Why Stainless Steel Wire Shines Above the Rest

Kelly Benjamin
August 27, 2016

Stainless steel has qualities that make it a great choice of material for many industrial and commercial applications. Because our stainless steel HDD wire and cables are made from high molecular weight and high-density polyethylene (HMWPE/HDPE) insulator, they boast numerous benefits compared to their counterparts.

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Stainless steel is an alloy of iron, containing a minimum of 10.5% chromium. The chromium provides a thin layer of oxide on the surface (passive layer) to help prevent corrosion. The alloy is strong with a long lifespan, making it a popular metal choice for many types of applications, including wire and cable.

The characteristics that make stainless steel wire and cable the best possible choice are numerous. One of the most important properties is that stainless steel does not rust and is highly corrosion resistant. This is especially important when it is being used for outdoor or underground systems where it may come into contact with moisture, dirt and grime, or chemicals. Our stainless steel wire and cable is long-lasting and durable.

Other characteristics include:

  • Good tensile strength
  • Extremely durable
  • Exceptional dielectric properties

  • Low coefficient of friction
  • Chemical inertness
  • Toughness and flexibility

  • Heat resistance
  • Weather resistance
  • Nonflammable

Performance Wire and Cable provides many types of wires but recommends stainless steel wires for many types of applications. It can be used for both low and high-temperature settings. Stainless steel HDD wire is able to withstand the harsher environments that are associated with the drilling process. And because it’s resistant to crushing, abrasion, wear, and does not absorb moisture, it makes it the best choice to use for applications like:

  • Direct burial for horizontal directional drilling
  • Use with cranes
  • Dredging

  • Excavating
  • Logging
  • And as locating wire for natural gas PE pipes