With the installation of a new, more efficient, and safer kettle, the plant is now able to galvanize material that is 30 feet long, a significant increase from our previous capacity. In the past, our customers in the area often had to drive long distances to galvanize large materials. Now, even their largest projects can be serviced in Minneapolis, saving significant time and money.
With our previous kettle, after dipping about 20,000 pounds the kettle would lower 20 degrees. This meant time and energy was spent reheating the kettle in order to dip more material. This new kettle can dip 40,000 pounds with a change of only 5 degrees. With this upgrade we will be able to increase production by roughly 50 percent.
The new system is also more energy efficient. The old kettle has been a part of our plant since 1988, and furnace technology has come a long way since then. We are able to use half the burners we used to, while heating in a more even and efficient manner. This new setup also has a castable concrete floor and built-in airspace to retain heat once we reach the desired temperature. While the kettle itself will have to be changed every eight years, the furnace system is designed to last us another thirty.
We also took the opportunity to upgrade our safety measures, changing the traditional 3 ½ foot safety rim to a complete enclosure around the entire system. The full enclosure has side opening doors, which allows our galvanizing specialists to work in the kettle while remaining safe from splashing and keeping our plant clean.
As a key supporter for the power generation, transmission, distribution and industrial markets, AZZ Inc. is proud to announce our latest galvanizing plant upgrade. By increasing our capacity and abilities, we are easing the burden on all of our partners and ensuring we will be able to protect your steel from corrosion far into the future.
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