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Machine-Foundation Experts Solve
Press-Pit Challenge for Automotive Stamper

Tuesday, December 8, 2009
 
Progressive-die stamper and tool and die shop Wellington Industries, Belleville, MI, recently installed a 2000-ton press that required a unique foundation solution. When preconstruction soil testing revealed a water-soaked sand base insufficient to support the 1 million-lb. press, machine-foundation and press-pit experts Delta Industrial, Chesterfield, MI, excavated the site to remove the sandy soil. The 22-ft.-deep excavation project required support by 30-ft. steel pilings; Delta pumped water from the pit through six well points. Then, after allowing the ground to dry, Delta used an epoxy-based non-shrink grout for the press pit that the firm says is five times stronger than concrete. During press installation, Delta placed four 3-ft. by 2-in.-thick leveling base plates atop the foundation, 20 ft. apart, that were within 0.001 in. variance—no additional leveling was required. Learn more about Delta’s machine- and press-foundation design and build services at www.deltaconcrete.com. Wellington Industries is online at www.wellingtonind.com.

 

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