After two years of intricate planning, Precision Specialized Division Inc. tackled the transport of 16 modules ranging in sizes from 40 by 12 by 12 feet to 40 by 16 by 14 feet.
Precision Specialized Division Inc. (Precision) completed a complex cross-country module transport for Zeton Inc., the world’s largest designer and builder of modular plant and demonstration scale system. In 2015 Zeton asked Precision what’s the biggest and largest possible load we could transport by road from Zeton’s plant in Ontario to Linden New Jersey?
This job involved transporting 16 modules ranging in sizes from 40 by 12 by 12 feet to 40 by 16 by 14 feet of expensive and fragile hi-tech instruments, cased in thousands of pounds of steel, over a precarious route from North America’s busiest traffic corridor to one of its most populated – just 15 miles southwest of New York City.
Before Zeton could begin designing, they needed Precision to develop a special logistical plan for something not yet built. That meant reverse engineering the whole process two years in advance!
There were many challenges including weight per axel restrictions in Ontario, at the Welland Canal and at the Peace Bridge, numerous special permit requirements and the constantly changing construction patterns making it extremely difficult to determine a route especially in Pennsylvania where the only viable option would entail a full closure, in both directions, of a 5-mile stretch on State Route 737 just west of Allentown, PA. This turn filled, small, two-lane road with sharp, blind corners and no shoulders, would require state police to hold traffic and escort the convoy through while precision’s own escorts assisted with side road traffic.
The team also faced an extremely difficult delivery site. Maneuvering inside the largest petrochemical facility on the East Coast, while in operation, and whose infrastructure was designed in 1909 presented very tight corner scenarios and involve the construction of custom rail beams and modifications to Precision’s perimeter trailer. In total, eight site visits were required to Linden, NJ to complete a proper entrance to the delivery site.
The loading process was intricate with each module detached, lifted and lowered to a horizontal position. They were then placed onto a regular double-drop extendable trailer and moved outside the facility. Two 80-ton cranes then lifted the modules again and transferred them over to a customized perimeter trailer, where the crew prepped them for transport.
All 16 modules successfully made the six-day difficult journey to Linden New Jersey. Each module required careful consideration, and thanks to precision planning and execution, the team was able to position the modules exactly where they were needed.
Our motto: Boots on the Ground, continues to serve us and our clients well – successfully!