Lightweight and naturally corrosion-resistant, stainless steel is an incredible identification solution for nameplates and tags. From rainy construction sites to pipe yards and warehouses full of chemicals, stainless steel nameplates, labels, and tags will stay legible for years to come. With over 20 years of use in outdoor environments, the life span of stainless steel is ideal. Stainless steel is also resistant to temperatures exceeding 1800 °F.
Stainless steel is an alloy primarily comprised of iron and carbon, but also chromium and nickel. When chromium is added to steel, chromium oxide is formed, which acts as a protective surface to prevent air and moisture from causing rust, as happens with ordinary steel.
The beneficial properties of stainless steel surpass those of standard plain carbon mild steel. Corrosion resistance is a primary advantage of stainless steel, but it certainly isn't the only one. Other characteristics include:
Big City Manufacturing specializes in the production and delivery of standard and custom tags, labels, nameplates, and other identification products manufactured from 300 and 400 series stainless steel. While similar, the two product lines have slight differences.
300 series stainless steels resists corrosion, are simple to maintain, and maintain strength at high temperatures. This series also resists etching and cracking better than other grades of stainless steel making it ideal for aerospace, automotive, and other rugged industries.
400 series stainless steels, however, are magnetic and generally contain chromium and manganese. While they still exhibit the corrosion resistance that is typical of stainless steel in general, they are less corrosion resistant than the 300 series, and therefore often cost less. These products are known for displaying good surface finishes.
A combination of unique properties makes stainless steel an ideal identification tag material for a range of processes. It's lightweight and resistant to fading, ensuring operators will have no trouble handling and reading the tag for years to come. Applications that can benefit from stainless steel tags include:
At Big City Manufacturing, we can produce stainless steel identification products in a variety of sizes and with a range of thicknesses. Stock thicknesses are .040" to .050" with smooth edges, radius corners, and industry-standard holes. The following shapes are available:
If you're in the market for an effective traceability solution that saves you time and money, you can't go wrong with stainless steel. A leading stainless steel identification product supplier, Big City Manufacturing has you covered.
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