The Medical Industry Uses Steel!

Posted on February 28, 2012 by Reda Abouleish

The metal of choice for the medical industry is stainless steel!

Stainless steel is the most common metal used in manufacturing medical equipment.  There is a wide array of reasons why.  Let us take a look at some of these examples and why it is the metal of choice for the medical industry.

As you could imagine, the medical field has extremely high requirements for sanitation and cleanliness.  This is the reason why steel is the predominant metal seen in emergency rooms and hospitals throughout the world.  Hospital beds, disposable buckets for needles/hazardous waste and hospital wheelchairs all use stainless steel.  That is only a small portion of uses stainless steel has in the medical field.

When in surgery, a patient’s body cannot come into contact with instruments susceptible to corrosion or metal that deteriorates under extreme heat.  Steel does not corrode or alter when exposed to extreme temperatures found during some surgical procedures and sterilization techniques.  It remains clean decreasing the odds of disease and infections from spreading keeping patients and the medical staff clean, safe and healthy.

Steel is also very cost-effective.  This is important to hospitals and medical centers.  They buy mass quantities of equipment, furniture and other needs; thus, the material chosen needs to be inexpensive, durable and long-lasting.  Steel fulfills all these requirements.

Call us today and find out why stainless steel and nickel alloy are the right choice for your business needs.


What are the Differences between Soldering, Brazing and Welding Stainless Steel?

Posted on February 23, 2012 by Reda Abouleish

Welding stainless steel is only one method of producing stainless steel tubes.

I do not suggest for you to solder or weld steel tubing on your own.  It can be a dangerous process if not implemented correctly.  My advice is to leave it to a professional.  Your steel supplier or manufacturer can handle this job for you.  But this does not stop clients from asking about the availability of the various techniques; thus, am here to share with you the distinction between soldering, brazing and welding steel.

What is Soldering?

Soldering is a process that fuses two or more metals together by connecting the melting of a metal between them.  The melting metal is referred to as the solder.  When soldering stainless steel, the manufacturer can choose to solder two stainless steel pieces together rather than use a different material known as the filler metal.

There are companies that use soldering and brazing practices but do not confuse the two. They both use heat but the temperature used in each method is distinct.  Soldering is connecting the metals below 800 degrees Fahrenheit while brazing is above 800 degrees Fahrenheit.

What is Welding?

Welding is when you take two pieces of metal, heat them up until you reach the melting point then gum the tubes together at the joints.   Most experienced, knowledgeable and trained professionals recommend using electric power when welding stainless steel tubing.   There are a wide array of power sources to choose from such as constant voltage, AC, DC reverse polarity and more.

To find out more about how stainless steel tubing is made then call us today.

How to Choose High Grade Stainless Steel

Posted on February 21, 2012 by Reda Abouleish

High steel grades can even be found in your home kitchen.

Stainless steel is a corrosion resistant, durable and lustrous material that is used in many different commercial industries.  Thus, many business owners and project managers find themselves selecting high quality stainless steel.  But how do they do it?  What do they look for?  To find out specifics about what stainless steel grade is right for your project then call one of our stainless steel and nickel alloy bars expert.  In the meantime, here is a brief overview on what is standard for different industries.

For your food processing needs, a Grade 304 is a popular option.  It is chosen the most based upon its ability to endure various acids found in food without becoming corroded or damaged.  Think about citrus fruits.  They contain acid that eats away at other materials on contact.  But the Grade 304 is resistant to such disintegration making it the forerunner for sinks, steam tables and other necessary products in a commercial kitchen.

Due to the high content of salt in the ocean, a water tank or boat needs to be produced from a material that does not falter under such circumstances.  Think about what holds up under such conditions.  Does the material you are choosing rust?  Is there an alloy that works best for this industry?  A high grade stainless steel answers these questions and more.

To find out how to distinguish high quality grades from the rest then just give us a call.  We are here to help you.

How to Identify Quality Stainless Steel

Posted on February 16, 2012 by Reda Abouleish

stainless-steel-nickel-alloy-bars-metal-propertyWhen purchasing stainless steel for your next project or business, examine the metal properties.  Ask about the stress, strain and stiffness.  These three traits need to be considered when you buy stainless steel.  Ask the manufacturer to breakdown what these properties mean and how they play a significant role.  In the meantime, here is a brief outline of what these traits entail.


When examining the stress of a metal you are deliberately looking to see how far you can stretch or pull the metal before the cross-section starts to unravel.  By doing so, one reveals if there are any holes or sudden changes in the cross-section. This is valuable information.  Stainless steel is known to be a dependable, tough and rust-resistant material; thus, if you bought a defective piece then disaster ensues.  Avoid the negative pitfalls of buying cheap steel by asking the seller about the level of stress the metal exhibits.


Think about what happens when you bend any piece of material.  Does it snap into two pieces once it reaches a certain point?    If so then the stiffness level is, most likely, quite low.  On the other hand, if the metal bends but does not snap then the material may rate high on the stiffness trait.  This is important to be sure your choice of metal does not fall apart or break when extreme pressure is applied.


Strain is defined as how much a material is compressed or stretched in comparison to its original length.  For instance, if you take a titanium rod and stretch it to be twice its original strength then the strain of the rod would be 100% an engineering strain.  Another test to check strain is a compression test.  This entails taking the metal between two plates and applying force by moving the crossheads together. This examination governs the strength, proportional limits, and its elasticity range.

To find out more about stainless steel and nickel alloy bars, call one of our experts today.

Advantages to Cooking with a Stainless Steel Griddle

Posted on February 9, 2012 by Reda Abouleish

Check out the many benefits to using stainless steel.

By now you have heard me repeatedly point out how stainless steel is easy to clean, 100% recyclable and resilient to rust and corrosion.  These benefits carry on when creating other products other than building structures from stainless steel.  It is true across the board for anything made from stainless steel, including stainless steel griddles.

How to Choose a Stainless Steel Griddle

The most ideal type of griddle for making your delicious grilled cheese sandwiches and your infamous pancakes is to use a restaurant grade steel griddle.  This usually consists of a 304 stainless steel grade or better (see blog entry “So Many Steel Grades, So Little Time”).  This indicates how resistant it is to extreme temperatures; how tough it is from breaking and how thick it is for cooking foods equally and quickly over lower grade griddles.  Additionally, check if the cooking equipment has a warranty or not.  If a lifetime warranty is included with your purchase then this normally is an indication of how well the product works and lasts.  Next, think about what size you need.  This will help steer you in the right direction when buying this product.

There is a wide selection to choose from so do not worry about not finding one to suit your needs and your budget.  Just keep in mind to check if it is made from stainless steel or not.

To find out more about the benefits of using stainless steel or nickel alloy for your next project, call one of our experienced and knowledgeable specialists today.


Disadvantages of Using Plastic

Posted on February 6, 2012 by Reda Abouleish

Plastic does not break down...even after 100 years. Prevent this from happening by switching to stainless steel.

Kids in schools are learning about the importance of taking care of the environment.  Then they are coming home and teaching us dinosaurs about the importance of changing our eating and drinking habits to prevent us from consuming more than necessary making a negative impact on the environment.  Within that same context, I am learning about the disadvantages to using plastic versus stainless steel.

Plastic contains a harmful substance called BPA.  BPA can cause havoc on one’s own body leading to health complications.  In some instances, BPA has been linked to causing developmental issues in young children, causing prenatal problems for pregnant woman and cancer in others…and that is just the beginning.  Additionally, plastic does not disintegrate.  So what does this mean for consumers?  It means whenever you use plastic it sits in our landfills, pollutes our waters and puts wildlife (and ourselves) in harm’s way.

Make the Switch to Stainless Steel

To prevent any health risks from forming and to protect the environment make the switch to cutting down on using plastic.  It is an easy change to make that has a big impact on the environment and our lives.  It is simple.  Start by bringing to work steel utensils rather than plastic.  Store leftovers at home in glass containers rather than plastic.  Carry around a steel water bottle to the gym rather than plastic.  All of these small changes help prevent further damage to fall upon the earth trickling down to us.

To find out more about stainless steel and nickel alloy bars call us today!


New York City and Steel Go Together

Posted on February 2, 2012 by Reda Abouleish

Stainless steel is the metal of choice in New York City.

When I roam around New York City I look up, just like any other tourist.  The locals say don’t do it but how can you not.  The magnificent building structures are impossible to ignore.  Architects manipulated steel in such a manner that architectural masterpieces were created throughout the city.  So I decided to dive into stainless steel more and find out how it is made and other attributes about this strong, resilient material.

One of the most noticeable buildings in New York City is the Empire State Building.  It was first incepted by architects who were set on designing the tallest building in New York City.  But they were puzzled on how to make a structure so tall with the heavy metals used in the past, such as iron.  So they did some tests and eventually concluded that a lighter, stronger material has to be used to complete this spectacular building.  Thus, they chose steel.

What is Stainless Steel Fabrication?

The way steel is bent and cut to create any shape, size, structure is referred to as stainless steel fabrication. The metal is lightweight while still being strong, and resistant to corrosion making it the building designers’ top choice.

Stainless Steel versus Carbon Steel

This preferred metal is commonly used in building bridges, oil rigs, and water pumps.  It is able to withstand many different extreme temperatures without faltering.  It is resistant to corrosion, rust and chips keeping repair and replacement costs to a minimum.  All of these traits make steel a much better choice than carbon steel.  For carbon steel is susceptible to rust and corrosion when exposed to air and water.

To find out more about stainless steel and nickel alloy bars, call National Specialty Alloys today.

So Many Stainless Steel Grades, So Little Time

Posted on February 1, 2012 by Reda Abouleish

45 stainless steel grades? Higher. There are 150 steel grades.

Whenever the weather starts to warm up I always think back to my childhood of the ice cream truck coming around the neighborhood.  You could hear it from a mile down the street.  My friends and I would hop on our bikes and follow the sound.   Once you got there, we all stood in front of the truck menu in awe of the different choices.  It was unreal to our young, impressionable minds.  There were so many different choices and it was difficult to narrow it down to one.  So why do I bring any of this up?  Well, believe it or not stainless steel bars have so many different options, choices and grades to choose from too…just like the ice cream truck. There is a stainless steel bar grade available to suit your project needs.

Do You Know Your Stainless Steel Grades?

To find out what steel grade is best for you then please call one of our stainless steel experts today.  In the meantime, here is a quick overview on what you can expect when ordering certain stainless steel bars.

Forget Baskin Robbins 31 flavors when it comes to steel there are over 150 options to choose from.  There is the “316” stainless steel and the “304” stainless steel. These numbers may sound foreign to you but these two types are the most common types of stainless steel in production worldwide.  These grades are used in construction equipment, buildings, cars and electronics.  But what makes these grades different?  How are they distinguished from one another?  The numbers relate to its iron properties, its resilient to corrosion and if it is suitable for welding or not.

To find out about these specifics grades and more, call one of our stainless steel or nickel alloy bars experts.  We are here to help you!




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