Stainless Steel Product Specifications

Stainless steel is ideal for use in a broad range of industries: automotive, food processing and handling, and medical, to name a few. Our stainless steel offerings are available in thicknesses ranging from 0.005 to 0.134.

Commonly Stocked Stainless Steel

301 Stainless Steel

We stock 301 stainless steel in quarter-hard to full-hard tempers. AISI 301 stainless steel is austenitic, and due to its lower chromium-nickel content, it hardens through the cold working process more quickly than other grades. It offers excellent corrosion and heat resistance. AISI 301 stainless steel is especially well-suited for applications requiring drawing, stamping, or forming.

302/304 Stainless Steel

Mead Metals carries 302/304 stainless steel in annealed through full hard tempers. AISI 302/304 stainless steel is austenitic, and it delivers even greater corrosion and heat resistance than 301 stainless steel. The increased chromium-nickel content of 302/304 stainless steel causes it to work-harden less rapidly than other grades. Our 302/304 stainless steel is ideal for applications that employ laser and etching processes.

Stainless Steel Value-Add Services

Based on the needs of our customers, we will slit stainless steel to size and level the material to length. We accommodate high-volume and low-volume orders of stainless steel sheet metal, with sizes to match your requirements.

Minimum Order Quantity Policy

Our Minimum Order Quantity policy enables us to suit metal product orders of all sizes. Every metal product we provide has its own MOQ, and for stainless steel, our MOQ is 10-12#. While we can and will support orders for quantities smaller than this, the minimum lot charge will remain the same for any quantities ordered at or below a metal’s MOQ. Additional variables apply depending on material thickness, width, and additional processing.

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Production Process

  • Raw materials are melted together in an electric arc furnace for 8-12 hours, tuning the chemical composition
  • The molten steel is cast into forms
  • The semi-finished steel is heated and passed through rollers (hot rolled)
  • Slabs are formed into sheets and strips
  • An annealing heat treatment relieves internal stresses and softens the metal
  • The metal is cold rolled, further reducing its thickness
  • The metal undergoes a final annealing and descaling before being cold rolled again
  • What Can a Metal Slitting Machine Do?

    Stainless steel—along with the other metal products carried by Mead Metals—is processed by a metal slitter. We have multiple slitting machines, and we use them to obtain specific tolerances for customer orders. In this video, Mead Metals Customer Vendor Relations Manager discusses our slitting capabilities.

    Pros

    Easy to sterilize
    Corrosion-resistant
    Rust resistant
    Stain-resistant
    100% recyclable

    Cons

    Expensive
    Vulnerable to staining in inclimate conditions
    Poor electrical conductivity

    Quick Quote

    Are you in need of stainless steel? Let us know the quantity, specifications, and delivery date you need, and we’ll provide you with a quote.

    Applications

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    Food Processing & Handling

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    Medical

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    Architecture

    On-Time Percentage 99.98%

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    Quick Quote Response Rate 4 HRS

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    Quality Percentage 99.76%

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