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The Case for Nesting.
Chances are when you think of progressive industries, Ductile Iron isn’t likely to be on your list. The casting of metal is, after all, a process that’s thousands of years old.

Our Ductile Iron production is measured in the hundreds of thousands of tons yearly, so even a seemingly small practice can add up to a significant benefit. By nesting our pipe, we have created an efficient shipping method that saves valuable cargo space while lowering energy requirements.

Nesting is the process of placing a smaller piece of pipe inside a larger pipe for the purpose of maximizing our weight per container. To minimize damage, we have developed spacers, supports and proprietary unloading techniques that greatly reduce damage. All pipe is unloaded by specially trained Electrosteel USA (EUSA) personnel and is not placed into inventory until it is carefully reviewed by EUSA staff.

Electrosteel USA: Nesting Q & A


What happens in the unlikely case there is damage to the cement lining?
When damage occurs, it will most likely be at either the bell or spigot end of the pipe. In this case, the cement lining can be easily repaired according to many well documented procedures. EUSA personnel are trained in these repair procedures and will repair the lining lining in accordance with ISO 9001:2000 standards. If damage occurs beyond an accessible area of the pipe, the pipe is discarded.

Can nesting damage the under-laying pipe wall?
Electrosteel currently ships over 125,000 tons of pipe around the world via nesting (that’s enough 6” pipe to supply water from New York to Los Angeles). To meet this need, we have developed a packaging process using standard ocean going containers that ensure uniformity of results and consistency in quality. This standardized approach means your pipe is secure from plant to depot. As a result, we have never had a failure of a pipe wall caused by damage from nested pipe.

Who unloads the pipe?
All pipe is de-nested by EUSA personnel. We consider it part of the production process and therefore spend a great deal of time training our people on proper procedures and techniques. Our customers do not receive product until it has been de-nested, palletized and inspected by trained EUSA staff.

Why is nesting not more common?
For over-the-road, non-container transport to the end user, it is not practical because unloading is difficult to control and the expense for bracing is cost prohibitive. For container transport, however, it is becoming the accepted norm for international commerce. Unlike most of our competitors who limit their efforts to their local market, Electrosteel exports pipes to the largest customer base in the world. Nesting allows us to bring competitively priced pipes to almost every market in the world.