CEA Project Logistics in Thailand have recently carried out the demobilisation and export to Malaysia of a 150tn high-pressure plastic injection moulding machine. The original factory installation of the machine was undertaken by Mitsubishi technicians who were also on hand for this demobilisation.
The CEA team began with disconnecting all hydraulic and electrical connections and other wired interfaces. Gates and fencing were then removed along with the hydraulic power packs which were placed into pre-fabricated temporary supports. The larger parts were next, which included access platforms, supply hopper and the SEPRO robotic arm. Marketing & Communications Manager at CEA, Earl C. Brown explains; “The SEPRO robotic arm is used for the unloading from the machine and some technical and expert rigging was used to ensure it was fully balanced while being dismantled from the main unit. The SEPRO arm was then lowered to the floor and supported whilst our expert team further proceeded to dismantle it into its respective structural movement axis”.
The injector unit was removed next and immediately transported to the CEA facility in Laem Chabang for careful packing and the loadout. The heaviest components were the last to be removed including the 46tn die head and the rear platen with ejector unit at 42tns. Earl continues; “The CEA project teams removed the tie bar cap plates after first draining the residual oil, and then, using cranes, proceeded to slide out the four 6tn tie-rods that connect the tie head and platen. Each of these were immediately loaded onto wooden supports and treated for rust protection”.
Using a special jig and tools, specifically produced for this demobilisation, the teams lifted both the die head and then the platen by means of top and tailing cranes (120tn and 50tn). Both the die head and platen were moved into a horizontal position and loaded directly onto low bed trailers before being transported to the CEA facility. Upon arrival at the CEA facility, all parts were thoroughly cleaned and prepared for export with the larger parts shrink-wrapped and loaded onto flat racks and other auxiliary parts packed and stuffed into standard 40ft shipping containers. The SEPRO robotic arm was lifted into an open top container and secured in place with ratchet straps and wooden chocks. CEA Project Logistics also completed all necessary documentation in preparation for the export to Malaysia. The whole demobilisation project was completed in seven days.
Another successful project handled by CEA who are PCN members in Thailand, Myanmar and Laos.
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