Stainless Steel Fabrication Techniques

Stainless steel knivesGlobal demand for stainless steel is at an all-time high, with demand touching close to 38 million tons in 2015. Superior properties like durability, resistance to corrosion and high tensile strength are driving up demand in the construction, healthcare, energy, cryogenics, power and restaurant sectors. Demand in the automobile sector is also expected to peak in the next decade, as the emphasis is on building lightweight vehicles. What makes stainless steel attractive is the high recycling rate.

Steps involved in fabrication process

Since stainless steel is a versatile metal, mobile welding services like in Edmonton are also expanding their operations. Stainless steel can be bent, machined, drawn, spun, welded and folded into a variety of shapes. There are three major steps in the fabrication process:

Work hardening is the step of hardening stainless steel by deformation. There are several grades of stainless steel, and the austenitic category is the most frequently used. It is important to match a specific class of stainless steel to a particular process of hardening and every fabrication facility has specialists familiar with every aspect.

Machining is another step that must be tackled carefully, based on the grade of stainless steel. The addition of several elements like chromium or manganese sulfide make steel strong and in turn make the machining process easier. A fabrication shop in Edmonton will develop its own methods and techniques to improve machinability thereby improving efficiency and lifespan of items made during the process.

Welding is a step to be approached with a degree of efficiency, which is determined by the grade of steel in use. The most commonly used grade is austenitic, followed by martensitic and last of all, ferritic stainless steel.

Stainless steel is becoming the material of choice in many industries for its durability and can be transformed with a range of finishes. Picking the right one depends on the application.