When it comes to high-gloss or mirror-polished stainless steel surfaces, mirrorINOX offers traditional and new, pioneering solutions for applications
in architecture, yacht- and shipbuilding, for the automotive and electrical industry, medical technologies, container- and silo-manufacturers, machinery and engineering, aerospace and many more.
Even for the most demanding art projects, mirrorINOX`s polished quality is selected by the artists and designers.
In principle, we differentiate between technical applications, which require for instance the lowest possible roughness (Ra value) of the requested surfaces.
Such properties play a major role especially in the container- and silo-manufacturing, mechanical engineering, food and medical technology, where adhesion
to the stainless steel surfaces has to be avoided by using material that bears a maximum of smoothness.
Other customers request certain reflectivity from the metal finish, for example in the lighting industry. A mirror finish best reflects their demands.
Another more and more popular use of the mirror-polished stainless steel sheets is found in architecture, shop-fitting, ship- and yacht-building, where the focus is very strongly set on an optically first-class result in terms of the visual quality of the stainless steel sheets.
Adding to its flawless appearance, more advantages are the low weight ratio compared to glass mirrors, the very good workability and, immensely important when used in public buildings or other highly frequented locations such as trains stations, airports and others, the properties of break-proof, fireproof and vandalism-proof protection.
mirrorINOX is your ideal and competent partner for all polished stainless steel surfaces of the highest quality: High-gloss polished, mirror-polished and various other levels of surface treatment.
However, since the very common terms "high gloss polished" or "mirror polished" often do not provide a very clear definition of the product, mirrorINOX
defines its self-produced and distributed mirror-polished surfaces in several quality levels such as Mirror No. 7, Super Mirror No. 8, Marine Mirror No 9.
and Perfect Mirror No. 10®, in order to create more transparency for the customer when inquiring and more clarity when ordering the material. That way,
you choose your preferred mirror finish to your liking.
During the mechanical polishing, the surface is removed by our polishing lines and the help of polishing agents to create a finish as flat, smooth and flawless
as possible. Only after that, the actual mirror polishing takes place.
Depending on the base material, base surface finish, various machine parameters and processes, different results (qualities) can be achieved. The measurable values such as roughness and gloss plus the visual impression and approval serve as the base of control.
Especially with the design applications in the field of architecture, yacht, shopfitting, lighting and furniture construction, the high quality products manufactured
by mirrorINOX are in great demand.
Whether we polish stainless steel for yachts or shops: You can always expect the highest quality from us. Even in the extremely quality-sensitive sector of art,
our products are well known and highly recognized by most of the famous artists, however they like to remain anonymous. Mirror-polishing stainless steel is
our lifeblood and we treat it as such, aiming to achieve the perfect level of mirror finish.
mirrorINOX not only offers you mirror-polished stainless steel, but also a vast variety of products and services in the field of stainless steel surface treatment.
With the expertise and experience of many years, mirrorINOX is the manufacturer of the world's largest range of different quality levels, such as Mirror No. 7,
Super Mirror No. 8, Marine Mirror No. 9, Perfect Mirror No. 10®.
To do so mirrorINOX uses stainless steel grades AISI 304 / 304L, 316 / 316L, 316Ti and even 318.
Due to its unique expertise, mirrorINOX is able to manufacture these products in dimensions or lengths, widths or thicknesses that cannot be found anywhere else.
A particularly outstanding example is the "Rock" art project, for which stainless steel sheets in dimensions up to 15,000 x 3,600 x 15.0 mm and up to a weight
of over 6,400 kg per single sheet were polished to Perfect Mirror No.10® quality.
Further treatments of stainless steel surfaces in the highest qualities are also manufactured by mirrorINOX: Grit-polishing, vibration-polishing, beadblasting, fluidforming, PVD / TiN and nanoINOX®-coating.
In many fields of expertise, high-quality applications increasingly request a uniformly matt, very homogeneous surface, which should not only be non-directional
but also bear little to no reflectivity.
Such a decorative and functional surface is created by blasting onto metallic materials such as stainless steel, aluminum, and even non-ferrous metals like brass
or copper at a very high speed with glass beads or with alternative blasting media of various bead sizes.
In general, these timelessly elegant and visually attractive, metallic surfaces are used in the fields of architecture, elevators, facades, shop-fitting, ship-, yacht-building and works of art. As such, bead blasted stainless steel has many applications within countless professional fields.
They can also be found in high-quality machinery and industrial engineering.
mirrorINOX uses stainless steel sheets with dimensions of max. 2,000 mm (width) max. 6,000 mm (length) and max. 30 mm (thickness) for its bead blasted finishes.
The terms “glass bead blasting”, “bead blasting stainless steel” or “bead blasted stainless steel” commonly refer to the surface treatment of sheets or workpieces where blasting a media such as glass beads, ceramic beads or corundum beads hit the material.
The size and roughness of the blasting media, the pressure and the speed during the blasting process can be altered in order to achieve different results
in terms of visual effect, reflectivity and roughness. As such, bead blasting is a very flexible process at mirrorINOX, leading to high quality results.
For the visually less demanding requirements of industrial and heavy industrial applications, material like stainless steel or other metals are requested very frequently, resulting in different blasting processes such as those using sand ("sand blasting") or metal beads (“shot peening”).
In stark contrast to these processes, the Injector / Venturi blasting line operated by mirrorINOX is perfectly suited for the production of the BEADS product line
with its particularly uniform, very homogeneous surfaces for the highest quality applications.
The mirrorINOX products of its bead blasting range are called BEADS.
The different variations of the BEADS finish are as follows:
BEADS 0 - glass beads with a very fine finish
BEADS 1 - glass beads with a fine finish
BEADS 3 - glass beads with a medium finish
BEADS 7 - glass beads with a coarse finish
BEADS 8 - glass cullets
BEADS 9 - ceramic beads
BEADS 10 - corundum beads
Stainless steel is the most requested of base materials, additionally we also offer alternative solutions based on aluminum, brass, copper, titanium and others.
mirrorINOX produces BEADS in the following dimensions:
Width: max. 2,000 mm
Length: max. 6,000 mm
Thickness: max. 30 mm
Additional specifics of the BEADS surfaces:
Our highest quality is based on the precise and strictly documented production including the measurement of the roughness and the degree of gloss,
as well as a professional assessment of the visual impression of the blasted material by our skilled and experienced staff.
By the means of this thorough quality control and measuring, all values such as gloss, colour and roughness of each single sheet are precisely recorded.
Therefore, mirrorINOX is able to guarantee a maximum reproducibility and the highest possible quality for the most demanding applications.
In addition, our vast and efficient production capacities ensure the fastest possible delivery service.
Coming with extensive knowledge and years of experience, mirrorINOX is your ideal partner for glass bead, ceramic bead, glass cullet and corundum bead blasted metal surfaces.
A remarkable number of major projects, numerous other applications in the fields of art, architecture, elevator, facade, shop, ship, yacht, machinery as well as plant engineering and last nut not least the number of satisfied customers are an impressive testimony to the capabilities mirrorINOX has honed over the years
both in terms of bead blasted stainless steel as well as other services in terms of surface treatments of stainless steel.
During the process of mechanical polishing, the surface of the material is partly removed and smoothened by various polishing mediums with different parameters applied by a number of polishing machines.
Vibration finish is also known as Rotation Polish, Angel Hair, excenter polish, Wirrwarr Schliff or non-directional polish.
Vibration finish will provide a non-directional, matt and even surface.
The polishing lines of mirrorINOX is one of the most modern and efficient in the world, offering a vast range of variations in details of polish, superb quality and capacities compatible to produce for even the largest facade projects.
The criteria to define the finish required are the grade of roughness, the degree of gloss and the visual impression.
During the process of mechanical polishing, the surface of the material is partly removed, respectively levelled and smoothened by various polishing mediums and the use of different parameters depending on the requirements of the customer.
Architects and designers are looking for an optical surface, customized or with a “perfect” finish.
Customers from industries with the highest standards are in demand of functional for instance with extreme low Ra-values.
The inspection criteria to define and approve the finish are based on the grade of roughness, the degree of gloss and the visual impression.
The PVD / TiN-coating process is increasingly demanded by architects, product designers and a large number of other users.
Naturally, mirrorINOX being an expert when it comes to surface treatments, is focusing strongly on using this pvd process to predominantly coating stainless steel sheets and other having gained vast expertise with this technology.
The commonly used terms “PVD-coating”, “TiN-coating” or “titanium nitride coating” stand in principle for one and the same process and are used synonymously when it comes to coating of stainless sheets.
In contrast to alternative coatings, for example galvanic processes, PVD-coating / TiN-coating uses no toxic or environmentally harmful substances.
Additionally, the extremely thin layers of the coating are very natural in their metallic and lively appearance, which distinguishes them decisively from alternatives such as wet painting, powder coating or anodized finishes.
Therefore, the PVD-coating process clearly proves to be an excellent method to coat the substrates. By the vapor deposition, not only are physical and technical advantages created, such as an increase in hardness or improvement in corrosion resistance, but also an optically high-quality refinement of these substrates
is achieved when coated with the thinner layers.
In the case of stainless steel PVD, for example, the colored surface coatings obtained with the PVD technology do not only protect the substrate, but also create fascinating metallic and optically extremely attractive shades, which range from champagne, yellow gold and brass to rose gold and bronze to anthracite and black.
Those fascinating colours, in combination with various basic surfaces, give the stainless steel an exclusive appearance and create brilliant examples of applications in architecture and product design for both indoors and outdoors.
PVD is the process of Physical Vapor Deposition. The PVD / TiN-coating of large areas (sheets) is carried out with the help of ARC evaporation,
in which the "target material" in the form of a solid is brought to evaporation by means of an arc so that it can later be applied to the sheet or workpiece.
By adapting suitable reactive gases, different temperatures and other machine parameters, the chemical combination of metal and non-metal achieves different colors on the surface of the sheets or workpieces.
As mentioned earlier, the abbreviation PVD, which refers to the English term "Physical Vapor Deposition" and also the term “TiN”, the abbreviation which derives
from the chemical compound titanium nitride (a hard metallic material made of titanium and nitrogen, typically of a golden yellow color), both define the same process of physical vapor deposition, and denote the same group of vacuum-based coating processes or thin-layer technologies.
As such, we will gladly advise you about these and other technical details as well as the possibilities mirrorINOX is able to offer when it comes to the PVD process.
We promise to our utmost to not let you in the dark about the PVD services we offer to you as it is in our strong belief that transparency is a fundamental right
of any customer.
Our specialist staff has been working intensively on this unique coating technology for two decades and are developing constantly new properties and designs
for potentially new applications and projects.
Our currently two PVD-coating lines are configured with the latest tailor-made, state-of-the-art technology. Combining both ensures outstanding results.
Unmatched colour accuracy, largest dimensions and geometries, high capacities and production speed when coating sheets and parts giving mirrorINOX
its place amongst the world's top manufacturers. We pride ourselves in offering a high end PVD-coating service - and rightfully so.
An impressive array of prestigious, exclusive large-scale projects, numerous smaller objects and applications with our products can be found globally and
give a clear testimonial.
With its newly developed product range of nanoINOX® coated finishes, based on Sol-Gel-technology, mirrorINOX is offering alternatives with nearly indefinitive possibilities of designs and colours combined with unique properties and functions.
By integrating a number of different elements into the coating, mirrorINOX is able to control properties such as colour, hardness, thermal stability, chemical and corrosion resistance, transparency and workability/ formability.
Additionally to the vast choice of colours and finishes, the nanoINOX® coating offers excellent attributes in regards to Easy-To-Clean (ETC), AntiFingerPrint (AFP).
Even further technically advanced features such as antibacterial function or electrical insulation are possible.
Eco-Etching is an eco-friendly process that applies etched designs to stainless steel without the use of acids, chemicals or hazardous without producing any toxic waste.
Available for stainless steel and other metals.
The Fluid Forming surfaces are manufactured by using the latest forming process called "3D Fluid Technology".
This highly sophisticated and most modern technology crosses new fronteers when it comes to structured, patterned metal – not only in terms of aesthetics and designs, but also in regards to static, acoustic and sun protective properities.
An almost unlimited choice of structures are possible by creating and engineering matching tools.
Using vast numbers of stainless steel based finishes as well as raw materials such as aluminium, copper, steel, titanium, etc. plus colours and coating processes creates an infinite choice of possibilities for architects and designers.
mirrorINOX is your ideal partner for new solutions and design options, giving you the support to make your design ideas come true, resulting in the creation of unique and unprecedented surfaces.
Using the process of embossing (one-sided rolled) or pattern rolling (two-sided rolled), a pattern is rolled into the sheets with the aim to create visually attractive surfaces.
Additionally to the increase of visual attractivity, the pattern rolling of stainless steel results also in a higher rigidity and opitical flatness.