Not all metals are created equal

Stainless Steel. Differences between metal

There are many ways to identify the difference between metals and the grades of Stainless Steel. However, the easiest is using a magnet – if it sticks it’s either a Nickel Chrome or a lesser grade.

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Some guidelines (ASSDA) show that Stainless Steel should be preferred over Chrome and Nickel/Chrome for Sterile Storage Units.

Different Grades have different usages.

Stainless Steel Differences between metal

Stainless Steel Overview

Not all metals are created equal, but how do you know? Can you tell?

Emery Industries takes a deep dive into Stainless Steel and Nickel-Chrome’s make-up. 

We break down the different grades, how to tell and how to care for them.

Emery Industries preferred Stainless Steel is 304 Medical Grade. 

Generally, Grade 304 is regarded as the most common austenitic stainless steel. This grade contains high nickel content, this typically falls within 8% and 10.5% by weight and a high amount of chromium at approximately 18% to 20% by weight. 

Other major alloying elements include manganese, silicon, and carbon. The remainder of the chemical composition is primarily iron.

The high amounts of chromium and nickel gives 304 excellent corrosion resistance. 

Common applications of 304 stainless steel include:

  • Appliances such as refrigerators and dishwashers
  • Commercial food processing equipment
  • Fasteners
  • Piping
  • Heat exchangers
  • Structures in environments that would corrode standard carbon steel

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