Chase Alloys have been a leading stainless steel stockholder since 1992. In the 20+ years we have been in business, we have supplied stainless steel to a number of businesses all of whom use the metal in different ways. Today we are looking at the some of the most popular uses of stainless steel bars, tubes and sheets.
Architecture & Construction
Due to the general low cost and resiliency against vandalism, stainless steel is widely used for roofing, beams and cladding in a great number of buildings. Because these features are extremely desirable, stainless steel is also heavily used in the manufacturing of street furniture and public vending machines.
Carbon steel was at one time heavily favoured over anything else, especially in construction. During the building of bridges, carbon steel was used as a support. However, the reinforced concrete used on the bridge (from limestone) was often introduced to larger amounts of grit salt. Over time this acidic substance would rust the carbon steel and cause it to corrode.
Today, to combat this issue and improve upon the structural integrity of bridges, stainless steel is used.
Kitchenware and cutlery is arguably the most common use of stainless steel, with stainless steel knives, forks and spoons all being mass-produced. For various types and finishes of cutlery, different types and grades of stainless steel can be used. Knives tend to be produced with specially made 410 and 420, whilst most forks and spoons are made with 304 grade stainless steel (a blend of 18/8 stainless steel, nickel and chromium).
The finer knives made from grades such as 410 and 420, can be tempered and hardened so that the piece of cutlery will have a very sharp edge. Whereas the more supple 18/8 stainless steel is easier to contort into different shapes (spoons and forks).
Due to the increased durability of stainless steel, in comparison to carbon steel; it is used primarily in a medical context as a medical implant and for artificial limbs components and hips.
However, stainless steel is also used medically elsewhere outside the body; and can be found in examination machines, orthopaedic beds and storage cabinets.
Outside of the body, stainless steel can be found in various apparatus such as medicine cabinets, examination machines, operating tables and orthopaedic beds. Stainless steel is used for this type of equipment because it is seen to be extremely hygienic and very easy to clean; two features that are vital when dealing with equipment in a medical capacity.