Stainless Steel In Medical Industry

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Stainless steel, such a suitable material for almost all kinds of application, is now the top material used in the medical industry. Can it stand high level of acids during sterilization and cleansing?

Stainless steels have played a pretty important role in the medical industry ranging from crucial surgeries, biomedical implants, to surgical operation. The criticality of such application requires these steels to be highly safe in human body with its compounds and also, highly resistant to high level of stringent acids involved in cleansing and sterilization.

Properties

The most common stainless steel grades that are used in medical application are austenitic 316L & 304 stainless steels and 420 & 440 that are both martensitic stainless steels. These stainless steel grades are often called surgical steels. These medical steel grades exhibit excellent physical and mechanical properties that made them best fit for such use. They are capable to be forged, fabricated, and ground. They exhibit great corrosion resistance and have low carbon content that make them suitable for medical applications compared to other stainless steel grades.

Composition

These surgical stainless steels are made of major elements such as chromium, nickel, and molybdenum which significantly contribute to the steel’s over-all properties. The added elements have given capabilities for surgical steels to exhibit the following:

  • Rust proofness
  • High corrosion resistance
  • Antibacterial properties
  • Non-magnetism
  • High heat resistance
  • Recyclability

Uses in Medical Industry

Medical steels have a huge use in the industrial and domestic application, a perfect material for surgeries, hospitals, and paramedic purposes. With the excellent properties they possess which include good formability, high strength, reliability, hygiene, and manufacturing precision, manufacturers sought them to create medical tools from medical knives, scalpels, clipper, syringe, needles, surgical clamps, scissors, to surgical blades. These tools are manufactured from high strength stainless steel grades to meet extremely tough and super stringent cleansing and sterilization which other stainless steel grades can’t withstand.

Medical Steels from Forte Precision Metals, Inc.

At Forte Precision Metals, Inc., we specialize in providing our customers with the best products for their different requirements. We strongly implement Quality Inspection to make sure our metals meet the standards and handle high performance application.

Along with our commitment of giving only the best for our customers, we make sure we can meet all your requirements from rigorous machining to finding you the best material for any application. Various metal and steel products are available and can be worked according to custom sizes of your specific requirement. Forms may include: bars, tubes, sheet, & plate.

To get more details about product availability and services, feel free to contact us directly or get a free quote so we can help you with your next project.