Priority Freight: relieving the weight of your time-critical heavy tooling moves

20th February 2019

Heavy tooling refers to any and all machinery which is required for a specific process in a production line that manufactures components (and sometimes other machinery). This can include moulds, dies, cutting equipment, gauges and fixtures. Although termed heavy tooling, the service can also relate to moving particularly large items that require specialised equipment or permits for transportation through the road network.

For a number of complex reasons, including practical, financial, economic or political decisions – or simply the development of a unique tooling manufactured in a distant country – manufacturers frequently find themselves in need of specialist services to complete heavy tooling moves.

Transporting heavy tooling machinery is a highly specialised solution, coming with its own set of challenges depending on the delivery requirements. Our logistics specialists have extensive experience in transporting heavy tooling machinery around the globe for clients in a range of industries, including automotive and aerospace.

What makes heavy tooling moves a specialism?

Quite simply, heavy tooling moves often present a number of significant challenges which can cause headaches for the unprepared:

  • Out of gauge dimensions and/or a heavy weight will dictate the need for specialised loading and transportation equipment
  • Bespoke packaging may be needed to accommodate unusual shapes and protect peripheral instruments requiring onsite assembly
  • There are stringent IATA regulations to be complied with if the heavy tool consignment needs to be air freighted from one country to another
  • The appropriate traffic rights for chartered aircraft or out of gauge road transportation permits must be obtained
  • High value customs clearance procedures and insurance must be factored in

In a perfect world, such a specialist move will always be planned in advance but, of course, this cannot always be the case – the need for a heavy tooling move may well be a matter of urgency in order to keep a production line going or restore one already in downtime. When this happens, it is time-critical logistics specialists, such as Priority Freight, that manufacturers rely on to deliver the tools on time and in perfect condition to reduce the possibility of further delay or disruption.

How Priority Freight can help

Our skilled team has the capabilities, knowledge and resources needed to provide tailored logistics options for all scenarios, from single machines to entire production lines, no matter the urgency.

With complete experience supporting heavy tooling movements – such as production line equipment moves, including metal pressing and injection moulding equipment – we can add speed and flexibility to your supply chain, minimising any interruption to production, offering:

  • On-site technical support
  • Weight balancing
  • Specialist loading and unloading
  • Bespoke, just-in-time freight solutions
  • Documentation and permit management
  • Airport handling and security processes
  • Pre-clearance and customs clearance
  • Last mile delivery into major manufacturers and tier one suppliers daily

When dealing with planned or unplanned heavy tool moves, our emergency response team is on-hand to step into action immediately. With access to a trusted network of partners in 200 countries, we will plan the most efficient logistics route and options to meet your deadline.

Here at Priority Freight, we are known for our exemplary levels of customer service and will keep you informed throughout every stage of your consignment’s journey. We instil confidence with open lines of communication, constantly updating our clients on the progress of their delivery. Our experienced multilingual teams are on hand 24/7, 365 to support you and reduce the risks and downtime associated with the relocation of your manufacturing equipment. And, with a 99.6% on-time delivery rate, we are proud of our reputation for keeping our clients’ industries moving, even in challenging conditions and against the clock.  

Priority Freight delivers China to Europe

Our specialist knowledge was called upon by an automotive manufacturer who needed 12 automotive moulds, weighing a total of 67 tonnes, transported from China to the UK in just 10 days. Our specialist knowledge and industry contacts enabled us to source a freighter aircraft over multiple flights. We overcame unavoidable obstacles including flight delays and the need to modify packaging to ensure the delivery deadline was met. Read the full case study here »

Contact us to find out more about how we could help with your heavy tooling moves.

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