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Stainless Steel Fabrication: Three Important Tips for Preventing Surface Damage

Stainless steel is a good material for custom fabrication because of its corrosion resistance. Regular carbon steel is prone to rust when exposed to air and moisture. The iron in the material results in the formation of reddish-brown deposits on the surfaces. Stainless steel is an alloy that incorporates chromium to reduce vulnerability to corrosion. Therefore, this metal is the perfect choice if aesthetic appeal is crucial for your fabrication project. However, this material is not infallible. If you are not cautious, the surfaces of your stainless steel items could be compromised during manufacturing. Here are essential tips for preventing damage.

Plan for Material Storage

Improper storage of the material intended for the fabrication work can lead to significant surface deterioration. In simple terms, the appearance of the final product will depend on the condition of the sheets, bars or rods used. Therefore, plan for the correct storage of the purchased materials before the manufacturing process begins. The right storage space should be cool and dry. Also, make sure that the materials are protected from abrasions. Scratches are difficult to eliminate and could trap dirt. Additionally, prevent mechanical impact and distortion by limiting traffic to the storage area.

Prevent Contamination

Stainless steel can become corroded if it is contaminated. General contaminants like oil and grime might not be a concern. However, some pollutants can trigger oxidation and subsequent corrosion in stainless steel, despite its resistance. For instance, if iron or rust deposits are introduced into the stainless steel during the manufacturing process, the surfaces of the material will be compromised. Therefore, choose the manufacturing tools with care. Use products labelled for stainless steel usage to prevent the inclusion of contaminants. In addition, keep the workspace clean and isolated during the project. Do not work on your products alongside carbon steel and iron items to prevent cross-contamination.

Consider Welding Needs

Welding can cause significant damage to your stainless steel products if the process is not conducted correctly. This process is favoured for joining pieces of metal because it is permanent and creates stable joints. However, the exposure of stainless steel to extreme heat can cause distortion. Moreover, the risk of the material becoming vulnerable to corrosion will increase. Therefore, choose the best and latest technology for your project. Opt for techniques that promote high welding accuracy, ensuring a narrow joint. Also, choose a qualified specialist for your welding needs. Amateur work will increase the risk of sputtering, weak joints and contamination of the welded section. 

Remember these tips when preparing for and doing stainless steel fabrication.

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Changes and New Techniques in the Processing and Manufacturing Industry

My name is Lucy. Welcome to my blog. Years ago, I worked in the processing and manufacturing industry, and now, as an owner of a small textiles company, I still work closely with my suppliers who are part of those industries. As a result, I enjoy staying up-to-date with changes and new techniques in these industries, and I want to share that information with others here. When I'm not busy running my business or working on a creative project like this, I like to knit, spend time with my kids, go to museums and attend wine tastings. The last might just be my favourite. Explore these posts -- I hope you enjoy them.