Research into plastics and polymers has opened up new markets for their use; however there are limitations to plastics, and there are some applications where metal is still the better choice. Since stainless steel was first produced it has been refined and has found further applications, and its strength and resistance to corrosion has made it a vital part of many industries. Everywhere you look you can see its application, and it is hard to believe it has not been with us forever. Some industries have benefited from stainless steel more than others and here I have outlined a few for you.
If you visit and big city and look up at the skyline, you will invariably be able to find a building that has a stainless steel façade. The metal brings a beautiful look to a building, and has the strength to aid the stability of the structure it is covering. Buildings like the Chrysler building in New York and the Savoy hotel in London have used the steel with stunning effects, but as prices of stainless steel have dropped so the material has been used in buildings of lower prestige. But the stainless steel you do not see in buildings is as important as the decorative finishes outside, and the rods, pipes and girders in the fabric of a building ensure it will last a lifetime.
Because the qualities of strength and resistance to corrosion are so high in stainless steels, they have become very popular in medical circles. Different types of stainless steel have been adapted to different uses making best use of their particular properties. Stainless steel with high chromium content and resistance to corrosion is often used as medical implants, and is used to manufacture various types of surgical equipment. However, steels with high carbon content are preferred for surgical implements that are used for cutting; this is because they are so much harder and easier to keep sharp. Doctors, nurses, and dentists all over the world know that stainless steel instruments are the best they can have.
Whether it is used in the medical world, storage, cooking, or transportation, the hygienic properties of stainless steel are second to none. If you enter an operating theatre you will see stainless steel everywhere, and the same is true of high end kitchens in restaurants and hotels. If chemicals and food need to be transported it is done in a stainless steel tanker, and stainless steel is still the preferred choice for the storage of thousands of products; particularly pharmaceuticals, where the stainless steel has a very low reaction factor to the medicines inside. Stainless steel not only has a high resistance to corrosion, it is also very easy to clean. These properties make it easy to keep bacteria and germs from its surface, and thus is a trusted hygienic material for many industries.
Because the price of stainless steel has dropped since its first production, it has become accessible to manufacturers of products as wide ranging as paper clips and oven ranges. Some industries benefit more from its properties than others, but as consumers we all benefit.
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