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When it comes to choosing the right wire rope, you need to ensure you choose the materials best suited to meet your application’s needs, while also being sensitive to budget. Stainless steel wire rope manufacturers like Carl Stahl Sava Industries know that it is cost-effective, strong and durable. This makes stainless steel among the more popular wire materials that Sava works with precisely due to its wide range of applications and affordability.
Stainless steel wire rope suppliers often recommend it over other cable construction materials because of its cost-effectiveness. But what’s interesting is that its affordability, as compared with more expensive alternatives like tungsten for example is rooted in its low maintenance, longevity, availability and ease of use and installation. Therefore the material’s mechanical malleability, including its lifespan, combined with how readily available it is, makes stainless steel ideal in many use cases.
As a stainless steel wire rope supplier & manufacturer Sava typically works with industry-standard stainless steel, such as 303, 304 and 316. However, we can work with any stainless steel a customer needs. We are a supplier of over-the-counter stainless steel cable and manufacture an entire family of cable fittings to create your custom cable assembly.
Another reason stainless steel is an industry-standard is because of stainless steel wire rope’s strength and durability.
For example, Grade 301 and 304 stainless steel possesses a tensile strength of up to 1300 MPa in strip and wire forms. Galvanized steel, with a tensile strength of up to 550 MPa, comparatively, makes stainless steel remarkably strong.
Consequently, stainless steel has a long lifespan, although not as long as tungsten due to the latter’s tolerance of more intense temperatures. Even so, stainless steel is effective in a wide range of applications over many cycles, making it ideal across many applications.
As mentioned, tungsten is preferable in extremely hot environments that require a long life span, because it heats up quickly but dissipates the heat equally as fast. However, stainless steel can perform at these same levels of extreme heat and at a lower cost, but over less cycles. But that it doesn’t last as long as tungsten under extreme conditions doesn’t rule it out. For instance, if you have an operation that needs a high lifecycle, but it’s not being used as frequently, stainless steel mechanical cable might be perfect. If cycles are less frequent, then it’s possible stainless steel will last as long as the application requires and again, under the same hostile temperatures that gives tungsten all the glory.
So, while tungsten certainly has its benefits, stainless steel mechanical cable is a strong alternative that will provide similar, if not the same, results for most applications.
Another feature that makes stainless steel cable advantageous is that it’s easy to work with, compared to other materials. It is very easily formed, especially in the small-diameter wires inside the cable as well. What’s more, stainless steel mechanical cable is also easy to lay into the appropriate shape when stranded.
When the stainless steel cable is manufactured with a nitinol core, the results possess seemingly magical easy-to-use properties. Known as a memory alloy, nitinol “remembers,” so-to-speak, the shape it was in, allowing the stainless steel cable housing the nitinol core wire to traverse winding and twisting pathways like arteries and other narrow vessels. In such surgical applications, this nitinol core wire is the center of the stranded cable otherwise comprised of stainless steel. So when paired with nitinol, stainless steel cable becomes a flexible, memory-based solution for a wide array of medical devices. But as nitinol is not used to comprise the entire stranded cable used in these elegant medical devices, stainless steel remains the best material to work with when bending is critical, but cost is equally important.
If your application requires sensitivity to corrosion, such as weather or water, salt or otherwise, stainless steel cable is an excellent choice. The material’s tolerance of harsh environmental conditions ensures the cable can take a beating over a long period of time by moisture. Comparatively speaking, galvanized steel, another steel cable Sava manufacturers, is vulnerable to applications where corrosive variables are present, like marine or submerged saltwater uses.
Our USA based manufacturing team can help you decide which stainless steel wire rope is right for your application. Visit our contact page to get in touch with a Sava team member and inquire about your stainless steel wire rope options!
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