Stainless steel is applied in various industries and the International Stainless Steel Forum (ISSF) published a number of new and updated brochures that give an overview of the specific benefits that the use of stainless steel provides in several application fields. The documents were published during the organisations’ 19th conference (ISSF-19) that was held in Hong Kong on 20 and 21 May.
Stainless vending machines
Self-service machines like vending machines and dispensers for example must meet with a couple of requirements, especially when they are used for food products. Stainless steel offers exactly what is needed, since the material has a high level of mechanical as well as corrosion resistance and is particularly easy to clean. The chromium-nickel stainless steel 304 is for example a good choice in this case, because of its excellent formability.
In the construction industry, buildings are not only fortified using steel constructions; the stainless steels are also used to create the most astonishing, architectural works of art. Some beautiful examples hereof are collected in Making a splash: the myriad uses of stainless steel architecture. Due to global sustainability requirements there has been a shift in attention towards longevity in the construction sector and a growing interest in the use of stainless steel in this sector can be noticed.
Stainless steel in water supply
For contact with drinking water, stainless steel is again the metal of choice. For all stages, from extraction of the water to domestic plumbing, the excellent corrosion resistance of the material guarantees safe and hygienic transportation. The good formability of the austenitic grades is responsible for the fact that these stainless steels are widely used to – for example – shape tubes into bellows. And surface treatment of the stainless steel used in tanks assures that the material is smooth enough to keep micro-organisms and other particles from sticking to the surface, thus making hygienic transportation of the drinking water possible.
More brochures as well as ‘Stainless Steel in Figures 2015’, with information on issues like actual performance, potential and raw materials, can be found via the website of the ISSF, Worldstainless.org.