Sole plates are base plates grouted into a concrete foundation. And these plates provide vibration support and leveling support for a machine, such as a pump or a compressor. So depending upon the design engineering, there are usually bolt holes or pre-installed anchor bolts required to secure the feet of the machine to the machined plate. Often times, leveling pads or steel footings or shims are required to adjust to a flat, level surface during installation.
Although mainly used for inside machine floor support applications, many base plates are used to support heavy equipment such as compressors, generators, motors, and pumps outdoors. As an example, machine base plates are installed underneath machines located at utility distribution sites as well as alongside industrial buildings. Customers use these plates for the following:
- Gas pipeline compressor pads
- Pump platforms and pump bases
- Power generator foundations
- Motor bases
At PGI Steel we cut, grind, and machine plate, such as ASTM A36, 1020, and hot rolled plate to customer specifications. As a result, our specialty is to manufacture large, flat, parallel and square plate products, Blanchard or precision surface ground, and machined to specifications. We are your single source solution for custom steel plate.