Stainless Steel

Stainless Steel

What is stainless steel?

Stainless steel is a common name for different types of corrosion-resistant steel (but not exclusively) and has a certain degree of purity. Stainless steel is therefore one of the high-purity steels and can be found alloyed or unalloyed. The stainless steels are classified by grades.

Nowadays, due to its outstanding properties, optical effects and good to very good corrosion and chemical resistance, stainless steel is used more and more often in architecture, yacht- and shipbuilding, elevators, escalators, automotive industry, home appliances electrical industry, medical technology, manufacturing of silos and containers, machinery, plant and mechanical engineering, aerospace, pharmaceutical and chemical industries.

Even when performing the most demanding art projects, the choice is often made in favor of stainless steels.

We at mirrorINOX will give you more information regarding the stainless steel and its use.

What is the difference between stainless steel and steel?

In order to produce stainless steel out from a conventional steel, which can be optimized with carbon components, the first one must be alloyed. This can be achieved during steel production by adding "refiners" such as nickel, cobalt, molybdenum, manganese, tungsten, vanadium, chromium and titanium.

What are the characteristics of stainless steel?

These additives define the so-called stainless steel grades. The differences in production and composition of these grades of stainless steel give to the final material a multitude of properties such as high resistance to corrosion, attractive and high-quality appearance, a pleasant haptic of surface, robustness, particularly good processing and welding characteristics combined with very low maintenance and cleaning costs.

You can see some further characteristics of different grades of stainless steel in the table below:

Steelgrade

EN Number
Designation

Name
Designation

Corrosion
resistance

Mechanical
characteristic

Forgeability

Weldability

Machinability

AISI 304

1.4301

X5CrNi-18-10

good

medium

good

very good

medium

AISI 305

1.4303

X4CrNi-18-12

good

medium

very good

very good

low

AISI 304L

1.4306*

X2CrNi-19-11

good

medium

very good

very good

low

AISI 304L

1.4307*

X2CrNi-18-9

good

medium

good

very good

medium

AISI 301

1.4310

X10CrNi-18-8

good

medium

good

very good

medium

AISI 316

1.4401

X5CrNiMo17-12-2

very good

medium

good

medium

medium

AISI 316L

1.4435*

X2CrNiMo18-14-3

very good

medium

medium

very good

medium

AISI 316Ti

1.4571

X6NiMoTi17-12-2

very good

medium

good

very good

low

*LowCarbon (carbon contents between 0,05 % and 0,3 %)

Stainless steel synonyms and acronyms

Stainless steel is also known as corrosion-resistant steel, noncorrosive stainless steel, INOX, Nirosta, nonrusting stainless steel, rust-free stainless steel or in the German speaking countries by the acronyms V2A and V4A.

As a company, which is highly specialized in the surface processing of the highest quality, mirrorINOX almost exclusively uses austenitic rust-free stainless steel of the material grade AISI 304 and increasingly also the qualities with the material grades AISI 316, AISI 316L, AISI 316Ti and 2205, which have a high or extremely high corrosion resistance.

The German synonyms for above mentioned material grades are 1.4301 ("V2A") for AISI 304 and 1.4404, 1.4435, 1.4571 ("V4A") for AISI 316, AISI 316L, AISI 316Ti and 1.4462 ("Duplex") for AISI 2205.

mirrorINOX – Stainless steel of the finest quality for all industries and applications

As a logical consequence resulting from a vast experience and working in the field of metal surface treatment for many years, we decided build a new starting point in order to define new frontiers and founded mirrorINOX in 2016. We are your perfect partner for superior surface processing according to your ideas and wishes. For us, stainless steel is not just a material, but a mission.

In our factory in Cleebronn, we combine the highest standards of industrial and state-of-the-art production with the utmost care and process stainless steel sheets and other products of stainless steel and non-ferrous metals at the request of our customers. Whether works of art, machinery, architectural and construction projects or other many types of products, we are able to create the ideal surface for you.

The industries that we serve are as diverse as our products themselves, working for customers in the field of automotive, mechanical engineering, architecture, art projects and much more. Naturally, we do care as much of medium and small inquiries as for large projects and will find individual solutions to your requests.

mirrorINOX's expert status in handling stainless steel and more is clearly reflected in our wide range of services. On request, we can blast, mirror-polish, grit-polish and design metal sheets. Even with the PVD / TiN coating or with our own second to none, very unique nano-coating called nanoINOX® AFP / ETC, we will always meet and exceed your demands of the best possible quality.

Convince yourself and have a closer look into our product range in surface treatment.

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