What is Stainless Steel?
The description ‘stainless steel’ refers to a number of alloys which are all resistant to corrosion. In other words, they won’t rust or stain. Like normal steel, stainless steels are iron-based alloys, with the difference being that they all contain a minimum of 10.5% Chromium. This means that the finished products all have a clear oxide protective layer which is self-healing.
The grade of stainless steel to be used – which is a way of measuring the degree of corrosion resistance it will offer – varies depending upon the environment in which the stainless steel will be operating. Our clients working in the marine sector, for example, will require stainless steel components made from the most corrosion resistant grade of stainless steel possible.
What are the different types of Stainless Steel and what are they used for?
Different types of stainless steel – known as ‘families’ – are created by adding other elements alongside Chromium. These families are austenitic, ferritic, martensitic and duplex. Each family has its own set of properties, and common uses for each include the following:
Austenitic Stainless Steels
Doors and Windows
Roofing and cladding
Food processing equipment
Food preparation areas
Martensitic Stainless Steels
Ferritic Stainless Steels
Duplex Stainless Steels
Food pickling plants
Off-shore gas and oil installations
Chemical and petrochemical plants
Why choose us for Stainless Steel services?
We’re experts at handling a wide range of materials, and one of the reasons for this is that it enables us to offer the complete solution to our clients. Whether we’re working to a design which they bring to us, or helping to create that design in the first place, we can do so in the knowledge that we can handle the subsequent prototyping and production without having to turn to third party providers. One of the reasons for this is that we have a team of expert technicians and a set of state of the art facilities to deliver processes which include machining, laser cutting, forming, welding and polishing. Another reason why we can provide a comprehensive service is that we can work with a wide range of materials, including specialist options such as stainless steel.