4 Best Practices for Machining ECO BRASS and ECO BRONZE

Chase Brass is proud to offer technical support for our customers who are interested in machining ECO BRASS C69300 and ECO BRONZE C87850.  These alloys are lead-free but machinable and corrosion resistant alloys which are an excellent solution for many applications. While exact parameters are part and machine specific, consider these practices before you proceed with machining ECO BRASS and ECO BRONZE: Increase Feed Rate - To produce small chips, the best feed rates are greater than 0.006 ipr, and preferably a minimum of 0.010 ipr for optimal productivity. Decrease Speed - Failure to consider surface feet per minute...

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Recycling Brass

Recycling Brass Brass can be recycled indefinitely, therefore, it is very valuable to the scrap industry. Chase Brass’ scrap metal recycling program is vital to producing globally competitive brass products and we welcome our customer’s partnership in understanding the importance of scrap metal recycling.   Less Expensive Brass, although abundant, is expensive to mine. It can be, however, recycled with no impact to the molecular structure, it is much more economical to use scrap metal than to mine. As a fabricator and manufacturer, we pride ourselves in keeping costs down so we can pass the savings onto our customers, while providing the highest quality...

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3 Key Activities to Source High Quality Brass Material

As one of the world’s leading brass companies, Chase holds its brass manufacturing tolerances to the tightest standard in the industry when it comes to high quality brass. We use state-of-the-art chemical analysis equipment and detailed testing procedures to insure we’re accepting only the highest quality raw materials to produce globally competitive products. General Requirements Over 90% of the brass we melt is pre- and post-consumer material.  Scrap is accepted in various recycled forms such as bar ends, brass chips and solids.  Every load of copper and copper alloy scrap we receive is inspected regardless of the supplier’s past performance. All scrap must be free...

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ECO BRASS – Field Tested and Field Proven

The results are in! A scientific study commissioned by the California Metals Coalition has proven ECO BRASS® to be a superior choice for drinking water applications compared to other tested brass alloys. [1]The three key ECO BRASS characteristics – performance, sustainability, and cost/value – make the critical difference when it comes to brass selection for potable water components.   Performance - ECO BRASS proved to resist dezincification, stress corrosion crackling, underground corrosion simulation, and pitting resistance testing as well as or better than the other leaded and lead-free* alloys in the study. No alloys exhibited dezincification in the ISO6509...

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6 Considerations for Selecting the Correct Brass for a Given Application

To the unknowing eye, brass is brass. But we in the industry know there are many variables in brass alloys which are used in wide ranging applications. In order to effectively select the correct brass for a given application, critical attributes of the final product have to be considered, including: End Use Application – Does the application require leaded, low lead or lead-free* brass. Is the product for a mechanical, ornamental, electrical, potable water conveyance, medical or others? Chemical Properties – There are many variations of brass alloys because some applications may require additional elements added which can make the...

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Chase Brass is leading the way in the supply of forged brass components utilizing Brass in their Engineered Parts product line. Our economic and flexible forging capability allows for additional material savings by utilizing up to three cores per part. This manufacturing capability is backed by Chase quality rod and 100% USA made. These capabilities provide fabricators and finishers for higher efficiencies in final machining. A key objective is to supply brass shapes using a process that conforms to the parts specifications needed to minimize waste, reduce material investment and eliminate flash. Sourcing forged parts allows for significant reductions in manufacturing...

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Brass Re-engineered With the introduction of the Safe Drinking Water Act in 2011 the water distribution systems of our country have gone through significant transformation. This has been the change that finds us providing our new ECO BRASS®/ECO BRONZE® lead-free product lines. Complying with the critical need to remove all drinking water from lead exposure. As explained by Larry Muller, our Director of Metallurgy and Technical Services, “ECO BRASS/ECO BRONZE is Not Your Father’s Silicon Brass.” To paraphrase that classic Oldsmobile advertisement from a couple of decades ago, ECO BRASS®/ECO BRONZE® is not your father’s silicon brass. It’s an engineered silicon...

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Inspired by a new focus on using brass products and advancements in high speed machining and tooling, the Copper Development Association conducted third party machinability testing on both leaded and lead-free* brasses using single point turning and drilling operations. What was found was fantastic! Anyone processing brass has an opportunity to decrease cycle times by as much as 94%. Who would have guessed that despite the reputation of brass’ machinability, of its capability has been underutilized, thus inflating the cost per part and decreasing potential profitability. The CDA study was performed on 5 brass alloys machined at different speeds and feeds...

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Solution: American Made Engineered Products

WE WANT YOUR BRASS BACK HERE! We forge it, you machine it!  Engineered forged parts allow you to be more competitive, purchase less material, and generate less scrap. There is evidence of metal working as early as 3000BC. Although not quite as old, Chase Brass has been working with metals since 1837. Chase has always been providing the products needed by their customers, and has recently expanded to include forged parts. As with many industries, forged parts have been manufactured outside of the US in recent years. We are bringing that market back to the US! These new engineered parts start with quality...

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Come see us in Booth #701

Our products have been around since 1837. Although some products never change, innovation is always happening at Chase Brass. 2017 is no different, we have a new product line that we will be showcasing at the PMTS event April 25-27. Come see our display on: Engineered Forged Parts: We forge it, you machine it! USA built products, shorter lead times, higher production efficiencies, more competitive end product for your clients Wounded Warrior Project: Register with Chase Brass and we will give $5 to the Wounded Warrior Project. We will donate $250 for every order we receive on engineered parts in the next six...

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