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Brass Companies and Suppliers

IQS Directory provides an extensive list of brass manufacturers and suppliers. Utilize our website to review and source brass manufactures with our easy-to-use features which allow you to locate brass companies that will design, engineer, and manufacture brass for your exact specifications. Our request for quote forms make it easy to connect with leading brass manufacturers. View company profiles, website links, locations, phone number, product videos, customer reviews, product specific news articles and other production information. We are a leading manufacturer directory who will connect you with the right manufacturers whether you are looking for brass tubing, brass bars, or brass stocks.

Leading Companies:

  • Pompton Plains, NJ 800-838-1978

    Our company may have started small, but we quickly grew to handle the largest aluminum orders. Our metals are made from the highest quality materials, and we pledge to offer superior service to all our customers. We don’t want customers who use us one time, we want to establish lifelong relationships with customers that last generations. Contact us for more info!

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  • Warminster, PA 215-956-0626

    With over 25 years of metallurgy experience we guarantee we can produce exactly what you are looking for. We offer fast delivery and a multitude of beryllium copper sizes. Our highly knowledge staff takes great pride in creating these outstanding copper alloys. We have a reputation of manufacturing the best copper fabrications. Our company has risen in the standard in copper processing. Contact us today to learn more!

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  • Carbondale, IL 252-491-2812

    We offer tooling copper, copper foil, and copper sheeting in a variety of thicknesses and sizes. With the exception of our patina copper sheets, all of our copper is premium copper alloy 110 (99.9% pure copper) manufactured to the specifications of ASTM-B152, dead soft-annealed and are handled with care and packaged carefully to provide you with the best possible product.

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  • Naugatuck, CT 800-243-3650

    We manufacture and distribute high-conductivity copper alloys, heat-treatable copper alloys and tungsten-copper composites for welding electrodes, components and other applications. Copper alloys are in the form of bar, plate and rod in a range of sizes; we also machine to spec. ISO registered.

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  • Long Island City, NY 800-767-9494

    Metalmen is a fully certified, go-to source for nationwide & global distribution of specialty copper. With over 30 years as a hands-on metal supply problem solver, let the metal men & women at Metalmen be your custom response supplier of all related services. Whatever the solution, Metalmen are seasoned metal supply specialists and provide their customers with creative solutions.

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Brass Industry Information

Brass

Brass is a versatile and commonly used alloy, composed primarily of copper and, to a lesser degree, zinc.

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Applications of Brass

Exhibiting the copper characteristics of good electricity and heat conductivity as well as malleability, brass is frequently used in the machining of radiators, electrical equipment, casing, pressure vessels, screws, and heat exchangers. Stronger than non-alloyed copper, brass is also popular in the creation of piping and tubing. In addition, non-sparking brass is sought after not only for petrochemical processing applications, but for the fabrication of a diverse list of low-friction products, including, but are not limited to, musical instruments, valves, doorknobs, ammunition, locks, gears, and bearings.

Material Properties of Brass

Today, brass is recognized as an alloy made up of a combination of approximately 67% copper and 33% zinc. However, it is a substitutional alloy, meaning that the atoms of its copper and zinc contents can replace one another within the same crystal structure. Also, in addition to copper and zinc, other metals, such as antimony, arsenic, iron, and tin, may be present in some iterations of the alloy. These metals are commonly added to brass compositions in order to improve their mechanical and/or physical properties, such as hardness, formability, strength, or appearance. Without the addition of other metals, brass most often takes on a matte, butter-like yellow hue, depending on its exact copper-to-zinc ratio. As a rule, the more zinc, the lighter the color of the alloy. Brass with particularly low levels of zinc exhibit a darker, reddish color, earning it the name “red brass.”

Manufacturing Process of Brass

To produce the various brass types needed to accommodate any given application, brass manufacturers begin by gathering the appropriate types and amounts of scrap metal. Once gathered, the scrap metal is weighed and, in predetermined increments, moved into a furnace. Usually, this furnace is powered by electricity, which allows it to reach the temperature at which the metals become molten. When the metals become molten, they homogenize (i.e., combine into one product). This is also the point at which manufacturers may add more scrap, if they deem it necessary. After this, they wait for recrystallization, which is the point at which they can pour or cast the metal into stock shapes. Once the preliminary shapes have been allowed to cool and harden, manufacturers conduct additional processing procedures. To finish ingots or billets, for example, manufacturers hot or cold roll them, extrude them, and cut them into more exact shapes, such as plates, bars, sheets, rods, strips, or foils. These stock brass shapes can then be sold to other manufacturers or end-users.

Factors to Consider When Purchasing Brass

When selecting a brass alloy for an application, it is essential to consider several factors, including elemental composition, shape, length, width, and weight. Brass may also be divided into classes based on their copper and zinc percentages.

The classes of brass are:

  • Alpha Brasses
  • Alpha-Beta (or Duplex) Brasses
  • Beta Brasses
  • Gamma Brasses
  • White Brass

Alpha brasses have the highest copper content; these levels increase as you go down the list of classes until you reach gamma brasses, which have the lowest copper content. White brass, which is too brittle for general use, is half copper and half zinc.

Brass Designations

To help distinguish one brass alloy from another, brass manufacturers assign their products designations that indicate their composition and specific features. These designations begin with the letter “C,” which stands for copper, and are followed with five digits. These digits provide suppliers and other customers with a variety of important facts about the alloy at which they are looking. For example, designations beginning with the numbers one through seven indicate that the brass can be forged or machined. Designations beginning with eight or nine, on the other hand, let the customer know that that particular alloy may only be via casting. To find out more about brass designations and types, for questions about the best alloy for an application, or to place an order, consult with an experienced brass manufacturer today.

Brass Grades

Material Tensile Strength at Break (MPa) Tensile Strength, Yield (MPa) Modulus of Elasticity (ksi)
All Brass Alloys 159 - 896 69.0 - 683 14100 - 16700
(230 Brass), OSO70 270 69 16700
(230 Brass), H01  345 270 16700
UNS C24000, OSO70 290 83 16000
UNS C24000, H01 365 275 16000
(260 Brass), OS100  300 75 16000
Low-leaded brass, UNS C33500  317 - 510 97.0 - 414 15200
Medium-leaded brass, UNS C35000  310 - 655 90.0 - 483 15200
High-leaded brass, UNS C34200  338 - 586 117 - 427 15200
Free-Cutting Brass, UNS C36000  338 - 469 124 - 310 14100
Forging Brass, UNS C37700  350 - 460 100 - 350 15200
Architectural Bronze, UNS C38000  420 - 460 228 14100


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