Stainless Steel Contributes to Solar Energy

Posted on March 16, 2012 by Reda Abouleish

Learn what role stainless steel plays in creating solar energy.

My neighbors are looking for ways to save energy and spend less money so we started talking about solar energy.  The idea of using the sun’s rays and turning it into energy for the home sounds appealing.  But what are solar panels made of?  How is stainless steel incorporated into this alternate power source process?  Here is an inside look on the role stainless steel plays in solar energy.

Solar panels are made from stainless steel that has been compacted into sheets.   These sheets are then placed on building and home structures.  The sheets are placed directly on and parallel to the top of the structure creating a solid structurally based roof that also functions as a solar catcher.

Why Choose Stainless Steel?

Manufacturers choose to work with this metal for its durability and narrowness.   The metal does not erode, fade away or disintegrate into nothing.  It stays together and withstands extreme heat and cold.  It works with a wide array of looks and industries too.  It also saves you on maintenance and replacement costs due to its long lasting capabilities.

To find out what role stainless steel plays in solar energy call National Specialty Alloys today.  One of our experienced and knowledgeable specialists is here ready to take your questions.

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Spring Training Stadiums and March Madness Tournament Facilities Use Stainless Steel

Posted on March 15, 2012 by Reda Abouleish

Sports arenas and Spring Training Stadiums rely on steel for design and purpose.

Being a sports enthusiast, I am ecstatic to watch March Madness and Spring Training unfold.  The stadiums and facilities the tournaments and games are played in are massive.  They exhibit a wide span area with high ceilings without the need of many columns and posts distracting the fans and players alike.

Why Stainless Steel?

When building a sporting facility you need to think about the enormous amount of people that go in and out of it on a regular basis.  There will be a significant amount of wear and tear.  You do not want to use a material that needs constant upkeep and maintenance.  Choose a metal that does not fall apart but rather lasts through time.  A metal that is capable of supporting much weight under immense physical pressure.  A material proficient enough in keeping a building temperature cool, does not react to extreme heat and is resistant to erosion.  Stainless steel fulfills all of these requirements and more.

Stainless Steel Tubes

The stainless steel tube is a hollow cylinder used for structural purposes in a building or resident. The rust-resistant trait makes it an ideal choice to transport water, liquids and gas.  It does not react to other materials and extreme environmental conditions.  It also has the ability to be welded, if need-be.

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

How to Buy a Stainless Steel Sheet

Posted on March 8, 2012 by Reda Abouleish

Look for various grades and finishes when buying stainless steel.

How can you tell if the steel sheet you are buying is worth the price?  What should you look at to determine if it is right for your project?  Before purchasing a stainless steel sheet there are a few things to look for.  Here is a guideline on how to buy a stainless steel sheet to ensure you get your money’s worth.

Check Out the Finish

Are you looking for a modern, sleek look or a more industrial makeover?  Imagine what you wish the final project to look like and allow that vision to guide you through the finishing options.  It makes the buying process easier if you already have in mind what you desire.

Steel comes in different finishes that serve various aesthetic purposes.  For instance, a satin finish is a technique that creates a soft sheen to the metal.  The affect is created by a soft-scrubbing method leaving the metal looking shiny.  A brushed finish provides the metal with a pattern formed from small scratches all running in a matching direction.  A mirror polish provides the steel sheet with a gleaming, smooth look.  These are all things to consider before making your purchase.

Choose a Grade

I have written extensively about different steel grades and the objective of each one (see How to Choose High Grade Stainless Steel).  I am reminding you about it now because deciding on what grade should definitely be another determining factor aiding you to make your decision.

To find out more about what stainless steel or nickel alloy is right for you, call National Specialty Alloys today.  We are your worldwide distributor available to answer your questions and meet your needs.

Apple Products Use Stainless Steel

Posted on March 7, 2012 by Reda Abouleish

Apple iPod Nano exhibits stainless steel enclosures.

Apple is a company that thinks about every aspect of their products and how to improve the next model in comparison to the prior.  This goes into every detail including the design of the Clickwheel on an iPod Nano, the curves of a MacBook, and the updated cameras used in the new iPad 3.  With that said, it comes to no surprise  that with the Apple name  a conscience decision is made into what materials to use in the creation of these technological advances.

When creating the iPod Touch, Apple thought about what material would be durable, long lasting, stylish, recyclable and functional to use in the product.  The metal exhibiting all these traits and meeting these requirements is stainless steel.

The Tech Industry Turns to Stainless Steel

Computers need to remain dry, clean and dust free.  Its parts need to work under different temperatures, conditions and settings.  Some computers are utilized in food processing plants where extreme heat and cold are emitted throughout the work area.  Other technological gadgets may be present on an industrial boat.  Designing a computer with steel enclosures ensures the electronics work properly no matter the setting of your business.

To learn more about the wide array of uses and industries stainless steel and nickel alloy bars are utilized in call one of our experts today.  We have trained, knowledgeable and professional specialists waiting to take your call.

Spring Break is Here: Go Fishing

Posted on March 5, 2012 by Reda Abouleish

When taking a family fishing trip save time and money by using stainless steel hooks.

The kids are out for Spring Break.  They are already making you pull your hair out.  What in the world are you going to do with them?  You need to choose an activity that will keep them busy and, hopefully (fingers crossed), wear them out for the rest of the day and night.  But what activity would be suitable for all ages in the family and keep your kids from bothering one another in the process?  What about fishing?

Fishing is a great activity that is fun for the entire family.  Before you dive right in learn about the differences between stainless steel and carbon steel fish hooks.

Stainless Steel Fish Hooks

Fish hooks come in a wide array of materials including carbon steel and stainless steel.  The differences between the two metals are significant.

Stainless steel does not corrode in water or rust.  This is an important factor for carbon steel does decay and erode.  Carbon steel also requires more maintenance.  It needs to be sharpened, rinsed and dried at the completion of each fishing trip.  This process avoids rust from developing and prolongs the life of the fish hook.  With stainless steel though, you do not have to worry about taking such preventive measures.  Stainless steel maintains its form and does not rust freeing up time which is better spent on prepping and cooking the fish…rather than cleaning up your tools.

To discover the benefits of using stainless steel and nickel alloy give one of our experts a call today.

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.



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