Quality

QUALITY, ENVIRONMENT, SERVICE

CLEAN TECHNOLOGYStelmi’s research and development are oriented to assure the highest security in and around the workshop and to respect all the most severe environmental regulations applied in the field to keep people safe. Stelmi can boast of the acknowledgment from “ENEA” (National Board for new technologies, Energy and Environments) appointed Stelmi’s technology as “innovative and clean”.

SERVICE QUALITYBy means of ISO 9002 quality system procedure, efficient Customer Care and Customer Service Department Stelmi assures top level service before and after sales.

QUALITY AND CONTROLS : BARS

QUALITY ASSURANCEThe Quality Assurance System ensures mill traceability, during the manufacturing process up to shipment, by way of a code stamped onto the ends of the bars.

STANDARD CONTROLSAll bars are monitored for:

Diameter
Out of roundness
Visual examination for isolated defects
Chromium thickness

All batches of material are monitored for:

Surface roughness Ra and Rt
Hardness of the chromium overlay
Straightness
Corrosion resistance in salt spray chamber

CERTIFICATESCertificates according to UNI EN 10204/ 3.1B are always supplied

TEST OF CORROSION RESISTANCE
The international specification used for evaluating corrosion resistance is ISO 9227/10.289, which references three different corrosion tests:

neutral salt spray, NSS (the old ISO 3768, equivalent to the ASTM B 117)
acetic salt spray, ASS (the old ISO 3769, equivalent to ASTM B 287)
copper accelerated salt spray, CASS (the old ISO 3770, equivalent to ASTM B368)
The test chamber is always the same and the spray operates continuously. Samples are inclined at 15° from the vertical. As alternative to the ISO 9227 is sometime used the NSS with alternate cycle, according to KES 05-507-2.In this test the salt spray operates not continuously, but in cycles. After the test the samples are rinsed with water and examined according to the specification ISO 10.289 , which regulates the evaluation of the results, assigning a “rating” to the surface under examination. A “Rating 9” corresponds to 0.1% of the surface corroded. A “Rating 10” means no corrosion at all.

UNI ISO 9227
This specification, which corresponds to the international one, gives a description of the methods and the equipment to be used for corrosion tests. It presents three types of testing, progressively more aggressive. The
specification considers the neutral salt spray the most suitable testing method for evaluating a surface which is chromium plated only.

QUALITY AND CONTROLS : TUBES

SKIVED AND ROLLER BURNISHED (OR HONED) STEEL TUBESThe Quality Assurance System ensures “traceability” during the manufacturing process, i.e. the identification of the base material through its heat number, up to shipment.

STANDARD CONTROLSAll tubes are monitored for:

Diameter
Out of roundness
Visual examination of isolated defects
CERTIFICATESEvery lot of material is monitored for:

Surface roughness Ra and Rt
Certificates according to DIN UNI EN 10204 / 3.1 B are always supplied.

MATERIAL IDENTIFICATION AND MARKING
Tubes are marked on their entire length. A customer can require the heat number to be stencilled on each tube.
Each bundle is marked with a code number that allows for traceability to the original chemical analysis certificate.

PACKAGING

The product is packed with a modern technology, using material suitable for various needs and destinations.
The standard packaging for the bars HIPERCHROMIUM® by STELMI is a white plastic sleeve with the printed characters shown in the picture.

MARKINGOn the plastic sleeve on the entire length, Stelmi ink-prints the grade, the diameter and an identification code which ensures for traceability even after cutting.


As an alternative, it is possible to protect the bars with cardboard tubes, produced by STELMI.

 

The cardboard tubes are produced internally in the suitable dimension by means of a specific equipment.
For the overseas shipments each bundle is placed into an aluminium-plastic bag, fully waterproof, which ensures a total protection.