Basic Metals, Inc Standard Sizes
7 gauge – 26 gauge
36″, 48″, 60″ wide
*Additional sizes & grades available upon request.
Type 201 stainless steel is a low nickel, high-work hardening, austenitic chromium-nickel-manganese stainless steel. Type 201 stainless steel is not hardenable by heat treatment. It may be substituted, in some cases, for other higher nickel content alloys.
Stainless is created by extracting chromite from underground mines. The chromite is crushed to produce a chromite concentrate. The chromite concentrate is melted in an electric furnace with other raw materials (iron ore, manganese, nickel, etc.) use for the specific stainless type.
After melting the material is formed into slabs and sent to a hot rolling mill. The rolling mill reduces the thickness of the steel and is cooled by water. The now coil is transferred to a cold rolling mill.
When the material arrives at the cold rolling mill it is covered in black scale. It is sent through an annealing and pickling line to remove the scale.