Gibson Stainless: Stainless Steel Manufacturer Blog
The 300 series of stainless steel contains the two grades most often used in the electrical and mechanical industries: 304 SS and 316 SS. Choosing one grade over the other is dependent on the application or environment; therefore it is important to understand the difference between the two grades. In the post we will be discussing the difference between 304 SS and 316 SS and their use in different industries.
In a previous post, we discussed the basics of corrosion -- from the fundamental chemical reaction to the types of environments in which corrosion can occur. As corrosion most often occurs in aqueous environments, we now explore the different types of degradation a metal can experience in such conditions:
Gibson Stainless & Specialty, Inc. is proud to announce the adoption of IDEA’s Industry Data Warehouse (IDW) as its new data synchronization platform. At Gibson Stainless, we recognize our distributors’ need for complete and accurate data and will use the IDW to provide product data electronically in near real-time.
The risk of fire or explosion is a serious safety concern in industrial environments, warranting a number of codes, standards, and resources. Hazardous locations require specially designed products and unique installation techniques to mitigate the risks of flammable liquids, gases, vapors, and other substances.
WHAT IS CORROSION?
Corrosion is the degradation of a material (usually a metal), or its properties, as a result of exposure to environmental conditions. This degradation is the outcome of a chemical reaction known as oxidation in which, characteristically, electrons are given up by the atoms of the base metal. A familiar example of metal corrosion is rust, which is a result of iron or steel oxidation due to moisture in the atmosphere.
In today’s economy, it has become increasingly important to bring manufacturing jobs back to American shores, or “reshore.” Reshoring stimulates domestic job growth and ultimately results in overall cost savings, helping to more quickly rebuild the U.S. manufacturing base.