Importance of the Electropolishing Process
There are many things which are manufactured using stainless steel metal. You shall see its use in items like washing machine drums, surgical devices, knives, and any other item which should not deform, corrode or have minute tears in the course of its operation. Electropolishing is the process of smoothing and streamlining the metal surface.
There are other methods available for polishing the steel surfaces, but none of them can give off the same effect as this one. This explains the preference for electropolishing. It is the elimination of iron particles and other corrosive material from the steel surface when electrochemistry and electrolysis is applied. This process assures you of the complete removal of the tiny bits of corrosive metals from the surface. The corrosive particles like the iron bits are the remains from the manufacturing process. If not removed, the steel shall become corrosive fast. It shall thus be a less durable and poor quality to invest in. The only steel worth buying is one that has undergone electropolishing process.
There is also the fact that you shall end up with a more reflective and brighter looking piece of steel. You shall thus end up with a more durable metal that looks the part for longer. It shall also be easier to clean it. Dealing with rust on a metal has never been an easy task. The smooth surface as a result of electropolishing makes for a much easier to clean surface. Such a feature is highly sought after in items used for food, beverage, medical and chemical processes.
This is also hoe you treat the metal to a much gentler process. Processes like heat treatment and decarburization may get rid of the bits, but they shall also stress the metal unnecessarily. It is also not thorough to use these processes when the design of the metal item is a complex one. There is likelihood of missing the curves, edges and crevices in the unusual shapes. ELectropolishing does away with such fears, since it covers all surfaces.
You will also end up with a uniform and quick process to use. This will in tum make it a more affordable process to adopt. This leads to huge savings as the labor costs are slashed. It is thus the choice process in large-scale stainless steel processing.
This is a process that yields great results only when there is adequate tools and competent personnel in charge. Anything less runs the risk of giving off a poorly polished batch, which cannot be as reliable and durable as expected. You will see this when you find irregular patterns, pitted and pebbly surfaces, as well as streaks and stains. You should see no grain boundaries whatsoever when you view the surface under high magnification.