Benefits of Stainless Steel

What Is Stainless Steel?

Stainless steel is an alloy of several different types of metal that, when combined, are more resistant to corrosion than any of the metals used individually. This makes it an ideal choice for a wide range of applications, from cladding to commercial kitchens.

Stainless steel is an alloy of iron with a minimum of 10.5% chromium. This forms a thin passive layer on the surface which protects the metal from corrosion and oxidation. It is this passive layer that gives stainless steel its name, as it is truly resistant to staining and corrosion.

There are a number of grades of stainless steel, each with different properties, but all with the common denominator of high resistance to rusting and staining. This makes stainless steel an ideal choice for a wide range of applications where hygiene is paramount, such as in the food and beverage industry, healthcare or pharmaceuticals. It is also often used in more corrosive environments such as marine engineering or chemical processing.

As well as being highly resistant to corrosion, stainless steel has a number of other advantages which make it an ideal choice for many applications. It is a very strong metal, making it perfect for fabricating into products which need to withstand high levels of wear and tear. It is also very easy to clean, as it is non-porous, meaning that bacteria and dirt cannot penetrate the surface.

Let’s take a look at some of the benefits of stainless steel:

Strong and Durable

Stainless steel is a very strong metal, making it ideal for fabricating products which need to withstand high levels of wear and tear. It is also very difficult to break or bend, making it perfect for products which need to be strong and durable.

Long Lifespan

Stainless steel is a very long-lasting material, meaning that products made from it will have a long lifespan. This makes it perfect for items which need to be used on a daily basis, such as cutlery or sinks.

Corrosion Resistance

One of the most important benefits of stainless steel is its resistance to corrosion. This makes it an ideal material for use in many different environments, including outdoor and marine applications.

The chromium in the stainless steel reacts with oxygen in the air to form a thin layer of chromium oxide on the surface of the metal. This layer protects the metal from further oxidation and corrosion.

Ease of Maintenance

Another benefit of stainless steel is that it is very easy to keep clean and maintain. This is due to its resistance to corrosion and ability to be cleaned easily.

Stainless steel can be cleaned with a variety of different methods, including using detergents, soap, and water. It is also possible to use specialised cleaning products which are designed for use on stainless steel.

Hygienic Properties

The hygienic properties of stainless steel make it an ideal material for use in many different applications, such as commercial kitchens and hospitals.

This is because stainless steel is non-porous and does not absorb liquids or dirt. This means that it is very easy to clean and disinfect, making it ideal for use in environments where hygiene is of paramount importance.

Applications

The many benefits of stainless steel make it an ideal material for use in a wide range of applications. These include:

  • Cladding – Stainless steel cladding is often used on buildings to provide a modern and stylish finish. It is also very easy to clean and maintain, making it an ideal choice for use in commercial and public buildings.
  • Fabrication – Stainless steel is often used in the fabrication of products which need to be strong and durable. It is also very easy to work with, making it ideal for use in a wide range of applications.
  • Food and Beverage Industry – The food and beverage industry often uses stainless steel due to its resistance to corrosion and easy maintenance.
  • Marine – Stainless steel is often used in marine applications due to its resistance to corrosion.
  • Kitchens – Stainless steel is often used in the fabrication of commercial kitchens due to its resistance to corrosion and ability to be easily cleaned.
  • Hospitals – The hygienic properties of stainless steel make it an ideal choice for use in hospitals and other healthcare environments.

About Us

FEM Fabrication is a leading provider of high-quality stainless steel fabrication services. We specialise in the manufacture, installation, and maintenance of a wide range of stainless steel products.

If you would like to find out more about our services, please do not hesitate to get in touch. We would be more than happy to discuss your requirements with you and provide you with a free quotation.

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A quick guide to steel ladder fabrication

Our steel ladders are meticulously fabricated to provide safe access to services inside and outside your building. Safety is key here, which is why ladders, staircases and platforms are subject to so many industry-specific regulations, and why you should always use a professional steel fabricator to undertake the work.

Structural steel ladders – an introduction

Steel ladders – fixed or portable – provide a strong and durable way of scaling a height. Mild steel and stainless steel are both weatherproof for use outside, and tough enough to withstand many years of harsh industrial conditions.

At FEM, we can fabricate steel ladders, steps, and staircases using your design or one of our own. We can also add in extra safety features, such as a handrail, an access platform, or a step-over.

For exterior use, cat ladders or vertical ladders are a popular solution. They’re usually fixed to a wall or roof and fitted with a protective cradle, offering a way to safely access hard-to-reach areas.

The consequences of something going wrong while an employee is working at height are likely to be life-altering for everyone involved. Always make sure your chosen provider is following all of the necessary regulations for ladder fabrication.

Why choose FEM for your steel ladders

If you’re looking for steel fabrication services in Great Britain, then where better to find a provider than in the steel city itself – Sheffield. We’re a family-owned business, driven by a determination to offer our clients the very best this renowned city has to offer.

We’re also proud to say that we meet the standards for ISO9001 accreditation. When you choose to work with us, you can expect to receive a consistently high standard of work. Our reputation is everything, and we can confidently say that our approach to handling projects, from start to finish, has earned us loyalty among our clients.

To find out more about our fabrication services or to discuss steel ladder fabrication, call our team, email us, or use our contact form online.

What are fabricated stainless steel letters?

Stainless Steel letter fabrication is a very popular fabrication service. Many business will use fabricated letters when opening a business to create a high quality, professional high end look. They also may be used for residential properties for house numbers. Stainless Steel Letters can be flat cut or built up depending on the desired look or impact you want to create.

Stainless steel is often the leading metal material used for steel letters due to it being fire and heat resistance, sustainable and corrosion resistant. it is a versatile material and typical inexpensive material which can create a big impact for your business. It is also an easy material to clean and maintain.

What can stainless steel letters be used for?

Fabricated metal letters can be used for internal and external use. You may often see them being used for:

  • Name Plaques
  • Building Names and Numbers
  • Schools and Universities
  • Shop signs
  • Front Door numbers
  • Boats
  • Hotels

How are stainless steel letters fabricated?

Stainless steel is a highly popular material and heat resistant materials. It is the perfect material to use for metal letters and logos due to the durability and corrosion resistance elements of the material. Using your design, letters are created using CNC tools and machining to create the shape and specifications of the letters from stainless steel sheets.

The fabrication processes used during the creation of letters may involve cutting, forming, shearing, welding, and machining. Once the letters have been fabricated the letters will be buffed and painted if required. Stainless Steel is an ideal material if it needs to be painted.

Painting stainless steel is important as it helps to protect the material and can incorporate your desired colours. After the letters have been welded, the material will be cleaned and degreased. The metal will then be primed and painting the colour you desire. The paint will create a clean and smooth finished to the letters.

Once finished, the letters may have brackets on the inside as a mounting option. The letters will be installed and be set securely in place. Fabricated letters also have the option of having LED lighting behind the letters to illuminate the sign.

If you would like to know more about our stainless-steel fabrication process, you can find more about our services here or you can contact us using the contact form for a bespoke fabrication projects.

What are the different types of Fabrication?

In the fabrication industry there is a wide range of different types of fabrication. Cutting, folding, casting, forging, machining, shearing, punching, stamping, and welding are the most common types of fabrication that are performed during the manufacturing process.

Types of Fabrication Processes

Cutting

Cutting involves splitting or cutting the metal material down into smaller sections. When creating large scale fabrication cutting may be used to create the desired sections. Large sheets of metal will be cut down into either halves or thirds before being shaped however, pre shaped metals may also use the cutting process. This can be done through advancements in technology and cutting tools including water jet cutting, laser cutting, CNC (computer numerical computer) cutting machines.

Forming

Forming is a common metal fabrication process to create a shape or a fold in the metal material. The process involves manipulating the piece of metal forming a bend that is usually done at a 90-degree angle. Forming requires high tech equipment to form shapes in the metal such as CNC press brakes or rolling machines.

Punching

Punching is the process of creating holes in metal workpieces by punching them in using specific machinery. Using metal sheets, the punching device will cut and punch desired shapes or holes on the flat surface of the metal. This can be done using CNC Turret Punch Machines for large scale fabrication. Smaller hand powered punching devices may be used for small scale fabrication.

Shearing

Shearing is a similar process to cutting. It involves removing unwanted material or excess metal material by trimming it in one long cut. One long straight cut is achieved by having two blades: One above the piece of metal and one below the metal. It is the perfect tool for cutting smaller lengths or different shape materials as the as the blades are able to be mounted at angles.

Stamping

Another fabrication process that is common and similar to punching. Unlike punching, Stamping will create an indentation as opposed to punching a hole in the metal. Stamping is done to create letters, shapes or images into a sheet of metal. Stamping machines are often used for coining and four slide forming.

Welding

Welding is probably the most popular fabrication procedure used. Welding involves joining multiple pieces metal together through heat and pressure. The welding process can be used for different types of metal to create any shapes and sizes. The most popular types of welding are MIG and TIG welding, stick or arc welding and spot and stud welding.

MIG (Metal Inert Gas) Welding and TIG (Tungsten Inert Gas) Welding are two of the most common welding procedures we use at FEM for many of our fabrication projects for all industry needs including the construction industry.

Machining

Machining is the process of removing unwanted material from the metal by shaping it. This is commonly done using CNC Machining to ensure the measurements are precise.

Find out more about or machining service and process offered at FEM.

 

Types of Fabrication of Steel Structures

The structural steel fabrication process begins with the ideation stage. Before the physical labour of fabrication begins, our skilled fabricators will design the structure using specialist software. The design process involves factoring in the requirements, measurements and regulations and compliances needed for the fabrication.

Once the design is finalised the steel metal will involve:

  • Cutting
  • Forming
  • Welding

Once the fabrication processes have been performed the steel structure can be assembled and become operational.

If you would like to know about the structure steel fabrication process, you can find out more here.

If you would like to find out more information regarding a fabrication project or a bespoke fabrication project, you can contact us where are team will be happy to help.