All You Need to Know About
Galvanised Wire and Its Uses

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How Galvanised Wire is Manufactured and Used Today

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Galvanised wire is a type of baling wire used largely across various industries in our days. Read our article to find out how the highest quality galvanised wire is manufactured and used today.

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How Galvanised Wire is Manufactured and Used Today

  1. 1. All You Need to Know About Galvanised Wire and Its Uses Image Courtesy of D R Baling Wire Manufacturers Wire, it is so ubiquitous to our lives that we barely notice it any longer. And, unless you work in an industry that requires the use of wire on a daily basis, then it is unlikely that you have considered all the different types of wire on the market, and the benefits of each. Different Types of Wire Wire is not just wire, even in its most basic form. There are so many different variations, from tensile strength to diameter. This, of course, leads to varying demands for certain types of wire within certain industries.   Cold Wire – This is what you may call your basic wire. It is steel stretched, or drawn, into the long thin shape we recognise as wire. This type of wire does not typically undergo any further chemical changes, which limits its uses. Very often, cold wire is coated with plastic for commercial use in items such as shopping trolleys and clothing hangers. Black Annealed Wire – As wire is drawn, it loses a certain amount of its ductility in the process. This, very desirable, wire trait is returned to it during annealing. This process involves heating wire to a certain temperature, for a specified period of time. Not only does this return some of the wire’s initial properties to it, but it also provides it with a black colour. The colour is often polished away, though it still forms part of this wire’s name.
  2. 2.  Galvanised Wire Another way to imbue wire with its initial, or additional properties, is to bond it with another metal. There is a small variety of metals which are used for this process, although typically zinc, or zinc oxide, is used. Galvanised Wire / Image Courtesy of D R Baling Wire Manufacturers The Benefits of Galvanised Wire Steel wire is still steel and, therefore, carries the same properties as the metal in other forms. Steel is largely comprised of iron, which reacts quickly to oxygen and moisture. It is known for its strength, but it is also highly susceptible to corrosion and rusting, especially if it is exposed to the elements. Without any additional protection, the resilience of steel requires additional layers of protection. This is precisely why it is bonded with other metals. Zinc is primarily used as a sort of coating as it resists corrosion from the elements. When it forms the surface of metal and metal wire, it prevents the inner metals from wearing down and corroding as a result of weather. This delay is often necessary for many of the primary processes wire is asked to play in different industries – not to mention that zinc is also famously scratch resistant. The Galvanising Process The galvanising process is more than a simple coating of one metal with another. Although this can be useful for certain purposes (such as the plastic coating around the wire of your shopping trolley), this does not provide steel wire with the properties demanded for most industries. Galvanising is rather a way of bonding two different metals to each other at elevated temperatures. In this way, the only way to separate the two metals is to heat it back to that point. To galvanise any piece of steel, whether it is wire, or a large building sheet, it is submerged in a molten bath of zinc, or zinc oxide. As the metal is submerged it does not just become coated, but rather the zinc actually forms a part of the wire itself. Interestingly, black annealed wire is commonly used in this “hot-dip” process as it can be produced with precision, to ensure that it does not interfere with the galvanisation process itself.
  3. 3. Industries That Use Galvanised Wire Different industries use different wire. Although there is some overlap between industries and preferred wires, there are a few norms. Galvanised wire is a favoured choice of the waste management and recycling industries. One of the primary reasons that galvanised wire would be chosen over black annealed wire within these industries is the number of times a bale of waste products would need to be loaded and offloaded between its first stop and its final ones. Galvanised wire is also preferred for bales that are often stored outside, or for a long period, before moving to their final destination. Another industry where galvanised wire is often selected over black annealed wire is in places where hygiene is of the utmost importance. As uncoated metals are more prone to carrying airborne diseases and also towards corrosion, galvanised wire is usually selected for the baling and transport within the medical and healthcare industries. Different Forms of Galvanised Wire Wire, whether it is black annealed or galvanised, is sold in different forms. The key difference between these forms is the way the wire is bundled, or packaged, for sale, rather than any inherent difference in the wire itself. Indeed, manufacturers are able to supply most forms of wire with any tensile strength and a range of diameters. When it comes to the sale of galvanised wire, there are two primary forms for sale. Galvanised Formers These are rather large coils of galvanised wire, which are soldwith their own stand. Formers are designed for industrial baling machines, so precision is key. Without it, baling machines could malfunction, leading to a loss of productivity at best, and serious concerns for health and safety on top of that. Galvanised Formers / Image Courtesy of D R Baling Wire Manufacturers Cut and Looped Lengths – Pre-cut lengths of wire are sold as cut and looped lengths. These are used for manual typing of bales. Sold as bundles, this form of galvanised wire has one end, which is typically pre-looped to make it easier to tie and secure without the use of a baling machine. However, these can also be sold as straight lengths should a customer require it. Galvanised wire has such a variety of uses. Its strength and resilience to corrosion is so valuable within a number of different industries. However, the manufacture of galvanised wire requires exceptionally specialised conditions, and not all wire manufactures are able to complete the entire process themselves. With the amount of
  4. 4. precision demanded from wire, it is best to look for a manufacturer that handles it all in-house. After all, the uses for wire may be varied, but the level of quality should not be. D R Baling Wire Manufacturers manufacture the highest quality galvanised wire in the UK market, both in galvanised formers and in cut and looped lengths form. All our baling wire products can be tailored to your needs and delivered to your place within 24 hours. So, why don’t you give us a call today on 01226 766775 or visit our web page with our galvanised wire products to find out more about us? www.drbalingwire.co.uk/galvanised-wire

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