Abbott Ball is the leading manufacturer of semi-precision Stainless Steel Balls. Abbott Stainless Steel balls are used in valve pumps, nail polish and spray paint bottles for agitation, sprinkling systems, appliance components, casters, drawer slides, locking mechanisms, semi-precision bearings and a host of other industrial and consumer products.
Abbott Ball offers a wide range of Stainless Steel materials such as 302, 304, 316, 316L, 316L VM, 420, 430, 440, Nitronic 50, and 904L. All of our Stainless Steel balls are passivated. Other Stainless Steel materials are available upon request.
AISI type 302 stainless steel balls are for applications where good corrosion resistance is important, but hardness is not. They offer good resistance to atmospheric corrosion, dyes, food, environmental sterilizing solutions and many organic and inorganic materials. Type 302 balls are used in dispenser and aerosol valves, lotion pumps, locking mechanisms, agitators, animal feeders, trigger sprayers, finger pumps, food processing and medical applications.
AISI type 304 stainless steel balls are used where good corrosion resistance is important, but hardness is not. They offer good resistance to atmospheric corrosion, dyes, food environments, sterilizing solutions and many organic and inorganic materials. Type 304 balls are used in aerosol and dispenser valves, medical applications, animal feeders, trigger sprayers, finger pumps and food processing.
AISI type 316 stainless steel balls offer excellent corrosion resistance and resistance to sulphuric acid compounds. This austenitic steel includes 2-3% molybdenum. Type 316 balls are used in trigger sprayers, bearings, dispenser valves, body jewelry, lotion pumps, quick-disconnect couplings and aerospace applications. Type 316LVM balls are used in jewelry, human implant and other medical applications.
AISI type 316L stainless steel has a lower carbon content than 316 stainless, which gives it even higher corrosion resistance than the excellent resistance of type 316. Both types offer excellent resistance to sulphuric acid compounds. Applications for type 316L balls include Jewelry and medical uses.
AISI type 316LVM (low carbon vacumm melt) stainless steel, regarded as a medical grade, this stainless steel is vacuum melted to is vacuum achieve high levels of purity and cleanliness. It has excellent resistance to both general and intergranular corrosion, and pitting and crevice corrosion. The vacuum melt allows for superior surface finish.
AISI type 430 stainless steel balls provide fair to-good corrosion resistance. They resist corrosion from fresh water, steam, food environments, dairy products, nitric acid and many petroleum products and organic material. Applications include balls in cosmetics agitators such as nail polish and eyeliners,as dispenser pump balls and valve balls.
AISI type 420 stainless steel balls have fair-to-good corrosion resistance and good material strength. They resist corrosion from alcohol, ammonia, food environments, fresh water, many petroleum products and organic materials and some mild acid environments. They are found in bearings, valves, lighters and writing instruments.
AISI type 440C stainless steel balls offer the maximum in material strength and fair corrosion resistanc. They resist alcohol, food environments, fresh water, many petroleum products, organic materials and steam. Type 440C balls are uses in bearings, valves, locking mechanisms, fasteners and quick-disconnect couplings.
AISI Nitronic 50 stainless steel is an austenitic stainless steel offering a blend of strength and superior corrosion resistance. Unlike many stainless steels, Nitronic 50 does not become magnetic when cold-worked. AISI Nitronic 50 ball applications include dispenser valves, finger pumps and spray pumps.
Type 904L is Abbott's most corrosion resistant stainless steel. The "L" stands for low carbon (0.030% or less). Type 904L is also an austenitic alloy. It combines nickel, chromium molybdenum and copper with iron for tremendous resistance to corrosion.