Continuous Galvanizing

The advantages of continuous galvanizing

At Gregory Industries, we take pride in our continuous galvanizing process because it represents the continuity of our family, our team and our partnerships. When steel is coated using continuous galvanizing, the resulting products perform better and last longer. 

Read on to learn more about the benefits of continuous galvanizing or contact a member of our team to request a quote today.

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YOUR GALVANIZING OPTIONS

Galvanized steel is commercially coated by either the batch dip or continuous method. While either process is capable of producing a product that meets technical specifications, the coating processes produce significant metallurgical differences in the structure and characteristics of the galvanized coating.

Toggle below to learn more about each approach.

Batch Dip
Flux

Process

Pre-formed steel parts are chemically fluxed and dipped into a bath of molten zinc.

Thickness

Thickness

Zinc thickness is controlled primarily by immersion time and the rate of withdrawal.

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Time

Zinc immersion requires several minutes to allow significant iron-zinc alloys to form.

Weight

Weight

Zinc coating weight is typically about 4 ounces per square foot of steel, but it can also be
affected by the base metal composition.

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Composition

Coatings are comprised of about 50% free zinc and 50% iron-zinc alloys.

Coating

Coating

As the liquid zinc drains down on long sections, end-to-end coating uniformity can be affected.

Continuous
Flux

Process

Coils of flat steel sheets are heated in a reducing atmosphere and then pass through a bath of
molten zinc in a continuous moving web.

Thickness

Thickness

Weights are controlled by high technology air knives.

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Time

Immersion in zinc is only required for a few seconds with limited alloy formation.

Weight

Weight

There is infinite coating control between 0.4 ounce and 4 ounces per square foot of steel, which
is not affected by the base metal composition.

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Composition

Resulting coatings are almost entirely free zinc.

Coating

Coating

Coating is done on a continuous flat web with no ends.

Top benefits of continuous galvanizing

More durable coating structures

Iron-zinc alloy layers make up about half of the coating resulting from batch galvanizing. With continuous galvanizing, the coating consists of virtually 100% free zinc with only a sub-microscopic alloy bonding layer. The thicker free zinc layer helps to increase part performance and durability of the steel.

Enhanced corrosion resistance

While the protective life of galvanized coating is typically determined based on the total coating thickness, visually, the corrosion-free lifetime is more closely related to zinc thickness. Continuously galvanized steel products have a significantly thicker layer of free zinc, so they resist rusting and discoloration much longer than batch dip products.

Stronger galvanic protection

Compared to products that are cut from pre-galvanized metal, products that have been continuously galvanized and then formed have much smaller areas of exposed steel. Gregory Industries has conducted accelerated corrosion tests which confirm the continuous galvanizing process helps to reinforce edge strength and protect against wear and damage.

Improved coating ductility and adhesion

Batch dipped steel products are notoriously brittle and tend to crack when they are deformed or impacted. In contrast, a continuous galvanized coating is virtually 100% ductile free zinc. A continuous alloy-free coating can readily be bent nearly 180 degrees without cracking or peeling.

More environmentally friendly

Continuous galvanizing steel is environmentally friendly in terms of both lead content and energy usage. The lead content in our coatings falls within the RoHS (Restriction of Hazardous Substances) standards, and the total energy needed to galvanize in our facilities is at least three times lower than comparable galvanizing by the batch hot dip method.

Continuous galvanizing at Gregory Industries 

Learn how our experienced team performs continuous galvanizing at our Canton, Ohio, manufacturing facility.

Step 1: Cleaning

The steel coil is cleaned and prepped for galvanizing.

Step 2: Heating

Steel is heated to match the temperature of the zinc to ensure effective bonding.

Step 3: Coating

Zinc is applied using our custom air knives to ensure even application.

Step 4: Inspecting

All projects are meticulously tested to ensure all specifications and requirements are met.

Step 5: Cooling

The metal cools, and the zinc solidifies to create a strong metallurgical bond.

Step 6: Forming

Once the galvanizing process is complete, the steel is recoiled or roll formed into a finished product. 

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