Machinery Move

machinery move

Learn how a nuclear power plant used Airfloat Air Skids to move a 38,000 lb. engine lathe without a crane.

Situation
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 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. This idea had four main problems associated with it:

Solution
Airfloat provided four of its 36-inch air skids, which boast a combined capacity of 125,000 lbs.

Results
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.

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