Areas of Application for AISI 316L
AISI 316L is resistant to organic and inorganic acids, as well as to halogen-containing media. Its technological profile makes this grade of stainless steel very suitable for areas where challenging demands are placed on corrosion resistance. Typical industries include the pharmaceutical industry, medical and dental technology, or also the general automotive industry, construction industry, chemical industry and more. This stainless steel grade has characteristics that make it valuable for various applications. However, its hardness properties with values of about 200 HV in some areas are a limiting factor. Current methods for the hardening of stainless steel often have negative effects on corrosion resistance. The BORINOX® method for stainless steel hardening represents one way to harden AISI 316 without compromising that. With this method, the hardness level can be increased up to over 1300 HV.