316 Stainless Steel Products- Always in Stock

Metallurgically speaking, stainless steel is a steel alloy with the highest percentage contents of iron, chromium and nickel, with a minimum of 10.5% chromium content by mass, and a maximum of 1.2% of carbon by mass.

Stainless steels are widely regarded for the corrosion resistance that they exhibit. As the chromium content is raised, the corrosion resistance increases as well. The addition of molybdenum also increases the corrosion resistance to reducing acids and against pitting attacks in chloride solutions. By varying the chromium and molybdenum content, different grades of stainless steel are produced with each suited for varying environments. Due to the resistance to corrosion and staining, stainless steel is ideal material for many applications, especially in the food, pharmaceutical, and chemical industries.

The 300 series stainless steels are considered chromium-nickel alloys and is the largest group and most commonly used. Of the different compositions within the 300 series family, Type 304 stainless is the most widely used followed by Type 316, which has 2% molybdenum added to provide greater resistance to acids and to localized corrosion caused by chloride ions.

Table below shows the nominal composition by mass content for 316 stainless steel

316 SS Table

Because 316 stainless steel provides a high level of corrosion resistance, resists pitting, and has good strength properties, EXAIR manufactures many of its products from 316 stainless steel material so that they can be used in the harshest of environments.

Of the EXAIR products these are available off the shelf in 316 stainless steel- Super Air Knife, certain sizes of Adjustable Air Amplifiers, numerous Air Nozzles, Line Vacs including the Sanitary Flanged style, NEMA Type 4X and Hazardous Location Cabinet Coolers. If you need one of our other products such as the Super Air Wipes or Vortex Tubes made in 316 stainless steel, just let us know. Of course we also have them made from Type 303 stainless steel, in stock and ready for shipment (and aluminum, too!)

316 Stainless Steel Super Air Knife

And, you don’t have to wait months or even weeks, as we keep all of these in stock, ready for shipment.

If you have questions about any of the 15 different EXAIR Intelligent Compressed Air® Product lines, feel free to contact EXAIR and myself or any of our Application Engineers can help you determine the best solution.

Brian Bergmann
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EXAIR PVDF Super Air Knife in a Harsh Environment

Sometimes at EXAIR, we are challenged with an aggressive environment, and in this application, we had a customer that manufactured tractor batteries.  He was concerned about the sulfuric acid leaving the filling station area, and he wondered if we could help him.  After the batteries would get filled with sulfuric acid, they would be capped and then conveyed to a wash system.  He wanted to remove any excess acid that may have been on the battery for safety reasons.

PVDF Super Air Knife
PVDF Super Air Knife

I recommended our PVDF Super Air Knives.  These Super Air Knives are made with Polyvinylidene Fluoride (PVDF) with Hastelloy® hardware and a PTFE shim.  These materials are very inert to acid and caustic solutions.   Also with its unique design, it is able to optimize the compressed air usage with a consistent, strong blowing force.  The customer purchased three pieces of a model 110012-PVDF.  He was able to keep the hazardous sulfuric acid contained in the filling station.  As a bonus, he was able to increase the life of his washing solution because less acid was entering into the wash station.  He was so impressed by the effectiveness of the PVDF Super Air Knives that he purchased three more pieces for after the washing system.  He was able to speed up the drying process for QC checks and packaging.

If you are faced with an extreme challenge, you can contact an Application Engineer at EXAIR to see if we may have a solution for you.

John Ball
Application Engineer
Email: johnball@exair.com
Twitter: @EXAIR_jb


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