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

Comments Off on Polishing Wheel Brushes: How to Choose the Best for Jewelers Polishing   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
Wheel Brushes jewelers polishingPlastic Hub Jewelers Polishing Brushes         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.

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 or 1-1/4 inch hard maple hub and various trim sizes. Choose the size based on your product dimensions and machine specifications.

Brush Filling Options

Various filling 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.
jewelers wheel brushes white chungking bristle
  • Stainless steel wire bristles are subtle for polishing softer materials like white gold, silver, aluminum, and platinum.
Stainless Steel Wire Satin Finish Wheel Brush
  • Brass wire wheel filling delivers a fine grade of polishing to gold, brass, and copper.
Brass Satin Finish Brush Tampico - Satin Finish Wheel Brush      

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

Custom Wheel Brushes From Cocker-Weber

Cocker-Weber Brush Company produces a 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 quote on your next wheel brush purchase.    

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

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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 brush - special trimIndustrial cylinder brush - stainless steelIndustrial Cylinder Brush - Tampico

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.

Industrial Cylinder & Wheel Brushes

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 more information about our expansive line of cylinder brushes.