Very early in the history of mankind, architecture took on an important role not only in culture and art, but also in economics, politics and religion.
Several millennia have passed since then and, more than ever before, architecture is present in many areas of public life.
In recent decades, one particular material has become the favourite of many internationally renowned architects such as William Van Alen, Frank O. Gehry, Norman Foster, Zaha Hadid, Jean Nouvel, Daniel Libeskind, Coop Himmelblau and numerous others – it is stainless steel!
Even artists like Damien Hirst, Jeff Koons, Anish Kapoor, Olafur Eliasson, Arik Levy and others have discovered stainless steel as a material and use it for their successful and impressive works.
Here we want to look at the question of what makes stainless steel so fascinating, especially in modern architecture.
Experts in the fields of architecture, design and stainless steel are familiar with the already legendary Chrysler Building in New York, whose roof forms a pyramid-like tapering tower crown made of stainless steel, which has been demonstrating its beauty and durability since 1930.
At the time, this spectacular building was an absolute novelty as far as the use of stainless steel sheets on roofs and facades was concerned.
Nowadays, stainless steel is an extremely popular and is increasingly used material by architects, designers and fabricators due to its outstanding properties, its high-quality aesthetics, the multitude of processing and finishing options, its affordability and, last but not least, its high recyclability and the resulting sustainability. Stainless steel surfaces offer an almost limitless choice of shape, finish, colour and design.
It is impossible to imagine modern architecture without stainless steel and the material can be found in many areas of today’s applications:
The reasons why stainless steel is used so frequently are as numerous as its architectural applications:
mirrorINOX selects stainless steel grades AISI 430 (1.4016), AISI 304 (1.4301), AISI 316/316L (1.4401, 1.4404, 1.4435) as the basic material from selected suppliers for the production of the surfaces. We are also able to treat special grades such as Hastelloy, Duplex or even Super Duplex.
Based on these raw materials, mirrorINOX produces a diverse and comprehensive range of high-quality surfaces, in which the stainless steel undergoes, amongst others, the following processes:
mirrorINOX as a leading manufacturer of surfaces based on stainless steel and other metals can refer to a number of projects of internationally well-known and ambitious architects, designers and artists.
The façade of the RMK headquarters in Yekaterinburg, the St. Giles Circus project in London, the Paneum in Asten, the "Octopus" in Missouri or "The Rock" in Moscow are only a few of the many outstanding examples which were designed and built applying mirrorINOX stainless steel surfaces.
You can find more projects and applications on our website at www.mirrorinox.de/en/applications.
Whether small applications of a few square metres up to building projects with several tens of thousands of square metres, whether in the nearby Bavaria, Germany or in distant Branson, USA – our know-how and great experience will help you in the selection of the material, the design and planning and, together with our partners, also happily with the construction, assembly and installation.
mirrorINOX is your partner for individual solutions with stainless steel in architecture!
Just over a hundred years ago, the materials most commonly used "on board" in boat, ship, yacht and other marine construction were wood and brass.
Nowadays, steel, aluminium and stainless steel are mostly used. This is very often for technical and practical reasons, such as durability, the high number of possible uses, weldability and, as with stainless steel in particular, corrosion resistance.
But it is not only its rost resistant attributes that make stainless steel a material in demand for boats.
Thus, stainless steel is found more and more frequently in the field of boat-, ship- and yacht equipment as a material for anchor bags, fascia boards, fresh water tanks, boat fittings, railings, panelling, handrails, handholds, push buttons, swim ladders, tubes, window and door profiles, stair stringers and steps, lights, furniture, lettering and countless other decorative applications.
For this, its aesthetic quality and the wide range of surface finishing options are highly appreciated by naval architects, designers and owners.
mirrorINOX, as a leading expert in the surface treatment of stainless steel and other metals, is the specialist company and contact when it comes to consulting and the requirements in areas of boat- and yachts-building, equipment and accessories where stainless steel can be applied.
mirrorINOX is receiving constantly enquiries from naval architects, designers and shipyards who plan, design and build cruise ships as well as mega yachts, super yachts and smaller crafts like motor- or sailing-boats.
The steadily increasing number of metalworking companies that manufacture sub-assemblies for the aforementioned industry or produce products for them and come to mirrorINOX do show us, that we are first choice in terms of the quality and innovativeness of the range of our stainless steel surfaces.
The segment of mirror-polished stainless steel surfaces is just one example of many:
In recent years, the product Marine Mirror No. 9 produced by mirrorINOX has established itself with many manufacturers and suppliers from the boat, yacht, boat equipment and accessories sectors in terms of the highest quality and has redefined the standard.
mirrorINOX produces its surfaces for the entire marine industry, for applications in and on leisure sailing or motor boats of all models up to the very largest cruise ship and the most prestigious mega-yacht.
Our surfaces are correspondingly versatile for the large field of equipment, accessories and construction for boats, ships and yachts.
In the qualities Super Mirror No. 8, Marine Mirror No. 9 and Perfect Mirror No. 10®, lengths of up to 16 000 mm and widths of up to 4 000 mm and thicknesses of up to 30 mm are produced – worldwide unique!
More information at: www.mirrorinox.de/en/products/mirrorpolished-finishes
mirrorINOX not only coats metal sheets in dimensions up to 6 000 x 2 000 mm.
Small parts such as profiles, fittings, cleats, blocks, angles, hooks, handles, brackets, other boat accessories, but also letters for lettering in any size made of stainless steel and much more are PVD/TiN coated in our special small parts coating line.
More information at: www.mirrorinox.de/en/products/pvd-tin-coated-finishes
These unique nano-coatings were developed by mirrorINOX with AntiFingerPrint/Easy-To-Clean properties and fascinating colours and finishes. They protect the substrate from pollution and environmental influences, setting completely new design accents, for example with the new Antique uniqueSURPHACE® surfaces.
More information at: www.mirrorinox.de/en/products/nanoinox-finishes
At present, we mainly manufacture products made of grade AISI 304 and AISI 316 stainless steel for ship and yacht building, but we are also able to treat and process other alloys such as duplex stainless steel, which are even more corrosion-resistant to salt water and other stresses.
mirrorINOX offers its customers an almost unlimited range of refined metal surfaces, both for the marine sector and in many other areas of architecture and industry as well.
When it comes to the design, construction and manufacturing of appliances, devices or machines in the kitchen, bathroom, household in general, gastronomy, medical technology or in many other areas of industry, an ever-increasing number of customers are using stainless steel as their material of choice.
This ideal and fascinating material has become indispensable in many areas due to its unique properties, both in terms of function (corrosion resistance and others) and in terms of attractive appearance and feel.
Therefore, we would like to take a closer look at the topic of "stainless steel in appliance and machine construction" and inform you more about it:
In contrast to steel, aluminium and other metals, stainless steel not only impresses with its properties such as corrosion resistance, durability or chemical resistance.
It is easily mechanically deformable during production and processing, but also during assembly, and can be easily welded.
Stainless steel consists of up to 80 % recycled material and is 100 % recyclable.
In addition, the high-quality and exclusive appearance of the material and other functional attributes of the metal play a decisive role in the design and purchase decision.
In this context, the coffee machine does not tend to stand for the applications of general machinery and mechanical engineering, special machinery and mechanical engineering or plant engineering, but is then found in the next paragraph among kitchen appliances.
If the customer also looks around in the area of "appliance construction" at the appliances, machines, apparatus and components offered, which are made of the stainless steels AISI 430, AISI 304, AISI 316 and others, the applications of modern stainless steel surfaces in appliance construction and machinery engineering are just as varied as the numerous, individual stainless steel surfaces themselves:
A large number of manufacturing companies and their partners use stainless steel, in example for parts of refrigerators, cookers, grills, and for other kitchen appliances such as coffee machines, toasters and the like, but also for medical-technical, analytical devices, apparatus and fittings in the biotechnology, medical, pharmaceutical, measuring and laboratory technology, packaging, cleanroom and air-conditioning technology, cleaning, semiconductor, food-processing and chemical industries.
mirrorINOX's customers are market leaders and pioneers in their industries. This is where our surfaces are increasingly used and applied.
Therefore, it is not only about the expert sheet metal processing of the material stainless steel at the highest quality and efficiency level. We also provide both proven and new innovative solutions in stainless steel, created with a lot of experience and great know-how.
Across all industries, the products manufactured and services offered by mirrorINOX meet the highest quality standards, in terms of processes, machinery and equipment.
You can find out more about our various stainless steel surface treatments, from mirrorpolishing, Ra-polishing, brushing, bead blasting, pattern rolling, fluid forming, PVD/TiN-coating to nanoINOX® AntiFingerPrint/Easy-To-Clean-coating and many others.
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Since its invention, stainless steel has become particularly popular in the field of tank, silo and container construction and now plays a leading role in this area due to its numerous positive and beneficial properties.
There are a number of good reasons for using stainless steel, especially in tank and vessel construction:
Considering the above-mentioned advantageous properties of stainless steel, it is not surprising that it is used in such a large number of areas of tank, vessel, silo and container construction.
It can be found in applications such as
In general, stainless steel is the perfect material for applications in all areas of water treatment and waste water treatment, in those of the chemical, cosmetic, food, beverage, paint & coatings, oil & gas and pharmaceutical industries, to name just a few examples.
Customers in the pharmaceutical industry in particular value surfaces with the lowest possible Ra values and are therefore increasingly using stainless steel sheets with 2R surfaces and also very finely grit polished or polished or mirror-polished surfaces.
mirrorINOX polishes, mirror-polishes and grit polishes sheet metal on state-of-the-art production facilities for use in the construction of vessels, silos, apparatus and tanks.
In doing so, the surfaces are improved enormously.
For example, mirrorINOX is able to polish or mirror-polish sheets in dimensions of up to 16,000 x 4,000 x 30.0 mm, which is unique worldwide.
Impressive Ra values of up to < 0.1 can be achieved!
In addition, mirrorINOX simplifies the reworking of tanks, silos and vessels or other parts by polishing and grit polishing beforehand, which means less time and costs for the customer and additional increases of the surface quality as a result.
mirrorINOX processes sheet metal in the stainless steel grades AISI 304 (1.4301), AISI 316 (1.4401), AISI 316L (1.4404), 1.4435, even the special materials Duplex and Hastelloy®.
If you have any further questions on the subject of "stainless steel surfaces", please do not hesitate to contact us by e-mail or phone.
You can also find more information at www.mirrorinox.de/en/products
We know stainless steel as an extremely versatile material that is becoming more and more popular in numerous fields and applications due to its outstanding properties in terms of both function and design.
If we look at the range of materials used in the manufacturing of automobiles, materials such as aluminium, steel, plastics, fibreglass, carbon and even coconut fibre first come to mind. However, below we will discuss the possibilities of using stainless steel, both technically and design-wise, in automotive applications:
Every car owner, and especially those who own an older model, not only has to pay attention to the care and condition of the engine and transmission only, but is also constantly faced with the problem of rust and corrosion of the sheet metal and other parts.
Who has not dreamed of driving a car made of stainless steel that will never rust again?
In the past, there were always "stainless steel cars", where the body of the vehicle was made of stainless steel, and of which one or two models even achieved cult status.
In such a car, the sheet metal could now no longer rust, but for reasons of cost and weight, this type of application was not considered ideally and never became established in a large-scale production series.
However, there are a number of alternative applications in automotive engineering where stainless steel as a material makes a lot of sense. For example, in
In addition to their excellent corrosion resistance, stainless steel sheets also have a stability and strength, that is very high compared to alternative materials. They are also characterised by good scratch resistance and, when used in thin thicknesses, are relatively light.
In addition, stainless steel is an extremely attractive and fascinating material in terms of high value look and feel, which inspires designers and customers alike.
A variety of different types of surface finishes can be used to create both functional and design highlights of the car.
mirrorINOX creates with surface treatments of stainless steel such as polishing, mirror polishing, grinding, brushing, glass bead blasting, PVD/TiN coating, nanoINOX® AntiFingerPrint/Easy-To-Clean coating, pattern rolling and fluid forming, and with combinations of the finishes, an almost unlimited range of surfaces from which designers, developers, engineers, technicians and users are able to choose.
This applies to the automotive sector as well as to the fields of architecture in general, façade construction, exhibition construction, shop fitting, elevator and escalator construction, yacht and ship building, container-, vessel-, silo-, plant and machinery engineering, the household and electrical industry, medical-, food- and pharmaceutical processing technology, for applications in aerospace, for art objects and much more.
Talk to the surface specialist – talk to mirrorINOX!
In contrast to ordinary steel and other materials, stainless steel is playing an increasingly important role in the field of medical technology also.
Due to its many positive properties, this versatile metal is being used more and more frequently in the medical field and is used by many manufacturers to meet the highest demands.
We would like to explain this in a little more detail as follows:
Stainless steel is used in modern medical technology in many areas in which the high quality of the material is guaranteed even under great strain.
Its high corrosion resistance, strength and general chemical resistance, the very good formability, polishability and manufacturing precision, as well as the excellent hygienic properties make stainless steel one of the most processed materials in the field of medical technology.
Stainless steel is colourfast and a thorough and complete cleaning is possible, the material can be reused, has particularly good antibacterial properties, is made from up to 80 % recycled material and is 100 % recyclable.
mirrorINOX predominately processes stainless steel in the grades AISI 304 and AISI 316/AISI 316L, but other grades such as AISI 301, 1.4435, 1.4462 and many more can be processed and surface treated as well.
At mirrorINOX, for example, stainless steel sheets for medical and pharmaceutical container construction are Ra-grit-polished, Ra-gloss-polished and mirror-polished (down to below Ra 0.1 is possible) in large quantities.
Even for similar applications, where the customer previously used sheets with 2R mill finish surfaces and can only obtain these now with great difficulty or not at all, mirrorINOX has extremely interesting alternatives to offer here - and this in dimensions of up to 16,000 x 4,000 x 30.0 mm – worldwide unique!!!
These large dimensions are extremely beneficial for the tank, vessel, silo and container construction and represent great technical and economic advantages.
No matter whether you want to use stainless steel products with grit-polished, mirror-polished, glass bead blasted, pattern rolled, PVD/TiN coated, nanoINOX® AntiFingerPrint/Easy-To-Clean coated surfaces:
When it comes to stainless steel finishes in medical technology, you will find the optimal customised solution at mirrorINOX.
With us you will receive complete advice, proven and new surfaces from our own R+D and production in the highest quality, reliably produced and delivered by the specialised company in the field!
In general, stainless steel is nowadays used in many areas of architecture, industry and everyday life and it is impossible to imagine life without it.
Stainless steel materials have also taken on an increasingly important role in the food industry.
We would to explain this in a little more detail in the following article:
In the past, wood, glass, copper, brass, steel and later also plastics were traditionally the materials used for the production, processing, storage, transport, presentation and consumption of various foodstuffs.
While these traditional materials still had many limitations, with the introduction of stainless steel it quickly became clear that its properties offered many advantages such as corrosion resistance, durability, availability, workability, sustainability and recyclability.
The protective, smooth and very stable chromium oxide layer not only provides a high level of corrosion protection, it also makes the material easy to clean and resistant even to aggressive media such as fruit- and other acids, as well as cleaning agents.
Bacteria, fungi or germs therefore have no surface to attack and this leads to a very high standard of hygiene.
Stainless steel can be processed and worked excellently and its good formability and weldability contribute to the versatile applications and the problem-free use of stainless steel.
Furthermore, stainless steel can gain additional functionality through the right treatment and processing of its surface. For example, by polishing to achieve good Ra values or by rolled-in or fluid-formed surface textures and structures, which can prevent or reduce the adhesion of the food sticking. This increases the flow of goods in production and packaging processes, improves productivity and reduces unnecessary and costly shut downs or stand-stills.
Likewise, these and other surface treatments contribute to making the visual appearance of stainless steel more attractive, which is a great gain for use in the food industry, but especially in the gastronomy, catering industry, food wholesalers and retailers, but also at home in the private, daily use.
Stainless steel thus combines functionality and design and fulfils even the highest requirements in both areas.
The requirements for the materials, used in the food industry and intended to come into contact with food, are defined by EU Regulation 1935/2004/EC.
This stipulates that they must not contain or release into the food any harmful substances that endanger human health. At European level, it is very well documented that stainless steel fulfils this requirement also.
Further information on this can be found at www.bfr.bund.de/en.
The experts at mirrorINOX process and refine the following stainless steel alloys in particular for the food industry:
AISI 304, AISI 316, AISI 316L and for higher demands even more resistant materials like AISI 2205, AISI 254SMO and various other alloys are possible.
mirrorINOX's range of products for the food industry is as versatile as the industry itself:
Especially for customers in the food sector mirrorINOX is the ideal partner when it comes to proven and new solutions for treatments of stainless steel surfaces in highest quality!
Please let us consult you!