August 1 - USA headquartered project forwarding specialist Emmert International has successfully relocated an electromagnet from the Brookhaven National Laboratory in Long Island, New York to Chicago, Illinois.
The 15.5 m wide electromagnet is composed of steel and aluminium and will form a critical part of the Muon g-2 experiment being conducted by Fermilab - one of the USA's leading laboratories for particle physics research located in Chicago, Illinois.
At the Brookhaven National Laboratory, Emmert International successfully lifted the electromagnet from its foundations 3 m below ground and carefully moved the unit outside through a small opening in the building, known as the 'mail slot'.
The sensitive machine was then transported across the Brookhaven facility using a platform trailer and a bespoke transportation frame designed by Emmert International.
The frame was designed to keep the electromagnet as flat as possible, keeping deflections to no more the 2 mm across the entire structure.
Emmert International then moved the ring approximately nine miles to Smith Point, where a crane was used to lift the unit from its trailer onto a waiting barge.
The barge then began its month-long voyage down the US east coast into the Gulf of Mexico before voyaging up the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway to the Mississippi, Illinois and Des Plaines rivers.
Upon arrival in Lemont, Illinois, the ring was carefully lifted from the barge and set down on the same platform trailer used earlier on in the project in New York.
The final leg of the journey was completed over three consecutive nights, with the electromagnet safely being delivered to Fermilab on July 25, 2013. The move took 35 days and covered 5,150 km.