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Seamless vs. Welded Tubing: What’s the Difference?

Seamless vs. welded tubing represent two different types of stainless steel tubing used in various industrial and commercial construction, structural, medical, and aesthetic applications. Therefore, choosing between seamless vs. welded tubing will depend on the product application requirements. Though seamless and welded stainless steel tubing are common forms of tubing, they differ in a number of ways. Users should be aware of these primary differences, including the following: (more…)

Is All Stainless Steel Food Grade?

Is all stainless steel food grade? Certainly, stainless steel is a material of choice for various uses and applications in the food and beverage industry. From cutlery and countertops to walk-in refrigerators and transportation tankers, stainless steel meets specific requirements and standards deemed safe for food contact, processing, preparation, and storage. Nonetheless, though there are many grades of stainless steel, only a few in the 300 and 400 series have food-grade properties suitable for use in the food industry. We explain more below. (more…)

A Pocket Guide: Stainless Steel Specifications for Military Use

Following proper stainless steel specifications and guidelines are necessary to ensure the integrity of any application and fully function as designed, be it a fitting, fastener, or structural component, during the product’s intended service life. This is particularly important regarding applications manufactured for military use. Stainless steel is a material used widely in the defense and aerospace industries because, when correctly specified, it meets the operational requirements needed to perform in diverse environments and settings. (more…)

Everything You Need to Know About 400 Series Stainless Steel

Each type of stainless steel has distinct properties that best suit specific applications. For example, the 400 series stainless steels corrode and rust under certain conditions. With a higher carbon content, their martensitic crystalline structure gives end products higher strength and makes them more resistant to wear. For those who need to work with it or otherwise utilize this alloy, understanding what 400 series stainless steel is and what it can do will help find the best stainless steel for the application. (more…)

Steel Vendors FAQs: Everything You Want to Know

When working with steel vendors, they must be knowledgeable about the products they supply to your business and all the different steels they sell, their applications and specific properties. They should also have a good idea about products they don’t sell but which are crucial to the industry. (more…)