A Comparison of Type 304 & 316 Stainless Steel Electrical Connectors from Remke - Blog.Remke.com

Easily compare Type 304 & 316 Stainless Steel Electrical Connectors in our New Infographic.

When it comes to stainless steel connectors, Types 304 and 316 are the most common types available.

To the naked eye, it can be extremely difficult to tell the difference between these grades of stainless steel.

In fact, Type 304 and 316 look almost identical, which can make it hard to differentiate between the two.

Our latest infographic helps you understand how they differ and the different applications where the grades are used.

You’ll learn about the different composition, benefits and applications of each type, and when to choose each for better reliability.

Compare Type 304 and 316 Stainless Steel Connectors in an Infographic - Blog.Remke.com

What To Know About Type 304 Stainless Steel

Known as the most common austenitic stainless steel, it is composed of 8% – 10.5% percent nickel and 18% – 20% chromium, along with manganese, silicon, carbon and iron.

It’s the lowest cost corrosion resistant option, has no limitations on fabrication, is resistant to oxidation, and is available in a variety of finishes and appearances. You’ll find it most often used for kitchen appliances, electrical enclosures, in wet or high humidity environments, and for food processing.

This is your best option if your application requires excellent formability and cost is an issue.

What To Know About Type 316 Stainless Steel

This is what you want to use if it will be exposed to a high amount of corrosive elements where greater strength and hardness are required, such as being used underwater with marine parts, in outdoor electrical enclosures, or with chemical equipment.

It contains high amounts of chromium and nickel, but the majority of the composition is iron, along with silicon, manganese, and carbon, along with a significant amount of molybdenum — typically 2% to 3%.

It provides superior corrosion and chlorine resistance, and provides years of life and usage.

Looking For Stainless Steel Cord Grips?

Remke has 304 and 316 stainless steel cord grips in stock and ready for any of your demanding applications. You can get exactly what you need for any demanding environment with Remke thanks to the vast number of options available for the configuration and materials for stainless steel electrical connections.

If you don’t see what you need, talk to the staff at Remke’s Engineered Solutions, where we can develop application-specific, custom stainless steel cable connectors that meet precise specifications.