The choice of materials plays a pivotal role in ensuring durability, corrosion resistance, and overall protection against harsh environmental conditions. This is why SLAYSON uses one known for its exceptional performance in underwater applications – 14g Marine Grade 316 Stainless Steel.
This alloy, renowned for its corrosion resistance, offers tremendous benefits, making it the material of choice for submersible enclosures. Read on as we explore the significance of using 14g Marine Grade 316 Stainless Steel, the importance of achieving NEMA 6P/IP68 protection, the advantages of Type 316 fasteners and hardware, and where you can find the best options on the market.
The Power of 14g Marine Grade 316 Stainless Steel
14g Marine Grade 316 Stainless Steel is a molybdenum-alloyed steel with superior corrosion resistance, particularly in harsh and corrosive environments such as underwater applications. This attribute is critical for submersible enclosures, as exposure to moisture and various chemicals can rapidly deteriorate materials.
Including molybdenum enhances the alloy’s resistance to chloride-induced corrosion, ensuring longevity, reliability, and the following benefits:
Durability in Harsh Environments
Submersible enclosures face a host of challenges, from fluctuating temperatures to exposure to corrosive elements. 14g Marine Grade 316 Stainless Steel is well-suited to withstand these challenges, offering robust durability even in extreme conditions. This resilience is crucial for maintaining the enclosure’s structural integrity over an extended period.
NEMA 6P / IP68 Protection
Achieving the highest levels of protection against water and dust ingress is paramount in submersible applications. The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) regulates and defines the standards for enclosures based on their ability to withstand environmental conditions. NEMA 6P and IP68 are two widely recognized standards for submersible enclosures, indicating the highest level of protection. 14g Marine Grade 316 Stainless Steel is ideal for meeting and exceeding these standards, ensuring a watertight and dust-tight seal.
Stainless Steel Type 316 Fasteners and Hardware
The choice of fasteners and hardware is as crucial as the material of the enclosure itself. Using Stainless Steel Type 316 fasteners and hardware complements the submersible enclosure’s overall corrosion resistance and durability. Here’s why:
Employing Stainless Steel Type 316 fasteners and hardware ensures compatibility with the primary material, creating a harmonious and corrosion-resistant system. This compatibility is vital for preventing galvanic corrosion, a common issue when dissimilar metals come into contact in corrosive environments.
- Extended Lifespan
Stainless Steel Type 316 exhibits exceptional longevity, making it an ideal choice for fasteners and hardware in submersible enclosures. These components resist corrosion, pitting, and crevice corrosion, contributing to the overall extended lifespan of the enclosure.
- Low Maintenance Requirements
The low maintenance requirements of Stainless Steel Type 316 fasteners and hardware make them a cost-effective and hassle-free solution. This is especially advantageous in submersible applications, where accessibility for maintenance may be challenging.
The Benefits of a Stainless Steel #4 Surface Finish
Also known as brushed or satin finish, a Stainless Steel #4 Surface Finish is achieved by mechanically polishing the stainless steel surface with abrasive belts or brushes, creating a distinctive, uniform appearance.
One of the primary reasons for choosing a #4 surface finish is its aesthetic appeal. The brushed texture creates a smooth and consistent appearance, providing a visually pleasing and contemporary look. The brushed texture conceals scratches, minor dings, and fingerprints. This property makes it particularly suitable for surfaces prone to regular handling or exposure to wear and tear. The smooth and uniform surface is also easy to clean and resists the accumulation of dirt and grime.
The option to include Stainless Steel Type 316 Cable Glands or Cord Grips
You can enhance electrical connections’ performance, durability, and safety by adding Stainless Steel Type 316 Cable Glands or Cord Grips.
When used as cable glands or cord grips, stainless steel’s corrosion resistance ensures the components’ longevity, even when exposed to moisture, chemicals, or outdoor conditions. Cable glands and cord grips are often installed in environments subjected to mechanical stress, vibrations, and extreme temperatures.
In environments where exposure to corrosive chemicals is a concern, Stainless Steel Type 316 Cable Glands or Cord Grips provide an additional layer of protection. The alloy’s resistance to various chemicals makes it suitable for use in chemical plants, laboratories, or any setting where contact with corrosive substances is possible.
Where Can You Find Reliable Stainless Steel Submersible Enclosures?
Investing in high-quality materials safeguards sensitive equipment and guarantees a reliable, long-lasting solution for submersible applications.
SLAYSON is the number one provider of stainless steel submersible enclosures, and we can modify and personalize all our enclosure products to meet your exact needs and specs. Contact our experienced Engineers to find your project-specific solution today.