What is Stainless Steel
The magic ingredient in stainless steel is the chrome that’s is added to it – chrome chrome allows for the formation of a tough, invisible, chromium oxide film on the steel surface which is resistant to scratches and corrosion and is exceptionally hygienic and easy to clean.
Stainless Steel is commonly used in the manufacture of cutlery, pots and pans, but its strength is also appreciated for the more industrial applications.
The largest consumer of stainless steel is the car manufacturing market for the production of catalytic converters and components. It is also extensively in architecture and design and can be found in a range of places from hospital bathrooms and surgeries to designer boardrooms and homes.
Carbon steel rusts when exposed to air and moisture. The rust, or iron oxide film, is active and accelerates corrosion by forming more iron oxide. In contrast, stainless steel has chromium present which blocks corrosion or rust from spreading into the metal’s internal structure.
Stainless Steel’s resistance to staining, its low maintenance, low cost, and renowned shine make it perfect for a host of applications.
When to Choose Stainless
- Where quality with a timeless appeal is required
- Cost savings over the longer term
- In corrosive environments, such as on the coast
- Environments with very low temperatures to prevent brittleness
- Environments with extremely high temperatures to maintain the strength
- Where high strength over mass is required
- Where hygienic conditions and easy cleanability is a priority
- Stainless Steel is preferred when aesthetics are important. It does not rust and paint is therefore not necessary
Know the grade of material :
Selecting the correct grade is vital as risk taking is costly
Know the design :
Good design ensures savings for fabricator and user
Know your surface finishes :
Good finishes perform well and looks great
Apply good housekeeping :
Proper care and maintenance, which is minimal, will ensure timeless quality
Benefits of Stainless
Long Term Value
When the total life cycle costs are considered, stainless steel is often the least expensive option.
Low Maintenance Costs
Stainless Steel normally only requires a periodic wash using a dilute solution of household detergent and water. Surfaces should be washed with a soft sponge and water.
Ease of Fabrication
Modern stainless manipulation techniques mean that stainless steel can be cut, welded, formed and fabricated as readily as traditional steel and other materials.
Lower alloy grades resist corrosion in normal atmospheric and potable water environments, while the more highly alloyed grades can resist corrosion in many acids and alkaline solutions, and some chloride bearing environments, properties that are found in process plants.
The mechanical properties of stainless steel allows thinner sections to be used than with other materials, thus reducing weight without compromising strength. Austenitic grades harden with cold working and duplex steel allows for reduced thicknesses over traditional grades. Costs are therefore reduced.
Internationally recognised as the most hygienic surface for the preparation of food. The unique surface for the preparation of food. The unique surface of stainless steel has no pores or cracks to harbour dirt, grime or bacteria. This cleanability far exceeds other surfaces making it the first choice for strict hygienic conditions, such as hospitals, commercial kitchens, abattoirs and other food and beverage processing plants.
The bright, easily maintained surface of stainless steel provides an attractive and contemporary appearance, ideal for a wide and growing range of applications
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