Industrial moves are becoming more complex as manufacturers seek to optimise production, while keeping factories as compact as possible to reduce handling times. For the automotive components’ factory, two presses needed to be moved to a new location. Portuguese LASO Transportes SA used the Enerpac SBL500 gantry to lift the 70 ton press and 160 ton press measuring 10.0 x 5.5 x 3.1m and skid them onto a waiting trailer.
At the new factory location, each press was skidded into position and rotated on a turntable to correctly orientate it for lifting. The presses had to be positioned on a reinforced concrete platform both supporting and providing a level surface for each press. LASO then used the SBL500 gantry with side shift units to lift and align the presses with the platform.
“Using the Enerpac side shifts gave us the ability to manipulate the press in three dimensions, without this the accuracy of press positioning would have been very difficult,” says Jorge Costa, Maintenance Manager, LASO Transportes SA. “The presses were successfully positioned with a tolerance of just a few millimetres, another efficient lift by the LASO team.”