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Everything You Need to Know About Stainless Steel

If you are browsing on our website, you will notice the majority of equipment we have is made of stainless steel. When it comes to commercial restaurant equipment this durable metal is the defining difference between economy and quality brand items. If you have noticed, some of our descriptions go into great detail about the types of stainless steel grades we offer.

What is meant by 304 and 316 stainless steel ?

304 stainless steel contains 18% chromium and 8% nickel. 316 stainless steel contains 16% chromium and 10% nickel and 2% molybdenum. The molybdenum is added to help resist corrosion to chlorides. Stainless steel must contain at least 10.5% chromium. This element reacts with the oxygen in the air to form a complex chrome-oxide surface layer that is invisible but strong enough to prevent further oxygen from “staining” or rusting the surface. Therefore, the 304 is a higher grade than the 316 as far as rusting is concerned.

What are AISI Specifications for stainless steel?

The AISI (American Iron and Steel Institute) was the originator of the 300 and 400 series numbering system. The AISI also published a stainless steel products manual that listed these designations and the chemical analysis as well as most mechanical and physical properties of each individual grade.

What does the term CRES mean?

CRES is used in describing stainless steel. It stands for corrosion resistant steel. It doesn’t mean that the steel is in fact stainless steel as there are other materials that are corrosion resistant but not stainless steel.

There are many advantages to stainless steel cookware, one being durability. The physical properties of stainless steel makes it resistant to scratches, dings, and dents. This means that your cookware will last for many years to come. Stainless steel cookware does not react with acids or alkaline foods, meaning it can be used for all sorts of cooking without fear that the metal will pit or corrode. Another advantage of stainless steel cookware is easy maintenance. Stainless steel can be washed with soap or water, or even run through a dishwasher, making it easy to clean and to maintain.

We have several stainless steel products on our website. Polar Ware is one of our leading manufacturers in stainless steel small wares. Many of our worktables are also made of stainless steel from Cannonware . One of our larger manufacturers for stainless steel faucets is T & S Brass .

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