Coxreels says it now is offering various stainless steel-grade choices to customers in an effort to meet exact specification needs.
The company, which designs complete stainless steel reels and powder-coated steel reels with stainless steel fluid paths, now allows customers to choose from 316 and 304 stainless steels for the fluid paths on many reel types to best match the necessary corrosion resistance of the reel according to the application.
Coxreels stainless steel reel spools and frames will remain 302/304 grade stainless and are optionally available in an electro-polished finish for additional corrosion resistance.
302/304 and 316 are the primary stainless steel types used in the reel industry. With inherent metallurgical differences, each category offers different levels of corrosion protection and cost. The 302/304 are the most commonly used stainless steels and are found in most applications where corrosion resistant steel is required, such as food and beverage, sanitation, dairy, pharma, appliances and sinks, Coxreels said. 316 grade stainless steel is commonly considered the most corrosion resistant of the stainless steel grades and can be up to four times more resistant to corrosion than 302/304.
Selecting the proper stainless grade for the application balances cost vs needed corrosion resistance. 316 usually is recommended for marine applications, some acidic fluids, chemicals that end in “ine” such as chlorine and bromine, and also is often specified when long-lasting appearance is desired.
For further information on Coxreels’ stainless steel product line, contact customer service at (800) 269‐7335 or visit coxreels.com.