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Company Size

5k +

Type of Move

TIMS Instrument Move

Researchers with the Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences Department at MIT contacted OMX in hopes of moving a very large and valuable piece of equipment from Carnegie Mellon Institute to their office in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The piece, a Trion Laser Module, will be used by MIT scholars to measure isotopic compositions of meteorites to study solar system formation. We told them to worry about their planetary work while we handled moving this piece valued at almost $1,000,000.

The Challenge

The Trion module was made up of four components, whose total weight came in right under one ton. The excessive weight meant we weren’t able to move the module using our regular equipment and needed to build a reinforced base to relocate the piece. Additionally, the high value of the pieces added an extra element of risk. Furthermore, we learned in advance of the move that their would be no loading dock to load the items at Carnegie Mellon and several areas had uneven pavement, making safe transport of the fragile items even more precarious.

The Solution

OMX worked with the team at Precision Crating to build custom pallet bases for each of the four components. The crates were specifically constructed to fit each piece securely and safely and then were shrink and foam wrapped and transported within an enclosed wooden crate for added protection. To protect the crated pieces moving over uneven pavement, our team built small ramps that were strategically placed on pavement slopes as to avoid tilting the crate at extreme angles. Loading the pieces without a loading dock was managed by using safe jacks to move the piece inside the truck and then secured safely before heading up to Cambridge.


All items were securely transported, with no issue or damage, to researchers at MIT. The piece is now being used by students and faculty to further their understanding of our earth and solar system.

Customer Reviews

Office Movers Express

Customer Reviews

Andrew B. November 2023

The Armstrong Company
"It's such a pleasure to work with professionals that go the extra mile to make sure every move is as prefect as it can be. Thank you OMX for your commitment to Excellence!"

Nicole R. November 2023

Arrow Bookkeeping
"They really put our minds at ease and even made our move fun! Tim and his team were knowledgeable, friendly, professional and patient."

Mary S. November 2023

WETA Public Media
"We've been return customers for years because of quality service and a great team. Always careful in handling items, hard-working, proactively asking questions, raising better solutions, following our security protocols and easy to work with. Thank you!"

Daja C. October 2023

Integrated Community Services
"The team at OMX exceeded all of our expectations. It's clear they value their customers and prioritize effective communication. They went above and beyond."

Andrea A. August 2023

"I want to thank your team for helping us move the office furniture to the various WMATA locations. The movers did an excellent job and were very professional. They also did a great job taking safety precautions and were very accommodating to the WMATA staff."

Adrian W. August 2023

Burke & Herbert Bank
"Our project went very, very well thanks to the team at OMX. Extending my appreciation to all involved!"

Pennie M. May 2023

Stein Mitchell
"I am so glad I picked you guys as my movers, you were perfect."

Cheryl H. May 2023

US Department of Education
"The OMX crews were properly badged, fully informed as to the scope of work, and were given the necessary equipment and information to do the job in a professional manner. A job well done by all."

Dawn D. May 2023

Dynamic Design Enterprises
"The OMX team assigned to our relocation did an outstanding job. Everything on site was amazing! Tim and Mary Anne were wonderful with communicating clearly about what to expect during our move and answering all of our questions. What a great team of hard working folks at Office Movers Express - we were so impressed."

David T. January 2023

Tobin, O'Conor & Ewing
"Everything was great from start to finish. The moving team was very courteous and we appreciated your responsiveness throughout the whole experience."