Corrosion Resistance Matters: The Importance of Stainless Steel

For over 60 years, ACE Controls has been at the forefront of engineering innovation, crafting exceptional motion control solutions that have become indispensable in a multitude of industries. In particular, our stainless steel line of shock absorbers and gas springs stands out as the exemplar of this principle. By providing critical corrosion resistance to the food, medical, electronics and offshore industries, our products are not just helpful, but an indispensable requirement to operate effectively. ACE Controls’ stainless steel gas springs and shock absorbers are a testament to our dedication to providing motion control solutions that meet the complex and varied needs of every industry, ensuring their operations are safe, efficient, and durable.

Corrosion resistance, the ability to withstand degradation caused by the operating environment, is quintessential to many industries, especially in potentially life or death situations. In the food industry, for example, shock absorbers and gas springs have to be able to withstand both the edible materials it’s working on as well as the cleaning solutions. In the medical field, components need to be able to resist sterilization processes and corrosive bodily fluids without affecting the patient or staff. Similarly, in the electronics industry, components need to withstand humid and potentially corrosive environments, whereas offshore applications demand durability against saltwater and extreme weather conditions. 

In the realm of corrosion resistance, the role of ACE Controls’ stainless steel components extends far beyond mere functionality. Each product is engineered to deliver not only resilience against corrosive elements but also to enhance overall performance and safety. The high chromium stainless steel used in our products ensures a robust and self-healing protective layer against corrosion. This is essential in preventing contamination and maintaining process integrity, especially in sensitive environments like food production and medical applications. The integration of self-compensating technology is another important element that allows these components to adapt seamlessly to varying energy conditions, ensuring consistent performance without manual adjustment. If you are interested in a specific application, you can learn more about these innovative solutions below:

  • Miniature Shock Absorbers (MC150-V4A to MC600-V4A): These are high-performance, stainless steel shock absorbers with exceptional endurance and corrosion protection, featuring self-compensating and rolling diaphragm technology. Ideal for a range of applications including medical and electro-technology, marine, packaging, and chemical industries, these absorbers also offer the option of being filled with food-grade oil for food processing applications.
  • Industrial Shock Absorbers (MC33-V4A to MC64-V4A): Designed for optimum corrosion protection, these absorbers are constructed from stainless steel (AISI 316L) with self-compensating technology. They are distinguished by robust sealing and an integrated positive stop, making them suitable for demanding applications in the food, medical, electronics, and offshore industries.
  • Industrial Gas Springs – Push Type (GS-8-V4A to GS-40-VA): These stainless steel gas springs are filled with food-grade oil, conforming to FDA 21 CFR 178.3570, and feature valve technology. They combine maximal efficiency with rust resistance and are used in various applications, including automotive, industrial automation, machine building, medical clean room technology, as well as in the food, electronics, and shipbuilding industries.
  • Industrial Gas Springs – Pull Type (GZ-15-V4A to GZ-40-VA): Perfect for use in challenging environments or confined spaces, these pull type gas springs are constructed from stainless steel with a very low progression rate. Their rust-free, compact design makes them suitable for industries such as chemical and food processing, automobiles, plant engineering, shipbuilding, and various applications in medical, military, environmental, and water supply technologies.