High-quality industrial brushes are used to clean, polish, deburr, and coat products and components in a variety of manufacturing processes. Product quality and operational efficiency depend largely on selecting the best tools for the job. At Cocker-Weber, we provide superior industrial brushes using the highest quality materials available, ensuring ideal solutions for customers in a diverse array of industrial settings.

Industrial Brush Bristle Filaments

The bristle materials for industrial brushes are selected based on the particular requirements of the application for which they will be used. Brushes may be manufactured from a variety of metal, natural, and synthetic materials.

Metals

Metal filaments offer the advantage of durability, corrosion, resistance, and electrical conductivity, depending on the material. Metal filaments will often be found in brushes used in deburring and cleaning applications.

  • Brass. A copper-zinc alloy, brass is the least abrasive metal filament material and is ideal for light cleaning and finishing applications. Brass is highly electrically conductive and is spark- and corrosion-resistant, which makes it ideal for use in hazardous environments where the brush may be exposed to flammable or corrosive substances.
  • Bronze. Bronze is a copper alloy that includes tin, which makes it harder and more durable than brass. It is equally corrosion- and spark-resistant to brass and exhibits a similar level of electrical conductivity. The added strength of bronze makes it useful for metal cleaning applications that require more force than brass.
  • Carbon steel. Carbon steel is one of the most commonly used filament materials due to its versatility and low cost. It is available in a wide range of shapes and sizes and is valued for its exceptional durability and long service life. Carbon steel filaments are used for cleaning, rust removal, roughening, and deburring applications.
  • Stainless steel. Stainless steel is notable for its superior corrosion resistance and strength. Filaments composed of stainless steel are particularly useful for applications in which contamination and high levels of moisture are a concern. The protective chromium oxide coating of stainless steel prevents rust, pitting, and contamination that could occur with other materials operating in moist environments.

Natural Fibers

Natural fibers such as animal hair and plant-based materials offer a broad range of textures, lengths, and elasticity.

  • Chungking bristle. Chungking bristles are taken from hogs raised in Chungking, China. The bristles are hollow,with curved interlocked heads and long, tapered strands with split branches or flags. They are ideal for painting applications and are often found in oil and acrylic paint brushes.
  • White boar bristle. White boar bristles are rare and valued for their resilience and multitude of divided flags.These bristles make a highly durable filament material with excellent water resistance, and they are often used for electrostatic discharge operations.
  • Horsehair. Horsehair is harvested from tails and manes of horses. It is soft, straight, and durable, with a
    stiff, long-lasting texture that makes it ideal for cleaning and dusting applications. The soft nature of the material allows safe use even on materials that scratch easily. Horsehair exhibits a high level of heat resistance but may be damaged by acidic or alkaline chemicals.
  • Goat hair. Goat hair is very fine with a natural curl. It absorbs dyes easily and exhibits a low level of
    elasticity. Goat hair is often found in small, soft brushes for light applications.
  • Tampico. Tampico is a rough fiber derived from the leaves of the Agave Lechuguilla plant native to Mexico. The fiber is easy to dye and exhibits high thermal and chemical resistances. It is often used for polishing and buffing, where its rough but flexible qualities and anti-static properties facilitate light polishing without damaging materials. Tampico is very water absorbent and retains moisture easily.

Synthetics

Synthetic materials offer a broad range of benefits. They are highly durable and can be tailored to meet the needs of particular applications. Synthetic materials tend to be more readily available, and therefore less expensive.

  • Nylon. Nylon is highly flexible, durable, and abrasion resistant. Nylon is highly resistant to abrasion and most chemicals, but can be damaged when exposed to certain acids, alcohols, and oxidizers. Different grades of nylon have been developed for various applications from heavy scrubbing to light brushing. Some Nylon formulations absorb water, which reduces its stiffness when used in wet environments. Nylon 6.12 absorbs almost no water and is often specified in industrial applications.
  • Anti-static nylon. Anti-static nylon incorporates a conductive material to reduce the risk of static discharge. This makes it particularly useful for sensitive applications where static charges and sparks may impact operations or cause accidents.
  • PVC. Polyvinyl chloride (PVC) is a commonly used, cost-effective plastic that exhibits a high level of durability, moderate flexibility, and low friction resistance. Unlike nylon, PVC does not lose its rigidity in water, which makes it useful for cleaning and buffing applications in wet environments.
  • Polyethylene. Polyethylene is a soft polymer that exhibits similar durability to PVC, but with enhanced flexibility. It is ideal for brush bristles in applications where abrasion is undesirable and also an excellent choice for wiping rather than brushing motions. It is resistant to most solvents, but can be negatively affected by oil, grease, and hydrocarbons.
  • Styrene/polystyrene. Styrene or polystyrene is a stiff, highly durable material ideal for scrubbing metal and other durable products. It is often used to remove rust and mineral deposits from steel and aluminum components that have been exposed to high levels of moisture.

At Cocker-Weber Brush Company, our products are manufactured using state-of-the-art technology and innovative solutions geared toward providing superior products at competitive prices. Cocker-Weber brushes are created in a variety of designs for use in multiple settings. Our standard brush designs include:

Cylinder Brushes

Cylinder brushes are designed for applications which require continuous brushing. They are typically composed of a single or split core with bristles attached through holes drilled into the core. Cylinder brushes are highly versatile and used in a broad range of applications, including debris removal, conveyor belt and chain cleaning, and product positioning, among many others. The brush design, size, and material may be specifically targeted to meet particular application needs.

Wheel Brushes

Wheel brushes consist of a series of bristles distributed around the flat edge of a wheel-shaped core. They use linear brushing action for cleaning, polishing, paint and rust removal, and deburring operations. Depending on the application, the wheel width, circumference, and bristle material can be specifically tailored to meet operation requirements.

Disk Brushes

Disk brushes are similar to wheel brushes, but with a narrow edge for the bristles. The narrow, circular design allows users to apply brushing action evenly to flat surfaces. Disk brushes are most often used in more abrasive applications such as heavy-duty scrubbing, cleaning, and deburring.

Cup and End Brushes

Cup and end brushes are similar to disk brushes, but smaller. They are ideal for reaching surfaces in corners, nooks, and crannies. Typically, cup and end brushes are designed with softer bristles for polishing, finishing, and cleaning applications.

Tufted Strip and Plate

Tufted strip and plate brushes are constructed with bristles along one edge of a rectangular core. Tufted strips exhibit a narrower bristled surface, while plate brushes have bristles on a broader surface. They are used for a variety of cleaning, burnishing, scrubbing, and dusting applications. The brush size, style, and material can easily be modified to meet the needs of specific applications.

Contact Us for Your Industrial Brush Needs

Cocker-Weber Brush Company is dedicated to providing the highest quality industrial brushes for any industry. To learn more about which brush designs and bristle materials are best for your operation, contact us today to request a quote.