Hot-dip galvanizing describes the process by which steel is coated with zinc, which alloys with the surface of the steel. The steel is dipped in molten zinc, and when exposed to the atmosphere forms a strong coating that will buffet against wear and corrosion.
The process of hot-dipped galvanized steel dates back to the 1800’s, when in 1837 a French engineer took out a patent for the process of galvanizing steel. By 1850 the British galvanizing industry was consuming 10,000 tons of zinc annually for the production of galvanized steel.
Hot-dip galvanizing has only become more used over time, with 600,000 tons of zinc being consumed annually in North America to produce hot-dipped galvanized steel. Now galvanizing is found in almost every industry where steel is used. The process as a proven history of success which continues to grow in multiple applications globally.
Galvanized steel is therefore a superior product against others the industry of building and construction. This is why at Central Steel Build we hot-dip galvanize all of our components for our sheds, contributing to a better quality and longer lasting product, that protects against rust and corrosion in rural environments in Australia.
From Central Vic Sheds to Central Steel Build
What’s in a name? It might seem like a little thing, but for Central Vic Sheds, our old name didn’t encompass the huge and varied range of different steel buildings we erect on a daily basis.
The new name ‘Central Steel Build’ is a natural evolution of our original name, it has expanded the definition of what we do to reflect the fact that we build sturdy steel buildings for a range of uses.
And to go with this new brand name, we have a slick and modern new logo and a shiny new website. We hope you like the new brand name and look and enjoy this much-improved new website.
Shearing Shed Designs
A Shearing shed needs to be carefully designed in order that the jobs needed to be performed during the shearing process are easy to perform in the shed. Other important parts of the design include thinking about entry and exits for the sheep and how easy the shed will be to clean once the job is done. Here are a few different designs of the shearing shed that have been popular over time.
Traditionally shearing sheds have been designed around two different board designs. These are the center-board and the across board.
a center-board shearing shed is designed so the shearer will take the sheep from a pen outside the shed straight onto the board. Once the sheep is shorn, it will be let out through a race or chute. This design offers a range of benefits as the distance the sheep has to be taken from the pen is reduced resulting also in less interference between shearers and shed workers.
Using this design means that the shearer will catch the sheep from a pen opposite the shearing stand and will take the sheep ‘across-the-board’ to the shearing position. The sheep will leave the shed behind the stand, leaving the board on the opposite side to the catching pen. This design results in congestion of workers within the shed as they will be constantly crossing paths.
Raised Shearing Board
This design reduces interference between all the parties in the shearing shed as it simplifies the process. The design allows for safety of the shearer as well as making it easier for workers when picking up fleeces.
There are several variations of this design as it can be built in a straight line or curved design as well as being suited to U or L shapes.
The raised board design allows for the option of whether to make the wool room at ground level. By doing this under-floor storage is lost and bales will need to be lifted when loading them. However a ground level shed can be used for other purposes such as machinery storage through other seasons.
Curved Shearing Board
This design can be used for both conventional and raised board sheds. The curved board makes the catching process easier and there is a reduced walking distance for shed workers carrying shorn fleeces to the wool table or press.
If you are using front fill catching pens, this design is recommended to be the most efficient.
Internal Shearing Shed Systems
Let-go Systems- The aim of this system is to move the shorn sheep off the shearing board quickly without hassles. Most versions of this system will hold the sheep from each shearing stand separate until they are counted out.
Chutes- These are constructed from timber or galvanized steel. Sheep are released underneath the shed through a sliding chute.
By receding the shoot into the shearing board the sheep are more easily dropped out via the chute.
Internal Races are popular in colder places as droughts will become less of an issue. The flow of woolly sheep can be hindered if the race running along the shed behind the filling pens and exit doors are not planned carefully.