Stainless steel sheet and plate products combine strength, durability, antimicrobial properties, aesthetic appeal and antibacterial protection into one package. Common grades like 304 and 316 austenitic stainless steel alloys containing chromium and nickel find use in processing equipment, marine environments and power transmission applications – typically the former offers better pitting corrosion resistance than its counterpart 304.
304 Stainless Steel
Stainless steel is an excellent material to choose for construction projects because it does not stain, corrode or rust like other forms of steel do. Furthermore, unlike standard carbon steel it is both lightweight and offers greater strength and durability – in addition to resisting impacts and fires and fabricating unique surfaces and textures with precision. Global Sources offers the stainless steel products needed to help bring architectural features that add style and functionality to buildings; whether building restaurants, shopping malls or hotels we have everything you need!
304 stainless steel is one of the most economical and popular austenitic (chromium-nickel) stainless steels. It is corrosion resistant against many chemical corrodents as well as industrial environments and marine environments, and readily welds by all conventional means. Annealed condition may become slightly magnetic while hardening can only occur via heat treatment; grain direction on polished sheets cannot be guaranteed without specific consultation and quote.
Cut2Size Metals provides stainless 304 and 316 steel sheet and plate in various thicknesses and tolerances to meet your exact project needs. Roll-formed and bent applications find this steel especially versatile; additionally it boasts excellent corrosion resistance properties that make it suitable for roll forming applications and roll bending processes. Stainless 316 offers enhanced pitting corrosion resistance when compared with stainless 304, making it more commonly employed in processing equipment, marine, and power transmission industries. Both grades are dual certified to ensure that your finished product will be free from contaminants post welding. Stainless steel boasts an exceptional strength-to-weight ratio, high thermal and electrical conductivity, and high durability – qualities which make it the ideal material for many projects. Our experts can assist in selecting the ideal product to meet your application while also providing pricing information and lead times so your project stays on schedule. Reach out to us now if this material sounds ideal for your next endeavour!
316 Stainless Steel
Stainless steel is an exceptionally resilient metal that can be utilized in multiple applications. Not only is it corrosion resistant and easy to shape into various forms, it boasts an excellent strength-to-weight ratio and environmental friendliness as well as being very safe to work with.
316 stainless steel is widely utilized in industries requiring superior corrosion resistance, such as marine and acidic environments. This grade contains more chromium and nickel than other forms of stainless steel to improve durability while its molybdenum content helps defend against chloride attacks.
This type of stainless steel can also be found in medical and food processing equipment. Due to its strength, ease of welding and ability to withstand high temperatures, stainless steel pipes make an excellent material choice for use in natural gas pipelines; their corrosion-resistance makes them more suited to withstanding higher pressure levels than other forms of pipelines.
316 stainless steel is not only versatile, but it is also very cost-effective due to being available for bulk purchases – which is particularly helpful for companies needing large amounts of metal for projects. Furthermore, this metal comes with various finishes and colors available for customization.
When selecting the appropriate stainless steel sheet, it is crucial to understand its different grades. Plates typically fall into one of two categories according to which alloying elements they contain: 304 and 316 are popular examples of this category, with the latter typically featuring more nickel than its predecessor; this allows it to resist chlorides and chemicals better.
316 stainless steel plate offers excellent corrosion resistance and can easily be formed into different shapes, while also being very affordable and available in multiple sizes. 316 stainless steel sheet is also a popular choice in construction and manufacturing applications – often being used to create unique surfaces and finishes in architectural applications or fabricated into perforated or expanded sheets to allow light, air, or water passage through them.
316L Stainless Steel
316L stainless steel is an ideal material for high-strength, low-alloy construction projects that demand both strength and corrosion resistance. Weldability makes 316L an easy choice, and its low carbon content helps improve strength – perfect for building, machinery, truck frames, bridges and general fabrication applications. 316L also stands out with its capacity to bear loads – often making this grade popular with crane boom manufacturers.
This austenitic stainless steel belongs to the austenitic family, with excellent weldability and formability. Composed primarily of chromium, nickel, and iron alloying elements – making this grade ideal for marine applications as it resists corrosion even under harsh environmental conditions like salt water, acidic chemicals or chloride-containing media environments; plus pitting corrosion resistance makes this grade great against crevice corrosion pitting corrosion is also resistant against pitting corrosion!
Molybdenum adds significant corrosion resistance to 316L grade steel. It can withstand moderately oxidizing and reducing environments as well as atmospheric corrosion – making it suitable for chemical, pulp and paper, textile and textile-based industries as well as resisting chloride-related stress corrosion cracking.
Stainless steel sheet is available in an extensive variety of thicknesses, tolerances, and finishes that suit a range of applications. Common uses for stainless steel sheets are stamping parts for processing equipment as well as chemical, marine, and power transmission applications. Welded using standard fusion methods with or without filler metals they can also be rolled or formed to form custom shapes and sizes; their nonmagnetic surface prevents scale attachment while its long service life further contributes to its popularity.
Mirror Finish Stainless Steel
Stainless steel is an extremely flexible metal, offering a diverse array of finishes and textures. In addition to being corrosion-resistant and durable, it can also be shaped into various forms for custom surfaces that add a modern flair while protecting buildings.
Mirror finishes are one of the most desired metal finishes, created by polishing its surface using increasingly finer grits until its surface becomes reflective and glossy. The resultant look creates a modern and sleek aesthetic suitable for commercial and residential projects alike.
Mirror finish stainless steel can be tailored to a range of shapes and sizes, making it a versatile material suitable for interior and exterior uses. Its highly reflective surface makes cleaning simple for easy hygienic living environments. Furthermore, stainless steel makes an excellent base for decorative elements or contemporary designs.
There are multiple methods for creating a mirror finish on stainless steel, including chemical coloring and physical vapour deposition (PVD). Chemical coloring involves submersion in solutions containing chemicals like potassium hydroxide or sodium carbonate; then polishing will reveal either a bright mirror finish or darker tones for an oxidized look.
PVD coloring of steel surfaces is achieved by applying chemical to its surface. This creates a durable film resistant to scratches, fingerprints, corrosion and abrasions with various colours available ranging from gold, champagne and silver available.
Non-directional #8 mirror polishes of stainless steel offer a versatile option for decorative architectural elements. Their bright surface adds visual interest that complements many design features created by architects and designers, not to mention being unbreakable, fireproof, and ideal for public building constructions as well as high traffic areas. Furthermore, these types of polishing processes can even be embossed to add further visual interest – an extra bonus when adding texture or embossing layers to add visual interest!