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!


A Closer Look at Stainless Steel Tubes

Posted on January 30, 2012 by Reda Abouleish

Stainless steel tubes come in many different shapes and sizes.

For some people going to the dentist stirs up feelings of anxiousness and fear.  It brings up memories of being lectured about brushing and flossing properly in a similar scolded manner as when your teacher used to send you to the principal’s office.  But some of that fear could be diminished significantly when you realize the dental and medical equipment is made from stainless steel metal.

Why Steel Tubing is Right for Medical, Dental and Automotive

Stainless steel is a strong, stain resistant metal.  This metal is an ideal choice for a dentist or medical office.  If you look around your dentist’s office you see these machines pumping fluids and gas.  Inside these machines are circular tubes pushing the material through.  These are forms of steel tubing.  It is the same kind of tubing you find in exhaust pipes, engines and other necessary automotive parts.  These tubes are also effective in producing needles, hydraulic systems and fuel lines.  There is a wide array of techniques to create these tubes out of steel metal.  In some cases, manufacturers take a flat round disc of sheet metal and spin it on a horizontal surface.  This process is known as spinning.  There is another way to create steel metal tubes through a series of piercing a rod to form a circular, hollow show.  This is the most common method to create stainless steel tubing with attention to exact measurements, details and customized orders.

The best thing to do is to talk to one of our specialists.  He/she will be able to advise you regarding what is the best means to create steel bars to match your needs.

Why You Need a Stainless Steel Waste Oil Pump

Posted on January 17, 2012 by Reda Abouleish

Avoid leaving a trail of destruction by incorporating stainless steel waste oil pumps.

In the oil industry, it is common to use stainless steel waste oil pumps.  These pumps have multiple benefits to helping your business and your company’s reputation.  It helps keep waters clean, land uncontaminated and wildlife untouched. Let’s take a look at why you need a waste oil pump for your business.

Exploring for oil in a mass area is a complicated task.  It takes lots of manpower, knowledge, research, experience, time and money.  In vague terms, you dig into an area where you suspect there is rich oil.  It sounds simple enough but it becomes a problem when your work begins to contaminate the entire area.  These oil fields and your work could seep into the ground leaving hazardous waste along the way.  To avoid this from occurring you need a transfer pump to remove the waste safely and properly without polluting the environment.  A waste oil pump helps you achieve this goal.

These pumps also come in handy when separating layers of oil from natural water.  It handles a process where it separates the waste from the natural water in an effective, hassle-free manner.  This becomes vital in areas you are present.  You do not want the water to become a health hazard due to your work.  A waste oil pump is able to resolve this issue giving you and the community peace of mind.

To find out more call one of our specialists about our customized stainless steel and nickel alloy bars.

Common Uses for Stainless Steel Banding

Posted on January 16, 2012 by Reda Abouleish

Use stainless steel bandings when securing your street signs.

When a city decides to create new signage, the contractors have to consider material sturdy enough to keep the sign together.  What can they use to fasten it with?  If they do not choose something sturdy, durable and resilient then it could fall apart creating the grounds for a lawsuit to be filed by any citizen.  It could come crashing down on flowing traffic or pedestrians crossing the street.  So what material holds together the signage and eliminates this type of worry?  By choosing stainless steel banding you rid yourself, the city and contractors from worrying about such issues.  There are many other uses for it too.

This type of banding has replaced the customary screws, bolts and nails method of attaching street signs and signals to sign poles.  The banding wraps around the pole keeping the pole sturdy and together ensuring it does not fall apart over time.  It is also resistant to extreme temperatures or heat making it a cost-effective option.

The chemical industry is another arena that utilizes steel bandings.  As mentioned above, they hold up under extreme temperatures and conditions.  This makes it an ideal option for the chemical industry.  Furthermore, it is water resistant and is capable of staying together under high, power pressured processing.

There is a tall demand for mobile companies to build network towers.  The competition is stiff.  They want to be certain to deliver reliable service to customers to any location.  Stainless steel bandings help mobile companies achieve this goal.

To find out more about different uses of stainless steel and nickel alloy call one of our specialists today.

Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas – Think Outside the Box

Posted on January 10, 2012 by Reda Abouleish

Think outside the box this Valentine's Day and buy that special someone new stainless steel appliances.

Every year people rush around last minute to get their significant other Valentine’s Day gifts.  Chocolates and flowers seem to be the most common gift choice.  But why not stand out from years past?  Make this year special by thinking outside of the box.  Here are two Valentine’s Day gift ideas that he/she will appreciate.

Give Brand New Stainless Steel Appliances

Proceed with caution when selecting this gift item because not all women and men will interpret receiving stainless steel appliances as romantic.  But if your spouse has been complaining about the kitchen appliances for years and if he/she believes the kitchen is the heart of the home then this is an ideal gift. It is something that shall last for many years to come.  And who knows?  Maybe your significant other will use the new equipment to cook you a Valentine’s Day dinner.  Just don’t mention it first.  It could be taken the wrong way and then you will be spending Valentine’s Day alone.

Book a Spa or Golf Day

Some people never have enough time to get away from the nuisances of the daily rut so why not book a spa or golf day.  Check out the local spas and golf resorts in your area.  Choose one that has the amenities, packages and promotions you desire.  Spas and a round of golf are a great way for a person to relax and return rejuvenated.

There are a number of unique ways to express how much you appreciate and adore someone.  Make this Valentine’s Day extra special.

To find out about the benefits of using stainless steel and nickel alloy for your business or home call National Alloy Specialists today. We are able to deliver customized orders that meet your specific needs.  It does not matter if you are in the Oil and Gas industry or the Aerospace industry.  Just call one of our specialists today.

How to Make Your Stainless Steel Clamping Tool Last

Posted on January 6, 2012 by Reda Abouleish

Keep your tools working properly by following these simple maintenance and cleaning tips.

Deciding to purchase stainless steel tools for your technicians is a no-brainer.  So why would your clamping tool be any different?   Stainless steel clamping tools are resilient, durable and seemingly never breakdown.   Due to this trouble-fee material, some technicians overlook the vital aspect of maintaining them.  But it is important to implement regular upkeep practices on your tools to make sure it does not suddenly stop working on you.

You reply on these tools to execute your job correctly.  You count on them to help you earn income so treat them accordingly.

Maintenance Tips for Your Stainless Steel Tool

Overtime your clamping tool incurs a natural buildup between the clamping teeth due to usage.  This is normal.  But if you allow the buildup to sit it creates a thickness that blocks the teeth from working correctly.  Avoid this situation completely by taking the time to clean your tools.  It saves you time and money in the long run.

So how do you clean your clamping tool?  It’s simple.  Remove the gripper by removing the pin out of the tool.  Next, take a wire brush and scrub the tool’s teeth.  This removes any residue left over.   Once complete put the pin back in the tool and then you are done.  It is easy to do and keeps your stainless steel clamping tool working effectively.

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

How to Clean a Stainless Steel Sink

Posted on January 4, 2012 by Reda Abouleish

Adding a stainless steel sink is a stylish choice for your home kitchen.   It always makes me feel like I’m in a top-notch chef’s kitchen when I see one in someone’s home.  It looks great, won’t crack and is durable.  But how do you keep it looking fresh and new after years of use?  Here are some tips on how to clean a stainless steel sink.

Use Mild Products

Skip the toxic cleaning products.  Switch to baking soda or white vinegar.   Baking soda eliminates odors and removes any stuck on grime.  White vinegar removes stains while polishing the stainless steel at the same time.  These two are household items you may already own. It is a no fuss, cost-effective, hassle free way to keep your sink looking pristine.

Implement Preventive Measures

The key to keeping your new kitchen sink clean is to employ preventive measures into the mix.   For instance, do not leave any metal canned products or cast iron for long periods of time in the sink.  This leads to staining.  Remember to never cut directly on a stainless steel surface.  If you are going to clean it then go with the grain.  This makes the material shine like new.  If you live in an area where hard water is a problem then wipe the sink dry after each use.

Stainless steel is not just used for kitchen sinks.  It is also an ideal material choice for processing plants, high pressure machinery, condensers, heat exchanger tubes and more.

To find out more about customized stainless steel and nickel alloy bars for your next home or commercial project call one of our experts today.



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