Industrial Cylinder Brushes: Applications and Materials


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
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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.