Monday, October 6, 2014

How Do You Build a Solid Machine Foundation on the Edge of a Volcano?

Employing a unique construction process, Delta Industrial took on Mother Nature...and won.

We designed and built a foundation for a Linx machining center for A & G Machine Incorporated, a supplier of sophisticated high tech parts to the aviation industry.
Located in Auburn, Washington, the plant where we were tasked to build the foundation was located in an old riverbed, near potential volcanic activity.   Undaunted, our skilled engineers designed a substructure that could withstand a natural disaster and prevent any shifting of the machinery.
Another wrinkle we had to overcome was the machinery on top of our machine foundation produces precision parts with extremely tight tolerances — as small as ten thousandths of an inch. So, the machine’s foundation needed to be 100% solid and ultra-stable to maintain the necessary integrity.
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Meeting the Challenge for an Ultra-Stable Machine Foundation

To do this right our team had to strategically reinforce the base with helical pilings. Instead of pouring the concrete in multiple stages, we used an innovative monolithic pour to construct the five-foot thick reinforced concrete that made up the machine’s foundation.

Increased Construction Efficiencies = Happy Customer & Leads to More Construction Projects

By doing this we were able to enhance the construction efficiencies and increase the structural strength of the base. This project, with conveyor system, was completed in only 14 weeks.
The telltale sign that A & G Machine and Linx were happy with the results were the additional projects they then asked us to do. Linx also listed Delta as a preferred supplier of foundations for their machining centers.

About Us

We’re proud to be recognized as the Midwest’s leader in machine foundations, press pits and industrial concrete construction. We do complete construction across the U.S. from three offices - our headquarters in Chesterfield, Michigan; Trussville Alabama; and Fort Thomas Kentucky. We’re a family-owned complete construction company with our own steel fabrication shop founded in 1993, specializing in machine and press foundations, concrete flat work and steel fabrication. Our goal is an aesthetic and complete work product – On Time and On Budget.