In an attempt to reach the next level, Lancashire-based fabricators looked to local galvanizers to future-proof a recent project.
Lyndhurst Precision were tasked to create two large cat ladders, as well as a large stairwell with a landing platform to allow access to two wastewater treatment tanks. Measuring up to seven metres tall, Manchester Galvanizing Ltd were called upon thanks to their large hot-dip tanks which could safely and appropriately administer the finish of choice.
Andy Wilding, Technical Manager at Lyndhurst Precision said: “Following the completion of these steel components, we knew we had to apply an appropriate finish that could withstand the elements due to their outdoor location, and ensure that the ladders were safe for many years to come. As an option more cost effective and durable than paint, we sought the support of highly recommended local Manchester Galvanizing.”
At the plant, the items were hot-dipped in a bath of molten zinc at temperatures around 450C, which creates a metallurgic bonding, meaning the steel has the greatest resistance to damage and is protected from rust and corrosion for at least 70 years.
“Due to our inexperience of galvanizing, we didn’t anticipate that the parts went in the tanks at an angle, and ideally, we didn’t want them to reach the bottom,” Andy added. “And we hadn’t considered or fully understood the drainage and venting requirements. But the team at Manchester Galvanizing were fantastic – they thoroughly explained the process, called and quoted to do the drilling for us, and provided us with a poster and toolbox talk explaining what we need to consider in the future. Resources which have been invaluable to share with our design and fitting teams for upcoming projects.
“We were working to a very tight schedule, which was heightened more so by the slight delay due to the drilling. Yet, the team at Manchester Galvanizing worked tirelessly to meet our deadline, which was a huge relief for me. Throughout, they were so helpful, informative, and accommodating, and I very much look forward to working with them again.”
Mark Waters, Commercial Manager at Manchester Galvanizing added: “It was an absolute pleasure to work with Andy and the team at Lyndhurst Precision. It was a truly great project to be a part of, and we’re always eager to share knowledge and advice about galvanizing – even now after hundreds of years, many are still surprised at the ease of the process and the abundance of benefits!”
Manchester Galvanizing is part of Wedge Group Galvanizing Ltd, the largest hot-dip galvanizing organisation in the UK with a history dating back over 150 years. With 14 plants strategically placed across the country, the firm offers a truly national galvanizing service.
By Wedge Group Galvanizing Ltd