Flow-Coat Process

Allied’s steel profiles comes from an inline hot-dip galvanizing process called Flo-Coat®. This one-of-a-kind technique runs welded tubing through molten zinc while still on-line.

Flo-Coat® process is the superior method of galvanizing steel tubing. It begins with flat strip steel, which is then cold-formed and electric-resistance or induction welded. After welding, the tube receives a triple layer of protection-zinc, conversion coating, and a clear polymer top-coat – all applied in-line to assure a uniform coating. The result is a smooth, shiny end product appearance that is unmatched in terms of strength and durability.

Flo-Coat® tubing exhibits greater corrosion resistance because of the synergism created between the coatings; the conversion coating passivates the zinc to slow down the white rust growth process, and the clear top-coat then “seals in” the protection.

The triple coat corrosion provided by Allied’s in-line manufacturing processes has never been equaled. This triple layer protection (zinc, conversion coating and clear organic polymer) provides a smooth, shiny product appearance that is unmatched in terms of strength and durability.

 

Flo-Coat Technology 

 

The Allied Flo-Coat® Process Inherent Advantages

  • The cold-forming and quenching process creates greater yield and tensile strength than competitive product alternatives.
  • The tube is welded prior to the application of coating; thus the weld area is as protected from corrosion as the rest of the tube body.
  • Flo-Coat® tubing exhibits greater corrosion resistance because of the synergism created between the coatings; the conversion coating passivates the zinc to slow down the white rust growth process, and the clear top-coat then “seals in” the protection.
  • The clear third coating also acts as a primer for painting or powder coating. Extensive pre-cleaning is unnecessary, and excellent adhesion is achieved, even at high baking temperatures.
  • Powder coating over Allied´s galvanized substrate provides substantial corrosion resistance superiority over powder coating a raw/uncoated substrate. Powder coating over a galvanized surface provides corrosion protection 5-6 times longer than the same over raw or bare surface.
  • Welding Flo-Coat® is easily done in the exact same manner as welding bare steel. Allied´s zinc coating contains the lowest lead content achievable (99.9% pure zinc, average 13 ppm), so lead oxide fumes generated during welding are kept to an absolute minimum. Hot-dip galvanized products usually contain up to .5% lead (5000 ppm).
  • Allied’s galvanized products can be easily fabricated…bent, swaged, wall-to-wall flattened…without deformation of the triple layer of protection. Competitive products tend to flake and chip during fabrication.

 

Flo-Coat® Tubing
Our signature Flo-Coat® process produces galvanized tube and pipe considered the “Industry Standard” in each of our core markets. Allied’s success is due in part to the patented Flo-Coat® process that revolutionized the steel tube industry over 35 years ago. This process has been continuously improved upon, and is just as unique today.

Flo-Coat® Tubing

The triple-coat corrosion protection provided by Allied’s in-line manufacturing processes has never been equaled. This triple layer protection (zinc, conversion coating and clear organic topcoat) provides a smooth, shiny product appearance that is unmatched in terms of strength and durability.

Our signature Flo-Coat® process produces galvanized tube and pipe considered the “Industry Standard” in each of our core markets. Allied’s success is due in part to the patented Flo-Coat® process that revolutionized the steel tube industry over 35 years ago. This process has been continuously improved upon, and is just as unique today. The triple-coat corrosion protection provided by Allied’s in-line manufacturing processes has never been equaled. This triple layer protection (zinc, conversion coating and clear organic topcoat) provides a smooth, shiny product appearance that is unmatched in terms of strength and durability.

 

Product Applications

Flo-Coat galvanized steel tubing is commonly used within the following industries:

  • Awnings
  • Conveyors
  • Exercise Equipment
  • Farmstead / Livestock Equipment
  • Gates / hand rails
  • Greenhouses
  • Playground Equipment
  • Portable Buildings
  • Scaffolding & Bracing
  • Snow barriers / roofing
  • Shelters
  • Signposts

Other Typical Applications:

  • Display Racks, Shelving and Store Fixtures
  • Garage Door Torque Bars, Gym Sets, Sporting Goods and Exercise Equipment
  • Indoor and Outdoor Furniture
  • Irrigation Center Pivot Systems
  • Lawn & Garden Equipment
  • Material Handling Equipment: Carts, Hand Trucks and Containers

Market Adoption & Benefits to your Business
Many businesses and industries have adopted the product for the following reasons:

  • Weight reduction without compromising strength /load.
  • Appearance – attractive finish, aesthetically pleasing.
  • Corrosion Protection – industry leading, (salt spray results)
  • Irrigation Center Pivot Systems
  • Eliminate Painting – product is ready-to-go upon completion of fabrication.
  • Increase strength – Delivers minimum 50,000 psi yield strength, improved structure rigidity, greater impact resistance, and lower material cost than hot-dipped pipe or structural products.
  • Reduce Tube Prep – Clean and protected finish, virtually ready to fabricate and optional paint reduce time and labour – improve bottom line.
  • Eliminate EPA concerns – zinc is 99.99 pure, lead free, recyclable materials.
  • Increase Productivity – Reduce prep, streamline workflow.
  • Easy to Paint- Top coat is a primer, wipe and paint.
  • Mill Cut to length – 10ft lengths or greater, reduce waste related costs
  • Cleanliness – Fabricators enjoy handling material – clean, oil free, bend, drill, weld, paint and deliver to your customer.
Flo-Coat is available in these sizes:
0.500" - 5.000" round
0.625" - 4.000" square
0.625" x 1.125" - 2.000" x 4.000" Rectangle
1.500" x 1.000" - 2.750" x 1.630" Flat Sided Oval

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Common applications