Make sure you don’t ruin your food-grade stainless steel

The team at Multiform Tubes Engineering Ltd are experts when it comes to tube reduction. With years of experience, we can create specialist tubing for use in a number of industries. What we do here is reduce the tube diameter at the end section. You can then easily create external and internal flush joints. This can be useful for lots of different projects.

One of the materials people often choose for tubes is food grade stainless steel. It is especially popular for applications where hygiene is very important. As with every other material though, there are things you need to know about this one. Understanding these facts before you use it is essential. That will ensure it is the right metal for your project.

Food processing suitability

Tube reductionStainless steel is well known for its ability to withstand corrosion. This is true for every grade of the metal. However, for it to be food grade the finish has to eradicate any surfaces that can lead to bacterial growth. This is so it can meet essential sanitary standards. It needs to be easy to sanitise too.

Here, procedures like electropolishing are necessary in favour of grinding surfaces manually. This is because the process strips the surface layer away. It leaves a substrate that is microscopically-smooth. This will not allow any bacteria to get a hold and grow on the metal.

Temperature extremes

Another thing you need to think about is how well the steel can withstand extreme temperatures. Most stainless steels have a high melting point that is far outside of the levels you find in food manufacturing procedures. However, you must ensure your food grade steel can handle the temperature during manufacturing and ongoing operations.

In many cases it is also important to think about how the metal will handle extreme cold. Proper cryogenic conditions below -49ºF can cause various stainless steels to become brittle. However, martensitic grades tend to endure very low temperatures the best. If you choose a food grade you need to make sure it will be able to withstand the cold.

Expert tube reduction for many metals

At Multiform Tubes Engineering Ltd we work tirelessly to deliver the best tubing. With all projects, our team strives to reach the highest possible standards. That means every client can expect us to deliver products that match their specs.

In addition to our excellent quality of work, we can give clients first rate customer service. Any client can come to us for advice and tips about adapting tube. We will be happy to share our experience and help where we can.

So, if you have any queries about tube reduction you would like us to answer, feel free to contact us. You can speak to experts to ensure you choose the right service.