An Ammann ABC 180 ValueTec Asphalt-Mixing Plant provided the reliability and quality that were essential on a recent project at Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport in Mumbai.
The work included resurfacing and profile correction of runway intersections. The repairs took place between 7th February 2019 and 30th March 2019.
The stakes were high during the project. An average of 1,000 flights arrive or depart from the airport everyday. To minimize disruptions to service, the airport was closed daily for only six hours. Even this limited timeframe impacted approximately 240 flights during each closure. Plant production and dependability were crucial to meeting the project deadline.
AIC Infrastructure handled the asphalt production and placement. The firm utilized an Ammann ABC 180 ValueTec Asphalt-Mixing Plant. The plant produced approximately 700 tons of asphalt mix per day to help keep the resurfacing work on track.
The firm also utilized two Ammann AP 240 Pneumatic Tyred Rollers; two ARX 91 Tandem Rollers; and an AFT 600-3 Tracked Paver.
The company describes the biggest challenges as “procurement of plant and machines, time management to ensure everything was executed as planned, quality to meet the desired parameters and safety to ensure zero incidents and zero accidents.”
Ammann was chosen because of its technological advantages, on-time delivery and long-lasting business relationship with AIC Infrastructure.
The project was completed successfully – on schedule, with minimal interruptions to travelers.
Mr. Kritharth Raja Desai, the managing director of AIC Infrastructure, reported that the Ammann plant, paver and rollers were the ideal matches for the project.
“Excellent team work, a pro-active approach and the customer centricity of the Ammann team members helped us to complete the runway resurfacing and profile correction work at India’s busiest airport within the stipulated timeframe,” he said. “We are happy to note, we did not lose even a minute of productivity.”
Mr. Desai said several factors contributed to the successful project completion.
“The Ammann customer support team was very cordial and cooperative in extending on-site parts support,” he said. “In addition, Ammann India deployed trained operators and technicians on-site, which helped us become productive instantly.”
Ammann engineers monitored the condition of the plant and machines nearly every day. Proactive maintenance ensured there were no breakdowns.
“The best part is, the maintenance routines were scheduled by Ammann India in such a way that our productive hours were not impacted at all,” Mr. Desai said. “The suggestions given by Ammann India toward proactive maintenance were very helpful and gave our team a new perspective on how to achieve more with Ammann products.”