Why the Food Industry Uses Stainless Steel

Posted on May 25, 2012 by Reda Abouleish
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The metal of choice in the food processing industry is stainless steel.

Stainless steel comes in many different grades which are suitable for a wide array of industries.  You can use it for marine, oil and gas, construction and food industry.  Today that is what I am going to focus upon, the food industry.

The food industry has specific needs and requirements that need to be met.  The equipment needs to work effectively and be acceptable to specific food regulation guidelines.  The equipment needs to be easy to clean and manage itself in extreme heat and cold. The equipment has to be sterilized or have the ability to be frequently sterilized without any damage.  Different food acids should not affect it as well.  You do not want to shut down your business solely to replace a piece of equipment, again.  That is money lost on production, replacement and repairs.  Instead, make the wise business decision to switch your equipment to stainless steel.

This metal is used in food manufacturing and processing applications.  The most common grades are 304 and 316.  These are metals frequently chosen for on-contact equipment.  In other words, it is suitable for equipment that touches your food during the processing and manufacturing progression.  These two grades are considered austenitic.

If you choose the correct steel that was precisely designed to hold up under the industry demands then you eliminate the problem of corrosion.  The risk is minimized.  To prolong its life and corrosion resistance abilities choose wisely when it comes to the finish.  Smooth surface finishes for this metal are easy to keep clean which decreases the susceptibility it has to falling apart.

To find out more about the different ways to use stainless steel and nickel alloys in your business call one of our specialists today.

 

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