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Type 201/304/316 Stainless Steel: What's the difference?

Update: 2014-07-17 11:17:10  Clicks: 1890

Stainless steel is used in a variety of applications. There are many grades and each grade is best suited to a particular purpose. We carry three of the most common grades of stainless steel used in stainless steel banding; Type 304, type 201 and type 316. Whats the difference between each type? Here's each description to help you understand which one is best for your application.
  Type 304 
Type 304 is a general-purpose stainless steel, widely used in many industries for many products. Banding made from this type of stainless steel is used in general fastening applications. Some of the most common uses of this type are banding insulation jacketing to pipes; fixing lightweight signs and advertising materials to columns or posts.
  Type 201 
This is LONYOU's most commonly used type of stainless steel banding. Type 201 is a North American grade developed at a time when world nickel prices were very high. As a solution to these high prices, this type of stainless steel was created with reduced nickel (Ni) and a higher level of manganese (Mn) in its composition. It is harder, stronger, and less elastic than type 304. Type 201 is specified by some municipalities and utilities initially for lower cost, but also now for higher strength. Type 201 stainless steel is most often used for attaching signs and electrical fixtures to utility poles, clamping fittings to large diameter hoses and bundling cables and hoses.
  Type 316 
This type of stainless steel was developed for added corrosion resistance. It generally has a slightly higher nickel content, but is distinguished by the addition of molybdenum (Mb). Type 316 stainless steel is specified and used in marine environments; e.g. ocean going ships and oil and gas drilling platforms. Its typical uses are fixing cables to cable trays or columns and bundling cables or hoses.
Feel free to contact us with any questions about these types of stainless steel, and what might work best for your application.

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