Thursday, April 17, 2014

English as a Second Language Pilot Program at Hubbell Galvanizing

Ali Semeraro is an Accounting/Administrative Assistant for Hubbell Galvanizing who has been in charge of creating and implementing the English as a Second Language Pilot Program at Hubbell Galvanizing. Here she gives an account of how she helped start the program as well as how it is going.

Hubbell Galvanizing, Inc. has approximately thirty-one employees originally from countries including Burma, Vietnam, Thailand, and Cambodia, among others. Hubbell is committed to maintaining a safe working environment for all of its employees. One way that we have done so is by reinforcing industry specific words and phrases for employees where English is their second language.

As a native English speaking individual myself, this became a learning experience for me as well. Since I do not speak Burmese we had to get creative with our tutoring methods. With the help of the Mohawk Valley Resource Center for Refugees, we were able to get accurate translations of words such as danger, crane, forklift, zinc, burn, and other words to help employees communicate and maintain safety in the workplace. I made flashcards that included pictures, the English word, and the respective translation to communicate with and teach the employees. We meet once a week for about thirty minutes when it is convenient with the production schedule. I found myself learning how to say some of the words in Burmese, getting to know the employees, and learning more about galvanizing in the process.

Several of the employees involved in the program have been with the company for ten or more years and helped me break down some language barriers. As a whole, the feedback from the employees was very positive and they are enjoying their time in the class.

As a long term goal we will be prepared to help new hires learn in this way in the future. I am very happy to have been involved in this process and look forward to working more with the employees.

Pictured Left to Right: Ruby Shwe (Burmese), Kyaw M. Oo (Burmese), Maung Thet Oo (Burmese), Ja Mar (Burmese), Pichai Keawpinna  (Thai), Emmite White (Supervisor). Hubbell Galvanizing Plant Employees.

Burmese Flash Card Example:

Friday, September 13, 2013

Sorting Out the Specs

G60, G90, ASTM A123 -- what does it all mean?
Many of our customers call with questions regarding specifications.
One of the most common questions we get is regarding G60 or G90
coatings.  While these designations do refer to a hot-dip galvanized
process, it is really referring to the continuous galvanizing industry.
These products are usually seen on items like corrugated roofing
and wall panels.  ASTM A123 refers to the batch hot-dip
galvanizing process, like we perform daily here at Hubbell.

So beyond that simple explanation, what is the difference?
The 60 and 90 in the G60 and G90 are really referring to
coating weights.  G90 products need to have .90 oz/sf of zinc to
meet the specification.  This is a total weight for the piece, so it
really means .45 oz/sf on each side.  This is equivalent to about
0.75 mils per side.  Batch hot-dip galvanizing per ASTM A123
calls for a much higher zinc coating thickness.  Standard structural
shapes 1/4" or greater in thickness require a minimum of 3.9 mils
(about 2.3 oz/sf) of thickness.  If you compare the numbers, you
can definitely see the difference.

Want more information?  The AGA has created a two-page comparison
of the products:

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Looking for Galvanizing Information?

Our friends at the American Galvanizers Association (AGA) have put out a new informational video about hot-dip galvanizing.  Just click below!

Wednesday, June 12, 2013


Hubbell Galvanizing would like to formally announce that our 
new kettle is now operational.  The new kettle dimensions
are as follows:

46'L x 5'W x 10'H

Please contact us with any questions regarding size/fit, or to 
place your next order -- we look forward to assisting you!

Hubbell Galvanizing
(315) 736-8311

Monday, June 3, 2013

Raised Welds After Galvanizing

Our customers take a lot of time and pride in their work, and want the completed product to
look its best.  We understand this desire, and always strive to make our customers happy.  
Quality and appearance are just as important to us as they are to our customers.  Below is
a short discussion that can aid our customers in reaching their goal, especially with products
such as handrail.

Raised welds after galvanizing are a common occurrence in the galvanizing industry, 
especially with handrail.  Many fabricators spend great amounts of time ensuring that the 
handrails and welded areas on the handrails are as smooth as possible.  These same fabricators
are then surprised when the handrails return from galvanizing and all of the welds they spent
so much time smoothing out, are anything but smooth.  Most likely, this has to do with a 
differing chemistry between the steel and the weld material -- namely the silicon level.  
Some concentrations of silicon can speed up the metallurgic reaction between the zinc and 
steel, causing rapid and large crystal growth.  This, in turn, causes the welds to become 
raised in comparison with the surrounding steel.  Fabricators need to pay close attention to
the silicon level of the weld material, to ensure that it is compatible with the steel in the parts
they are constructing.  Below is an article from the AGA discussing this issue in more detail:


Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Size & Shape

Size and shape of the fabrication is an important consideration to make, during the design process for parts to be galvanized.  Because hot-dip galvanizing is a total immersion process, the design must take into consideration the capacity of the galvanizing kettle; therefore, it is wise to verify kettle constraints with your galvanizer early in the design process.  Almost any component can be galvanized by designing and fabricating in pieces suitable for available galvanizing facilities.  Parts can also be progressively dipped by the galvanizer, to accomodate larger sizes and abnormal shapes.  For reference, the average kettle length in North America is 40 feet (13m), and there are many kettles between 50-60 feet (15.24 m - 18.28 m).

If you have any design questions relating to galvanizing, please give us a call:

Hubbell Galvanizing
(315) 736-8311

Friday, April 5, 2013

Can Castings be Galvanized?

High-quality castings and forged parts are commonly and successfully galvanized. The quality of the galvanizing is strongly influenced by the quality of the casting.  As with all steel to be galvanized, cleanliness is very important to achieve completely galvanized cast iron or steel parts.  However, conventional cleaning processes employed by galvanizers do not always adequately clean castings.  This is because sand and other surface inclusions are not removed by chemical cleaning.  Thorough abrasive cleaning is the most effective method for removing foundry sand and impurities.  In fact, the preferred way to clean the casting is by abrasive blasting (either grit-blasting or a combination of grit and shot). Cleaning is traditionally performed at the foundry before shipment to the galvanizer.  However, some galvanizers are able to perform abrasive blasting at their facilities - check with your galvanizer before sending your parts.  

Sound, stress-free castings with good surface finishes will produce high-quality galvanized coatings. The following design and preparation rules should be applied for castings to be galvanized:
· Avoid sharp corners and deep recesses
·  Use large pattern numerals and generous radii to facilitate abrasive cleaning
· Specify uniform wall sections. Non-uniform wall thickness in certain casting designs may lead to distortion and/or cracking. Cracking results from stress developed as the temperature of the casting is increased during galvanizing. Uniform wall sections and a balanced design lowers stress.

As always, if you have any questions regarding this or any other galvanizing topic, please don't hesitate to contact us:

Hubbell Galvanizing
(315) 736-8311