Case Study - Precast Concrete Operations Strengthened with Helix® Micro Rebar™ Reinforcement

Case Study: Precast Concrete Operations Strengthened with Helix® Micro Rebar™ Reinforcement

For five years, Dalmaray Concrete Products in Southern Wisconsin has trusted Helix Steel’s innovative concrete reinforcement product with simplifying its production processes, saving money and expediting its workflow. 

Dalmaray has been a leader in delivering precast water and wastewater products in Wisconsin and Illinois for more than 60 years, providing drywell and distribution boxes, concrete water well covers and more.

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“We’re known for our high-quality vessels that never fail,” says David Rasmussen, Technical Sales/QC, Dalmaray Concrete Products. As the person whose job is to ensure that precast production goes the right way and getting the jobs done right, Rasmussen and his team trusts in Helix Steel’s proven concrete reinforcement solution that provides superior strength and durability, while also delivering the right engineering for whatever job they are working on.

“The process is just much more efficient with Micro Rebar,” he says. “We used to have mesh that we would have to cut to the right size, then bend each section using a bender. Then we’d take the four straight pieces and tie each corner in. It took a lot of time.”

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Not having to assemble complex mesh pieces saves a significant amount of time. “When you factor in the human component, it saves us money. Our crew can do a lot more in the day. Before, a tank used to take us an hour and a half to put together. Now it’s only 45 minutes. We can do twice as many jobs in the same amount of time. Our whole production is more efficient.  We pour the exact amount on our belt with the sand, and pour it in with the mixer.”

Perhaps most importantly for Dalmaray is that Helix® Micro Rebar reinforcement simplifies the process and engineering accuracy needed to build precast vessels. Rasmussen adds that “Helix Steel has a hands-off product with the numbers to back it up.”

Once You Go with Helix Steel’s Concrete Reinforcement, You Won’t Turn Back

Although some of Dalmaray’s larger tanks and lids still use standard mesh, all of the other products have converted to Helix Steel’s reinforcement solution – and have no plans of turning back.

“Our crews love it. It’s safer than rebar. And even our customers are well aware of the benefits and appreciate how Dalmaray is focused on quality products.”

Asked what would happen if they were forced to go back to mesh, Rasmussen laughs and says, “I don’t know how happy the guys would be to go back.”

Precast just makes sense with Helix Steel. For more information on Helix® Micro Rebar reinforcement, a better way to build with concrete, contact Helix Steel today.

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