|Element||304 – %||316 – %|
|Silicon||0.75 max||1.0 max|
|Density||8.03 g/cm3||7.82 g/cm3|
What Is the Difference When It Comes to Metal Detection?
Because of it’s chemical makeup, SS 316 is harder to detect, which makes it more suitable for testing a metal detector in setup/validation, performance monitoring and verification, especially by a 3rd party auditor. If it’s harder to detect than 304, this means using it for testing purposes means you’ll catch anything that is more magnetic (conductive). Think of it this way:
Test with 304 -> Catch 304, Miss 316 (less detectable)
Test with 316 -> Catch 316, Catch 304 (more detectable)
What is the Industry Standard?
Stainless Steel 316 is the industry standard. It only makes sense to purchase SS 316 test pieces and unify your process, procedures and HACCP plan to what’s happening in the industry. Separation from industry standards only serves to create confusion and even suspicion. The grander goal, of course, is to produce a better, safer product in the marketplace. No company wants to worry about their customers eating food that might have SS 316 in it because they only tested using 304, especially when 316 is as readily available as 304.
Where Can I Purchase Test Pieces with 316?
At Regal Package Services, we manufacture our own line of certified test pieces and use SS 316 exclusively in our stainless steel products. You can find us at Testrods.com, firstname.lastname@example.org and by phone at 866-691-8560.