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Pressed for Time

Pressed for Time

A vehicle manufacturer’s large stamping press—a massive machine used for shaping body panels—is online and operational thanks to efficient installation by Deep South.

The three primary components included a 181-ton press bed (27.72’ L x 16.4’ W x 13.12’ H), 250-ton press crown (28.38’ L x 16.4’ W x 13.12’ H) and a 92-ton press slide (21’ x 10.83’ x 10.5’). Once onsite, several 500-ton gantries were used outside to unload the components.

Then, each piece was moved inside the facility with SPMTs and prepped to be lifted and stacked by 700-ton gantries.

The biggest challenge in the effort was safely walking the suspended press crown 200’ over the bed. The 700-ton gantries were stroked out at 39’ for the move which gave the Deep South team just a 3” clearance to clear the uprights. Each component required about six hours to load, lift and install.

In just four weeks, crews loaded, transported, lifted, and set the press components.


Pressed for Time

A vehicle manufacturer’s large stamping press—a massive machine used for shaping body panels—is online and operational thanks to efficient installation by Deep South. The three primary components included a 181-ton press bed (27.72’ L x 16.4’ W x 13.12’ H), 250-ton press crown (28.38’ L x 16.4’ W x 13.12’ H) and a 92-ton press slide (21’ x 10.83’ x 10.5’).

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Multi-Module Mission

The heavy haul transport of oil and gas refinery components is always a challenge—transporting 17 modules, all in the span of two weeks, raised the bar.The modules varied greatly in size and weight. Two of the modules exceeded 260,000 lbs., while 11 were more than 16’ high and three were more than 19’ high and 13 had widths greater than 18’. Initially, the customer had trouble finding a company to move the modules to their site in Texas.

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