Have you ever ejected a bundle of recycled goods out of your double ram baler only to have the wires snap, leaving you with a huge mess to clean up? What a headache! Where does that wire we’re putting under so much pressure come from? How is it made? How can you ensure that the wire you’re using is up for the task at hand?
Galvanized high tensile baling wire is used in double ram (2 ram balers). Our high tensile baling wire goes thru many manufacturing stages to get to the final finished product. That final product must be free from any defects to ensure maximum performance for the user. The wire must have the correct tensile, elongation, diameter, and galvanized coating.
In accordance with ASTM 510, galvanized high tensile baling wire can be traced back to the melt shop in which it was melted in a ladle. After the scrap metal is melted and poured into a billet, the billet will be reheated and rolled into wire rod. Wire rod is a large coil of wire with a diameter of about 5.5 millimeters (7/32”) weighing an average of 4,200 pounds. The wire rod is then passed thru a drawing bench where it is sized to the finished gauge requested by the customer. This finished gauge of the high tensile baling wire is generally determined by the types of materials being baled and the finished bale sizes and weights.
Once the high tensile baling wire diameter is sized, it is then ready for the annealing and galvanizing process. In these processes, the high tensile wire is passed thru an annealing furnace to get the wire to the proper tensile and elongation requirements. The wire then travels thru multiple cleaning stations to wash off any residues from the wire drawing process. The wire is now ready for a flux. This flux will ensure that the zinc coating will adhere properly and not flake off during the baling process.
Once the wire has a zinc coating it is officially considered galvanized.
After the high tensile baling wire is galvanized, it is coiled onto a steel carrier (stump). During the coiling process, the cast and helix will be locked in so the wire will payoff properly when placed on the baler. The cast is the diameter of one (1) full ring of wire. The helix is the “pitch” of a single strand of wire while laying on a flat surface. This pitch is kept to a minimum so the wire has a tangle free payoff during operation.
Each wire carrier of high tensile baling wire is tested in accordance with the most current version of ASTM E-8 specification. The approved carrier is then tagged with all the testing information and staged as ready for shipment.
If you have a double ram or 2 ram baler, your best source of galvanized high tensile baling wire is Pinpoint Wire Technologies. At Pinpoint, we will work with you to determine the gauge and type of wire that is best suited for your recycling needs.
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