Stainless steel is a versatile metal noted for its brilliant finish and strength. As an iron-based alloy containing at least 10.5 percent chromium, this combination metal is more resistant to corrosion than normal steel and can be easily machined and shaped for custom applications.
Stainless steel is sometimes overlooked by engineers and drafters because of its higher price point. Upon thorough analysis, though, there are other aspects that can give the metal a competitive edge over other materials.
Benefits of Stainless Steel Fabrication
A Long-Lasting Professional Look
Available in many surface finishes, stainless steel keeps its look for the entirety of its long life expectancy. Plus, its low maintenance requirements can often make it the more affordable choice when weighing value over a long period of time.
Stainless steel resists corrosion and rust to various degrees, depending on the alloy level. Low-alloy grades resist corrosion in normal conditions, while high-alloy grades can withstand alkaline and acidic solutions. Both provide a boost to overall value in the long-term investment of a project.
Depending on the environment it must withstand, stainless steel can be graded to maintain its strength at the extremes of the temperature spectrum. Stainless steel with high levels of chromium and nickel is useful in products like heat exchangers, whereas austenitic stainless steel can be used in ultra-cold cryogenic temperatures.
Stainless steel is commonly used for food industry fabrication projects because of its lack of product contact surface textures. This attribute is critical for both cleaning-in-place (CIP) and cleaning-out-of-place (COP) procedures.
Stainless steel is eco-friendly with a high percentage of reusability. Most stainless steel comes from previously-melted scraps, and as it is not coated with toxic material, it can almost always be recycled at the end of its lifecycle.
Why Choose Badger Sheet Metal Works for Stainless Steel Fabrication?
The numerous unique qualities of stainless steel make it a fundamental resource for many of BSMW’s fabrication projects. Its team’s experience working with the metal is evident from the number of products in its repertoire, which include bottling equipment, tanks, conveyors, sanitary and bulk process hoppers, dispensers, packaging components, and process piping.
BSMW’s use of stainless steel isn’t a new endeavor, either. In a testament to how seriously it takes being an industry leader in custom stainless steel fabrication, the company’s spent roughly 30 years investing in its talent, technology and creating a dedicated production environment. At BSMW, the 110,000 sq. ft. fabrication shop offers the following advantages for stainless steel fabrication:
A Dedicated Stainless Steel Room
Fabrication in the food, dairy, and pharmaceutical industries is a specialization in which few companies have the facilities or expertise to operate. The niche industries demand stringent manufacturing methods to ensure public health and safety.
BSMW designed its dedicated stainless steel production environment to minimize exposure to carbon and meet these industries’ rigorous 3-A Sanitary Standards.
The pressurized room prevents impurities, eliminates cross contamination and creates the ideal environment for superior MIG and TIG welding results.
Large-Scale Lifting Capabilities
BSMW’s sizeable lifting capabilities allow it to take on custom stainless steel fabrication projects on a much larger scale than many competitors. The plant’s 70-by-320-foot main assembly bay provides the space to handle large specialty orders like duplex stainless steel fabrication. Two cranes within the assembly bay have the total lifting capacity of 30 tons and a 22-foot-under-hook height, delivering enough power and clearance for most large-scale projects.
Expertise in Duplex Stainless Steel Fabrication
BSMW is one of the few custom metal fabrication shops that can offer duplex stainless steel fabrication services from a custom-designed, clean environment.
The increased yield strength compared to some other grades of stainless steel is the primary advantage to using duplex stainless steel fabrication. Duplex stainless steel is about twice as strong as austenitic or ferritic stainless steels. Depending on the project’s scale, using duplex stainless steel creates opportunities to reduce its weight and total cost.
A Stainless-Specific Machining Center
The machining center in BSMW’s stainless room complements the options available on the main production floor, including Amada and Cincinnati lasers that are ideal for producing components that require tight tolerances.
Advanced Surface Finishing Technology
BSMW’s LYNX Timesaver surface finishing machine gives its team the ability to enhance the quality of a surface or prepare it for paint application. BSMW uses the LYNX to apply Scotch-Brite™ #4 mill finish and deburr the metal.
2205 Stainless Steel Fabrication
Companies looking for a higher grade of stainless steel turn to BSMW and its specialized production environment for 2205 stainless steel fabrication.
High levels of chromium, molybdenum and nitrogen in 2205 stainless steel fabrication products elevate their corrosion resistance above the more common 304, 316 and 317 stainless steels.
This high-quality stainless steel is also an ideal choice for customers who want to maintain strength when weight is a factor or when operating temperatures are below 600 degrees.
Do you have an upcoming stainless steel fabrication project that calls for specialty production capabilities and expertise? Connect with BSMW today to have all your questions answered or to request a quote.