Industrial brushes come in many sizes and bristle types that fit a diverse range of challenging applications. At Cocker-Weber, we design our industrial brushes to stand up to heavy wear while maximizing usable life. All our industrial brushes are high-quality and manufactured in the United States. Some brushes can be refurbished, repaired and renewed as an economical alternative to new brushes.

Types of Industrial Brushes

Due to the wide range of applications for industrial brushes, there are many brush types available. Cocker-Weber produces a variety of brushes and develops custom solutions for challenging applications that demand specialized designs. Cocker-Weber will collaborate with your company to engineer a brush to meet your unique industrial needs. The following are some of our most popular brush types. 

Cylinder and Wheel Brushes

Also known as rotary brushes, cylinder brushes are long, tubular brushes that operate in machines and conveyors. They sort, position, and clean items during processing. They can apply material, finishes and lubrication. Wheel brushes perform straight line brushing actions and are useful for surface finishing, dusting, weld brushing, deburring, and polishing. They can also remove paint, rust, scale, and other contaminants.

Cup and End Brushes

These types of brushes are typically smaller and used for cleaning crevices, cracks, or unusually shaped surfaces. They are recommended for polishing or removing dirt, rust, scale, and paint from tight spaces. 

Disk Brushes

Disk brushes feature a circular base with perpendicular filaments, though some are made with angled tufts. They vary in size and material, which can include plastics, metal, or wood. Filaments can be plastics, metals and natural fibers. These brushes have a wide range of industrial operations, including cleaning, scrubbing, or polishing flat surfaces. 

Disk brushes can also refer to those with bristles that fan in or out from a circular base.

Flat Handle Brushes

The handles on these brushes enable manual use. The bristles are usually attached to a plastic, wood, or metal handle. The uses can include but are not limited to polishing, removing scale, eliminating dust, lubricating, applying coatings and other specialized industrial applications.

These brushes are known as platers, scratch, welders, lathe, dust and washout brushes. 

Tufted Strip and Plate Brushes

Tufted strip and plate brushes have plastic or wood bases with holes that contain the bristles. These bristles can be held together by wires, staples, or epoxies. Their simple design enables further customization for various applications.

Brush strips facilitate thorough cleaning, sealing and surfacing applications. Strip brushes are commonly used to clean and protect machinery, as well as to create conductive and non-conductive environments. 

Plate brushes can create a “brush field” useful in processes that include transporting plate glass for cutting and polishing, creating a field for tufting carpet and for cushioning products.

Special Brushes

Designed for specific shapes, openings, slots, and purposes, special brushes are tailor-made for a variety of uses. For example, they are critical in applications such as cardboard making, packaging, envelope feeding, sorting, textile processing, pill packaging, polishing, and more. These brushes may have unique shapes and trims.

Industrial Brush Industries and Applications

Industrial brushes are an essential part of many industries because of their capabilities to clean, abrade, polish, apply coatings, and remove dust. They also move, position, and hold products during the manufacturing process.

Industrial brushes are especially useful in filling gaps between moving surfaces, controlling dust, directing airflow, and guiding cables. For outdoor businesses, they act as important barriers to keep out birds and pests. 

Brushes are used in industries such as:

  • Aerospace and aircraft: Industrial brushes are used to dampen vibrations and noise by filling gaps in certain aerospace applications. 
  • Automotive: There is a growing demand for industrial brushes within automotive and industrial manufacturing applications, especially for cleaning and gap-filling applications. 
  • Agriculture: The agricultural industry relies on heavy-duty machinery that requires assorted brushes to function and remain in peak operating conditions. 
  • Food production and processing: Brushes move, sort, clean and organize products along production lines. 
  • Electronics and high-tech industries: The electronics industry produces components that are highly sensitive to dust and contaminants. Brushes are an important element in creating ideal manufacturing conditions for high-tech industries.  They are also used for eliminating static charges.
  • Glass and ceramics: Used for cleaning during the ceramic and glass-making process, these brushes are durable and heat-resistant. 
  • Pipeline cleaning: Heavy-duty, specialized brushes are most effective in cleaning up welded seams in oil, gas, and water pipelines. 
  • Packaging: Industrial brushes help move and pack objects along assembly lines. 
  • Printing: In printmaking, brushes must ensure correct paper handling. 
  • Lawn and Garden: Industrial brushes clean lawn equipment and sweep away debris.
  • Pharmaceutical industry: In pharmaceuticals, brushes sort and organize medications.
  • Sports: Industrial brushes are used in many sporting venues to create ideal playing conditions. For example, in golf and other artificial sports pitches, brushes create even and clean surfaces. 

Industrial Brush Advantages & Benefits

Using expertly manufactured industrial brushes not only provides an advantage in cleaning-related applications but also increases the safety of equipment and machinery. As a result, the correct brush can significantly reduce the risk of job site accidents, errors, and losses. Furthermore, many types of industrial equipment require specialized tools to be kept clean. Machines that are not kept free of dust and debris are at a greater risk of failure, resulting in manufacturing downtime and lost revenue. 

Even the most delicate objects can be safely cleaned with custom brush solutions. Cocker-Weber provides a comprehensive selection of fiber materials and thicknesses to meet the needs of virtually any application. If you’re unsure of which materials are the best for your project, our experts can help. 

How to Select Industrial Brushes

Custom Industrial Brushes

When companies need to purchase new industrial brushes, they may know exactly what they are looking for. Perhaps they have been using the same supplier for decades, or maybe they are just well-versed in the world of Industrial Brushes. However, sometimes thinking about a little bit of a change is good, or people might be able to find a better deal when they take the time to research some other supplies in their area. Learning how to select Industrial Brushes, or what other qualities can be researched, is part of the process.

Choosing custom industrial brushes means that people need a strong sense of the different options available. They must not only consider the types of brushes they are running out of but also the ones that best serve the purposes of their business.

Buyers also must consider different elements of the brushes themselves. They want to find out how long these types of brushes tend to last, and that answer could be different based on the sort of brush. It can also vary based on how often that particular brush is used. Having to replenish brushes is a natural part of production management, Buyers also want to find out about the overall quality of the brushes. They do not simply want the brushes to last; they want the brushes to last and to be in good condition. When people are buying brushes, they should also ask if a guarantee is available so that they do not need to worry if a problem ends up manifesting with one of the brushes. Thus the Cocker-Weber guarantee that every brush is inspected and produced to specification alleviates any concern as to quality or performance.

Industrial Brushes from Cocker-Weber

Cocker-Weber provides industrial brushes made with a diverse selection of metal, natural fiber, and synthetic brush bristle materials. For deburring or cleaning applications, we offer brass, bronze, carbon steel, and stainless steel. We also carry a range of synthetics—nylon, anti-static nylon, PVC, polyethylene, and styrene—which are highly durable and well-suited to many applications. Cocker-Weber also crafts brushes using natural materials customizable to various lengths and elasticities. These materials include boar bristle, horsehair, goat hair, tampico, and Chungking bristle.

If you need assistance identifying the most suitable brush for your application, Cocker-Weber can help. Contact us today to speak to one of our experts, or request a quote to get started on an industrial brush solution.