The Best Stainless Steel Drums Come From the Best Stainless Steel
Common sense tells us that the best stainless steel drums come from the best stainless steel. Much like anything, not all stainless steel is created equally, so it’s important to understand your materials’ sources when you order stainless steel drums. Below are some helpful insights about the development process of stainless steel and why it’s important when selecting the best stainless steel drums manufacturer for your business needs
STAINLESS STEEL HISTORY
Despite some debate, English metallurgist Harry Brearley is often credited with the discovery of modern stainless steel in 1913. After being commissioned by a small arms manufacturer to investigate the erosion of rifle barrels, Brearley began experimenting with chromium, knowing that it had a higher melting point than ordinary steels. Chromium did in fact turn out to be the key in turning steel stainless. A little over a century later, the robust material has thousands of practical applications, from building materials to cutlery to our very own MSM stainless steel drums. The non-sparking and non-magnetic characteristics of stainless steel have allowed further usages in terms of working with explosive, flammable, and corrosive materials. Low permeability as well as simple sanitation strategies have made the material an increasingly popular choice in today’s manufacturing landscape.
SO WHAT EXACTLY IS STAINLESS STEEL?
As noted above, the element chromium is what gives stainless steel its unique characteristics. Steel must contain a minimum of 10.5% of chromium to be considered stainless. This content, alongside a low carbon content to facilitate chromium working its magic, allows for the prevention of rust through the introduction of a chromium oxide film. Nickel, nitrogen, titanium, and other elements can be introduced, strengthening the steel and increasing corrosion resistance, as well as allowing for even more varied environments and applications. For our stainless steel drums, we only use high-grade Type 304 (categorized into what are referred to as austenitic steels) stainless steel topped with a clean and sanitary 2-B (food grade) finish.
Although stainless steel is often one of the most reliable choices for many applications, it’s important to be well-educated about who you are buying from. Avoid manufacturers with little transparency, who may opt to use second-rate sources, often importing from mass production plants located in various “loosely-regulated” corners of the globe.
It’s also worth considering how many hands are going into the production of your steel: the more middle men there are, the more obfuscated the exact origins and stability of your source can become. Quality control precautions should be disclosed by suppliers, because knowing what went into the production can help you prevent things like high levels of oxidation, leaking, and other impurities down the road. The same time and attention that you are putting into your final product should be shared by the supplier of your stainless steel drums. Simply put: you strive to produce the best product you can for your customers. In order to achieve that, you need to use the best stainless steel drums available.
At MSM, we understand that acquiring the highest quality raw materials for our stainless steel containers is a critical part of our manufacturing process. From conception to finished product, we do our homework before making any materials purchase. We always source strategically so that we know exactly what’s occurring at every step during our production process. It’s that closely-monitored emphasis on process that ensures that the quality raw materials that go in, become the best stainless steel drums for our customers.