Heat treating baskets can be an efficient way to handle the parts finishing process. A well-designed basket is effective at keeping parts safe from damage and is often useful for a variety of processes. While the baskets can be made out of a variety of materials, steel fabrications are the best for a number of reasons. Let’s take a look at the benefits of using steel fabrications with your heat treating basket.
Obviously, when it comes to a heat treating basket, the biggest need is heat resistance. With steel, the heat resistance far exceeds that of plastic or other materials. The melting point of a basic stainless steel alloy is about 2,550 degrees Fahrenheit while even the strongest of plastics has a melting point of 750 degrees Fahrenheit.
High Load Capacity
On average, steel has a much higher tensile strength than plastic. The higher tensile strength of steel allows baskets made from this material to handle loads that would crush a frame made of plastic.
While there are many factors that can cause a plastic basket to fall apart, steel baskets, are able to resist those factors. They include being impervious to:
- High temperatures damaging the polymer’s bonds
- Chemicals soaking into the basket and contaminating it
- Oxygenation of the basket decaying its molecular structure
Are You Looking for Heat Treating Baskets?
At Ferralloy we offer high-quality heat treating baskets in steel and other materials. Contact us to learn more about how we can get you the heat treating basket you need today.