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Stainless Steel Sheeting: 100% Recyclable and Environmentally Safe

Stainless steel product manufacturers in the WA area are proud to know that stainless steel is one of the most environmentally friendly materials in use today. More and more Australians are becoming aware that the quality of our lives and of our children’s future lives is dependent upon protecting our environment from pollution and greenhouse gases.

Environmentally Friendly Stainless Steel Products

One of the ways the stainless steel industry is helping the environment is by making an effort to better understand the “cradle to grave” characteristics of stainless steel and adjusting the manufacturing process to produce processes and materials that have less negative effect on the environment.

The life of the typical stainless steel product is very long; stainless steel products are durable and seldom need to be replaced. This not only saves businesses money, but keeps someone from having to manufacture a replacement product as with other materials.

In other words, a stainless steel product will typically outlast two or three of a similar product made of different material. Since these replacement products never have to be manufactured, their carbon footprint and pollution is virtually erased and thus has no effect on the environment.

Stainless steel is in demand as scrap material and is 100% recyclable. Many stainless steel products contain as much as 80% scrap stainless steel. Most new stainless steel is composed of around 50% scrap stainless steel. This means that half of any stainless steel product has already been in use and served a long life as a stainless steel product.

Stainless steel plants have been “tweaked” to nearly the theoretical minimum of power usage, which lowers the carbon footprint even more. Even when a stainless steel product finds its way to a waste facility and isn’t recycled, it has absolutely no negative effect on the environment. Stainless steel won’t corrode or break down; therefore it doesn’t pollute the ground or its water.

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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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Call us today for a consultation. Learn more about our custom designed stainless steel workbenches: 1300 794 647.