2014-01-28 TRQT Brad blogcat_arch_bollards blogcat_bollard_covers blogcat_bollards blogcat_metal_bollards
A Bollard Like No Other
Machining Innovations Take Model R-7593 Bollards to a New Level
Sometimes bigger is better when it comes to bollard covers. Large security bollards prevent big trucks and cars from driving into buildings or unauthorized areas, and they are visible enough to direct the flow of pedestrian traffic as well. With this in mind, Reliance Foundry developed their R-7593 iron bollard line.
First,the details: the R-7593 is 52 inches tall, has a 16 inch diameter, and weighs an impressive 259 pounds, meaning that it can easily fit over most security post and isn’t going anywhere should a vehicle run into it. Now, the bonus: these large decorative bollard covers pair well with just about any building design, blending in as part of the architecture rather than merely being a collection of steel posts jutting out of the ground.
If you want to see this bollard model in use, take a field trip down to the Gene Snyder Courthouse in Kentucky (or check out Reliance Foundry’s federal building bollard blog to save on air fare). The U.S. Marshalls originally funded the installation of a series of unadorned steel security pipes to keep the federal building safe, but they recognized that they needed an addition to retain the visual appeal of the courthouse and create an environment free of fear. They chose Reliance Foundry bollards because of their easy installation and their classical design, which added historical weight to the building.
Customers all over North America have been thrilled with Reliance Foundry’s model R-7593 bollard. So how does Reliance Foundry get that great look?
Attention to Detail is Key in the Machining Process
Reliance Foundry creates their unique iron bollards with two castings—one that is a unique, ductile iron ball top casting with stainless steel threaded inserts, and another that is a non-fluted ductile iron base casting. It’s the nature of castings to have some surface flaws, such as parting lines, mold defects, or grinding marks, but that’s where the machining process comes in.
After castings are created, Reliance Foundry begins the machining process prior to powder-coating, which enhances the cast detailing and erases unattractive surface flaws. This makes it more appealing as an architectural feature while still providing stability as a heavy-duty bollard.
Another reason for this machining process is to help the powder-coating adhere when it’s applied. Decorative bollard covers aren’t going to serve their purpose if they start peeling, flaking, or fading shortly after being installed, and Reliance Foundry wants to ensure that never happens. With Reliance Foundry’s machining process, the powder-coating will better adhere to the bollard and any defects will not be as easily seen.
With all the work they’ve put into this product line, Reliance Foundry also wanted to ensure that their iron bollards fulfill multiple purposes and enhance many different styles of buildings. In order to do that, many different accessory options are offered, including their popular bike parking arms that allow the bollards to function as a secure bike parking post. They also offer a range of different powder-coating color options that allow customers to better match the bollard covers to their building or landscape. View Reliance Foundry’s bollard options page to find accessories that can be used to further customize bollards to the exact requirements of every application.
Did you know that Reliance Foundry offers several variations on the model R-7593 bollard that feature the same shaft and detailed machining? For distinct takes on this bollard, view the table below for models that feature different design options and secure bike-locking arms:
Reliance Foundry Co. Ltd. delivers the highest-quality stock and custom-designed products for architectural site furnishings, traffic management and industrial applications. Since 1925, Reliance Foundry has built upon a long tradition of metal casting expertise to become an award-winning supplier for high-profile and everyday needs across North America.