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The Joy Of Big Machines

Business is booming and technology is driving it forward faster now than ever. To keep up with the demand, factories are moving more and more toward employing the use of some big, heavy-duty machinery in their manufacturing process. Most of these mechanical monsters weigh nearly a ton and yet are somehow as touchy as a carton of eggshells when transport is required. 

Fortunately, the science of modern logistics has grown right alongside heavy industry, and is well prepared to help your business with any heavy machinery moving you may require. Their professional moving staff are experts in the careful dismantling, safe transport, and reinstallation or warehousing of your expensive machinery.

It seems that humanity has developed a certain predilection for big machines, and we are constantly trying to build them bigger, better, and even bigger. It’s a bit of a gamble at times, and the investment made in these behemoths is costly, to say the least, but their uses are manifold and the time and costs spent on their invention, construction, and implementation usually spell big profits for those involved.

Let’s take a gander at some of the monsters we have wrought:

The Big Bertha Borer –

The biggest tunnel boring machine on, or actually in the Earth, Bertha makes her competitors look like toys next to her 92-meter length, 60,500-ton weight, and five-storey height. She could swallow the world’s next-largest borer in one gulp!

The Large Hadron Collider –

This is the biggest machine humanity has ever constructed. Ironically, its purpose is to study the smallest things known, subatomic particles. It is buried 175 meters under the ground, and I really don’t want to ask why…

The World’s Largest Remote-Controlled Robot –

Well, to begin with, it’s a dragon. Leave it to the Germans to come up with a flight of fancy on this scale! “Drachenstich” stands 4.5 meters tall and weighs 11 tons, and yes, it breathes fire. Run.

The Belaz 75710 Dump Truck –

Another monster, in this case, a monster truck, the Belaz 75710 weighs 450 tons and can carry its own weight and a few tons more. She is powered by two massive hybrid diesel engines, giving her the raw power of seventeen heavy-duty pick-up trucks. What does she do? She moves earth, baby, and lots of it!

The “FAST” Five Hundred Meter Aperture Spherical Telescope –

This enormous radio telescope is located in Pingtung County in southwest China. Perhaps because of her rather cumbersome technical name, the scientists who work with her call her Tianyan, “Heaven’s Eye”. One of her many feats was to record a total of 1,652 radio outbursts from a single repeating source coming from a dwarf galaxy three billion light years away.Of course, whatever wondrous pieces of machine technology we build have to adhere to the UK’s designated standards, but that’s usually not an obstacle, since we British like to think and build big, maybe more than anyone (except the Americans I suppose).

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