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What grade stainless steel workbenches do I need for my food factory?



One of the most important considerations of factory managers in food warehouses, is constantly maintaining food hygiene standards to comply with industry standards such as BRC Audits. Most food companies already know what grade of stainless steel they need to use in their factory, but we are aware that some will not. In this article you will learn about the different types of food grade stainless steel, and which one you need for your factory.




What are the different food grades of material?

When it comes to stainless steel workbenches for your food factory, understanding the different grades of material is essential. The most commonly used food-grade stainless steels are 304, 430, and 316.

304 Stainless Steel is often referred to as the "food grade" stainless steel due to its excellent corrosion resistance and durability. It is ideal for surfaces that come into direct contact with food or liquids.

430 Stainless Steel is a more cost-effective option but may not offer the same level of corrosion resistance as 304. It can still be suitable for less critical applications in a food factory setting.

316 Stainless Steel provides superior resistance to corrosion, particularly against chlorides and acidic environments. It is highly durable and easy to clean, making it an excellent choice for more demanding conditions.

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304 Stainless Steel

When it comes to stainless steel workbenches for your food factory, 304 Stainless Steel is a popular choice. Known for its durability and resistance to corrosion, this grade of stainless steel is perfect for food preparation areas where hygiene is crucial.

304 Stainless Steel contains chromium and nickel, making it ideal for withstanding high temperatures and acidic environments commonly found in food processing facilities. Its smooth surface also makes it easy to clean and maintain, ensuring a sanitary workspace at all times.

Whether you are chopping vegetables or packaging finished products, having a 304 Stainless Steel workbench can provide the strength and reliability needed in a fast-paced food production environment.


430 Stainless Steel

Another popular option is 430 Stainless Steel. This grade contains less nickel than 304 Stainless Steel, making it more affordable while still offering good corrosion resistance and durability.

430 Stainless Steel is commonly used in environments where moisture and certain chemicals are present, making it suitable for food processing facilities.

Although 430 Stainless Steel may not have the same level of corrosion resistance as 304 Stainless Steel, it can be a cost-effective solution for businesses looking to outfit their factories with durable workbenches that meet industry standards.

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316 Stainless Steel

Another option, and the last one we are going to discuss, is 316 Stainless Steel. This grade contains additional molybdenum, which enhances its resistance to corrosion, particularly against chlorides and acidic environments.

316 Stainless Steel is known for its exceptional durability and ability to withstand harsh conditions, making it an excellent choice for demanding applications in food processing. It is ideal for environments where the workbench may come into contact with salt or other corrosive substances.

While 316 Stainless Steel is more expensive than 304 or 430 grades, its superior performance and longevity can make it a worthwhile investment for critical areas in your food factory.


How much would a custom workbench cost me?

The cost of a custom workbench can vary depending on the size, material, and extra features you choose. On average, a bespoke stainless-steel workbench for a food factory can range from £750 to £2,500 or more. It can help to have a budget and your specific requirements in mind before reaching out to anyone for a price on custom workbenches.

At Clarity, we have helped many clients in food factories with food grade solutions for their busy warehouses. The bespoke solutions they have chosen, allow them to control exactly how their staff operate and utilise the space, but keeps the work environment compliant with industry standards.

If you are ready to bring custom workbenches into your food factory, click here to get a free site visit to measure up and quote.


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