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.

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:

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.

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