Stainless Steel Characteristics

 At J.W. Winco we sell a lot of stainless steel components used in applications in the medical, food, electronics and other industries. It’s common knowledge that when corrosion resistance is an essential characteristic of a piece of equipment, stainless steel is the material of choice. But what about if temperature tolerance is an issue?

stainless steel pull handle

Engineers understand that there are many different types of stainless steels and they all have slightly different characteristics. Of course, a food industry application suggests using stainless steel. But the specifics of the equipment may require a particular type. For example, let’s say you need to find appropriate handles for a cart that is going to need to serve both in high temperature and low temperature environments, like in a bakery operation. For that you would want to use American Standard Series 304 stainless steel (European Standard 1.4301), because it can stand cold as well as heat up to 700° C.

A good choice for such an application would be our GN 426.5 cabinet U-handles, pictured here.

stainless steel hand knobs

Don’t forget the aesthetics of stainless steel, a material that can be attractive as well as functional. For example, these GN 5335 stainless steel hand knobs are solid AISI Standard 303 stainless steel. They would work great as kitchen fittings, with their stylish and ergonomic design.

We have a great tool in the Technical Section on our Web site for finding a lot of information about stainless steel characteristics in one place: the handy chart pictured here in the thumbnail. Six common types of stainless steel are evaluated, including chemical composition, tensile and yield strength, expansion and forging properties, suitability for welding, corrosion resistance, and other special characteristics. Typical applications for each type are also listed.

For further assistance in finding the appropriate stainless steel component in our line, contact our Technical Sales Associates at 800-877-8351.

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