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  1. How to Select Industrial Brushes

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    Industrial brushes serve a variety of purposes in virtually every business sector. 

    Industrial Brush Types - Cylinder Wheel Brushes

    From food and pharmaceutical products to material polishing, industrial brushes are critical to the speed, efficiency, and safety of many applications. Although they are often overlooked in industrial operations, quality brushes can make the difference when it comes to productivity and profitability.

    At Cocker-Weber Brush Company, we pride ourselves on providing our industrial sector customers with exceptional industrial brushes for every purpose. We take an innovative approach to brush manufacturing, tailoring each of our brush designs to the changing needs of the industry. At the same time, we incorporate tried-and-true brush-making techniques and materials that have kept Cocker-Weber at the forefront of the industry for over a century. 

    What are Industrial Brushes?

    Industrial brushes consist of a core with bristles in a variety of shapes, including cylindrical, wheel, and flat configurations. They are specifically designed for industrial operations and should be an exact fit to the application for optimal performance. The size, shape, bristle material, mounting method, and core all vary widely depending on the intended use of the brush.  Industrial brushes should enhance your operations without applying undue pressure or compromising overall speed. 

    Selecting Industrial Brushes

    There are several factors to consider when selecting your industrial brushes, including service life, intended frequency of use, brush quality over time, and replacement options. Selecting the proper  brush will increase its longevity and ensure that it remains in good condition thoughout its lifespan. Other factors to consider include: 

    • Application Type: Consider the intended application, such as shielding, closing gaps, static dissipation, polishing, cleaning, and more.
    • Environment: Take into account the environment in which the brush will operate, including wet versus dry operations, chemical exposure, temperature fluctuations, and sunlight exposure. 
    • Operation Cycles: Calculate the amount of force and periods of operation that the brush will need to withstand. Heavy- and light-duty applications require significantly different brush needs. 
    • Physical Properties: Determine whether your application requires soft or aggressive brush bristles. 
    • Special Materials: Consider any special material and design requirements for compliance with the FDA and other regulatory bodies.

    Types of Industrial Brushes

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    How to Select Industrial Brushes

    Industrial brushes come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes. Different types of industrial brushes include: 

    • Cylinder Brushes: Cylinder brushes consist of a series of bristles arranged at a perpendicular angle around a cylindrical core. The core is designed with a hollow center to easily attach shafts and rods for industrial use. Suitable for produce washing to conveyor belt cleaning.
    • Strip Brushes: Strip brushes are designed with a flat, rectangular core with bristles attached to one side. They are available in narrow tufted strip designs or wider plate brushes. Ideal for arranging products without damaging them.
    • Wheel Brushes: Wheel brushes have a disc-shaped core with bristles attached to the narrow outer edge perpendicular to the disc’s rotation. They are ideal for narrow, focused brush applications. 
    • Cup Brushes: Cup brushes feature bristles on one side of a flat, disc-shaped core parallel to the rotating axis of the disc. Shorter bristles, or no bristles in the center give the cup brush its signature shape.
    • End Brushes: End brushes are shaped like cup brushes but without the shorter center bristles. Both end and cup brushes are used to access small spaces and crevices. 
    • Conveyor Cleaning: Specifically designed for conveyor applications, industrial conveyor cleaning brushes are available in both strip and cylindrical designs. They are used to remove a variety of solid or liquid materials from conveyor belts, rolls, and other equipment.

    Industrial Brush Applications

    Industrial brushes are critical to a variety of operations. Some of the most common applications include: 

    Industrial Processes

    • Welding and Surface Preparation
    • Painting and Coating Application
    • Metal Deburring and Polishing
    • Paint, Coating, and Rust Removal 
    • Surface and Thread Cleaning
    • Surface Finishing 
    • Glass Polishing and Production

    Industries Served

    • Agriculture Manufacturing
    • Aerospace Manufacturing
    • Automotive Manufacturing
    • Food and Beverage Processing
    • Industrial Manufacturing and Fabrication 
    • Packaging Applications
    • Pharmaceutical Production
    • Printing Applications

    Industrial Brushes from Cocker-Weber

    Whether you need a conveyor brush for food processing or a small end brush for intricate detailing, Cocker-Weber has the solution for you! We offer a broad range of brush designs, from cylinder and wheel brushes to cup, end, disk, flat, strip, and plate brushes. For applications with special requirements, we also offer specialty and custom brushes to meet your particular needs. 

    Visit our Industrial Brushes Page to learn more about our extensive selection. For more information on how our brushes can enhance your industrial operations, contact us today or request a quote

  2. Industrial Rotary Brushes

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    Industrial rotary brushes are specifically designed so that the brush filaments rotate around a revolving axis. They are usually mechanically powered or automated for applications such as surface sweeping, automatic material polishing, and cleaning industrial conveyor systems. Rotary brushes are typically available in three designs: cylindrical, wheel-shaped, and cup-shaped brushes.

    Types of Industrial Rotary Brushes

    At Cocker-Weber Brush Company, we pride ourselves on providing the highest-quality industrial rotary brushes for numerous industries and applications. Our wheel, cylinder, and cup rotary brushes are available in a variety of sizes and materials to suit your unique needs.

    Wheel Rotary Brushes

    As the name implies, wheel rotary brushes consist of a flat wheel with brush filaments placed around the outer edge of the wheel. By definition, the width of the brush surface that contains the filaments must be less than the diameter of the brush. A wheel rotary brush is typically powered by a turning shaft or gear mechanism, depending on the application.

    Cylinder Rotary Brushes

    When the width of the filament brush surface is greater than the diameter of the central wheel, the brush is considered a rotary cylinder brush. Easily identified by their cylindrical shape, these brushes are composed of a central tube or bar that is covered on the outside with brush filaments. The core tube can be composed of a broad range of plastics, or even wood, and filaments are available in synthetic, natural, and metal materials. Industrial cylinder brushes are often used to clean conveyor belts, wash produce, polish finished products, and spread coatings such as paint or adhesive.

    Cup Rotary Brushes

    Cup rotary brushes are similar to wheel brushes, but the filaments of the brush are situated around one lateral edge of the disk instead of the outside edge. The brush filaments are oriented to point in one direction perpendicular to the axis of the wheel, creating a cup shape that leaves the other side of the wheel clear of filaments. Industrial cup rotary brushes are particularly useful for focused cleaning and polishing, and they can often be found on vacuum equipment and drill-powered rotary brushes.

    Industrial Rotary Brush Materials

    Cocker-Weber - Brush Company - IGCocker-Weber is pleased to offer industrial rotary brushes in a wide range of filament materials, including synthetic materials, metal, and natural fibers.


    There are numerous synthetic materials available for use in industrial brushes. Nylon and polypropylene are the most common brush materials, as they create filaments that are extremely durable, waterproof, and chemical-resistant. Synthetic filaments are less expensive to manufacture than harvesting natural fibers and metal. They are also antimicrobial and easy to clean, which makes them ideal for food processing and in health care settings.


    Metals used in rotary wire brushes include bronze, brass, stainless steel, and carbon steel. Bronze and brass filaments are often used to clean and polish items in applications that require electrical conductivity and corrosion-resistance. Stainless and carbon steels are stronger and used for burnishing and deburring highly durable materials.

    Natural Fibers

    Natural fibers for brush filaments are derived from both plant and animal sources, such as boar’s bristles, horse hair, goat hair, Tampico agave plants, bassine, and palmyra. These materials offer a variety of properties: Boar’s bristles, for example, are stiff, but goat’s hair is extremely soft. In general, natural fibers are less harsh on surfaces compared to metal filaments and are often used for delicate and sensitive surfaces. Even soft natural fibers are highly durable.

    Contact Cocker-Weber for Your Industrial Rotary Brushes Today

    Cocker-Weber is committed to providing superior-quality brushes in a broad range of designs and materials to meet the demands of any application. Whether you need a metal brush for industrial deburring or a soft natural brush to clean fragile materials, Cocker-Weber has the right design for you. To learn more about our extensive portfolio of industrial rotary brushes, contact our experts today and request a quote.

  3. Polishing Wheel Brushes: How to Choose the Best for Jewelers Polishing

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    Wheel brushes allow manufacturers to create finishes that embellish the appearance of gems, metals, and other materials. These devices are valued by artisans and craftsmen for their ability to customize materials to fit their vision. Professionals can choose from a variety of wheel brushes and polishing wheels to achieve the look they want. For jewelry manufacturers, polishing wheel brushes are an integral part of the production process.

    Wheel Brush Qualities and Applications

    Wheel brushes are circular devices that attach to automated machine components. Rotary mechanisms control the speed of the brushes’ motion as they turn around a secured axis. This allows manufacturers to systematically strip away layers of materials to create cuts, patterns, designs, and special finishes. Some common applications for wheel brushes include:

    • Cleaning
    • Polishing
    • Deburring
    • Rust removal
    • Surface finishing
    • Weld blending

    A variety of wheel brush designs exist that allow manufacturers to create specialized effects on the surface of their chosen medium. Size and format determine achievable results. The tiny bristles that surround the brush’s outer edge are made from a range of materials to fit their intended purpose. Some of these include:

    • Nylon filament
    • Brass filament
    • Stainless steel wire filament
    • Chungking bristle filament
    • Tampico filament

    In jewelry making, wheel brushes help artists create cuts, polish stones, and blur away imperfections with both high speed and accuracy.

    Polishing Wheel Brushes

    Choosing the Best Polishing Wheel Brush

    Cocker-Weber, a producer of high-quality wheel brushes and other devices used in industrial manufacturing processes, offers two lines of products geared specifically for those in the jewelry-making industry. Artisans and craftsmen enjoy the superior quality product line, as these tools help them craft exquisite and unique designs. For those who need value as well as precision, the standard quality line produces similar results with a more cost-effective material. Both product lines are made with Chungking bristles, which are known for being durable and effective. Our jeweler’s polishing wheel brush catalog includes:

    These brush types are available with a 1-7/8 inch, 1-1/2″ or 1-1/4 inch hard maple hub and various trim sizes. Choose the size based on your product dimensions.

    Brush Filling Options

    Various filament options allow artisans to further control the look of their finished products.

    • Chungking bristles used in the early stages of polishing help heavily corrosive compounds, like Tripoli, to work more efficiently.

    • Stainless steel wire bristles are subtle for satin finishing softer materials like white gold, silver, and aluminum.

    • Brass wire wheel filling delivers a fine grade of polishing to gold, brass, and copper.

    Bristle type is chosen based on the desired end result and the materials used during production.

    Chungking Brushes

    Our superior line of polishing brushes contain the highest quality bristles known as “Chungking Bristle”. Favored by craftsmen and artisans around the world, Chungking brushes are tightly bound bristles that are mounted into the hardwood hubs. They ensure a longer lifespan as well as a much higher quality polishing finish when all is said and done. 

    Due to the rise in popularity, many fake duplicates have presented themselves over the years under a variety of different label names — including the Cocker-Weber brand itself. These fake brushes are often much lower in quality and construction — so much so that they often break after just one accelerated minute of wear (10,000 RPM at just 1-pound of pressure.) To make sure you’re getting the most out of your polishing brushes, make sure to contact Cocker-Weber directly!

    Custom Wheel Brushes From Cocker-Weber

    Cocker-Weber Brush Company produces variety of brushes for industrial applications. Our line of jeweler’s tools includes a range of trim sizes, bristle materials, and hub materials. Whether you’re looking to buy on a budget or demand the most superior quality results, our catalog contains the solution to your jewelry production problems. Contact us directly for a Jewelry Tool Distributor who can supply you with Cocker-Weber wheel brushes.

  4. Industrial Cylinder Brushes: Applications and Materials

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    Cylinder brushes are typically mounted onto a shaft and spun using a motor. They can be made with denser filling materials or spiral-shaped materials to facilitate different types of product movement or brush intensity within a given application. These brushes go by many names, including:

    • Rotary brushes
    • Wound brushes
    • Spiral brushes
    • Coil brushes

    Industrial Cylinder Brushes
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    Cylinder Brush Industrial Applications

    Cylinder brushes have many common industrial applications. For example, they may be used to facilitate simple cleaning operations in machinery. They can also be used to remove particles from chips, rust, and oil. Smaller, more delicate cylinder brushes can be used for sensitive applications, such as cleaning a computer’s circuit board before installation. The brushes reach into crevices on the board to ensure remove particles, dust, and other contaminants. Industries that use cylinder brushes include:

    • Medical Devices
    • Pipeline
    • Food processing
    • Circuit board manufacturing
    • Metallurgy
    • Glass and ceramics processing including Optical
    • Machine and automation applications
    • Plastics and Rubber processing
    • Aerospace

    Common applications for cylinder brushes include:

    • Sorting and moving product for packaging
    • Polishing, cleaning, deburring or coating during production
    • Cleaning conveyor belts
    • Washing and waxing fruits and vegetables
    • Spreading glue or paint
    • Metal finishing
    • Texturing
    • Label applying
    Industrial Cylinder Brushes
    Industrial Cylinder Brushes
    Industrial Cylinder Brushes

    Choosing the Best Fill Material for Your Cylinder Brushes

    Brushes can be made with different fill materials. Which is appropriate depends on the intended use. Some of the options include:

    • Stainless steel. These brushes are used on products fabricated from stainless steel and aluminum, in applications that include direct contact with food, and in high-heat situations.
    • Brass. Softer than stainless steel, brass provides a brushing action that doesn’t scratch harder metals. This material is ideal for cleaning in production environments, such as conveyor cleaning.
    • Nylon. Nylon brushes are commonly used for scrubbing, dusting, and cleaning conveyor belts. Applications include bakery and food conveyor belts, plating processes, and lumber mills.
    • Goat hair. Goat hair is very fine and soft, making it ideal for short, soft brushes, such as those used in the electronics industry.
    • Horsehair. Horsehair brushes are ideal for fine dusting, cleaning, and polishing applications. 
    • Tampico fiber. These brushes feature greater water absorption and retention than synthetic brushes; have good heat resistance; and can be used wet or dry for scrubbing, washing, and polishing.

    Cylinder Brushes from Cocker-Weber Brush Company

    Cylinder brushes can be used in thousands of applications throughout abroad range of industries. Brushes are available with different fill materials depending on the intended purpose. Cocker-Weber Brush Company has been in business for more than a century, and we are a leading manufacturer of tufted industrial brushes. Our headquarters and production facilities are located in Pennsylvania, but we serve a global clientele. Please contact us to request request more information about our expansive line of cylinder brushes