How long does the service take?
For the vast majority of our customers the service can be provided in a single day. From our arrival onsite, completion of the testing inspection, to restarting production please allow an estimated 8 hours.
How many different readings will you take?
This is agreed with each customer on a case by case basis and is dependant upon the size of the kettle, we usually take between 200 – 500 different readings.
How long will I have to stop production for?
We aim for production to be interrupted for as short a time as possible, we estimate a trouble free inspection to take 6-8 hours. We understand any halt in production is undesirable which is why we often work over a weekend, a national holiday or it has been known overnight! We try to be as flexible as possible and accommodate any of our customers’ requests.
Do you take readings from the whole kettle?
Our results are accurate to within +/- 1.5mm, due to the extensive research and development carried out on the equipment we are confident and have verified the accuracy achieved.
Can you measure the corners of the kettle?
Yes, it is possible to measure the corners of a galvanizing kettle, although it is dependent upon each individual kettle and/or enclosure. During the initial information gathering process of each project we will ascertain whether corner measurements will be achievable.
What exactly is included in the service that you offer?
We can tailor this service dependent upon customer requirements. We offer everything from handling all aspects of a kettle change, to a simple pump out using our zinc moulds, and everything in-between. Our most popular service is the molten zinc transfer and storage – we empty your kettle into our holding vessels and moulds (if needed) and then return the molten zinc when the new kettle is in place.
How much zinc can you transfer?
We have storage capacity available in excess of 500t, this is using a combination of mobile furnaces and moulds. We have experience of removing zinc from some of the largest kettles in Europe.
What equipment do you bring with you?
We will bring all equipment required to accomplish the operation agreed with the customer, including three zinc pumps that transfer molten zinc at 2.2t per minute. During the planning process we will discuss the power required for the vessels and if the available power at the plant is not sufficient a generator can be used.
How long can we keep the zinc in your holding vessels?
There is no limit on the amount of time that we can store your zinc. Many customers have a complicated operation to perform, often refurbishing a furnace during a kettle change. We allow for some delays and are usually in a position to change a programme if issues arise.
How long would a kettle change take?
We would expect that a simple operation whereby we transfer the zinc from a galvanizing kettle to our holding vessels and return to a new kettle to take between 5 and 7 days. This is in comparison to the expected 10-14 day project of repacking and starting a kettle with cold zinc. This gives our customers the potential to return to production 5-7 days earlier!