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Infographic: Status’ 12 Golden Rules Of CMM Moving

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When we spotted this LinkedIn post from across the pond, it reminded us of the countless times we’ve seen company’s take on a cheap third-party option for moving a CMM only to result in a disaster just like this and an enormous cost. It pays to pay that little bit extra for a quality machine move service and peace of mind.

To help you avoid a CMM move nightmare like the one pictured, we thought we’d put together our 12 golden CMM moving rules in the form of an easy to digest infographic that you can save to your phone or print out!

Be certain that the machine mover has actually had experience in moving CMM’s.

Most companies that haven’t will tell you it’s just like moving a machine tool.

Use the right equipment for the job.

When it comes to CMM moving, the use of the correct equipment is critical. As a general rule here at Status, our preferred method for CMM moving is to use machine skates with a forklift truck. We have extensive access to a range of forklift equipment that’s able to accommodate the size and weight of the machine that needs moving. HIAB cranes are the preferred moving method of choice for some and whilst they are capable of doing the job, they are one of the biggest culprits in the CMM world for machine moves going wrong, resulting in cracked granite beds.

Know the weight of your CMM.

Knowing the exact weight of your CMM machine is vital as the forklift used for the move needs to be certified for that weight. Not sure what your machine weighs? Status has most CMM weights recorded.

Bubble Wrap is your friend.

A big mistake we see time and again is machine movers not wrapping your CMM covers in bubble wrap, so make sure that you do it before the move! Wrapping your covers will help protect them during the journey to your machine’s new destination and ensure they arrive as they left. Nobody wants to see a CMM in the standards room with scratches and dents, looking like it has just taken part in a demolition derby! #easilyavoided

Strip the CMM down.

Before the move takes place, the CMM needs to be completely stripped down. Additionally, transport brackets must be fitted and strapping the bridge is not optional.

Don’t ruin your floor.

If you like the finish of your floor as it is then use spreader plates.

Labels, labels and more labels.

When decommissioning your machine, don’t leave anything unlabelled! You’ll thank us when you need to plug it all back in.

Machine Over Check.

Be sure to check the machine before the move takes place so that when it arrives at its new location and goes through the calibration process again, you’ll know whether or not the specification has drifted.

Ask for examples.

Just like asking to see a portfolio or case studies, you must ask the company who you’re thinking of choosing whether they’ve moved a CMM machine before or not. Also, don’t be afraid to ask if they’ve ever dropped one. We know of plenty that have! #honestytest

Plan access.

The access route needs to be carefully planned out and don’t forget to consider some of the minor things like walls that could be in the way.

Offer a cuppa.

Moving a CMM is hard work! Take the time to offer the moving team a cuppa as it never goes amiss. Machine movers also often have a wealth of knowledge to share.

Don’t chance it!

Still in doubt about moving your CMM machine? Don’t leave anything to chance as the costs and the disruption it could cause to your inspection processes simply aren’t worth it. For peace of mind, exceptional service, experience and quality just call Status Metrology on 0115 9392228 and ask for Dean.

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