Channels are bars with extruded edges set to a ninety degree angle, which creates a channel in the center of the product. Channels are commonly used to hold other materials together. Clinton is a stainless steel channel distributor. Our channels are available in the 304 alloy and 316L alloy. Please call 1-800-826-3370 to speak with us about available stock, pricing, and shipping.
Channels are commonly used as joiners or fasteners, allowing different materials to be held together. They can be used to create furniture, shelving, windows, machines, ladders, automobile parts, and most commonly structural pieces and components.
Stainless steel has a number of advantages compared to other material choices. Stainless steel has some of the highest tensile strengths and durability of any metals used on the market today. Most alloys do not very corrode very easily if at all. Stainless steel does not require much in the way of maintenance, which allows it to be used for years on end without repair. Because of this, it is the material of choice to use for long-term applications.
Stainless steel alloys have different strengths and weaknesses depending on the other elements they’re alloyed with. Some alloys are more resistant to corrosion, while other alloys maintain their durability and strength in extreme heat. Pick the alloy best suited to the work.
304 stainless steel is one of the most versatile and widely-used stainless steel alloys on the market. This alloy cannot be heat-treated and must be cold-worked. The alloy offers a good balance of a high strength-to-weight ratio, good durability, excellent corrosion resistance, and good machinability that makes it a very adaptable alloy. It has a wide variety of uses as structural components, machine pieces, and fasteners.
316L stainless steel is an alloy that has a low amount of carbon used in the alloying process. This reduces carbide precipitation during welding, allowing 316L to be welded in a wide variety of situations. 316L is very resistant to corrosion and also maintains its integrity in high-temperature settings that damage other materials. It is used in marine equipment, food processing machinery, pharmaceutical equipment, and as structural components for buildings.