STAINLESS STEEL PROVIDES LONG-TERM VALUE
STAINLESS STEEL PROVIDES LONG-TERM VALUE

Due to its high initial cost, stainless steel gets a bad rap and is often overlooked by engineers and designers. The fact of the matter is that stainless steel is a dependable metal, and the long-term value of working with this often overlooked material outweighs the initial investment. Don’t miss out on the many benefits stainless steel fabrication has to offer in the following infographic.

Now that you know the many advantages of stainless steel fabrication, start reaping the benefits today. Need more convincing? At McNulty Engineering we’re stainless steel welding and fabrication specialists and can work with all grades and varieties of stainless steel sheet metal. Contact us today.

ADVANTAGES OF STAINLESS STEEL FABRICATION
ADVANTAGES OF STAINLESS STEEL FABRICATION

Because of the higher cost of stainless steel, engineers and designers often overlook its many benefits. These benefits will often justify the initial investment in stainless steel as the material will likely provide the greatest value over the life of the project.

AN INTRODUCTION TO STAINLESS STEEL
Stainless steel is an alloy of iron with a minimum of 10.5% chromium. Chromium produces a thin layer of oxide on the surface of the steel known as the ‘passive layer.’ The chromium in the steel is what allows the steel to be corrosion-resistant, creating a tough and invisible surface. Some of the qualities of stainless steel include:

The ability to self-heal with the presence of oxygen. Although chromium plays a significant role in stainless steel’s ability to self-heal, there are other elements at play, including molybdenum, nickel and nitrogen.

There are more than 60 grades of stainless steel.

ADVANTAGES OF STAINLESS STEEL FABRICATION
Like every other metal available, stainless steel has its disadvantages. High initial cost, implications of handling the metal without high-quality equipment and difficulties in welding the metal rank high as the most common disadvantages. What makes stainless steel worth considering is the fact that the advantages far outweigh the disadvantages of working with this dependable metal.

100% Recyclable
More and more organizations are choosing to remain aware of the impact that they are having on their communities at large. Over 50% of stainless steel comes from previously melted stainless steel scraps, reducing waste.

Ease of Fabrication
Working with stainless steel is only a challenge if your fabricator is working with outdated equipment. With the use of top-of-the-line, modern choices, stainless steel can be cut, welded and everything in-between with ease.

Corrosion Resistant
Being corrosion resistant impacts the overall value and long-term investment of working with stainless steel. Chromium allows the steel to remain resistant to corrosion while different levels of alloy impact corrosion in different settings. For use in wet elements, lower grades of alloy work best. For use around acid and alkaline solutions, a higher alloy grade is a better option.

Fire and Heat Resistant
Adding more value to the long-term investment of stainless steel is its resistance to fire and heat. Choosing high chromium and nickel-alloyed grades allow you to use stainless steel effectively in boilers, valves, feed water heaters and other heat exchangers.

Long-Term Value
The long-term value of working with stainless steel far outweighs the initial investment that often turns the uninformed away. The life cycle cost should always be a part of the decision making. Choosing a maintenance-free product like stainless steel allows you to focus on a great process and product.

3 SITUATIONS TO USE STAINLESS STEEL GRAINED FINISH
3 SITUATIONS TO USE STAINLESS STEEL GRAINED FINISH

Choosing a finish for a stainless steel project is crucial for ensuring the piece meets the specific needs of your industry and utility. Using a grained finish, or “brushed” look is a common option for residential and commercial stainless steel applications. In this article, we’ll discuss the 3 most common uses for a stainless steel grained finish.

HEAVY TRAFFIC AREAS OR INDUSTRIAL APPLICATIONS
Using a grained finish is common for stainless steel pieces used in an area of heavy traffic or heavy use. This material has high integrity against wear and tear and will look good in this state for a long time to come.

Because the stainless steel grain has not been buffed out of the metal, it has a dull sheen and is not easily visibly scratched or damaged. This makes it perfect for service elevator wall panels, escalator parts, and more.

FOOD OR BEVERAGE MANUFACTURING PROTECTIVE PANELS
While stainless steel grain finish is not often used in the manufacturing and production of high grade food or chemical products, it is often used for the protective panels and setup around the machinery.

Why? The visible grain of the stainless steel offers room for bacteria and other harmful particulates to gather, which makes it unsuitable for food or chemical manufacturing. However, stainless steel metal with a grain finish offers a sturdy and not easily damaged surface that is perfect for protecting workers throughout the process.

COMMERCIAL MACHINERY & EQUIPMENT
Stainless steel grain finish is the perfect material for commercial machinery and equipment that isn’t designed for highly porous materials. For example, manufacturing equipment for clothing or scientific equipment could use the sturdy structure and integrity of stainless steel, but doesn’t necessarily require the low porosity of hot rolled stainless steel.

For this application, a grain finished stainless steel is actually perfect. Highly durable, unlikely to damage the product, and easy to clean, a grain finish offers all of the strength of stainless steel without the expense of a more intense preparation and finish.

COMMON EXAMPLES OF STAINLESS STEEL GRAIN
Common to industrial applications, stainless steel #3 and #4 have a brushed look with a directional stainless steel grain that is easy to spot. Without the shiny or mirrored finish, this metal is often used for commercial or industrial applications because they don’t easily show wear and tear.

In more common applications, a stainless steel grain finish is what you’re likely to see used for a kitchen sink, elevator wall panels that aren’t shiny, home kitchen appliances, or for stainless steel floor kick plates.

Learn about the various stainless steel finishes in our blog article, “What Are the Options for Stainless Steel Finishes?” then contact our team to get a quote for your next project.

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