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Old 06-12-2019, 12:00 AM   #1
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Question Moving MCCs, Switchgear, UPSs, Etc.

I work for a company installing MCCs, Switchgear, UPSs, and other electrical components into skids. These things are really heavy and there is no supports from above to use a chain pull. Is there an easier way to set these things than with prybars crowbars, and sledgehammers? I was thinking of air gliders that are used for moving appliances but I can find one rated for more than 800 lbs. Any suggestions or information on how to make these tasks easier, safer, and quicker are greatly appreciated
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Old 06-12-2019, 12:42 AM   #2
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I can't speak to the UPS', but all the MCC's, SWBD's and the like all have picking eyes on the brands we buy. So I don't know what to tell you there....

We have been known to sling and cinch around some cabinets that did not have picking eyes though. Folks can get pretty creative with rigging to ease the workload when the situation calls for it.

Remember, you only have one back. You don't want to find out what it feels like to have a bad back well before retirement because you work for a company that can't figure out how to pick gear safely and resorts to prying and bangin on everything to get it set in position. This is 2019, not 1919.

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I can't speak to the UPS', but all the MCC's, SWBD's and the like all have picking eyes on the brands we buy. So I don't know what to tell you there....

We have been known to sling and cinch around some cabinets that did not have picking eyes though. Folks can get pretty creative with rigging to ease the workload when the situation calls for it.

Remember, you only have one back. You don't want to find out what it feels like to have a bad back well before retirement because you work for a company that can't figure out how to pick gear safely and resorts to prying and bangin on everything to get it set in position. This is 2019, not 1919.

Just sayin...
Thanks for the response. I agree that there must be a better way that wont eventually cause injury. There are picking eyes on most of the equipment, but nothing to hoist off of and a gantry isn't getting into the building. What do you lift it with or by?

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The pull points for NEMA transformers are inside. You are expected to pull off the top. That takes but a few minutes. You put the top back, of course.

The same option exists for almost all gear.
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The pull points for NEMA transformers are inside. You are expected to pull off the top. That takes but a few minutes. You put the top back, of course.

The same option exists for almost all gear.
But the building is empty, so where do you attach the other end of whatever you are using to pull?

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3/4" GRC into rollers helps get most every piece of equipment moved around. Chain fall, come along or hydraulic rams to help move it on the rollers. Use a crane or a zoom boom lift before the roof or walls go on.. Lots depends on the building, the access, the size and type of equipment, etc..
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I would have the gear sent to a transfer company, they put it on their truck and set it down exactly where you want it. All you need is one person to point.

Otherwise, we use an AC lift , turtles
, a pallet jack and set our own anchors in the ceiling if necessary.
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Two chunks of rigid pipe for rollers will move anything, anywhere. Just be careful where you place the pipes so that you always have one of them close to the balance point of the object you are moving.
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Riggers can put anything you want anywhere you want. Everybody on this site always advises "hire a qualified electrician". Hire qualified riggers, let them do what they are good at. Drop one piece of gear, or smash one apprentices' hand or foot and you will wish you had, for a long time to come.
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I basically always used pipe, look at the many images of how they supposedly built the pyramids.

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sky hooks.

Ive been sent to the parts room to get one but they were out of stock.
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Knock down portable gantry cranes are what the contractors that worked in the plant used. They also would use fork trucks and gear dollies . I have seen contractors set new Eaton 15KV VCPW gear on pads that had 15KV GE Magneblast gear . The VCPW gear was custom made for the retrofit application.
Anouther thing is if you are using draw out breakers and draw out PT's get as much weight as you can out of the gear.

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I would have the gear sent to a transfer company, they put it on their truck and set it down exactly where you want it. All you need is one person to point.

Otherwise, we use an AC lift
We use one of those lifts for aerial cooler fan motors. There is a concrete sidewalk below all the fans and it works real slick. Carry a 6" piece of 6" pipe for the shaft down motors and a couple of ratchet straps.
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