Al Meraikhi turns to Atlas Copco for expansion of precast facility

Al Meraikhi precast factory in Abu Dhabi Industrial City has taken delivery of three purpose-ordered XAS 186 Atlas Copco portable air compressors to ensure increased production and improved quality sandblasting of its precast concrete panels and beams.

Al Meraikhi precast factory in Abu Dhabi Industrial City has taken delivery of three purpose-ordered XAS 186 Atlas Copco portable air compressors to ensure increased production and improved quality sandblasting of its precast concrete panels and beams.

The company started work on its second precast fabrication yard 18 months ago and, halfway through construction, is already producing up to 500m3 of precast concrete panels and beams per day.

Using washed beach sand as the medium, the compressors provide air power for heavy blasting – up to 5mm depth penetration, and medium blasting – up to 3mm depth penetration.

The compressors provide 185l/s at a 7-bar pressure.

Precast panels in a variety of sizes are produced, including 5m x 4m and 3m x 4m together with pre-stressed beams.

According to Roy Abraham, factory manager, Precast, Al Meraikhi had become disillusioned with its existing air compressors’ inability to offer a constant bar pressure or air supply.

“We were also disappointed with the company’s after-sales service and so we approached Atlas Copco’s local distributor Inma, and ordered three XAS 186 compressors,” he said.

“Although it’s still early days, we have been very happy with the compressors’ performance and the back-up facilities offered by Inma.

“We are also seriously considering replacing our large range compressor, which is experiencing similar bar pressure problems, with an Atlas Copco XATS 786 in the pre-stressed beam yard.”

Al Meraikhi General Contracting and Trading Company was formed in 1975 by chairman, Ahmad Hader Mohamed Al Meraikhi.

The company has supplied a variety of precast components to projects throughout the UAE including Zayed University, Abu Dhabi’s new Exhibition Centre and Dubai’s Jumeirah Beach developments.

The company’s second fabrication yard in Industrial City covers an area of 100,000m2 and is currently producing around 50 components per day.

It will have a design capacity of 1,000m3 per day on completion in 18 months’ time.

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