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!


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.

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.

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.



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