Common mistakes to avoid when working with stainless steel

Common mistakes to avoid when working with stainless steel

Stainless steel proves to be a very smart choice due to the longevity and durability it offers as a result of the natural oxide protection layer. The steel industry is indispensable to all other industries and is a vital part of human life. Metal fabrication is the process of building machines and structures from raw materials.

Stainless steel is a widely used material across this sector, notable for its corrosion resistance, low maintenance, and familiar luster.

It is common to make certain mistakes when working with stainless steel. Although these can lead to all kinds of potentially unsafe issues. That’s why it’s imperative to understand what common mistakes occur when working with steel. 

Highlighted below are some of the common mistakes that people make while working with stainless steel—

1. Inattentiveness towards safety: a common mistake while working with stainless steel can prove to be hazardous and potentially life threatening. It is very important that you prioritize safety at all times. A strict set of safety standards need to be adhered to every step of the way when dealing with any stainless steel task. Project managers and workers should be properly trained when working with steel.

2. Neglecting to clean the surface: another common mistake many steelworkers make is forgoing important cleaning steps while simply rushing through a job. The surface of the stainless steel should always be thoroughly cleaned prior to any work being done. Not cleaning the steel surface, dust, oil, and iron filings could lead to all sorts of problems. With many of these materials being highly flammable, it could cause some parts to heat up more than others and lead to unbalanced metal integrity of the structure upon cooling down. 

3. Using high heat for welding or cutting: heat is essential in the welding or cutting process of stainless steel. Although, too much heat during the process can cause the metal to become even thinner under the strain which can cause the metal to warp or bend.

Avoiding these mistakes can help in seamlessly working with stainless steel. It is important that you use good-quality stainless steel for any of your metal fabrication activities. Gulf Steel Industries is a leading steel manufacturer in UAE with more than 3 decades of experience. 

Gulf Steel is ranked as one of the most reputed producers of reinforcement steel bars in the U.A.E, manufacturing DCL-approved steel of high quality. Led by a strong management team, the company has focused on technological excellence geared towards the production of high-quality steel products.