FINISHES

Standard Finishes: Which products are you planning to use?

The first step in accurate finish specification is to determine the product form that will be used. The dimensional tolerances of each product are defined below. Please select a product to see the standard finishes and examples of common applications.

ASTM A480 defines plate, sheet and strip finishes. Bar, billet and forging finishes are defined in ASTM A 484. ASTM A 270 describes stainless steel tube finishes for sanitary service but the finish requirements could be applied to tube and pipe purchased for other applications.

Sheet
Is less than 3/16 inch (4.76 mm) thick and at least 24 inches (609.6 mm) wide.
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Strip
Is cold rolled material that is less than 24 inches (609.6 mm) wide and has a thickness of 3/16 inch (4.76 mm) or less.
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Plate
Is at least 3/16 inch (4.76 mm) thick and over 10 inches (254 mm) wide.
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Bar & Shapes
Include flats, rounds, squares, octagons, hexagons and flats and other shapes that are formed using hot or cold rolling, forging, cold drawing or extrusion. These products have thicknesses from 0.125 inch (3.18 mm) to 8 inches (203 mm), a width between 1/4 inch (6.35 mm) up to and including 10 inches (254 mm), and a diameter or size of 0.125 inch (3.18 mm) or greater. Please note that flat products that are less than 0.188 inch (4.76 mm) thick and over 0.375 inch wide (9.5 mm) are classified as strip.
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Tube & Pipe
Includes seamless and welded hollow products that may have cross sections that are round, square, rectangular or a special shape.
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