Industrial Brushes Information
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Industrial brushes have many uses including:
Removing rust, paint or coatings
Welding or surface preparation
Painting and coat application
Surface finishing on a variety of materials.
Types of Industrial Brushes
Brushes consist of a bristles mounted in a holder. There are many types of industrial brushes. Examples include:
An abrasive brush is used for light deburring, metal finishing, cleaning rust, oxides, defuzzing wood panels, and denibbing plastic. This type of industrial brush will not snag on cut metal edges. An abrasive brush contains an abrasive grit encapsulated into an extruded nylon filament. They have a large selection of grit sizes available to control finish and functionality for deburring, cleaning, surface finishing, and edge blending. An abrasive brush core is manufactured using steel components and integral core designs for a rigid fit. The cores are dynamically balanced at operational speeds to ensure vibration. A power abrasive brush and a cylinder abrasive brush made with abrasive nylon enables flexibility of design and conformability to irregular surfaces. Image Credit: DME Company
A sanding brush is primarily used for smoothing treated wood surfaces. They contain an abrasive paper that rotate on horizontal axes that enable a clean surface to most wood products
A metal brush is used for burnishing fine detailing and fitting into tight areas. A metal brush generally contains several rows of bristles made of soft stainless steel of soft brass. This type of brush can also be made of copper of phosphor bronze. The fibers on a metal brush can be hand laced for better fiber retention and durability. Image Credit: Invotec Solutions
An organic fiber brush contains natural, soft bristles and is used in delicate areas where a hard-fiber or metal wire brush will mechanically damage the fine details. This brush is commonly made from horsehair. The two major benefits associated with horsehair fiber is durability and resilience. A horsehair organic fiber brush works consistently well where fine to medium particulate come in contact with polished or smooth surfaces. By blending horsehair with other natural or synthetic materials, a wide variety of applications and specific cleaning applications are satisfied.
A synthetic bristle brush contains bristles that are manufactured by a chemical process. This brush works well on rough surfaces such as sidewalks and parking lots. This type of bristle brush can be used indoors or outdoors and in wet or dry conditions. Synthetic bristle brushs are generally chemical and water-resistant. Image Credit: Eraser
Industrial brushes can be purchased from a rotary brush supplier. Industrial brushes are designed and manufactured to meet most industry specifications.
Industrial brushes have many applications. Examples include conveyor and blanket cleaning and glass washing. Industrial brushes are also used in the food processing industry, pharmaceutical industry, textile processing, and metal finish circuit board production.
All metal and wood handle brushes can be used in electrostatic discharge sensitive (ESD) environments as long as the brush remains saturated in liquid and the user is grounded.
It is recommended that industrial brushes be tested on the required application to confirm ESD compatibility. The electrostatic discharge association (ESDA) has established several guidelines regarding industrial brushes.
Industrial brushes must adhere to standards to ensure proper design and functionality.
BS 6694 - Specifications for safety of power driven industrial brushes.