More Interesting Information About Stainless Steel Plates

Stainless Steel Plates

Stainless steel is a metal that is produced with a combination of chromium, nickel and iron, making it a steel alloy that does not readily corrode, stain or rust. This is one of the reasons why this particular metal is often used in the creation of nameplates. This is not the only reason however why stainless steel plates are chosen by many for their metal nameplate requirements.

There are actually three main types of stainless steel in use by the general populace, with each classification bringing with it specific qualities that make these ideal for certain applications.  These are austenitic, martensitic, and ferritic. Each one comes with a different chromium to nickel and iron ratio, giving each type its own set of qualities that are ideal for use with certain applications.

Austenitic – this is a stainless steel alloy that contains very little carbon, around 6% to 22% nickel, and 16% to 26% chromium. This particular metal is non-magnetic if annealed, and is highly corrosion resistant if the nickel content is higher. These are very tough and are usually the kind of stainless steel used for cooking utensils and knives. The most common grade this kind of metal can be found in is type 304 which has an 18% percent chromium and 8% nickel composition.

Ferritic – this is also a stainless steel allow that contains very little carbon and comes with a chromium content of between 17% and 27%. The most common grade of a ferritic stainless steel is type 430 and this actually has magnetic properties, as compared with the austenitic type.

Martensitic – this alloy has some carbon in it, although in very controlled doses, and comes with between 10% and 17% chromium content. This is also a stainless steel alloy that comes with magnetic properties and is a rather hard and strong metal. A typical example of this kind of stainless steel is the type 420, which is somewhat difficult to form and somewhat brittle.

Stainless Steel Used in Nameplate Making

When it comes to nameplate creation, the type of stainless steel used is austenitic, and the 304 series is often the best choice for such items. This particular type of stainless steel is ideal for use in making nameplates due to the qualities that this metal has, which includes toughness, malleability, non-magnetic properties and are pretty easy to work with. This stainless steel type is rather ductile and can easily undergo numerous processes that may include shaping, grinding, buffing and the like, without problems that come with other metals like brittleness.

Metal nameplates that are made with stainless steel are also crafted out of the austenitic type because this is the variant that is the most corrosion resistant of all stainless steel types out there. This is because of the rather high chromium and nickel content used in the creation of this steel alloy. Aside from the manufacture of metal nameplates, this particular stainless steel choice is also used for a huge number of applications that include food processing equipment, kitchen sinks, cooking utensils and even exterior architectural features.

This metal material type, when crafted into stainless steel plates for use with nameplate creation, is often rolled out in various thicknesses that are also chosen from for use with different applications. You will find stainless steel plates in thicknesses of .018” up to .125” when it comes to nameplate manufacturing. The thinnest of these plates, which is .018”, comes with structural stability and is considered a cost effective choice for nameplates that are embossed, engraved and printed on. The thickest is often used for bigger nameplates like commemorative plaques, outdoor signage and directories, which are often engraved, etched or digitally printed with the copy needed.

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