Stainless Steel Sheet & Plate
Stainless steel sheet metal and plate products do not stain, corrode, or rust as easily as regular carbon steel. Enhanced strength, impact resistance, anti-bacterial qualities, and aesthetic appeal make stainless steel sheet and plate a highly sought-after metal for applications requiring a durable metal with favorable anti-oxidation rates.
IMS is a direct supplier of premium 304 and 316 SS sheet and plate products to customers throughout Southern California, Arizona, and Northern Mexico. We make metal buying easy by providing multiple purchasing options with all orders.
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IMS is Your Locally Trusted Stainless Steel Sheet & Plate Supply CompanyWith six locations throughout Southern California and Arizona, IMS is a full-service metal supplier that understands what you need. Our inventory of metal products includes a broad range of metal shapes and an extensive selection of alloys. We offer the following advantages:
- Same day will-call pick up
- Next day local delivery
- Excellent high volume discount pricing
- Custom cut to size metal production
- ISO 9001 certified
IMS Handles Any Size Stainless Steel Sheet Metal or Plate OrderAt IMS, we provide unsurpassed next-day delivery or same-day Will Call pick up at any of our six locations. With more than 400,000 square feet of warehouse space and the ability to cut your metal to size, we are well equipped to handle all-sized orders.
From selling one piece in our stores to delivering truckloads of metal to your location, we partner with all types and sizes of customers. Whether you’re a large government contract supplier or a one-person welding shop, we have you covered.
Differentiating Stainless Steel Sheet & PlateWhile stainless sheets and plates sound like the same product, they differ in thickness and durability. The difference between SS sheet and plate can quickly be determined by checking the stainless steel sheet gauge; the higher gauge stainless steel thickness, the thinner the metal. Some of the unique features for both SS sheet metal and plate include the following:
Stainless Steel Sheet
- Usually less than 6mm thick
- Thinner than SS plate
- Lightweight residential and architectural applications
Stainless Steel Plate
- Usually thicker than 6mm
- High tensile strength
- Good durability
- Heavy-duty applications
Stainless Steel Sheet & Plate ApplicationsStainless steel sheet metal and plate provide low maintenance, corrosion resistance solutions for various industrial applications. Some of the typical uses for stainless steel sheets and plates include:
- Food Processing & Handling
- Storage Tanks
- Heat Exchangers
- Electrical Enclosures
- Chemical Process Vessels
- Architectural & Construction
- Marine Parts & Equipment
Stainless Steel Sheet & Plate Material Grade AdvantagesStainless steel 304 and 316 both provide durability and corrosion resistance for indoor and outdoor applications. There are, however, a few slight differences between the two alloy grades that you should consider before selecting a material for your project.
304 Stainless Steel Sheet Metal & PlateGrade 304 stainless steel has a high nickel and chromium content, which provides excellent corrosion resistance, making it an ideal option for a broad range of light-duty and general-purpose applications. Stainless steel 304 sheet and plate advantages include:
- Excellent formability
- Easy to fabricate
316 Stainless Steel Sheet & PlateLike 304 SS, grade 316 stainless steel also has high nickel and chromium content, but the addition of molybdenum further improves the corrosion resistance, especially against chlorides or chlorinated substances. These properties make grade 316 stainless steel sheet and plate ideal for medical applications, marine environments, refining or chemical processing, and other highly corrosive environments. Stainless steel 316 sheet and plate advantages include:
- Advanced corrosion and pitting resistance
- Excellent weight-bearing properties
- Superior durability