Stainless steel is one of the materials most commonly used in very different industries, being particularly appropriate for the food sector (service carts for restaurants and hospitality industry) and for the healthcare industry (medicine carts, dropper holders, bedside tables, hospital beds…). Its cost is higher than regular steel but due to its high corrosion resistance in humid environments, it is the perfect material for several applications requiring additional resistance.
Stainless steel properties. Maximum protection against humidity
Steel is an ally of iron and carbon. When it has a high percentage of chromium, it acquires its stainless properties, providing a thin layer of chromium oxide that makes steel water resistant and prevents rust. Even if this layer may be damaged in some areas, its self-healing capacity, keeps the antioxidant properties intact.
AISI 304, the best stainless steel used at Ruedas Alex
There are different types of stainless steel, depending on its alloy and its additional components, such as nickel and manganese, which make its properties more versatile. Stainless steel is classified in 4 families: ferritic, martensitic, austenitic and duplex. Each family has its own properties.
In several industries it is very common to use the austenitic steel family, due to its optimal corrosion resistance, its high hardness and its excellent weldability. One of the best stainless steel in this family is the AISI304, which is used by Ruedas Alex.
This steel is suitable for a lot of industrial applications as it is ductile and allows deformation without breaking itself. It is ideal to manufacture pieces easily as it has a great high temperature performance, it is very strong and has good mechanical properties.
There is no doubt that, the best industrial castors manufacturers, choose this type of steel to produce all their stainless components. If we have a castor with a good stainless steel bracket but its bearings and bushings are not, a total oxidation and deterioration may occur. If this happens, it would also oxidize the bracket, which may lead to a malfunctioning of the castor.
3 Advantages to use stainless steel castors
You can find below the 3 main benefits of using a stainless steel industrial castor:
The main advantage of using AISI 304 stainless steel is the long service life it guarantees to the castor while working under extreme weather conditions such as rain and humidity, places by the sea or industrial environment exposed to corrosion, grease, and oil.
High degree of protection against external agents, thus these castors are perfect for industries with strict hygiene and disinfection norms, such as food industry.
Stainless steel castors are also used on carts for medical environments or surgical material manufacturing processes, where ease of cleaning and corrosion resistance is very important.
Due to its shiny and polished finish, the stainless steel castors are modern and elegant. It can be a perfect option for outdoor use furniture, where appearance and functionality go hand in hand. If they are pretty and weather resistant, what else do you want?
If you are looking for stainless steel industrial castors for specific conditions that guarantee a long service life, we recommend you to try the products from a Spanish manufacturer that works with the best AISI 304 stainless steel. There are several mobility solutions to meet your needs; here you can check out Ruedas Alex’s catalogue of stainless steel castors.