Galvanizing is no different from any material handling operation. The first rule is to keep the layout as simple as possible. A good layout will promote safe and efficient work habits, and is readily automated when desired.
There are really only two ways to lay out a galvanizing facility, and all other layouts are variations on these two designs made necessary because of space limitations or product characteristics. The simplest layout places the pickle tanks and kettle perpendicular to the long axis of the building, and the work to be galvanized is carried by a bridge crane “over the side” of the tanks and kettle.
This layout uses the least space, but has the inherent disadvantage that it is difficult to galvanize work that is longer than the pickle tanks and kettle. It is an excellent design for so called “captive” plants that do the same type of work every day.
The parallel layout places the tanks and kettle parallel with the long axis of the building. This layout uses somewhat more space, but long work is more easily processed. It is a good choice for “job shop” galvanizing where many types of work are routinely encountered.