7 Reasons to choose stainless steel for your next product

Posted on: 2 August 2017

What characteristics do you look for when considering a material for your new product? Do you think about cost? Strength? Durability? Ease of maintenance? Or production cost? Whatever your selection criteria, here are seven reasons why you should seriously consider stainless steel for your next product:

Stainless steel doesn't rust

Corrosion can be a major problem with metal parts. It impacts upon both the way the component can be used and the expected lifespan of the part. Using stainless steel avoids this problem and results in a product that has a longer life expectancy, and is less susceptible to the weather and other external elements.

Stainless steel can withstand heat

If you need heat or fire resistance then you should consider chromium or nickel-alloyed stainless steel for your product. This is able to withstand scaling and to maintain its strength even at high temperatures, making stainless steel the perfect choice for any application where other materials would quickly fail due to excessive heat.

Strength-to-weight issues

Maintaining the right strength to weight ratio is a delicate balance for many products. Stainless steel can be produced in a variety of grades depending on your requirements. Opting for a high strength duplex grade offers a reduction in the thickness of the material compared to convention grades. Less material means a significant weight reduction, and also a welcome cost saving as less material is used.

Stainless steel is impact resistant

If you are concerned about the ability of your product to withstand an impact from another object then stainless steel is a great choice. Not only is stainless steel generally solid, but by selecting the right grade of stainless steel you can have a product that can withstand an impact under a wide variety of conditions from extremely hot to well below freezing.

Stainless steel is hygienic

Stainless steel has long been a popular choice for kitchens and other environments such as hospitals and food processing plants where hygiene is important. Stainless steel is simple to keep clean and it offers a great solution anywhere that infection must be avoided.

Stainless steel looks great

Stainless steel looks good. It offers a clean, modern appearance that will complement any office or factory environment. It is also virtually maintenance-free, simply wiping the surface with a cloth can quickly restore the shiny appearance of any stainless steel fittings.

Stainless steel offers value & sustainability

Stainless steel provides great value if the low maintenance costs and long service life are considered alongside the initial purchase costs. It is also a highly sustainable choice, stainless steel can be quickly recycled, and many 'new' products are, in fact, made from recycled stainless steel giving new life to expired products and avoiding the need to send products to landfill.