Types of Stainless Steel Products

  • Stainless steel or Inox steel is a popular metal that has become an inseparable part of various industries like jute, light engineering, power, oil and gas, petrochemicals, and mining. It’s various beneficial properties like strength, corrosion resistance and low maintenance make the metal ideal material for a wide range of applications.

    Stainless steel has a long-life cycle and it is 100% recyclable. There are more than 150 grades of stainless steel of which 15 are generally used for everyday applications. There are many leading stainless steel suppliers in South Africa that offer stainless steel products in various forms like plates, bars, sheets and tubing. Read the article below for more detailed illustrations. (Information Source: https://www.eurosteel.co.za/stainless-steel/)

    1. Stainless Steel Sheets:

    Stainless steel sheets are most commonly known as the cold-rolled sheet. They are available in following finishes like 2B, No.4 with PVC, and BA with PVC. You should choose a supplier that produces the material according to the international specifications like Tolerance to ASTM A480M, Chemical to ASTM A240, Mechanical to ASTM A240, ASME, and many others.

    2. Stainless Steel Plates:

    A stainless steel plate is also known as a hot-rolled product. The plates are usually available in No.1 finishes. Plates that are hot rolled and heat treated without descaling are suitable for various industrial applications where high heat resistance is required. Sometimes the plates are further cold rolled to make them smooth and uniform. This is generally known as a 2D finish. The standard measurement of stainless steel plates is generally 2000m, 2500m, 3000m in length and 6000m and 1000m, 1250m, 1500m & 2000m in width. The common grades of stainless steel plates are 3CR12, 430, 304L, 316L, 310, 310S etc.

    3. Tread Plates:

    Stainless steel tread plates are used basically for their skid resistance and corrosion resistance properties. Apart from traditional flooring, they are used in cargo trailers, transportation, equipment and structural applications. The tread plates are available in boomerang, butterfly and diamond patterns.

    4. Decorative Finishes:

    Stainless steel decorative finishes are widely used in the construction and building industries, architectural metalwork, street furniture, food production, catering and domestic appliances.  Textured and brushed decorative finishes are not only aesthetically pleasing but also durable and affordable. If you want scratch resistant surfaces. Then you can go for 5WL and 6Wl textured finishes. They are ideal for high traffic areas. Other finishes like Ring Polish and No.4 satin are widely used for making tanks, shop fronts, appliances, and other decorative features as they can hide fingerprints and break up light.

    5. Pipes:

    South African distributors offer different categories of stainless steel pipes like schedule piping, specification tube, heat exchanger tube, decorative tube, and many others. Standard pipes are manufactured in accordance with ASME/ASTM SA/A312 for dimensions and ASME B36.19 and ASME B 36.1 for weights. Heat exchanger tubing is also available. They are made of Ferritic, Austenitic or Duplex steels. They can be welded or seamless according to the client requirements.

    Other variations like BSP Fittings, Ornamental tubing, Buttweld Fittings, Flanges, and Valves are also available.