At Illinois Pulley and Gear, we have a wide variety of materials to offer for your stock pulley project. Stainless steel is one popular material that has many benefits when it comes to durability in the field while also being aesthetically pleasing as well.
Below are just some reasons why stainless steel may be right for you:
Benefits of Stainless Steel Pulley Stock
Stainless steel is a low-carbon steel that contains chromium at 10% or more by weight. The addition of chromium gives the steel its unique, stainless, corrosion-resistant properties it is well known for.
Durability & Strength
While typically heavier than other metals, stainless steel is also significantly stronger and tougher. When compared against aluminum or plastic options, if it’s the strength you’re concerned with, stainless steel is likely the best option.
Heat & Corrosion Resistance:
Stainless steel is a popular option for process plants and many other applications because of its resistance to corrosion. The chromium alloy present in stainless steel makes the material resistant in atmospheric, pure water and most acid, alkaline solution or chlorine environments. This means stainless steel can be used anywhere without fear of rusting or other damage, which gives this material an incredibly long lifespan.
Special high chromium and nickel-alloyed grades of stainless steel pulley stock are also highly resistant to scaling and heat, retaining their strength even at high temperatures. Stainless steel is incredibly prevalent as a building material in heat exchangers, boilers, as well as aircraft and aerospace applications.
Stainless Steel lasts longer than other metals like aluminum or brass because its properties make corrosion less likely; this means more time out on the job site without needing replacement parts from us.
When total life cycle costs are considered, stainless steel is often the least expensive material option. Due to its extreme durability, stainless steel components are built to last longer than any other option. The cost savings also come from the benefit of having a maintenance-free product.
Aesthetic & Hygiene
Bright and easily maintained, stainless steel retains an attractive appearance for applications where aesthetics is important.
The beauty of using stainless metal brings elegance with each use which adds value to any company’s product line-up by providing customers with options they can’t find anywhere else. This will keep them coming back again and again over.
Stainless steel is extremely easy to clean and maintain. These qualities make it an ideal choice for food processing, hospitals, kitchens, and similar applications. Unlike aluminum, stainless steel also leaves no after taste on food products.
Ease of Fabrication
Stainless steel can be cut, welded, bent, formed, machined, assembled, and fabricated as quickly and easily as traditional steel materials with modern steel fabrication techniques.
Over 50% of new stainless steel material is recycled and remelted stainless steel scrap, making it a material decision you can be both confident in and proud of!
Potential Drawbacks of Stainless Steel
While stainless steel is a great material that will work well for many applications, it’s not always the perfect solution.
- High initial costs associated with certain fabrication challenges of the material can make stainless an impractical choice for high volume or other applications.
- Stainless is also significantly heavier than aluminum, making it a less ideal fit for applications where lightweight is critical.
Stainless Steel Pulley Stock at IPG
Different needs arise across different industries and applications. Illinois Pulley & Gear will help you pick the best material for the job, depending on your required use. We provide high-quality, custom-made pulley stock for nearly every major industry, meaning we understand what your needs are and what will be the best solution.
If you’re looking for stainless steel pulley stock, browse our product catalog or get in touch with a member of our team today!