Abrasion Resistant Plate: Not Mom’s Dinnerware

When someone says the words abrasion resistant plate what comes to mind? My guess is it wouldn’t be your mother’s china, which judging by the way she frowned when you dusted it, was likely to chip if you fluffed the duster around just a little bit too vigorously. Back in the 60s the savvy Mom, we’ll say your Mom, bought Melmac dishware which was far more break-resistant than standard dishes, so much so they were de rigueur in many cafeterias across the land. However, that is not what abrasion resistant plate means either. In truth, you aren’t likely to ever find an abrasion resistant plant on your dining room table, that is unless an earthquake sinks it to the bottom of a mineshaft, hopefully while your out of town.

Confused? Don’t be. Abrasion resistant plate, which is an industry term transferable with a number of other terms, such as 400 Brinell plate, wear plate and wear resistant plate isn’t intended for any type of cuisine. Often made of steel the standard abrasion resistant plate is made to withstand the punishing conditions of mining and quarrying.

So, now that you know what an abrasion resistant plate is keep it in mine. Should you happen to be wandering around a convention center one happy day and find yourself in a group conversing about the relative merits of abrasion resistant plate, possibly throwing around terms like ‘Brinell hardness,’ by all means avoid mentioning your mother’s china, or the Melmac your school’s cafeteria routinely sent it’s spaghetti special out on.

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