Stainless steel is a kind of material that enables us pleasant and comfortable life with food, water, electricity and hygiene available. Today, no one even thinks to use rusty cutlery. The clean, sharp razor stainless steel is standard of living no one wants to give up. Patients don't even think of entering unclean and rusty hospital rooms. Neither saunas and swimming pools are eligible, if they don't have doorknobs, handrails and stairs made of bright, clean, metallic material.
Stainless steel is a very versatile material and can be used with almost all areas of human activities. In people's everyday life it came in the form of cutlery. Who doesn't have spoons, forks and knives made of stainless steel nowadays?
The most demanding industries that use stainless steel are chemical, process industry and oil and gas industry. They created a huge market for stainless tanks, pipes, valves, flanges and fittings. Besides, according to their needs new types of stainless steel were created with higher resistance to corrosion, impact of acid and high temperatures.
Stainless steel products found their place also in the production of electricity, especially in fossil fuel power plants. Modern nuclear power plants also use stainless steel - both in the process of power generation, and for the retention of radioactive radiation.
The food industry is another big consumer of stainless steel products used in the lines for processing and transfer of food, as well as its storage and preservation. The most commonly used material in the food industry is X5CrNi18-10 (1.4301).
Stainless steel is being more and more used in architecture and construction. Since it's visually effective and resistant to weather conditions, it's used to enhance the appearances of buildings, but also for staircases and handrails. Stainless steel is used as reinforcement in concrete, particularly on bridges and coastal facilities, where corrosive elements are more prevalent.
A large number of medical devices, instruments, accessories and furniture is made of stainless steel, because the stainless steel is relatively easy to keep hygienically clean and sterile.
In the automotive industry, stainless steel is used mainly for the exhaust system.
The use of stainless steel undoubtedly improved the quality of human life. Its wider use is limited only by significantly higher price in comparison to plain steel.