Aluminum Diamond Plate by SizeMetal

And Stainless Steel Sheets

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Diamond plate can also be reffered to as checker plate, tread plate or durbar floor plate. Diamond plate is characterised by raised diamond shaped relief lines criss-crossing at 90angles. Diamond plate is usually made from mild steel, stainless steel or aluminium. Stainless steel or mild steel diamond plate is made by hot rolling to desired thickness and then passing the sheet though rollers with the raised diamond design. The greatest benefit realized from using diamond plate is its non-skid property. The criss-crossing raised diamond designs offer excellent foot and hand grip making it almost impossible to slip. This non-slip safety feature of diamond plate makes it ideal for use on stairs, catwalks, walkways, loading lamps and trailer beds. The excellent hand and foot grip offered by diamond plate makes it ideal for use in the interior of ambulances and foot plates on fire trucks.

Diamond Plate Manufacturing Process

Diamond plate is made by use of of an embossing manufacturing process which produced raised or sunken designs on sheet metal. Diamond plate is manufactured through embossing in two ways:

• By passing sheet metal through male and female roller dies in a single step

• By passing sheet metal through rollers with different portions of the desired pattern in several steps

Either process first uses a combination of heat and pressure to mold the stainless steel, mild steel or aluminium sheet to the desired thickness. This is done by forcing the metal sheer through a series of roller pairs. Roller pairs responsible for the gradual reduction in metal sheet sickness have one stationary upper roller and a revolving lower roller. Once the desired thickness is achieved the sheet metal is then passed through roller dies with the diamond pattern. For reasons of precision in the final intersecting diamond design the use of matched male and female dies is preferred over using multiple rollers.
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Advantages of using Embossing In Diamond Plate Manufacturing

A number of benefits are realized form using embossing in diamond plate manufacture. This benefit are:

• Ability to form an intricate intersecting diamond pattern on to ductile metal sheet

• Ability to mass produce diamond plate sheets

• Consistent metal sheet thickness on a diamond plate sheet

• No variation in the intersecting lines of diamond pattern

Diamond Plate Thickness, Grade and Uses

The two most commonly used diamond plate thickness are the 1/16 inch and the 1/8 inch thickness. The thinner 1/16 inch diamond plate is mainly used for light applications which include:

• Covering walls to enhance the esthetic appeal of a room

• Covering the walls of walk in refrigerators

• Making counter tops, shelf tops and table tops

• Making washroom equipment such as sinks

• Making kitchen equipment such as deep friers housing and food preparation tables
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The thicker 1/8 diamond plate is used for heavy duty applications which include the following:

• Column protection as well as wall protection in loading bays

• Protection of door like kick plates or as full door cladding

• In commercial vehicle interiors such truck beds, flooring in vans, car seats etc

• Making access and loading damps in hospitals and industry

• Making of tailgate ramps that are used for livestock flooring

• 4 wheel vehicle protection such in side plates, load area plates as well as mud flaps

• In making tool boxes meant for truck beds

• In shop front vandal protection

• In making stairs,step ladder and walk-ways
Thick 1/4 inch diamond plate sheets are also available for extra-strength applications such as in making pre-fabricated construction components for housing, bridges and stages. Diamond plate is available in two grades as outlined below:

• 3003-H22

This grade of diamond plating is bright and shiny, sparkles as well as being durable. This makes it ideal for decorative, cosmetic and architectural applications. This grade of diamond plating has good forming ability, drilling and welding ability.

• 6061-T6

This grade of diamond is dull, exhibits great strength and has great durability. This makes it ideal for industrial applications such as in flooring, loading lamps, trench covers,dock flooring, stair treads, elevator floors, freezer floors and garage floors. The corrosion resistance offered by this grade of diamond plating makes ideal for use in food processing industry and is very convenient in many ways.
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Stainless Steel Sheet

Stainless Steel Sheets are available in different thickness measured in the 'gauge' units. The gauge of stainless steel sheets range from 30 gauge to 7 gauge. As can be noted the larger the gauge value of a sheet the thinner the sheet is. Similarly the thicker a sheet is, the more strength the sheet has. Stainless steel sheets have many uses which include the following:

• Making car bodies and seats

• Making airplane components such as the wings, seats flooring

• Making of medical equipment such operating tables, electronic equipment housing and hospital cutlery

• In construction where in corrugated form the stainless steel sheets are used in roofing.

As the case with diamond plate sheets, stainless steel sheets come in different grades. The most popular stainless steel grades are 304, 316 and 410. The different grades have different levels of hardness, lustre, formability and and are easy to weld.
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Industries that Rely on Stainless Steel Sheets

The corrosive resistance and ease of cleaning make stainless steel ideal for use in areas where sanitary conditions are crucial. These industries include the following:

• Food processing industries where it is used in making sorting tables, industrial friers, housing for industrial ovens and packing containers

• Marine industry where stainless steel sheets are used in making boat bodies

• Water and sewage where it used in making sedimentation tanks, anaerobic digesters, and large scale filtration systems

• Sanitation where its is used in making washroom equipment such as tubs, sinks, cutlery, garbage disposal bins and other sanitation equipment

• Chemical manufacturing and the pharmaceutical industry where the high gauge stainless steel is used in making reaction vessels, sorting tables, packing platforms and equipment housing

Manufacture of Stainless Steel Sheets

Stainless steel sheets are made by use of either a cold or hot rolling press. Cold rolling involves the use of pressure alone to press the steel sheets to desired thickness. The pressure is applied by means of a series roller pairs similar to the first stage of diamond plate manufacture. Hot rolling makes use of both heat and pressure to press stainless steel sheets to the desired thickness. Cold rolled stainless steel sheets exhibit greater strength than hot rolled sheets.