Material

Every project’s design is a trade off between different material characteristics: weight versus strength, cost versus corrosion resistance, etc. We strive to optimize these trade-offs by thoroughly understanding each material’s strengths and weaknesses to create the best balance for each application. Below is a very broad overview of design characteristics for some of the materials we typically use.
  • Base Material Characteristics (Common materials used, limitless other options available):

    • Carbon Steel (also called Mild Steel): Strong and inexpensive, readily available in a wide variety of shapes and sizes, and is very easy to form and weld. Very limited corrosion resistance in natural finish. It can be plated or powder coated for some additional corrosion protection, but is generally not recommended for wet locations, ultrasonic or aqueous cleaning applications. Carbon steel is a great choice for manual solvent cleaning, oil dipping and indoor material handling applications.

    • 304 Stainless Steel: The most common of the industrial stainless steel grades. It’s readily available in a wide variety of shapes and sizes, relatively easy to form and weld. Good high temperature strength to 1200°F. Good corrosion resistance in wet and mildly caustic environments. Can be powder coated for added part protection. Electropolishing is recommended for all ultrasonic applications.

    • 316 Stainless Steel: Slightly stronger, better corrosion resistance and better high temperature strength than 304 stainless. Available in most shapes. Still relatively easy to form and weld. Good high temperature strength to 1600°F. Good corrosion resistance in salt water, acidic and alkaline environments. Can be powder coated for added part protection. Electropolishing is recommended for all ultrasonic applications.

    • 330 Stainless Steel and other highed Nickel-content alloys: Better high temperature strength than 304 and 316 stainless. Limited selection of shapes available. Higher nickel content makes it more difficult to form and weld. Good high temperature strength to 2200°F. Good corrosion resistance in acidic and alkaline environments.

    • Other materials: Obviously, there are an unlimited number of other metals with enhanced properties for greater strength, lighter weight, better corrosion resistance, etc.



Carbon Steel- low cost, will corrode in time.

Carbon Steel- low cost, will corrode in time.





Carbon Steel- low cost, will corrode in time.


304 Stainless Steel- common, good corrosion, resistance

304 Stainless Steel- common, good corrosion, resistance





304 Stainless Steel- common, good corrosion, resistance


316 Stainless Steel- Better corrosion, higher strength at elevated temps

316 Stainless Steel- Better corrosion, higher strength at elevated temps





316 Stainless Steel- Better corrosion, higher strength at elevated temps