More and more often we hear about stainless steel. Not everyone, however, is familiar or aware of the peculiarities of this material and the differences that distinguish it from normal steel together with the benefits that this may deliver to your production.
What are the characteristics that distinguish stainless steel from normal steel?
A what about the stainless steel channels? How can they be useful for you and your business?
Differences between stainless steel and normal steel
Normal steel is a blend composed of iron, carbon and other substances. Carbon, in particular, doesn’t exceed 2.06%; if this limit is exceeded, we no longer speak of steel but of cast iron. And the higher the presence of carbon, the higher the degree of hardness and resistance, the lower the flexibility and ductility.
Stainless steel is a very resistant and versatile material, the introduction of which has been a real revolution in the most varied production areas. Today, in fact, steel is practically indispensable in many sectors, from construction to industry.
There are various types of steel, which differ in strength and hardness. In any case, however, simple steel is not immune to the formation of corrosion. As we shall see, it is precisely this characteristic that makes it instantly distinguishable from stainless steel: in fact, a typical example of non-stainless steel is the one used in reinforced concrete, which is subject to corrosion problems when it is exposed to the elements when exiting the concrete mix.
Use of stainless steel
Whether you are looking for a specific material, or if your current application is in the process of requiring a product with top quality sealing characteristics, you have found your material. With the appropriate equipment, it can be converted with many different forms and dimensions – thereby providing you with more polyvalence to work on your specific project-related work. In the same way, with such a high anti-corrosion performance, its durability is improved over time as well as in the future.
Within the U-profile category, there is a wide choice regarding their dimensions. They are available in both imperial and metric sizes all over the world. In contrast to stainless steel. For this reason, Montanstahl has been working on the stainless steel grades exclusively.
The production of these commercial outlines is based on a combination of hot rolling mills and high-performance automated laser welding lines, which are located in various production sites around the world. Among their specialities, we find the stainless steel channels.
Montanstahl stainless steel channels and U profiles: choose the right one for you
The product range includes European Standard U-profiles (UPN), European Standard U-profiles with parallel flanges (UPE) and U-profiles with parallel flanges (UPA). These profiles are both hot-rolled and laser-welded. The stainless steel cross-sections of Montanstahl correspond to the dimensions of carbon steel merchant bars. A large proportion of these products are always available in their central warehouses in Switzerland, or in the warehouses of their European trading partners, in the qualities 304/304L, 316/316L and 316Ti (1.4571).
If your project requires other types of products that go beyond the standards and are not displayed on Montanstahl’s webpage, you can contact them, since their production technologies at their disposal allow them to produce special profiles, in the shape and alloy that you need in order to fully meet your needs.