Improved Stainless Steel Grades

Outokumpu, a producer of stainless steel, offers several grades it says are ideal for precision machining including PRODEC, 303 HSTTM, and lean duplex LDX 2101.

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Outokumpu, a producer of stainless steel, offers several grades it says are ideal for precision machining including PRODEC, 303 HSTTM, and lean duplex LDX 2101. For applications with corrosion requirements—but a high degree of machining—Outokumpu says PRODEC (from PRODuction EConomy) is your answer, which is offered in 303, 304/304L, and 316/316L in bar and plate forms. The PRODEC grade is designed for uniform consistency, better run times, more controlled chipping, longer tool life, and better surface quality.

 

Outokumpu will also display its 303 HSTTM, which is a PRODEC-treated stainless bar engineered to optimize performance in high speed steel tooling. With a finely tuned alloy composition and a duplex microstructure, LDX 2101 has high mechanical strength and excellent machining properties unlike other duplex grades which can be difficult to machine, the company says.