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Bio-Pharmaceutical Uses for Stainless Steel

Stainless steel suppliers in Perth do a lot of work for the medical industry, but we also do a lot for the pharmaceutical industry. Because stainless steel is corrosion resistant, it is one of the most sanitary metals you can work with. When it comes to industries where sanitation is mandatory, stainless steel is the standard by which all other materials are judged.

Bio-Pharmaceutical Uses for Stainless Steel

Product Vessels

For bio-pharmaceutical equipment, the stainless steel most often used has traditionally been 316L. However, the last 15 years have seen changes in regulations on a global scale and demand for even more resistance to corrosion. Consequently, stainless steel grades with at least 6% molybdenum and grades that combine molybdenum, chromium and nickel, known as “super-austenitic,” are becoming more popular.

Super-austenitic stainless steel is used in the bio-manufacturing community because it can be trusted not to contaminate the drugs that are being made. Corrosion can affect the purity, safety and efficacy of pharmaceutical products; it is important that materials used in their manufacture is non-corrosive.

Many “batches” of pharmaceutical products can have a worth of more than $1 million. Therefore, it is essential that the alloy in the product vessel provides absolute protection from corrosion.

Hypodermic Needles

Stainless steel is also used in the production of hypodermic needles because they are easily sterilised. In addition, stainless steel is very workable and more easily formed into needles. Also, they can be tempered with a high tensile strength. 304 or 316 stainless steel is appropriate for needles.

Orthopaedic Implants

Many orthopaedic implants are also made with stainless steel. Austenitic grades of stainless steel are used in artificial hips and knees and in the screws that are often used for implants and for bone repair.

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We hope this guide has been helpful. While we don’t create all of these products here at Western Stainless, we do have a wide ranges of stainless steel solutions for the bio-pharmaceutical industry.

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Stainless Steel in the Biofuel Industry

Stainless steel suppliers in Perth enable a lot of industries to perform essential tasks. One of those industries is the biofuel industry. Stainless steel is the material of choice in the biofuel industry for many of the same reasons it is so popular in the hospitality and medical industries. Stainless steel is strong, durable, easily fabricated, non-corrosive and its smooth surface is crucial for maximum sanitation.

The biogas, biodiesel and bioethanol industries all use stainless steel at many crucial points in their operations and it all centres around ethanol. Here’s why.

Stainless Steel in the Biofuel Industry

The ethanol industry is in a constant state of evolution with constant research and development. Procedures and processes for converting wheat, corn and other feedstocks into ethanol are constantly being improved to maximise yields while minimising production costs.

However, using feedstocks will not be sustainable once the popularity of biofuel surpasses “critical mass.” Consequently, researchers are working hard on extracting ethanol from cellulose using ecologically friendly feedstocks that are environmentally friendly.

Ethanol from Corn

Corn has emerged as a strong candidate. However, the processes used to produce ethanol using corn are mildly corrosive. Austenitic stainless steel is emerging as the primary solution in making production of ethanol from corn more cost-effective and reliable.

Currently, 90% of the stainless steel that is used in processing corn into ethanol is Type 304 or Type 304L, which contains less carbon. Type 304 is used in typical wet milling process, while type 304L is more appropriate when dry milling is used. During the pretreatment phase, which the most corrosive and requires the highest temperatures, C-type nickel alloys must be used. The most popular is Alloy C276.

Biogas

Biogas is processed by extracting methane and CO2 using the fermentation process on materials like biomass, sewage, manure, municipal waste, energy crops or green waste. The process is moderately corrosive, but ammonia and hydrogen sulfide are formed in the digester, increasing the corrosivity of the process.

For more information on how we can provide your stainless steel solution, call Western Stainless Solutions today: 1300 794 647.

Stainless Steel and Salt Corrosion: Coastal Applications

Stainless steel suppliers in Perth now fabricate a lot of stainless steel products for coastal applications due to their ability to resist corrosion. This makes stainless steel a natural for many coastal applications. Today, we would like to explain how stainless steel resists corrosion and why it is so great for coastal applications.

Stainless Steel For Coastal Applications

How Stainless Steel Resists Salt Corrosion

Rust is a substance called iron oxide. It occurs when iron reacts to oxygen in the air or in water and oxidises. Stainless steel has at least 10.5% chromium and some grades up to 18%. The chromium produces a different reaction with the oxygen and produces a different oxide which becomes a surface layer.

The oxide produced by the chromium is resistant to further oxidation. It also turns into a thin passive layer on the surface. This layer is thin, but it reforms if it is scratched or machined and still provides protection to the stainless steel surface. If nickel is added as in grades 304 and 316, it extends the passivity of the surface layer.

When molybdenum is added as in grade 316, it improves the passivity even more and makes stainless steel more resistant to sulfuric, acetic and sulferous acids, in addition to salt such as that in seawater. If the correct grade of stainless steel is used, there will be no corrosion.

Applications

There are numerous possible applications for stainless steel in coastal environments. Grade 316 is one of those more commonly used for salt corrosion. The Discovery Centre in Portland, which is the oldest town in Victoria, was made entirely of stainless steel and glass. It serves as a museum and as an information centre. It is on the coast and is often buffeted by waves 2-3m high in storms. It has been open for eight years.

Also in Victoria, the Geelong Carousel Pavilion is another impressive stainless steel project. It has been open for six years and has withstood the weather in fine form.

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Reasons Why Industrial Trades Use Stainless Steel Workbenches

We have completed many custom design stainless steel installation projects in the Perth area. While many are for the medical and hospitality industries, we also install a lot of stainless steel workbenches for industrial trade applications. There are four key reasons why the industrial trades use stainless steel workbenches.

Why Industrial Trades Use Stainless Steel Workbenches

Corrosion Resistance

Stainless steel, by definition, contains at least 10.5% chromium. This makes stainless steel highly resistant to corrosion. The chromium reacts with the other elements to form an oxide film on the surface. This film is so thin that it is invisible to the naked eye, but it adheres firmly to the metal and protects it from a wide range of corrosive agents. The film actually utilises oxygen to repair itself when degraded, allowing for easy repair of damage from abrasion, scratching or cutting.

A low-alloyed grade of stainless steel will resist atmospheric corrosion, while higher-alloyed grades provide more protection against corrosive chemicals, whether they be acid, alkaline or chlorine-based.

Resistance to High and Low Temperatures

Stainless steel is generally resistant to standard extremes in temperatures. However, certain grades afford more protection against extreme heat while others provide protection against extreme cold.

Strength

Because stainless steel is so innately strong, it is often used in design to lower costs. Stainless steel doesn’t need to be as thick as other metals. This reduces overall weight while also reducing costs compared to other materials. Some stainless steel grades can be heat-treated for extreme strength.

Cleanliness and Hygiene

Stainless steel is the most sanitary and easy to clean of all materials that one can reasonably use in the industrial trades. It is comparable to titanium but at a fraction of the cost. The main reasons are the aforementioned film that covers the surface and the fact that stainless steel is very hard and non-porous.

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How to Select the Right Stainless Steel

At Western Stainless Solutions, we provide a wide range of stainless steel products for many different industries in WA. One of the most common questions we get is “How do I choose the right stainless steel for my needs?

There are a series of factors that can help decide what stainless steel to use. Here are a few of them.

How to Select the Right Stainless Steel

Corrosive Environment

The presence of water, acid, chloride and other chemicals affecting the environment in which the stainless steel will be used are important because they determine how corrosive that environment will be.

Temperature

High temperatures require a higher grade steel that can withstand the heat, while very low temperatures require an austenitic steel that can withstand the cold.

Strength

PH, martensitic, duplex and austenitic steel can provide strength, but aren’t always appropriate when welding and/or forming are going to be part of the process. See below…

Kind of Welding

PH and Martensitic grades usually won’t work for welding. Duplex steels are considered by many to be fully weldable. Austenitic is considered by many to be the most weldable steel.

Forming

Austenitic is considered to be the steel that is most “formable.” Ferritic steels are appropriate in some cases. However, PH, martensitic and duplex grades aren’t recommended for applications in which forming is necessary.

Bar, Tube or Sheet Form?

Some of the grades aren’t available in all sizes or forms. Austenitic is available in the largest range of options, while ferritic and martensitic aren’t.

What are Your Performance Expectations

Do you want durability? Aesthetics? What does the structure dictate?

Surface Finish

Steel is important, but in applications where aesthetics are important, surface finish can often override other factors.

Availability and Cost

Cost and availability are important. These are self-explanatory.

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At Western Stainless Solutions, we have a wealth of experience in helping choose the appropriate stainless steel for numerous different applications. Give us your project details and we can provide recommendations based on your specifications and requirements. We have access to virtually every grade of stainless steel in the industry. We know what is appropriate for most jobs.

We always provide full justification and reasoning for every choice. In addition, the ultimate choice is yours. If you have questions or want more information, call 1300 794 647 today.

Discover the Western Stainless Difference

At Western Stainless Solutions, we have developed a reputation as being among the best in our business: providing bespoke stainless steel solutions for business applications. The reason that we have that reputation is because we have a commitment to exceeding customer expectations and go to great lengths to honour that commitment.

Western Stainless Difference

We realise that no project is ever the same. Each one has its own challenges, requirements and unique conditions. We combine modern technology with our expertise to create innovative solutions for all projects, regardless of size.

Because of our commitment to customer service, we always keep in mind that there is no such thing as a “small” or “ordinary” project. We know that your project means everything to you and we never forget that. Consequently, no matter how large a project may be or how complicated it becomes, we see every project through to the end, providing the utmost in personalised customer service.

If you need a quick turnaround time due to a deadline, we can provide it for you. If you want a complete, turnkey solution for any project, we can provide that, too. No project is too large for Western Stainless Solutions, but no project is too small, either.

The Process: What to Expect for Your Project

The Consultation

Especially for larger projects, we recommend a client consultation, preferably on-site. The purpose will be to discuss every aspect of your project in detail. This will include any purchases of materials and/or equipment that will have to be made before starting the project. When we have your expectations and specifications, we can move on to the next step.

The Proposal

One of our hallmarks of excellence is our insistence that all proposals be made in person. This helps us build a strong relationship with you before even starting a project. When we make our presentation in person, it gives us the opportunity to fully explain every item in the quote. It also gives us an opportunity to make any adjustments or variations as needed.

Approval

When you are fully satisfied with your quote and everything has been planned to suit your requirements, we can proceed to the approval. After you sign the contract, we will explain the terms of payment and make arrangements for your deposit.

Scheduling the Project

After we have received the go-ahead for your project, we will then determine a start date, an end date and a date for delivery and/or installation. The timing will be based on your needs and our availability.

Handover

Prior to the handover, we will visit your site and make sure that we have covered all of the variations necessary. Our installation team will measure your site and make further plans for completing handover and installation, if necessary.

Final Drawings

If necessary, the installation team will complete final drawings. Then, we will request a sign off from you.

Industries We Serve

At Western Stainless Solutions, we create bespoke stainless steel products for a number of different industries. Here are two of them.

Health

We provide a range of NCOP compliant solutions for the health industry, including scrub sinks, flushing rims, conventional sinks, endoscopy benches, anti-bacterial wall shelves and stainless steel bench work. Our custom made bench work is sealed off to be antibacterial and vermin proof. They are designed for easy sterilisation and cleaning and deliver both longevity and high quality.

Hospitality

We have a long history of providing a full range of stainless steel solutions for the hospitality industry. Our stainless steel fixtures are sanitary and easily maintained. We work closely with all clients to ensure that every single fixture meets or exceeds all health standards.

We are very proud to point out that we have extensive and detailed knowledge of all Australian health standards pertaining to the hospitality industry. This is a big part of the Western Stainless Difference. We are always able to deliver stunning work that is attractive, functional and fully compliant.

Our front of the house bench work is customised to integrate both hot and cold requirements. We also provide point of sale areas, under bench storage areas and a coffee area that includes custom knock knock inserts.

We offer stainless steel bars that include speed wells, cocktail mixing areas, insulated ice wells, scupper rails and beer tap trays. We also consider serve over framework that will hold most popular finishes, including polished concrete and stone.

Our back of the house work includes food preparation benches, including those for seafood and baking, stainless steel benches and sinks with pass-through work for dishwashing including inlet and outlet work.

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How to Get the Most Out of your Stainless Steel

Stainless steel is no doubt one of the strongest materials on the commercial market, but that doesn’t mean that it has no limitations. If it is not treated properly by the users of the final products, than even the best crafted items can fall short of the owner’s expectations. Since many problems with stainless steel occur because of instances such as these, it is important to be aware of the things that you can do to get the most out of your stainless steel product.

Get the Most Out of your Stainless Steel

Finishing First

One of the most important aspects of constructing something out of stainless steel is finishing. Not surprisingly then, improper finishing can cause major problems down the line. In general, a surface that is well polished with the best substances will help prevent corrosion most effectively.

Even after the finishing is applied, as this is usually done by the manufacturers, it is important to treat the metal well. Keep the steel item out of high temperatures after the finishing is completed to avoid running and damages. Although it may seem common sense, selecting the correct grade for the metal and its associated items is vital as well.

Regular Maintenance

The term stainless steel does not mean that the metal is indestructible or that it does not require any cleaning after it is forged. As a matter of fact, regular cleaning and maintenance is key to promoting the longevity of the metal. Like any other machine or piece of furniture, if the crafted item is not taken care of, deterioration is imminent.

Be aware as well of the environment in which the stainless steel is placed. Certain areas, such as restaurants and heavier industrial settings, may require special care or more cleaning to help protect the steel from surrounding factors.

Only the Best

Stainless steel is one of the strongest materials used for commercial purposes, but it still requires proper care to ensure you get the best of it. Make sure that the metal is finished properly and keep up with regular maintenance so that the steel will serve you well for a long time to come.

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Why Stainless Steel is Your Best Option

With all of the materials on the market that you could craft your commercial goods out of, why would you choose one type of material over another? What makes one item more useful than the rest and when? These are questions that you should ask yourself before you build something, especially in a commercial setting.

Why Stainless Steel is Your Best Option

Across the board however, one type of material stands above the others as most useful: stainless steel. This kind of metal is the best to use because it is resistant to destruction and can be easily crafted into whatever you need.

Strong and Resilient

One of the defining features of stainless steel, as the name implies, is its ability to strongly resist corrosion from acidic substances and rust. Top grade stainless steel won’t be affected by the negative effects of these various chemicals that are often found in commercial settings. This helps ensure that whatever you built from it will look good and last for a long time.

In addition, many kinds of stainless steel are made from special alloys that protect it from fire and heat. In certain environments, such as restaurants, you need metal that won’t be affected by the intense heat produced in such places and stainless steel fits the bill.

Made to Order

Stainless steel is one of the strongest commercial materials, but it is also one of the most aesthetically pleasing. The way that they are made produces a shiny gleam on the surface which looks good for any product.

Since stainless steel is also quite malleable during its production, it can be used to customise any kind of item. To suit all kinds of environments, stainless steel has the ability to be shaped into just about anything, making it ideal for almost any situation.

Nerves of Steel

Stainless steel is one of the best materials that you could use to make kinds of commercial products. It is attractive, resistant to corrosion and intense heat and can be crafted into a great variety of items, making it the perfect option for any condition. When you order it from one of the top stainless steel suppliers in the Perth area, you even have less to worry about.

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