The Electropolishing Process
There are many areas in life where we need rust and stain-free finished steel. Examples include 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 best way of achieving high grade stainless steel for such things.
There are other methods available for polishing the steel surfaces, but none of them can give off the same effect as this one. This is why electropolishing comes in handy. It is what results in the removal of iron and other corrosive particles from the steel surface, when electrochemistry and electrolysis is introduced. This is how you shall know you have gotten rid of all the tiny corrosive metals from the surface. During manufacturing, these are what can be left behind. If left there, the steel will not manage to resist corrosion. You will end up with poor quality steel that rusts easily. This is why you need to buy the ones that have undergone electropolishing.
You shall also get a brighter and more reflective surface on steel. You shall thus end up with a more durable metal that looks the part for longer. You will find cleaning it much easier. There is a high degree of toughness when it comes to cleaning a rusting steel surface. The smoothness realized after electropolishing will pull in less contaminants, which make for a faster and less strenuous cleaning experience. This benefit is especially important in items used for food, beverage, medical and chemical processes.
IT is also a much kinder process on the metal surface than other processes. Heat treatments and decarburization may have positive effects, but they also introduce stress and mess up the layers of the metal. They are also not the best strategies to adopt when dealing with a metal product that has a complex design. There is likelihood of missing the curves, edges and crevices in the unusual shapes. You can count on electropolishing to hit all the surfaces.
It also happens to be a uniform and fast way of doing this kind of work. Since it shall be a fast and uniform process, the operational costs shall also be lowered. There is less need for more labor, and more savings to be made. This is the right thing to do for in large-scale staleness steel processing.
This is a process that yields great results only when there is adequate tools and competent personnel in charge. You cannot run the risk of using substandard processes, as the produced metal will be the same. The metal shall have irregular patterns, pitted and pebbly surfaces, as well as streaks and stains. You instead will know it was a good process when see no grain boundaries whatsoever when you view the surface under high magnification.