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Stainless Steel: The Best Material for Our Environment?

As a WA stainless steel product manufacturer, Western Stainless Solutions is proud of many things about stainless steel. One of the factors that makes us the most proud: stainless steel has less environmental impact than other metals.

To help ensure that we have a high quality of life in Australia, materials that we use for building should meet technical performance standards, be usable in a high number of applications, have a long shelf life and be friendly to the environment. In other words, the products should not only last a long time, but be 100% recyclable when their product life is finished. Stainless steel passes every test.

Best Material For The Environment - Stainless Steel

Desirable Characteristics of Stainless Steel

Stainless steel has natural corrosion resistance because it is made partially of chromium. In addition, it is nearly twice as strong as mild steel. It has high cleanability, making it the surface of choice in situations where hygiene standards are strict, such as the medical or food and beverage industries.

Stainless steel is resistant to both heat and cold, making it perfect for use in low or high temperatures. Despite this strength and resistance, it is easily fabricated into the products you need. Stainless steel also has an aesthetic appeal that is unmatched by other materials and can be enhanced even further by brushing, polishing and texturing.

Stainless Steel: Even More Versatile than You Think

Stainless steel has many uses. In the home, you may see it in appliance trim, sinks and cookware. There are many industrial uses, the most common being chemical process and food preparation equipment. Entrance ways, building roofs, kitchen exhaust hoods and medical instruments are also made of stainless steel.

Stainless steel is also an important part of anti-pollution devices such as automobile catalytic converters and is also used to produce filters in the utility industry that “scrub” exhaust gases from stacks.

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For your next custom design stainless steel installation, call Western Stainless Solutions: 1300 794 647.

Austenitic vs Ferritic Stainless Steel: Their Preferred Uses

One of the major considerations of any stainless steel installation project that we perform in the Perth area is the kind of material being used. Austenitic is the most popular type of stainless steel in most applications, while ferritic is more popular in restaurants. We would like to explain the differences between austenitic and ferritic stainless steel and some of their preferred uses.

Preferred Uses Of Austenitic and Ferritic Stainless Steel

Austenitic Stainless Steel

Austenitic stainless steel is strengthened by cold work but not by heat treatment. It contains not only chromium, but nickel and sometimes manganese. Austenitic stainless steel exhibits great tensile strength, ductility and toughness, even at cryogenic temperatures. Austenitic is also the most easily-weldable of any classification of stainless steel.

As mentioned above, due to its combination of strength and workability, austenitic is very popular for both consumer and industrial applications. If you have a chemical plant, a food processing facility, a water plant or a dairy processing facility, you will probably use an austenitic grade stainless steel for most of your equipment.

Ferritic Stainless Steel

Ferritic stainless steel usually contains at least 12% chromium and is considered a “straight chromium” stainless steel. Ferritic grades have high ductility and are easily formed, but they do not retain their strength at high temperatures like austenitic stainless steel. However, ferritic stainless steel is great for restaurant and medical counters, tables and sinks.

There are two great advantages to ferritic stainless steel. It has a lower cost than other grades and it is very cleanable due to its high chromium content. This makes ferritic grade stainless steel a natural for uses in which high sanitation standards apply.

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For your next custom design stainless steel installation project, call Western Stainless Solutions. We provide bespoke stainless steel products for Perth, WA and across Australia. We have completed numerous successful projects from small restaurants to major hospitals and manufacturing facilities.

To learn more, call Western Stainless Solutions today: 1300 794 647.

Guidelines for Selecting Stainless Steel

As the foremost stainless steel manufacturer in Perth, we would like to provide a short guide to make it easier when selecting stainless steel grades. Stainless steel is the engineering material of choice for many applications because it is strong, easy to fabricate and resistant to corrosion. Here are the four basic guidelines that are used when selecting stainless steel.

Guidelines for Selecting Stainless Steel

Corrosion or Heat Resistance

These are the most important considerations. They are the main reasons to use stainless steel over other materials in an industrial setting. It is crucial to know the environment in which the material will be used; this will help the stainless steel manufacturer know the degree of corrosion resistance and heat resistance that is needed.

Mechanical Properties

The most important property is strength, taken at room temperature, extreme heat and extreme cold. The combination of strength and corrosion resistance is usually the main criterion for selection.

Fabrication Operations

The next consideration is how the product is made or fabricated. This starts with forging and proceeds to machining, then to forming and welding. These all factor into the fourth consideration.

Cost

Many factors go into the cost of any stainless steel product. The grade of stainless steel used and the cost of production are main considerations. Other considerations include the longer life cycle and lower maintenance costs of stainless steel over other materials. All of these are factored together and weighed against other products that may have a lower initial cost but as little as a third of the life expectancy.

Why so Many Choices?

Any iron based alloy with more than 10.5% chromium is considered “stainless steel.” Austenitic 300 series stainless steel also contains nickel, while the 200 series contains nickel and manganese.

Ferritic 400 series stainless steel is a “straight chromium” stainless steel. Martensitic stainless steel is also a straight chromium alloy. Precipitation hardening stainless steel contains chromium and nickel. Duplex stainless steel contains austenite and ferrite in approximately equal parts.

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Why Stainless Steel is the Preferred Material for So Many Applications

We have undertaken a lot of custom design stainless steel installation projects in the Perth area. Stainless steel is extremely popular in the hospitality, medical, sanitation, mining, mechanical and commercial sectors. We would like to tell you why.

Why Stainless Steel is the Preferred Material for So Many Applications

High Corrosion Resistance

Stainless steel provides high corrosion resistance in many different applications. A lower alloyed grade can be used for pure water and atmospheric environments, while a high alloyed grade is perfect for alkaline solutions, acids and chlorine bearing environments. This makes it the material of choice in most process plants.

Fire and Heat Resistance

High chromium and nickel-alloyed stainless steel grades retain their strength and resist scaling at high temperatures.

Hygiene

Stainless steel is the easiest metal to clean. This makes it the preferred material for all applications requiring strict hygiene, such as kitchens, hospitals and food processing plants.

Appearance

Stainless steel is bright and easy to keep that way. It can lend an attractive and modern look in numerous situations.

High Strength to Weight Ratio

Because austenitic grades have a work-hardening property that allows them to be strengthened through cold-working, they provide a great strength to weight ratio. Duplex grades allow you to reduce the material thickness in many applications without losing any strength. The end result: it saves money.

Easily Fabricated

As stainless steel fabricators in Perth know, stainless steel is easily fabricated. It can be formed, cut, welded and machined as easily as standard steel.

Long Term Value

Because stainless steel is so durable and resistant to corrosion, it lasts longer than other materials used for similar tasks. This provides long term value.

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At Western Stainless, we provide solutions for businesses such as small pubs all the way up to major hospitals and manufacturing facilities. We will manufacture, supply and install bespoke stainless steel solutions for any need. From hospitality to hospitals and mining to manufacturing, we have your solution. Call 1300 794 647 to learn more.

Grade 304 Stainless Steel: Uses in the Medical Industry

As a WA stainless steel product manufacturer, we have provided custom design stainless steel installation for a number of industries. These include: mining, hospitality, commercial and mechanical applications. However, many of the most common applications of stainless steel are in the medical industry.

Uses Of Stainless Steel In The Medical Industry

Why Stainless Steel?

The medical industry has the most stringent standards of sanitation in design and execution. Due to the prevalence of medical malpractice lawsuits, anything that comes into contact with patients in any way or that is surgically implanted into their bodies must be 100% sanitary and must work perfectly 100% of the time.

Stainless steel is the best material for a host of medical applications because of its versatility and the difficulty that microorganisms have colonising on its surface. Consequently, stainless steel is ubiquitous in the manufacture of medical devices. Grade 304 stainless steel is the grade most commonly used.

Characteristics of Grade 304 Stainless Steel in Medical Devices

Grade 304 stainless steel has a low carbon content and high corrosion resistance. It doesn’t react chemically to sanitation or sterilisation products, human bodily tissue or repetitive wear and tear. This makes it ideal for paramedics, hospitals and surgery.

Grade 304 is strong and durable but also highly workable. This makes it a great material for sinks, pans, bowls, hollow ware and other medical vessels. Due to its low yield strength and high potential for elongation, grade 304 stainless steel is easily formed into complex shapes without going through the process of annealing.

Uses for Grade 304 Stainless Steel

Uses for grade 304 stainless steel include: orthopaedic implants, precision stainless steel tubing, bone fixation, artificial heart valves, containers for chemicals and other hazardous materials, tools, wires, curettes, plates, prostheses, screws, syringes, needles, catheters and sensor probes. Office uses include sinks, tables, bowls, knives and trays.

Western Stainless Solutions

At Western Stainless Solutions, we can manufacture bespoke solutions for all of your medical needs. Call us today for a consultation: 1300 794 647.

Grade 431 Stainless Steel and Its Uses

As stainless steel suppliers and fabricators in Perth, we have become experts on all things stainless steel. There are different grades of stainless steel for different uses. They all have different characteristics that make them unique. Here are some facts about Grade 431 stainless steel.

Uses of Grade 431 Stainless Steel

Grade 431 is a martensitic stainless steel. That means it can be hardened thermally. Grade 431 is less well-known than other grades, but is used in motors as shafts and fasteners. It is also used in the food processing industry for pumps and valves. It can be heated and cooled quickly by quenching, resulting in a hardness resembling that of a low alloy steel such as 4140. None of the austenitic grades can be hardened in this way.

Consequently, grade 431 stainless steel is one of the more versatile materials on the market. It combines high toughness and strength with above average corrosion resistance. Before hardening, it can be easily machined.

Composition

The main features of grade 431 are the inclusion of nickel and a high chromium content. The nickel makes grade 431 austenitic at high temperatures by countering the high chromium content. This allows it to be turned into a hard martensite when quenched.

Corrosion Resistance

The high chromium content makes grade 431 nearly as resistant to crevice, pitting and general corrosion as grade 304. This makes it ideal for use in the food and beverage industry. Of all the martensitic grades of stainless steel, grade 431 has the highest corrosion resistance. Corrosion resistance is at its greatest when grade 431 is hardened, tempered and has a smooth finish.

Grade 431 can be used with great success for boats in fresh water. Unfortunately, it doesn’t work well with seawater because of the salt content.

Heat Resistance

Grade 431 can withstand temperatures up to 700 °C, but are often permanently softened if they are exposed to temperatures more than 600 °C.

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The Goose Bar Gets an Upgrade

Our stainless steel installation crew completed another project, south of Perth in the Busselton at The Goose Beach Bar and Kitchen. The Goose wanted to change their operation from being a cafe into being a bar or tapas bar.

What They Needed

They had a few challenges for us. They needed to turn their operation over as quickly as possible with minimal “downtime.” They provided us with an idea of how they wanted their bar traffic to flow. In addition, everything needed to be compliant with new liquor laws. As you may know, all restaurant work, like medical work, is subject to the highest sanitation standards, so sanitation was a major factor in this project.

The Goose Beach Bar and Kitchen Upgrade

We love projects like this because we know we are up to the challenge. We are always very proud when we are able to help a business owner affect positive changes to his or her business. We started out by producing a design that would allow for more efficient use of space, resulting in better “flow” and more storage space. Then, we created 3-D drawings to help the client see and understand what we wanted to do.

What We Provided

After the client signed off on the project, it was time to get to work. Since time was of the essence, we prefabricated the complete bar. This allowed us to complete all of the work within a 48-hour window.

The results were stunning. We created a beautiful new bar for them with minimal disruption to their normal schedule. The Goose has totally changed their look and their menu, giving them a “beach vibe” and turning their old restaurant into a new bar and kitchen.

Does Your Bar or Restaurant Need a “Makeover?”

We have done projects from small pubs to major hospitals and everything in between. A new stainless steel bar or service area can be just what you need to modernise a restaurant without tearing it down and starting over.

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Stainless Steel: A Great Commercial and Industrial Decision

Stainless steel products have become a staple around WA. Restaurants, pubs, medical facilities, pharmaceutical manufacturers, chemical plants and plants for processing mining industry resources all use stainless steel for numerous applications. There are many great reasons why these industries choose stainless steel as their material of choice.

Stainless Steel: A Great Commercial and Industrial Decision

Here are five great reasons why so many restaurants, commercial and industrial facilities are choosing stainless steel.

Sanitation

Stainless steel is the “gold standard” when it comes to sanitation. It is cleaned more easily than any popular industrial material. It is non-porous and hard; consequently, stainless steel doesn’t harbour microorganisms. It is easily cleaned and retains its appearance and its surface integrity.

No Effect on Flavour of Foods

Because stainless steel is so hard and non-porous, it doesn’t affect the flavour of foods that come in contact with it. There is no chemical reaction between stainless and any food, spice or oil. Since it cleans so easily, it doesn’t absorb flavours to pass on, either.

Aesthetics

Stainless steel looks great. It is easily cleaned to produce a shiny, attractive appearance. For some reason, stainless steel looks “at home” in a restaurant, bar, medical facility or any processing plant. Its “look” fits in with almost any commercial aesthetic.

Long Life due to Corrosion Resistance

Because stainless steel is so hard and corrosion resistant, it seemingly lasts forever. It won’t corrode, rust or degrade with age. This makes stainless steel one of the most durable materials on the planet.

100% Recyclable

Many businesses are now beginning to perceive it as their duty to conduct their affairs in an environmentally responsible manner. Stainless steel is 100% recyclable in the rare event that it does need to be replaced.

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We are the foremost custom stainless steel manufacturer in WA. Our commitment to providing bespoke stainless solutions has resulted in a sterling reputation in the hospitality, medical and industrial communities.

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Commercial Exhaust Hood Selection and Maintenance

As the foremost stainless steel suppliers and fabricators in Perth, we have created and installed a lot of exhaust hoods for bar, restaurant, commercial and hospital kitchens. Consequently, we have had plenty of time to perfect our operation. We have also had plenty of time and experience to figure out what works and what doesn’t.

Commercial Kitchen Exhaust Hoods

Types of Exhaust Hoods

It is extremely important to make the right equipment choices when selecting or creating an exhaust hood. Exhaust hoods come in various shapes and sizes. They can be vented or unvented. Vented hoods draw air into the hood from the kitchen area and then direct it through a series of pipes and/or ducts away from the kitchen area, outdoors.

On the other hand, a ventless hood draws air from the kitchen area through a series of filters that clean the air. The air is then recirculated back into the kitchen.

If you have a vented hood, it will usually need to be cleaned professionally. There are specific protocols and procedures that must be followed. Some require special tools to do the job correctly and keep the hood functioning at its optimum safety and efficiency. Different types of commercial exhaust hoods have different cleaning schedules.

How to Clean

A ventless hood often doesn’t need to be professionally cleaned. This is because they are less efficient and do not circulate or clean the volume of air that a vented hood would clean. Consequently, ventless hoods are not appropriate for use in high volume kitchens.

However, ventless hoods do employ charcoal filters that cannot be cleaned. Those filters must be replaced at regular intervals depending upon the type and volume of cooking that is performed in the kitchen. Kitchens that have fryers and grills require more frequent changing of filters because of the higher amount of grease that builds up.

The charcoal filters are usually available at your favourite appliance store. However, you must take care that you are purchasing the correct filter for your ventless hood.

The exterior portions of both vented and unvented hoods should be cleaned daily. Vented hoods will be more difficult to clean because they will usually have more grease on them than a ventless hood.

It is recommended that you always have a professional clean the interior portion of a vented hood. Professionals know the methods and materials necessary to thoroughly clean the interior of a vented hood without causing any damage to the stainless steel surface. This ensures years of high quality performance.

Bacterial Buildup and Local Regulations

Due to the possibility of bacterial or fungal buildup on exhaust hoods, different locations have different regulations pertaining to how often the interior of vented exhaust hoods must be cleaned. These regulations are helpful, as they help you keep your exhaust hood running efficiently, thus increasing its lifespan.

Bacteria and mould can compromise the safety of your kitchen, exposing your staff and customers to dangerous microorganisms. To keep this from occurring, it is essential to have your exhaust hood cleaned on a regular schedule.

The maximum that a system should ever go without being cleaned is six months, but we recommend that professional cleaning is done much more frequently. The amount of volume produced in your kitchen will determine how much buildup is inside of your hood and how often it needs to be cleaned.

If your kitchen has fryers, charcoal broilers and grills, there will be a lot more build-up inside of your hood and it should be cleaned as frequently as possible. However, don’t think that a “slow” kitchen allows you the luxury of skipping scheduled cleanings. Even a slow kitchen is still subject to bacteria and mould.

Symptoms of Insufficient Cleaning

If you fail to keep the interior of your exhaust hood clean, you are exposing your employees and customers to dangerous microorganisms. Your staff will suffer more because they are there longer and many work beneath the hood.

Common symptoms of bacterial or fungal exposure are frequent or chronic respiratory or gastrointestinal illnesses.

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Fresh Out the Oven: Western Stainless and Muffin Break Dianella

Recently, our skills as stainless steel fabricators were put to good use in the Perth area by a restaurant called Muffin Break in Dianella. Muffin Break is a shop fitting job that is routinely performed by firm called Adform. Since we are the preferred stainless steel supplier for this Perth area firm, we manufacture all of the wall sheeting, oven and mixer alcoves, sinks and bench tops.

Western Stainless and Muffin Break Dianella

Adform constructs the kiosk in their own workshop to ensure that everything fits. Then, they send us their substrates so that we can clad them and weld the bowls in. Once we have completed our tasks, all they have to do is collect the alcoves, bench tops, wall cladding and wall shelves to take back to their workshop and reassemble.

This allows them to find any issues well before the installation and helps them deliver their work on time with minimum disruption to the shopping centre or venue where the installation takes place. The timely and accurate manner in which the stainless steel is fabricated and installed allows the business to open its doors to the public sooner.

Muffin Break

Muffin Break has been in Australia since 1989. They started out in Canada but Australia is now their most prolific country. They have a total of 275 locations around the world. 190 of them are in Australia and 37 are in New Zealand.

As you may guess from the name, Muffin Break bakes fresh muffins every morning, along with scones, pies, quiches and many other items. Their stainless steel not only needs to conform to strict sanitation requirements but also has to provide durability in extreme heat.

Western Stainless Solutions

Muffin Break is another in a long line of hospitality outlets we have been proud to serve. Owners of restaurants, bars, cafes and cafeterias all know they can depend on us to get it perfect and deliver it on time, every time.

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