Heavy machinery moving and storage specialists Joseph Merritt Group Plc have successfully completed a relocation project involving four Engel injection moulding machines on behalf of Polypipe Civils, a leading manufacturer of plastic piping systems.
The project duration was 6 weeks; the first 3 weeks involving machinery decommissioning, export packing and loading to transport in Dubai, followed by the delivery, installation and recommissioning works in the UK.
The planning phase consisted of Merritts’ project managers performing a site visit in Jebel Ali, Dubai, to fully understand the requirements involved and to create a detailed scope of works for the project. When the scope of works was finalised; method statements, risk assessments and lifting diagrams were issued to the customer. Following this, Merritts arranged for their mechanical, electrical and rigging personnel to fly out to Dubai. UAE temporary permits to work were obtained for all members of staff involved in the project.
On site in Dubai Merritts ensured machinery was disconnected from mains services and oils were drained. Moving parts on the machinery were locked off with OEM transit brackets. Overhead cranes were used to lift the ancillary equipment from the machines and place onto bearers within pre-manufactured timber cases. Merritts mechanical and electrical engineers then separated the clamp and injection units on each machine. These units were then skated to an outside position and craned from a specially designed level steel platform and lowered onto pre manufactured steel and timber packing bases.
For the export packing element the machines were fully vacuum packed in foil bags and cases were formed around them. These cases were loaded to trailers and lashing inspection certificates received. The cargo was shipped ex Jebel Ali, Dubai, to Felixstowe, UK.
Merritts arranged customs clearance of the goods and collected all out of gauge cases from Felixstowe and delivered to Horncastle. All items were offloaded and unpacked to allow positioning, as instructed by the client. Once in position, Merritts mechanical and electrical engineers performed reassembly and reconnection. Following this, the Engel engineer completed the recommissioning of the machinery.
Commenting on the project, Richard Merritt, Managing Director of Merritts said “Projects like this exemplify the expertise we have in transporting heavy machinery regardless of the location or complexity. Due to the varied requirements of the project, I am very proud of the high quality service delivered to the client by our project managers, health & safety team and on site operatives.”
Polypipe Civils are a UK market leader in the design, development and manufacture of thermoplastic piping systems for civils and infrastructure projects across the UK and select areas globally.