Printing press moving services
We have moved and installed many different types of letterpress machines. The removal services we offer include electrical and mechanical solutions, positioning, lifting, rigging, loading and transport. Our professional printing press movers operate anywhere in the UK and can deliver to anywhere in Europe. Get professional letterpress removals with no stress, delays and problems to your relocation.
Moving letterpress machines is only one activity we can undertake. We can dismantle and install it too.
Moving printing presses can be difficult if you have no experience or right equipment.
Storage of printing presses require special storage facilities. We know what your presses need.
Printing equipment and letterpress removals
The relocation and removal of printing press is not a simple task to be handed over to inexperience and amateur removers. It is a job that requires high level of professionalism, expertise and skills. We have the required expertise and professionalism to handle printing equipment removal and relocation and we pride on exceeding the requirements of our clients at each stage of the removal. We make ourselves always available to our clients.
Given our experience and expertise in the industry, we subscribe to the idea that proper and well-managed dismantling of equipment is of crucial importance for printing machinery to be successfully moved. We apply high level of diligence in ensuring that the equipment is safely installed and that no damage is done to the printing equipment during transportation. It does not matter whether we are hired to provide a complete or one stop removal job or just transportation of the printing press equipment.
We provide a safe and stress-free press installation services. If you hire our services, you will have a rest of mind that your project will be handled with high level of expertise. You should not have any worry because we work with knowledgeable and experienced technicians.
While installing your machine, you will ensure that they comply with the instructions and guidelines of the manufacturers.
We know the importance of accuracy in levelling. This is why we have invested in accurate levelling devices which are certified and regularly calibrated in order to give the required result.
Besides of Heidelberg printing press removals and other printing equipment, we also offer floor planning services. Before the installation of the machines, we can provide you with detailed information on the manufacturers recommended floor structures.
The above are very important to have a hitch free installation which is carried out within deadline without hold ups.
Printing Equipment moving
Moving letterpresses and printing equipment is always a difficult task to carry out. If you are establishing a letterpress shop, the transportation of the required equipment will be the most stressful aspects of the project. A few friends who are knowledgeable about the movement of equipment can help and you can also hire professional riggers. No matter the line of action that you take, there are some important factors to take into consideration.
Hiring a professional printing press moving company
First and most importantly, you should not go into heavy equipment moving if you cannot carry out the task. It is likely that your location has professional heavy machinery removals. These companies do not only invest in manpower with the required expertise and experience but in truck with complete equipment which you would not want to buy just to use it for printing press move. The internet will be a useful platform where you should search for professional riggers or movers. Alternatively, you can also ask other printers in your locality to suggest or recommend for you. If you choose a firm by yourself without any recommendation, you should ensure that the company is experienced and brilliant with printing equipment moving. Moving a modern printing machine tool is quite difference from moving an antique, oily, irreplaceable brittle and heavy cast iron press. If you are not hiring professional printing press machinery movers, the recommendation given below will be of some help to you.
Minimum requirements for tools and supplies
Helpers: You will need some help. However, it is better to look for friends and fellow printers who have embarked on similar project before. If you attempt carrying out the project alone, you may end up harming yourself or destroying your business.
Pinch bar of five or six feet: This tool will be useful to you. It is a steel bar that has a bevelled square end. With this tool, you will be able to ground the end to a chisel profile. In this way, you will be able to obtain great leverage and get under things. One pinch bar is enough but it will be much better and the printing press removals will go smoother if you make use of two pinch bars or a Johnson bar and one pinch bar.
Blocks: You will need some blocks for moving printing machinery. The required blocks should not be cupped or warped and they should be flat as well. Bring enough blocks. It is advisable that you determine the quantity that you will need and then bring more than that. You need the blocks to support the machine's corners and establish a point that will act as the base to the pinch bar. The machine and the fulcrum should be raised. You will need 8 pieces of 12 inches length of 2x4s and 3x6 pieces of good quality 3/4 inch plywood without any voids. You may also bring 2x6 blocks but it is not a necessity.
Closed toe shoes or steel toe which is better
Tools for rolling things: A pallet jack which can be rented should be the ideal tool for shifting the printing press. But if the pallet jack is not available, you can make do with one-inch black iron pipe.
You will need several pieces of such pipe which should be one foot longer than the skids' exterior measurement after they are mounted. You will need at least 2 pieces of the pipe. One will be mounted in front so that it would be rolled on to the next while one will be mounted under the machine.
But in certain situations, you will find more pieces very useful. For example, when turning a corner, you will require more pieces. The best solution when your press is mounted on skids is to utilize pipes. But you should use pallet jack if it is mounted on pallet.
Lumber for skids: What is required here is at least 4x4 or a reinforced pallet. It is easier to position skids. If you are using a pallet, you should consider going for one with plywood on top as it is much easier to handle than one without any.
Rope or ratchet tie down: The ratchet tie down is a veritable option for you unless you can get Eagle Scout. Ratchet tie is not costly and you can reuse them for multiple times. They are available for sale at auto part stores. It will be much better if you obtain four. If you are not able to get four, minimum of two will be OK for you. But if you are holding equipment on a pallet with them, then you will require more.
A basic tool kit: You need a basic tool kit which should contain a decent sized hammer (If there is a need for that you will be able to move blocks under a press with one), wrenches (preferably, a set of combination wrenches or adjustable wrenches round off nuts and bolts heads) and a set of screwdrivers of decent quality (you should utilize the right size of screw slot).
Additional items that are nice to have for a printing press relocation
There are certain tools that are not a necessity but it will be fantastic if you have them. They include the following:
- Johnson bar: It has a fulcrum on which there are steel wheels. This type of pry bar given an incredible mechanical advantage. They are available in different lengths and are also available for rent. With this type of bar, you will be able to shift or lift heavy equipment.
- Bottle jacks: The type you will need is the generic type normally utilised in auto part stores. Rather than using the pinch bars and blocks for equipment that features higher frame members, bottle jacks should be a better option for lifting such an item.
- Come-along: They are excellent tools for securing, lifting and dragging things.
- Nylon lifting slings: They are suitable for holding things that are awkwardly shaped like Linotype bases. The most versatile type is the endless loop. It is of vital importance that you keep them clean as they can be weakened by grit if it gets inside them. See more moving equipment.
Weights and measures
If you have decided to hire professional printing press removal services, you have to first of all determine the weight of your press. You can make use of some online sources such as briairpress.org and vandercookpress.info. The letterpress-related forums can be of help in this regard. Normally, all equipment used for securing, lifting and moving have their safe weight rating which should not be exceeded. This is why knowing the weight of the item is highly important. For example, if a lift-gate has weight rating of 500-pounds, it is very bad and risky to put a 1500 pounds letterpress on it.
Measuring your press will prevent unfortunate incidence from occurring and regrets that normally comes at last. If you have any concern regarding whether your equipment will pass through the entryway or not, it is advisable that you first measure it. One important factor that you should take into consideration is that the item will be higher by about 4 to eight inches than when it is laid on the ground. It has to be raised from the ground before it is moved and loaded unto truck. It will be pelleted or put on skids and rollers will also be put under it.
Disassembling equipment is a widely discussed topic in letterpress community with members of the community taking sides. Many people are not in support of it owing to some issues such as risk of breakage, loss of parts, memories of correct assembly fade and many more. They are right in their objection but there are a number of ways through which such problems can be avoided. The first thing that you should bear in mind is that cast iron is at least part of the materials used in creating older printing presses.
The problem with cast iron is that it is not easy to repair it when it is once broken because it is brittle. Don't just hit a big hammer on a flywheel that is not coming out of the shaft. Instead, use a sets-crew to loosen it. If the machine is rusty, you should consider soaking it with good quality penetrating oil. One very good brand that you can buy their product is Kroil. When it is soaked, lightly tap on it with a soft-faced hammer to see whether it is loosening up or not. Put a block of wood the flywheel and then lightly hit the hammer on it if the soft-faced hammer is not available. It is more effective to hit on the end grain than to hit on the flat grain.
Guess where the part will move to when it gets out from the bolt or shaft or whatever that is holding it. Normally, the weight of large press parts is up to 150-200 pounds and knowing this will help you to guess rightly where it will go when it comes out from the wheel. Definitely, you will not want to get injured by the press when it comes out from the shaft or worst still to break any heavy part when it is pulled out. You should create a soft landing area for the thing or use blocks to support it.
A lot of things such as flywheels are held to their shafts with keys. You shouldn't lose the keys. Use zip closure bags to put the small parts of the machine. Label the press parts using a sharpie and a blue painter tape. As you are dismantling the machine, it is advisable that you take photos of the machine. This will help you to reassemble the machine when you want to get it back to the owners. The possibility of requiring a user manual is slim if you take photos.
There is no situation when it is advisable to disassemble caveat normally handled on proof presses. You have to remove them as they are delicate and exceed the footprint of the press. When you remove, make sure that any key that you are not able to pull out is not held by gunk. If the machine is jiggling during the movement, it is a clear indication that you are not a good worker.
Lifting a printing press
The next task to accomplish is to pallet the equipment or put it on your removal skates. Remove movable parts from the press and put them together before you lift the machine to your skids. Doors and drawers sometimes come out when not expected. So, you need to checkmate with pallet wrap which is similar to giant cling wrap that is used to wrap round equipment like cases to prevent them from opening during transportation. If what you are transporting is a proof press, keep the cylinder at bed's centre and secure it there.
This arrangement will make it possible for the press to be more stable. Use heavy wires, rope or ratchet tie-downs rather than the blue tape. If what you are moving is a platen press, then you have put it in closed position and keep the flywheel secured to the press frame and never on the brake or throw-off lever. Note that you cannot use the blue tape for securing press flywheel. It is only meant for labelling. Always use tie-downs, wire or rope.
You will require a Johnson bar or a 5 or 6 feet long pinch bar. Ensure that the press is not lifted higher than required or usual. The pinch bar should be placed under the lifting point and the bar for the fulcrum should be resting on top of the blocks or a block. You have to increase mechanical advantage as much as possible by placing the blocks as close to the point as possible.
The bar should be raised at about 20 degree from the floor by the fulcrum block. The equipment will definitely slide off sideways if the angle of the bar is too steep. Raise the press from one side and put a 2 x 4 block at the foot and then repeat the same to all the sides.
You don't have to raise the press' one side to the full thickness of the skids just at a time. If the angle is very low, the equipment will become unstable because of its high weight. A good number of available press equipment is very weighty. Thus, it is better to slowly and gradually lift such a machine than to try to it lifts it at once. When you are done with one side, you go over to the other side and do exactly what you did at the other side. Use as few block as possible to ensure a better stability. Use skids to replace the blocks. Do it one after the other. For a smarter approach, you have to first place a scrap of plywood under the skids to enable you place the bar under skid so that it would be possible to lift and place your rollers.
Before lifting your printing press or anything you have, it is important that you have detailed discussion of your plan with the people that will help you to lift the items. Choose the part of the equipment that will rest on the skids or pallet or that will bear the weight of the rest of the parts of the machine. It is important that you choose a part that is very strong enough to bear the equipment's weight. Check if your press has cut-out designed for the point of a pinch bar. If it has it, you utilize them.
Palletizing the press
Lifting is a little bit trickier if you prefer pelleting. First, use a layer of 3/4 inch plywood to cover the top of the pallet. This ensures better load distribution. It will also strengthen and smoothen the surface for easy sliding/walking of the surface on the pallet. You will finally have to place one side of the equipment on the pallet and the remaining parts will be walked on the pallet. With blocking and 4x4's, it may be possible for you to lift from outside the pallet's footprint. In general, if four of your helpers are not able to move the item to be moved because of its weight and you don't have any normal lifting equipment, skids remains the easier tool to utilize with regard to lifting and placement of the machine unto it.
There are many other ways through which the printing press can be lifted off the ground and some of these means include chain falls hanging off rafters, tow trucks, engine hoists and others. But these means are not within the scope of this article as they are specific to the site where they are located. Whatever is the case, the same conditions and precautions are applicable. Work with a team, carefully select your lifting points, ensure that equipment remain close to the floor or ground to the extent that it is possible, take note of the lifting system's and its lifting parts' weight capacities. Most importantly, remove all removable parts of the equipment that is in the air.
We recommend that if you have any doubts you should hire professional printing press movers. You can phone us for a free quote! Our mechanical engineer will assess your site for free. Once the survey has been completed we will tell you how much it costs to move a printing press.
Securing the printing equipment
Now that you have successfully lifted the printing equipment onto the pallet or skids, the next thing to do is to secure it for safe transportation. The first point that you should bear in mind is that many of the printing equipment are very weighty. The footprint of the machine is increased by pallets which also greatly help with it. Skids on the other hand also do the same but in a lower degree. However, if the equipment is not strongly attach to them, neither of them will be of any use. The three sheet-rock screws cannot be used for such purposes. Bolts or lag bolts are most suitable but you must use the right sizes and they have to be screwed into solid wood. You can screw the blocks of wood to the skid or pallet over some points at the base and this will make it possible for you to secure the equipment properly. If you want to pallet the equipment, you should utilize ratchet tie-downs. In this way, you will guide against the equipment moving away from the base that you place it on.
Moving and loading a printing press
Establish a plan for the movement of the press from the building. You should consider more of the routes that have fewer turns and obstructions. Take note of the irregularities on the floor as this can pose some challenges to you when moving the letterpress. Take a look at the ceiling and make sure that things hanging on the ceiling do not cause any problem. You should have measured the door as advised above in order to ascertain whether the machine will fit under the jamb or not. You should also take note of the light fixture just down the hall. Nobody should be on the downhill side when the machine is being moved if there is any inclines on the routes. The motion should also be controlled from the uphill side especially if pallet jack will be used. Take it easy always and maintain a slow movement. Here, inertia should be seen as a bad friend. You should consider utilizing a come-along to control how the equipment moves if you inclines to deal with. Printing equipment can be pulled up the slope or lowered to the ground with come-along in a controlled manner.
Transportation of printing machines
There are a number of means through which printing equipment can be moved from one place to another. Tilt bed trailers and trucks with lift gates are the most common means. The most determining factors are the costs or moving a printing press and availability. Two of them can be utilized successfully. But there are other issues to take into consideration. You have to ask yourself the following questions. Do you have a loading dock to deal with? If yes, your best option should be the truck. This is because the heights of tilt bed car carriers or tilt bed trailers are not adjustable. If you are using a truck, then you have to ensure that the printing equipment will fit the truck in terms of height. You should also ensure that the loading rating of the lift gate is adequate. Majority of truck lift gates are supposed to be used for the movement of home goods rather than printing machinery.
After loading the press onto the transport vehicle, it is necessary that you secure it by tying it down very well. The letterpress should be placed very close to the wall to the extent that is possible if a truck is the vehicle carrier to be used. Then remove it from the rollers. It will be placed on blocks so that putting back the rollers will be very easy. Tie it down in the truck wall. Ensure that you strap/tie it into many rounds. In this aspect, ropes are inferior to ratchet tie-downs. The equipment is supposed to be very tight on the wall of the truck but in most cases very difficult to achieve such aim. Secure the press by strapping in opposition directions. One of the ropes or ratchet die downs should prevent forward movement of the press when the truck is stopped and another rope should prevent any backward movement of the press when the truck accelerates (remember that you should be accelerating slowly). Recall what has been discovered about being top heavy. Take that into consideration when strapping your press to the truck. Try to tie the ropes or ratchet-tie downs right round the equipment very well. If you are setting up a business overseas you should look for international printing press movers. Shipping machinery overseas it's something we can help you with.
Printing press moves
UK Printing machinery movers have been in the industry for many years and within these years, we have been providing printing equipment removal services in London, Birmingham, Leeds, Manchester, Liverpool, Preston, Warrington, Chester, Bolton, Blackpool, Blackburn, Wakefield, Cardiff, Bristol, Glasgow, Sheffield, Crewe, Derby, Leicester, Nottingham and anywhere in England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland. We also undertake other hard-to-do projects that require innovation and creativity. When moving your printing equipment, we will handle it carefully, just as we would have done if the equipment is ours. We have experience and expertise in printing machinery installation and moving the following:
- Bubble jet or web presses
- Bindery machines
- Single colour and eight colour presses
- Graphics shops
- Koenig & Bauer
- Heidelberger Druckmaschinen
- Muller Martini
- Moving a printing press costs estimate
- Planning and management
- Machinery repair
Call on our experience printing press relocation consultants to take a look at your site and provide you with different moving options for you to choose from. The reviews do not attract any charge and besides, only money and time saving options that will be provided to you. We have all the equipment such as air bags, gantries, forklifts, lifting jacks and lorry mounted cranes required for the relocation of the largest presses and printing equipment from one site to another or to any part of the world.
Printing press moving companies
We first of all carry out a pre-move print test with your staff on the printing equipment that you want to move. We have capable technicians that can dismantle the equipment if it is required for the successful relocation of your press. On getting to the final location, our technicians will reassemble the equipment. They will make sure that no part of the machine is out of alignment. After reassembling the equipment, every part will function very well. We perform another set of tests at the completion of the move. We also offer disposal services of debris and old equipment.
Printing equipment Storage
We have well equipped machinery storage facility that is capable of accommodating small and large printing equipment whether a short term or long term storage service is what is required. You can have a rest of mind fully knowing that your machine is kept secure in a climate controlled storage space equipped with sophisticated surveillance and fire alarm system. If you need technicians that will work on your equipment, you can call on us. We will always be willing to invite our technicians to take care of your need if it requires their area of specialisation.
Heavy printing Press handling
Are you in need of reliable printing press movers to that could move your printing presses from the UK to Europe? We can put your printing equipment on pallets, load onto our vehicles and deliver you presses to France, Germany, Spain, Poland, Czech Republic, Austria, Portugal, Belgium, The Netherlands and anywhere you need. With many years of experience in printing press removals we have a team of movers that has got all it takes to handle the relocation or removal of large press and machine. We are capable of removing printing press from narrow spaces or moving it into storage or out of windows. Allow our knowledgeable and experienced move coordinators to do a survey of your site free of charge and at the end, they will provide you with time and money saving options.
Specialty Press Moving equipment
We have invested heavily in printing press moving equipment and we are able to acquire a lot of them such as gantries, lifting jacks, cranes, forklifts, air bags and others. With these moving tools, we are able to relocate even the largest and heaviest presses. We offer press relocation services either internally which means relocation within the same facility or externally which means relocation out of the country. We have done quite a few factory relocation projects.
We pride on providing quality services to the commercial printing industry which include but not limited to the following:
- Printing press installation
- Dismantling, rigging, moving and relocating
- Printing press removal in the UK and Europe
- Offset lithography machinery
- Commercial Printing Press Relocation
- Offset lithography
- Electrostatic printer