make sure there are few variables and that we reduce the chance of any problems. But every now and then a project comes along that needs us to do something new or adapt to certain circumstances in order to get the job done…

Transporting something big? Get the Police involved

In 2010 we worked with power plant equipment specialists, Doosan Babcock, to move 150 pieces of machinery, some of them weighing up to 40 tonnes, 26 miles to the Radcliffe on Soar power station. Due to the size of the equipment it was necessary to work with the Police to ensure that we could safely transfer the machinery from our storage facility to their final destination. While we had been storing them in our dedicated facilities we had been ensuring that the more sensitive items were regularly maintained and were connected to a permanent power supply to keep them at the correct temperature, humidity and performance.

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Setting off along the M1 at 6pm accompanied by an experienced Police escort the four flatbed trucks travelled at a speed of 40mph. We took things steady, allowing the Police to close each slip road on the southbound route to traffic until the convoy was safely past. The final leg from the M1 to the power station itself required us to negotiate two miles of the busy A453 into Nottingham. The Police quickly closed off the route with as little impact to traffic as possible, enabling us to complete the operation in just under an hour.

Find out how we did it here.

We’ll work out of hours to reduce disruption to public services

The installation of a bronze statue and granite base onto the main concourse of Robin Hood Airport was always going to be a tricky one. We had to access the building through a restrictive doorway and drive a forklift carrying the statue of the famous outlaw across 60m of polished marble floor, close to retail units. As a result we needed a special track to protect the floor from our vehicles and we were restricted to only using electrically operated machinery when inside the terminal building.

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Each of the two parts to the granite base weighed 1.3 Tonnes and needed careful manoeuvring to get into position. As it is a working airport we weren’t allowed to disrupt its busy schedule. So as well as having our team be subjected to strict security requirements the work could only be carried out between 11pm and 5am, when there weren’t any flights. Despite the various restrictions that we had to deal with the move was completed to schedule, over two nights.

Find out how we did it here.

Working with very little room to manoeuvre

Not all of our big machine moves involve travelling far. In the case of an East Midlands Aerospace company the machinery wasn’t even leaving the building. We were tasked with moving seven CNC lathes weighing up to 4 tonnes each. These seven machines needed to be relocated from the first floor to the ground floor of the factory. The main challenge being that we had to take them through a gap that was only slightly larger than the largest machine. We had helped install the machines originally, so we also had the advantage of being familiar with the factory.

Once the machines were stripped of their guards and motors we raised them onto skates and moved them to the aperture between the two floors. It is through this hole that we raised the forklift blades of a Versalift on the ground floor on to which the machines were then rolled. The fork lift then carefully lowered and carried them to their new locations where they were lined, levelled and reassembled. The main challenges that we faced were the restrictive gaps that we had to manoeuvre the machines through. This required very precise handling and good communication between the team members to ensure everything went off without a hitch and without disrupting work that was still going on elsewhere in the factory.

Find out how we did it here.

Find out more about the many big machine moves we’ve made by looking at our case studies.

 

 

 

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