Created for Quality
The right ties come from the right production. And when it comes to right … we’ve probably gone too far.
It all starts with a select family of melting plants where we purchase 100% American-made steel billets. Each one is delivered with metallurgical traceability specs certifying chemical composition to meet the end product’s load and tensile strength.
From there our 125-person production staff and five onsite engineers get to work.
First, the newly-formed wire is descaled through mechanical reverse-bending. This eliminates mill scale and surface rust as well as reducing die wear. Even better, mechanical descaling means we eliminate harsh, environmentally unsafe chemicals from the production process.
Next, the wire is drawn through a heavy-duty, bull-block continuous wire machine and low-carbon (1018) grades are air cooled -- instead of water cooled -- to ensure consistent tensile strength.
Annealed for Durability
With a precise decimal size of .102 - .104 inches, the strands are annealed one-at-a-time with natural gas in a fluidized sand furnace set to 850 degrees C. Drawn through the furnace at precise speeds, low-carbon (1018) grades are again air cooled.
Individual annealing alters the physical and chemical makeup of the wire. By heating our steel above recrystallization temperatures, its atoms migrate along the undergirding crystal lattice decreasing dislocations.
This creates a uniform atomic structure, increases ductility, and reduces brittleness, making it not only more workable, but more durable when it goes to work for you.
Galvanized for Function
Drawn, cut, and cooled, the wire undergoes hot-dip galvanizing, in which it’s submerged in a bath of molten zinc. Zinc serves as a sacrificial anode: basically a sheet of engineered armor to protect the underlying steel from corrosive substances and external damage. Once galvanized and again cooled, the wire passes through a nitrogen-wipe station to clean off excess zinc.
A light coat of wax is then applied to the entire strand. In addition to one last layer of protection, this coating produces a gorgeous end product that never leaves a mess and always feeds smooth.
Tested for Strength
Other baling suppliers -- to overcharge on shipping or because they don’t have control over the manufacturing process itself -- manipulate the gauge sizes and weight of their wires. Not only does that drive up your costs, it also decreases quality.
To safeguard standards, we guarantee gauge sizes by tensile testing samples from every carrier to the literal breaking point. Carriers with failed wires are immediately culled. Our rotor straighteners -- each equipped with its own flying shear cutter for continuous running -- then deliver precise 11’ to 22’ lengths.
You might think that’s the end of it … but our passion isn’t over yet. The bale ties are shrink wrapped, coiled into bundles, palletized, and nestled inside triple-wall corrugated, gaylord boxes.
Finally, Autoship™ notifies you of tracking information through email, text message, or whatever method you prefer. From order to arrival, the whole process takes 1-3 days, instead of a week or more. Plus, you can set and forget reordering and invoicing to get exactly what you need, when you need it … all without sacrificing USA quality or customer service.
Have we gone too far?
Maybe. But when it comes to quality, durability, function, and strength … we don’t think “too far” is too good for the customers who depend on us.