Stainless fasteners come in virtually every type of stainless alloy. Stainless steel is one of the most prevalent metal alloys used in consumer, commercial, and industrial products today, and for good reason. Stainless steel is corrosion resistant, fire and heat resistant, impact resistant, and easy to fabricate and you’ll find one of the largest inventories of stainless fasteners here at Electronic Fasteners in Canton, MA.
The major alloy types used to make stainless fasteners include:
- Austenitic stainless steels: (AISI 202, 302, 304, 316): These steels are generally nonmagnetic and have the best corrosion resistance because of their large nickel and chromium content. Their good cold-forming characteristics are subject to work hardening and are not heat treatable.
- Martensitic stainless steel (AISI 410, 420): These metals are straight chromium steels with little or no nickel. They are magnetic and can be heat-treated. They also have more strength than austenitic types, as well as lower corrosion-resistance and are harder to cold form.
- Precipitation hardening stainless (AISI 17-4 PH): These are nickel chromium stainless steels with cobalt and tantalum. The alloying agents produce high strength and ductility, as well as good machinability and weldability. They are not used for cold-forming, but are commonly used for high-strength, corrosion-resistant screw-machine parts.
What makes stainless fasteners so appealing to product designers and manufacturers is that stainless steel products are relatively easy to fabricate and have an attractive aesthetic appeal. These properties, coupled with the fact that stainless steel has hygienic properties, makes it popular for consumer products and items that are used in food preparation and healthcare such as cookware and appliances as well as surgical instruments and hospital equipment.
Stainless fasteners are not only attractive, they have a rugged side as well. They hold up well in a wide range of very harsh environments, including ones with high moisture and exposure to corrosive chemicals. That’s why stainless steel is so popular for military and aerospace applications.
To learn more about the various stainless alloys and what types of Canton, MA are appropriate for your requirements, contact the stainless specialists here at Electronic Fasteners.