At ISC Manufacturing, we pride ourselves on the quality of our bulk material handling equipment. Each piece of equipment that leaves our facility is a testament to our commitment to durability, resilience, and performance. One of the key elements that contribute to the quality of our equipment is our choice of materials. Let's take a closer look at the types of materials we use in our manufacturing process.


Aluminum is a staple material in our manufacturing process due to its high strength-to-weight ratio, corrosion resistance, and exceptional durability. These properties make it an excellent choice for equipment that needs to weather harsh conditions while handling heavy loads. Notably, aluminum is also a good thermal and electrical conductor, adding to its versatility in various applications. Despite its strength and durability, aluminum is surprisingly lightweight, which makes our equipment easier to transport and maneuver. Furthermore, we use only the highest-grade aluminum, which undergoes rigorous testing to ensure it meets our stringent quality standards. Despite its light weight, it is extremely durable, making it an excellent choice for equipment that needs to withstand heavy use over long periods.

304 Stainless Steel

304 stainless steel is one of the most common forms of stainless steel used in manufacturing due to its excellent corrosion resistance and ease of fabrication. It's ideal for a range of applications where resistance to heat and chemical damage is critical. 304 Stainless steel inherently boasts a unique combination of properties that make it an ideal material choice for many manufacturers. It shines in environments that demand high-temperature applications. This type of steel can withstand temperatures up to 870 degrees Celsius, maintaining its structural integrity even when exposed to extreme heat. Additionally, its resistance to corrosion is exemplary. It can resist a wide range of chemicals, making it perfect for applications where the equipment is exposed to corrosive substances. The fabrication characteristics of 304 stainless steel are also noteworthy. It's easily welded and formed into various shapes, allowing us to design equipment to meet specific requirements. Even in the harshest of conditions, 304 stainless steel continues to deliver optimal performance, contributing to the longevity and reliability of our equipment.

316 Stainless Steel

316 Stainless Steel, often referred to as marine grade stainless, is an incredibly robust and versatile material with superior corrosion resistance. This is primarily due to the addition of molybdenum, which improves its resistance to chloride corrosion compared to Type 304. This makes it particularly effective in saline or chloride-exposed environments, thus earning the 'marine grade' moniker. It provides excellent resistance not only to oxidizing acids but also to chloride attack, making it a popular choice in chemical processing applications. Moreover, the 316 grade maintains its properties in cryogenic or high temperatures. It's easily weldable, similar to 304, and has fantastic forming and machining qualities. Its adaptability and resilience make 316 stainless steel a leading choice for equipment that demands durability, resistance, and superior quality in challenging environments.

Carbon Steel

Carbon Steel, a fundamental and versatile material, is known for its exceptional strength and durability. It is an alloy made primarily of iron and carbon, wherein the carbon content can vary from 0.12% to 2.0%. This variation significantly influences the steel's properties. There are three main types of carbon steel: low, medium, and high. Low carbon steel, often referred to as mild steel, is the most ductile and malleable, making it ideal for shaping and welding. Medium carbon steel strikes a balance between strength and ductility, suitable for applications requiring strength and resistance to wear, such as in car parts. High carbon steel, the toughest and hardest, is used in high-strength wires and spring materials. Despite its susceptibility to corrosion, carbon steel's affordability, adaptability, and high strength make it an incredibly popular choice in various industrial applications. It’s especially useful in situations that require strong resistance to wear and tear.

AR235 & AR400

AR235 is a type of abrasion-resistant (AR) steel. Its lower carbon content (compared to AR400) creates better formability, making it easier to bend, cut, or weld. It is commonly used in moderate wear applications, where high impact is not a primary concern. Typical uses include construction and material handling equipment.

AR400, on the other hand, is a high-carbon AR steel that offers excellent wear and impact resistance. It contains more carbon and manganese which gives it its superior hardness and strength, making it more difficult to machine and weld. However, these properties also make it ideal for applications requiring exceptional durability and wear resistance, such as in mining, quarrying, and heavy construction equipment. Both AR235 and AR400 are valued for their versatility and durability, specifically in environments requiring resistance to high stress and wear. However, the choice between the two depends on the specific demands of the application, balancing factors like formability, hardness, strength, and resistance to wear.

At ISC Manufacturing, it's not just about building equipment; it's about crafting solutions that stand the test of time. From Aluminum to AR400, each material we choose plays a critical role in ensuring our products deliver the performance our customers expect and deserve.