Why the Food Industry Uses Stainless Steel

Posted on May 25, 2012 by Reda Abouleish

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.

What are Nickel Alloys?

Posted on May 22, 2012 by Reda Abouleish

Nickel alloys are used in the airlines industry.

The other day I was sitting at the airport waiting for my flight and I was tired of playing Words with Friends on my smartphone so I walked to the big windows to check out the planes.  I watched these massive planes take off.  The amount of thrust the engines require to make the climb and create enough acceleration for the flaps to retract is beyond my non-engineering, non-mechanical, can’t do math brain to comprehend.  But what I did ponder about is something every airplane designer/engineer thinks about.  What material is used to create jet engines that is able to hold up under such extreme conditions?

When producing a jet engine or building an industrial processing plant, choice of materials are essential to the success of the machine, building and/or project.  The key is to think about keeping the repair costs low and finding a metal with longevity abilities.  Nickel definitely answers these concerns.

Nickel is a strong metal with a ferocious ability to resist corrosion and oxidation.   It is customarily mixed with chromium to create stainless steel.  It is a popular metal of choice for many different industries due to is ability to stay strong under extreme conditions.

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

Why You Should Use Stainless Steel Sinks in Your House

Posted on May 18, 2012 by Reda Abouleish

Stainless steel sinks work in medical labs and in your home kitchen.

We can all learn something from university science departments and the medical field regarding hygiene and cleanliness.  Both continue to master the ability of maintaining clean, medically safe environments in a simple, easy manner by placing stainless steel sinks throughout.

By having these sinks in accessible areas, companies are stopping the spread of toxic chemicals and germs.  It is effortless to carry germs from your work to home but with stainless steel sinks the flow of spreading negative harmful substances is reduced significantly.  So why wouldn’t you adapt the same philosophy to your own home by using these sinks in your kitchen design?

When cooking in a kitchen, you have similar concerns as many pharmaceutical, science and health departments.  You need to prohibit the spread of food contamination of any sort.  Preserving your family’s health is a priority that is not taken lightly.  Resolve this issue with these sinks.  They are rust resistant, durable and are easy to clean.  If any leftover food items spread then you can stop contamination simply by wiping down the sink.  This also saves you time from having to spend on cleaning the sink and kitchen and more time to spend with the family, especially after serving a large family dinner.  The last thing you want to do after cooking, serving and eating is spend further exhausting energy cleaning up.

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

How Stainless Steel is Used in the Automotive Industry

Posted on May 15, 2012 by Reda Abouleish

Stainless steel cars are durable, rust-resistant and long lasting.

With gas prices soaring and salaries not increasing to reflect this necessary economical change then it is time to think of ways to save money.  Cutting coupons, looking for sales and buying quality long-lasting products that won’t break the budget is the way to go; and there is one type of metal that I rely upon when I need to make a big purchase, such as a new vehicle.  The product is stainless steel.

When buying a vehicle check out the interior and exterior.  Notice the metal used throughout.  It is usually made from stainless steel.

This type of iron carbon alloy is a durable, rust resistant material used in various parts of your car and/or truck.  It is cost effective for manufacturers and holds up under a wide array of extreme conditions.   It is the material of choice for your engine, trim and exhaust system.

The exhaust system is exposed to extremely hot temperatures and needs a solid material capable of managing destructive gases without harming the car.  You do not want to spend a ton of money only to later learn that you need to replace the entire exhaust due to the material falling apart.  Other metals are sometimes used so be sure you are not fooled.  Do a thorough check.

These are only a few examples of how the automotive industry uses stainless steel.  To find out more call one of our nickel alloy experts today.

Benefits to Switching to Stainless Steel Brake Lines

Posted on May 11, 2012 by Reda Abouleish

Save money on repair and maintenance and make the switch to stainless steel brake lines today!

Your automobile needs to be a dependable, reliable and long lasting car.  The parts should work effectively without breaking your wallet. It does not matter if you have “the need for speed” or you prefer a leisurely Sunday drive down the Pacific Coast.  Either way, the same things on your vehicle need to work without giving you much of a headache.  The steering wheel, engine and brakes are three of those things that you should not fret about on a regular basis.  Today I am going to share with you how to reduce stress and worry surrounding your brakes.

One way to eliminate the stress and worry surrounding your car’s reliability is to change your brakes to stainless steel brake lines.

Stainless steel brake lines do not fade from heat buildup or “wear and tear.”  You have these issues with rubber but this chosen metal does not develop the same problems.  The material is durable, corrosion resistant and long lasting.  Additionally, by using steel you save money in the long run. You do not have to frequently spend money on replacement and repair expenses.  The pedal feel is also much smoother and the braking control increases significantly.  With other materials, the brakes become receptive to turning into a safety hazard and money pit.  For instance, rubber brakes have an average life span of 6 years.  After this time, the brakes reach a too dangerous to drive level.  This does not happen with stainless steel.

Find out more about the benefits of using stainless steel and nickel alloy in the automotive industry.

Why Engineers Use Stainless Steel Ball Valves

Posted on May 8, 2012 by Reda Abouleish

Stainless steel keeps your operations running smoothly.

As time goes on engineers continue to develop new technology improving operation services for a variety of businesses in a wide array of sectors.   The form of the stainless steel ball valve is no different. It has changed in shape and has been modified to achieve maximum results throughout the years.

A steel ball valve is located inside a tube and enables waste fluids to travel through a passageway.  The valve works by placing an existing hole in the steel ball then the placement of the ball is controls the function of this valve.  Once this occurs, the valves stay open when the holes proceeding in the same direction as that of the passageways.  The fluid begins to stream out in a uninterrupted manner.  This is vital to the function of the contraption because if the holes are not lined up correctly then the valve closes and the fluid remains encased.

Why Stainless Steel?

To effectively execute its function, the valve needs to be strong and untainted when exposed to extreme temperatures and pressures.  Sometimes the metal valves connect joints that carry a maximum of 200 degrees.  Thus, it needs to be able to handle such circumstances without dissolving or bowing.

To find out  more about how stainless steel and nickel alloy bars can improve your business operations, call National Specialty Alloys today.

How to Evaluate Nickel Alloys

Posted on May 3, 2012 by Reda Abouleish

Choose machinery made from nickel alloys and stainless steel.

When purchasing nickel alloy bars it is important to keep a checklist of what different traits you need to examine.  Think about the magnetic properties, oxidation and sulfide endurance, the ability to hold up under extreme weather, the hardness of the chosen metal and the rust resistance.   These are all important characteristics to look at when choosing stainless steel or nickel alloys.  But today I am going to be focusing on two qualities that stand out the most: mechanical properties and erosion resistance.

Mechanical Properties

Before putting in an order, talk to a nickel alloy expert about what diverse temperatures the metal performs well in.  You need the product to work effectively whether it is positioned in a room emitting extreme heat or one maintaining consistent, comfortable room temperature.  The operation of the metal should not change.  This is essential to your business operations.  You cannot have machinery suddenly stop functioning due to a temperature change.  A breakdown of equipment puts a dent into your earnings and forces you to use it for repairs.

Erosion Resistance

Using a type of material that cracks, falls apart and rusts is a problem.  These defects affect the entire success rate of a business.  You cannot keep stopping and starting whenever something breaks down. Having a reliable, strong, erosion resistant material keeps your work moving along smoothly.

To find out more call one of our nickel alloy specialists today.

Why University Science Labs Use Stainless Steel

Posted on May 3, 2012 by Reda Abouleish

Medical, research and university science labs choose to use stainless steel sinks.

Since I started writing this blog, I started noticing stainless steel in various industries and uses.  I have seen it in kitchen appliances, cookware, sterile dental tools and more.  But what I didn’t think about until I took a tour of the Arizona State University’s Science Department is the use of stainless steel laboratory sinks.

I have been commenting about the durability and the ease to clean stainless steel products throughout my blogs; thus, it makes perfect sense to use it in the interior of health, medical and science labs.

When working in a medical research facility you need to be certain your sinks will last and not disintegrate and/or be contaminated by highly toxic chemicals.  You want to get your money’s worth.   You are spending billions of dollars on research, testing medicines and hiring the best in the field.  The thing you need  to worry about is replacing every single station’s sink each month.  Stainless steel allows lab technicians to manage their tasks, clean up easily, and remain healthy and safe.

Stainless steel grade 316 is a common metal used in medical research.  It is erosion resistant and is able to stand up to different temperatures and environments.  Once a lab technician is finished with his/her work then that person can just wipe down the steel clean making this another appealing trait for this metal of choice.

To find out more about how your business and home can benefit from stainless steel and nickel alloy bars give National Specialty Alloys a call today.



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