When it comes to the various components of an industry, we tend to think about the big and bulky stuff that makes light work of even the hardest of tasks. Take the manufacturing industry as an example, you’re probably already thinking about machinery and the materials we use, but the chances are that you’re overlooking some of the most important factors – the unsung heroes if you will. Similarly, think about those workmen repairing the roads on your way to work, using large machines and vehicles to get the job done (no matter how slowly) but again, it’s often the smaller parts that help to complete the job.
No matter what industrial profession you’re in, the chances are that somewhere along the lines you’ll be working with one of the most in-demand materials on the market, stainless steel. It has been the choice of the majority for years and shows no signs of dwindling in quality or quantity which allows people to come up with new and equally essential uses thanks to its invaluable properties.
Stainless steel can be modified to a variety of sizes in terms of both length and thickness, and no matter what it ends up looking like the strength and stability are never compromised. One such example is stainless steel banding often used for strapping various items together while in transit or being put into place. These bands are often long and thin which, if it was any other material, might make it prone to snapping. But because steel is so strong it remains in place and just as tight as it was when it was put in place making it the first choice for various industries.
As already touched upon, there are numerous different industries that benefit from the properties of stainless steel, and banding in particular. To prove this, here are three very different examples to show that it’s far more than a “one-trick pony.”
In areas where roads are being repaired or built, banding is used to secure heavy bundles of cabling that is then pulled through holes in the ground to connect the sides of the roads or under waterways to make sure that the roads are given added stability. These cables are also used in bridges over the roads to make sure they don’t collapse onto the traffic below.
In the food production industry cleanliness is the most important factor. Keeping all of the potentially harmful chemicals away and preventing contamination can make the difference between an amazing meal and a trip to the hospital with food poisoning. The fact that stainless steel does not rust makes it highly valued as the machinery of choice is manufactured from the material, and banding is used around the cooling pipes or ventilation ducts.
Water Treatment Facilities
Another industry taking advantage of the corrosion-resistant material is the water treatment business. When areas suffer from a lack of fresh water, they have to take in salt water from the sea and desalination – which is a difficult enough process as it is – can help to give them their essential water. But moving the newly cleaned water needs piping and these need putting securely in place and steel banding is the choice of the top names in the industry.