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Any cheaper alternative for SS630?

Any cheaper alternative for SS630?

Any cheaper alternative for SS630?

Hi all,
I recently had a cost reduction program for a lathed part used to punch the pressurized gas capsule (there is a metal cap to seal the capsule). This part is made of SS630. We used this material is because it is very hard (above 37 HRC) , good at corrosion resistance and food contact complied.
Now, I have a mission to choose other cheaper material to replace it. I contacted our manufacturer and asked them if SS420 or SS4xx series + Electrolytic polishing as I thought that SS420 is hard enough and electrolytic polishing makes it food contact complied. However, the feedback is negative because manufacturer said it is not corrosion resistant (we have 48 hours salt spray test) and asked us to keep using SS630.
Could anyone tell me any chance to use SS4xx series or cheaper SS can replace SS630?

Many thanks,
Louis L

RE: Any cheaper alternative for SS630?

I would wonder if the SS630 is the cheaper replacement for a far more expensive material and you have reached the bottom of the list. The alternative is someone who selected it to begin with rejected a cheaper material. They were apparently smart enough to make a design that is still in production, but you are hoping they made a mistake and left a huge price gap in the parts list?

All stainless is corrosion resistant, but the SS630 has a higher chromium content (I expect the main driver of cost) and will be more resistant than the SS420.

If this is a design your company did there should be design notes that include all the rejected materials and why they were rejected. I expect they didn't keep that information. A former company I worked with actively rejected proposals to keep the information about the rejects - not on liability grounds, it was a worry that "star" performers weren't.

RE: Any cheaper alternative for SS630?

Thanks 3DDave!
Actually the material was selected by my client few years ago and they only used it after getting life problem from using SS304. Due to the urgency, they released SS630 for production based on positive life test result. Now, customer is asking us to review any cheaper choice and that's why I raised out this question.
I am still curious any cheaper SS can replace SS630. But if no, I would abandon material change and find other way for cost reduction.

RE: Any cheaper alternative for SS630?

As listed, 17-4 PH meets your requirements.

RE: Any cheaper alternative for SS630?

Agreed 17-4 might be your best bid. another option you may want to try though is Ni free, N+Mn doped stainless. Ni lean or free could get you cheaper material cost; high N leads to a high work hardening rate. A cold worked grade will bring you enough strength/harness

RE: Any cheaper alternative for SS630?

630 is 17-4PH.
A 400 SS would work as long as it has >16% Cr.
An alloy like 440A would work.
But even if the alloy costs less it requires a quench and temper to reach properties.
Though at 40HRC (fairly soft for this alloy) you should be able to pre=harden the bar and machine in the hard state.
Make sure that they do not use a free machining grade.
These parts are being chemically passivated in acid right?

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RE: Any cheaper alternative for SS630?

Edstainless and all, thanks for your advice. It is helpful.
Yes, the part should passivated after machining.

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