Kochi: Hari Om Ingots & Power has launched its Epoxyshield TMT bars in Kerala. The launch function at Ernakulam yesterday was followed by first meet of the dealers of the product in Kerala.
Addressing the gathering, Sandeep Agarwal, Director of Hari Om Ingots & Power explained the benefit of this product which is going to be a boon to the construction industry. “Epoxyshield is one of the renowned technology for manufacturing of epoxy coated rebars from USA and Hariom Ingots & Power is happy to introduce it to the Indian market for the first time. It is hoped that this product will bring in a revolution in the construction industry and fulfil the dreams of the builders for corrosion free steel, especially in Kerala and the coastal belt of the country.”
The use of fusion bonded epoxy coating on rebar is considered by many researchers and engineers to be the most cost effective techniques for combating corrosion. Through stringent quality assurance practice followed during epoxy coating on the black bars produced, Hari Om has established its credentials in the Indian market especially in Central India which has been growing consistently over the years. Hari Om Ingots & Power has installed facilities to produce 100,000 TPY and has the largest epoxy coating plant in India, at Bhilai in Chhattisgarh.
According to Shrikant, Manager (Quality Control), the factory, fully equipped with most modern facilities, produces TMT bars and the application of fusion-bonded epoxy coating to steel reinforcement is done in four stages, viz. surface preparation, heating, powder application and cooling. The testing on coated bars is carried out as per ASTM775 and BIS 13620:1993 specification requirements. The acceptance tests usually conducted are thickness measurements, flexibility tests and holiday tests.
D S Chouhan, GM, (Business Development) added, “We see a huge market for our product in Kerala. Epoxyshield TMT bars are bundled / strapped with poly stretch film and ready for despatch to the job site. Handling, transportation is again done carefully. The reinforcement bars are padded to avoid damage to the coating while handling and storage. To avoid over exposure they are covered with a suitable opaque material to minimise condensation.”
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