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MMM Medical Equipment UK Ltd

University of Cambridge

Here at Jack Waghorn International Ltd we have continued to support our NHS and life science clients through this hard time.

We took delivery of a 5000kg Vakulab PL Autoclave chamber at the University of Cambridge as part of their Project Hadar refurbishment. The chamber was delivered on a hi-ab in a very tight road at the back of the university. We slung the machine and lifted it off and landed it onto skates. It was skated across the uneven road up a ramp and through the tight double doors. Once inside the chamber was manoeuvred through the building approximately 20 meters avoiding several pinch points.

The A-Frames were erected over the pit and JWI rotated the chamber through its horizontal axis 90 degrees with a 5mm clearance. the chamber was final positioned in the pit as per the client’s instructions.

Jack Waghorn International Ltd carried out this job while under the COVID 19 rules of 2-metre distancing.


This was a very challenging project due to the restricted headroom and access with lots of planning and a lot of discussions over the phone and on emails. The RAMS was revised a couple of times to suit site rules and to suit COVID 19 rules and regulations.

Karl Wilson Operations Director at University of Cambridge – ‘I would like to thank all involved for their efforts so far and look forward to the successful completion of this project. The facility will be a great addition to the Cambridge Research estate and support shared collaborations.’



JWI are hiring!

Due to continued growth we are looking for an experienced machine moving supervisor to work with our machine moving teams. You will work on a wide range of machinery and plant moving projects. Our machinery moving work is very varied with projects lasting from few days to few weeks.As a machinery moving supervisor with us, you will use your skills in machinery moving and heavy lifting of plant and equipment and your technical expertise as a rigger or slinger/signaller to give our clients a really high quality of service.
About you:
You will be a CPCS qualified slinger/signaller and lift supervisor with a full driving licence plus SSSTS, a forklift licence, working at height, manual handling training or similar and preferably first aid trained. Working with a small friendly team, you will be prepared to travel from our Oldham or Nottinghamshire base to sites across the UK and Europe (transport and hotel provided) and to work weekends when required.
You will have experience in the plant and machinery lift and shift or installation business and will share our priorities of putting our clients’ needs first, appreciating the delicate nature of their plant and machinery and be determined to deliver an excellent service every time.
This is permanent position for people based in the Oldham/ Manchester or Nottinghamshire area prepared to work hard and wanting to develop their careers (further training will be available) with this fast-growing company.
Who we are:
JWI are a family owned machinery moving company specialising in clean and high-tech industries with mission to provide high quality services to demanding purchasers.


Coronavirus (Covid-19)

To all our customers,

We know there are many more questions than answers at this point about the spread of coronavirus (Covid-19). We want to let you all know and reassure you that we are doing everything we can and remain focused on delivering our services.
In line with businesses across the UK, JWI is monitoring and following all government advice and working with our colleagues to keep on supplying our services, that our customers rely on, available.
We have introduced steps to allow our staff to work from home where possible, that means you can place your orders, pay invoices, check orders, obtain technical assistance and everything else you would normally do.
We thank our colleagues in our offices and out on site who are working hard to keep our services running.

Graham Waghorn
Operations Director


Offload & Positioning of our client’s “offsite modular solutions”


The project involved loading our client’s “offsite modular solutions” inside the client’s factory and transporting, offloading and positioning them on site at their final destination.

Each module was 9m x 4m x 4m weighing in at approximately 17,000kg. There were 54 modules in total and they are being moved in phases of 18.We had to plan carefully because we were using a mobile crane inside the client’s factory where the roof height was limited. We arranged to carry out the lifts taking advantage of the apex of the roof where the clearance was the greatest.

At the receiving end, access also needed careful planning because there was a steel mezzanine deck above most of the available space. Not only did this restrict the headroom but the space between the deck’s supporting posts in some places was narrower than the module, so planning the route and checking for obstructions was of critical importance.

The first phase was completed successfully with the next phase of a further 18 modules due to start this month.


We’re hiring!

We’re Hiring!

JWI are looking for experienced machine moving operatives and riggers to join our dedicated team.
The role will be busy and varied with work in the UK and across Europe.
Availability for immediate start would be ideal. We are looking for people based in the Manchester/ Leicester area.
If you are interested or for more information please contact Alice at alice@jwieu.com


LV Panel Positioning using a Lower Load

Our client needed to position 3 LV panels within a switch room. In order to do this, we had to pass through a door which was too low for them to fit through.

Shown here JWI used our custom made, 2T safe working load lower load to move the panels from vertical to horizontal in order to allow us to overcome the door restrictions and locate the panels into their final position.

Our method saved time and cost in erecting an A-Frame gantry and allowed us to achieve the clients goal in a safe working manner.


Relocation & Refurbishment of a milling centre

Our client approached us to assist with the relocation and refurbishment of a milling centre using 2 Versa Lifts to load, transport and position the column. Due to the modular design and size of the column being installed, JWI topped and tailed it using a 40/60 & 60/80 Versa to allow it to be transported to its place in the new building.

JWI organised transport, lift plans and RAMS to BS7121 standards. The entire project was achieved on time and within budget due to thorough planning and co-ordination with the client.


Unload and postion of new machine centre

We recently carried put the unloading and positioning of a new machine centre for our client. This was done using a 40/60 Versa Lift with adjustable spreader beam.

Due to great planning between our Technical Managers and the client, the project was delivered on time and within budget.

Another happy client for JWI.


Our latest Data Centre project in Germany

We have just completed our latest Data Centre project in Frankfurt for the WBS Group which was planned and implemented quickly, safely and on time.

WBS approached JWI to arrange the offloading and installation of Excool EIC units at a new data centre in Frankfurt. The client needed us to deal with tight access conditions, the existence of a water tank underground meant the crane could not be positioned in the ideal, closest location to the installation position. They needed us to make an opening by removing the building façade and replace it as well as designing the lifting method and positioning the units in what were very restricted final positions.

JWI turned everything round in a month, making a site visit to Frankfurt after which we were able to save the client money by designing a specialist lifting frame (also made by our workshop within that same month) which meant that they did not need to build scaffolds at two different openings into the building. Using our existing German contacts we organised other specialist equipment in Germany as well as bringing the lifting frame and other equipment out from the UK.

This picture shows our team using tracking plate to spread the load while skating across the open grating floor.

Darren Penny, Senior Project Manager, at WBS said “We were delighted with JWI’s safe working approach, their speed of response, their ability to think outside the box and save us money, such as with the lifting frame they designed specially to fit the EIC units. These installations had a number of complex features, the restricted access, tight working conditions, need to coordinate with other trades on site and JWI fulfilled all our needs and more. We will be delighted to be working with JWI again on future stages of our Frankfurt data centre projects and elsewhere.


Senior Operations Manager

I am pleased to let you know that we are promoting Graham Waghorn from Technical Manager to Senior Operations Manager with immediate effect. Many of you will already know Graham who has been with the Company since 2007 in a variety of roles and whose experience in our industry dates back to the earliest days of his career when he worked with his Dad, Jack Waghorn (Senior).
We are committed to developing Jack Waghorn International so that we provide the best lifting, installing and machine moving experience for our clients, in the UK and internationally.
Graham will manage the company’s operations and technical teams, using his extensive knowledge of heavy lifting and machine moving to maintain and develop the services we provide to clients.
Jack B Waghorn will not be returning to day to day operations although he remains a director and shareholder.
If you have any questions about how this will affect your relationship with Jack Waghorn International please don’t hesitate to call me on 07793 651372 or to call Graham on 07894 447004.

Sue Waghorn
Managing Director