Stainless steel material fabrication doesn’t come easy. It requires understanding of the material, extensive industry experience, and unmatched skills to perform these processes without damaging or affecting its integrity.
At Silver Engineering Works, we pride ourselves on educating our team members and acquiring the technology needed to keep up with this fast-paced industry. Our experience includes custom fabricated, machined, and welded stainless steel material for various industries throughout the world.
Stainless Steel Grades Explained
Our highly skilled craftsmen at Silver Engineering Works have unparalleled skills with the following stainless steel types and grades:
- 201 – A low carbon version that can be used in harsher environments, this type of stainless steel is used for boilers, evaporators and gas pipelines.
- 302 – This is an austenitic grade with a low carbon content that offers good corrosion resistance due to its ability to form chromium oxide on the surface.
- 303 – This type of stainless steel is an austenitic grade that has a low carbon content with increased levels of nickel for better resistance to sensitization.
- 304 – Due to its high corrosion resistance, this type of stainless steel is used for structural applications that need a uniformed appearance.
- 309 – A highly resistant type of stainless steel, this is a popular choice due to its relatively low cost. It is a lower nickel addition with a higher carbon content.
- 316L – With an increased corrosion resistance, this type of stainless steel is a popular choice for long-term use in corrosive environments.
- 416 – Increasingly popular in the marine and roadside market, this type of stainless steel offers a high level of corrosion resistance. The higher carbon content reduces the risk of sensitization, which can lead to increased sensitivity to atmospheric changes.
- 425 – Better known as “Sundance”, this type of stainless steel is corrosion and discoloration resistant due to its elevated levels of carbon and nitrogen.
- 430 – Used a wide range of environmental and industrial applications, this type of stainless steel has an added anti-magnetic quality to reduce the risk of magnetic interference with sensitive equipment.
Industries that Use Stainless Steel
Aviation – One industry that relies heavily on stainless steel is the aviation industry. The temperature fluctuations during flight make it crucial that the tools aboard can withstand whatever weather conditions are thrown at them. Aviation parts like the blades of propellers help keep planes in the air and often need to be replaced during flights. Another part that is important for aviation is wire, which is used primarily by commercial airlines to connect a jet to a terminal or a cargo plane to a crane.
Textile – The textile industry relies heavily on stainless steel. Textiles are made from fibers, and these fibers are often threaded together using stainless steel. If you’re looking for something that’s been woven from stainless steel, chances are it’s in the textile industry.
Plumbing – Stainless steel is used in plumbing in a few different ways. One popular use of stainless steel in the plumbing industry is with water heaters which are made up of about 80% stainless steel. Aside from making up the majority of most water heaters, stainless steel is also used in the building of pipes that carry sewage.
Oil & Gasoline – Oil rigs use a substantial amount of stainless steel for their operations, and they often have to be replaced every 10 years or so because of corrosion. Stainless steel also has a place in oil rigs as storage tanks.
You can count on Silver Engineering Works to work with any type or shape of stainless steel your project calls for.