We are looking for low-cost handheld devices to accurately measure the zinc coating thickness of GI wires.
Galvanization or galvanizing is the process of applying a protective coating to steel or iron, to prevent rusting. The most common method of galvanization is hot-dip galvanizing, in which the parts are submerged in a bath of molten hot zinc. We have a continuous hot-dip galvanization setup for producing galvanized iron (GI) wires. The wire diameters range from 1.4 - 5 mm and corresponding zinc coating range from 50 - 300 gsm i.e. 7 to 50 microns.
It is sometimes observed that there is a variation of zinc coating across the length of wire. Currently, we undertake offline zinc coating tests (volumetric zinc coating as per IS 6745) from test samples. This is a reactive mode of determining the coating thickness and does not give continuous feedback to the operators. Any necessary corrective action is thus delayed.
Hence, we are looking for a portable zinc coating measurement system which will quickly provide the coating thickness (online or portable offline) and help the operator to correct the process parameters, without having to cut the test samples & wait for results.
Constraints: The wire speed in the zinc coating line is up to 130 meters per minute.