Allegheny Technologies Incorporated announced that ATI Allegheny Ludlum, an Allegheny Technologies company, has introduced AL Clean™ fingerprint resistant stainless steel. Norcold, a leading manufacturer of recreational vehicle refrigerators offers the first large-scale commercial application of AL Clean stainless steel.
"The AL Clean product makes stainless steel even more attractive to the appliance industry," said Terry Dunlap, President of ATI Allegheny Ludlum. "Appliances made with Allegheny Ludlum's new AL Clean fingerprint resistant stainless steel maintain the elegance of stainless steel while virtually eliminating fingerprint smudges. In addition, most kitchen stains and spills can be easily cleaned with soap and water."
"We are pleased to be the first to offer our customers this unique product," said Michael Harris, President and Chief Executive Officer Thetford Corporation/Norcold Incorporated. "This is consistent with our mission to position Norcold refrigerators as the hallmark in performance, reliability and flexibility. Our refrigerators are user-friendly and proudly made in America."
AL Clean fingerprint resistant stainless steel is also stain and scratch resistant and passes a number of standard industry tests associated with the international appliance and elevator markets. AL Clean stainless steel utilizes a continuous coating process, can be easily cleaned and is available in most stainless steel grades, such as Type 304, Type 201 and Type 316. It is offered in most gauges and finishes where end-use applications can by tailored to the customer's required gauge and gloss level.
AL Clean fingerprint resistant stainless steel maintains the formability properties of the original material. The appearance of the coating is unaffected by high-forming angles with most forming operations.
In addition to appliance and kitchen equipment, potential markets for AL Clean fingerprint resistant stainless steel include architecture and infrastructure, such as elevators and escalators.