All About Custom Stainless Steel for Commercial Kitchens
It is a typical choice for every commercial kitchen to use stainless steel as its primary material. After all, this material stays neutral to every food item. It does not retain any smell and taste, and it does not change its colour. More importantly, it is easy to clean and can maintain the freshness of any food item because it successfully prevents contamination.
Many suppliers produce all kinds of stainless kitchen equipment and workspace in standard sizes for the food industry. Unfortunately, not all kitchens have the exact dimensions and same features. Every kitchen also has its unique needs and purposes. More importantly, there are different kinds of stainless steel. The challenge of this fact is how the industry would choose the right pieces that would fit their kitchen’s demands well.
More commercial kitchens are relying on custom-made kitchens to address this concern. Thanks to aluminium fabrication services, they can produce the stainless steel that meets their kitchen’s needs. If you consider going this route as an option for your kitchen, here are the things you need to know before proceeding.
How to Choose the Right Stainless Steel Material
The first thing commercial kitchen owners should decide on is the type of stainless steel they need for their kitchen. This material comes with different compositions or mixtures of elements. One element can make the steel harder. One can make it thicker, and the other component can make it shinier.
For kitchen use, the priority should be the amount of nickel and chromium it contains, as they are responsible for making the stainless steel resistant to corrosion and rust. An expert can help you determine this, but here are some factors that can help you out.
1. Check the Price
Prices often determine the elements found inside the stainless steel you are eyeing. Usually, the thicker the material means, the more expensive they are. Expect a more costly material if you want a good amount of nickel and chromium for your kitchen equipment.
2. Determine the Duty Level You Need
The right choice of stainless steel also considers the durability and strength of the material. The suitable steel material depends on what you plan to use it for. Stainless steel for a worktable that would receive daily butchering should be sturdy enough to withstand the impact and support the weight of the raw meat. That is different from the stainless steel you need for a worktable mainly used for holding finished meals or arranging desserts.
3. Check How It Responds to the Environment
The steel you would use for cooking would be different from the one frequently exposed to water. Therefore, you need someone to help you identify the best material to avoid facing issues like rust and corrosion and pot sinking in the future.
How Custom Aluminium Fabrication Takes Place
Here are the usual steps you need to face when planning to fabricate a custom stainless steel for your place:
Phase 1: The Initial Design and Development
This stage is when you and your supplier come together to define the goals of the custom product. You determine the purpose of the product and the qualities and duties that it is supposed to deliver. You also finalise the dimensions and the local code requirements that it needs to satisfy.
Expect your supplier to produce a sketch or plan for your new product. It should have a detailed dimension, details and instructions, enumerating what you have discussed.
Phase 2: The Production
Once you approve of the design, the production will begin. Everything should be done by skilled fabricators using quality metalworking equipment. Once it is done, it would be shipped to the job site either as one piece or in pieces that require assembling.
Phase 3: The Installation
The installation is when the final assembling and finishing takes place. The finished output would then be mounted on the specified area and affixed to the walls, ceiling, plumbing and electricity.
Choosing custom equipment for your kitchen will ensure that it perfectly fits the kitchen area and your kitchen needs. But before doing so, make sure that you know what kind of stainless steel would be best suited for that particular purpose or, at least, work with a manufacturer and custom-builder who knows what they are doing.
CSM Fabrication & Welding has over 30 years of experience in sheet metal fabrication, including aluminium fabrication in Perth. We use state-of-the-art welding technology to produce the best quality welds, using AC TIG and MIG welding processes. Contact us today to learn more.