Stainless roller chain is an alternative to carbon steel for applications that may require the features of stainless. The primary benefits is the great resistance to corrosion and the ability to withstand extreme temperature ranges. The benefit with Nitro™ stainless roller chains is that our chain always manufactured with with solid rollers and solid bushings. This enhances the the overall strength and helps minimize stretch overtime compared to split roller/bushing chains. We offer this chain in all standard, metric, conveyor and double pitch roller chain sizes. The dimensions of all stainless chains are made to industry standards, allowing them to be directly interchangeable.
The two most common stainless grades used for chain is AISI 304 & AISI 316. Both have similar corrosion resistance to many of the same substances, but the AISI 316 does have a better resistance. A few example substances where AISI 306 has resistance over AISI 304 is 5% concentrated sulfuric acid, formic acid and chlorinated water.
Stainless roller chain has extraordinary temperature resistance making it a great option for many industries. We suggest staying within the recommend range for AISI 304 stainless (listed below), if possible to maximize the chains life. Some temperatures outside of this range are acceptable, however temperature factors will apply that results in faster wear.
Many grades of stainless material are usually non-magnetic.
Stainless chain is used in almost every industry across the world. Below is a handful of the common uses that our stainless roller chains are used for.