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ECO Solutions

The E-Shield proudly portrays our strong portfolio of lead-free brass alloys and represents the quality and proven reliability of: ECO BRASS®, ECO BRONZE®, and ECO FORGE

Our ECO solutions of lead-free brass alloy consists of alloys with proven industry performance that are highly machinable, dezincification & stress corrosion cracking resistance. Our ECO alloy solution alloys are also a great choice for customers that demand sustainable solutions for their raw materials. Wieland Chase ECO materials are certified by Green Circle Certified for its proven recycled content.

The E-shield proudly represents the highest performing quality lead-free machinable brass materials and is made-in-USA. If your requirement for lead-free brass is intended for use in potable water, corrosion resistance, strength or performance applications or sustainable solutions, look for the E-Shield.

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ECO Alloy Products at the Highest Standards

At Weiland Chase, our American-made ECO alloy products are manufactured to standards that are even tighter than ASTM standards, so you’re guaranteed delivery of the highest quality brass. You can trust that our ECO solutions answer the call for lead-free brass alloys that are best for potable water compliance and high-strength part applications.

ECO BRASS®

High performance Lead-Free* Silicon Brass Rod, Dezincification and stress corrosion cracking resistant.

ECO BRONZE®

Tough, Potable water castings, Dezincification resistant Wear-Resistant, Lead-Free* Bearing and Bushing Solution

Make the switch to American-made ECO alloy products from Wieland Chase for safety, compliance, and sustainability.

ECO FORGE®

Highly forgeable Lead-Free* alloy that is dezincification and stress corrosion cracking resistant. Learn More

The Advantages of Lead-Free ECO Alloys

ECO solutions alloys provide the performance characteristics you need to achieve exceptional corrosion resistance, and to meet potable water compliance required to ensure safe water distribution.

  • Machinable, forgeable, and castable
  • Mechanical strength equal to stainless steel
  • Wear and corrosion resistance equivalent to commercial bronze
  • No lead, no arsenic, and no bismuth added
  • Doesn’t become brittle at high temperatures
  • Corrosion resistant to chemicals found in water and gas
  • Compliant with NSF/ANSI 14
  • Compliant with NSF/ANSI/CAN 61, Section 9 lead leachate standard
  • Compliant with S.3874 Reduction of Lead in Drinking Water Act*
  • Excellent dezincification resistance**
  • EPA registered CuVerro Antimicrobial Alloy***

* Complies with 0.25% weighted average lead content on wetted surfaces in accordance with Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) / Federal Public Law No. 111-380.

** Dezincification: Testing of ECO BRONZE was performed by an independent laboratory to the ISO-6509 testing protocol, and shows ZERO dezincification.

*** Laboratory testing shows that, when cleaned regularly, CuVerro ® surfaces kill greater than 99.9% of the following bacteria within 2 hours of exposure: Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus, Staphylococcus aureus, Enterobacter aerogenes, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, and E. coli O157:H7. The use of CuVerro ® antimicrobial copper products is a supplement to and not a substitute for standard infection control practices; users must continue to follow all current infection control practices, including those practices related to cleaning and disinfection of environmental surfaces. This surface has been shown to reduce microbial contamination, but it does not necessarily prevent cross-contamination. It should not be interpreted that CuVerro ® is making claims to solely prevent hospital-associated infections nor should it be implied that CuVerro ® products make such claims. CuVerro® is a registered trademark of Wieland Rolled Products North America and is used with permission. (C-0004-1303).

Keeping You in Compliance

Our ECO alloy products meet all standards and compliance for NSF/ANSI/CAN 61, Section 9 lead leachate standard requirements, which are mandatory for certification in 2024. That’s why our brass options of lead-free ECO BRASS®, lead-free ECO BRONZE® and Low Lead Brass, have been successfully used in the production of parts for a wide range of compliance and high-strength parts and components when the highest purity, made-in-USA brass products are needed.

As stricter requirements are mandated worldwide on materials that come into contact with drinking water, the appropriate selection of alloys for drinking water installations is extremely important. Copper alloys, like ECO BRASS and ECO BRONZE, have proven themselves, technically and hygienically, in potable and drinking water installations around the world and will continue to be the basis for clean drinking water in the future.

Lead-Free Alloys to Ensure Safe Drinking Water

ECO BRASS and ECO BRONZE are ideal for applications that call for lead-free brass plumbing products for drinking water system components, such as PEX fittings, brass fittings, bronze fittings, stop valves, faucets, and other plumbing parts. Wieland Chase ECO Solutions products are dezincification resistant and stress corrosion cracking (SCC) resistant.

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Specifying Lead-free Brass and Bronze Alloys

Wieland Chase is your source for ECO solutions when you need to specify and stock lead-free alloys that meet the latest requirements to ensure that your brass products meet all current standards such as the Reduction in Lead Drinking Water Act and Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA). Wieland Chase is committed to manufacturing alloys that meet or exceed public health and safety standards as established by federal regulation and the NSF.

Buyers and specifying engineers should be sure to indicate any compliance needs in your specs, for example, requiring that any product designed and manufactured for dispensing potable water meet NSF 61 and NSF 372 test standards via third-party testing and certification. Contact us to discuss your lead-free alloy needs.

As your source for the supply and distribution of lead-free, silicon brass rod and bar stock, we carry an extensive supply of ECO alloy products and can fill bulk orders for ECO BRASS and ECO BRONZE products. Wieland Chase ECO alloy brass profiles are available in hexagon, round, and other shaped brass rods and brass bars.

Regulations for Lead-Free Materials

The Safe Drinking Water Act governs the quality of drinking water, with the focus being on specific elements used in drinking water systems. Regulations for the lead content in components used in drinking water systems are governed by the Reduction of Lead in Drinking Water Act, which came into effect in all U.S. states as of January 2014.

The weighted average lead content in pipes, fittings, fixtures and other components used to convey or dispense drinking water must not exceed 0.25 %. In practice, this means the lead content of components used to convey or dispense drinking water is limited to a maximum of 0.25 %.

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Julie Wonderly is our Eco Solutions expert and can answer your questions, provide pricing quotes, and offer insights and expertise.

 

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Chemistry Composition
Alloy: C69300
Cu Si P Pb Fe Sn Ni Mn Zn
73.0-77.0% 2.7-3.4% 0.04-0.15% 0.09% max 0.10% max 0.20% max 0.10% max 0.10% max Remainder
Alloy: C69850
Cu Si P Pb Fe Sn Ni Mn Zn
67.5-69% 1.53-2% 0.04-0.15% 0.09% max 0.10% max 0.20% max 0.10% max 0.10% max Remainder
Alloy: C87850
Cu Si P Pb Fe Sn Ni Mn Sb Zn
75.0-78.0% 2.7-3.4% 0.05-0.20% 0.09% max 0.10% max 0.30% max 0.20% max 0.10% max 0.10% max Remainder
Alloy Comparison Chart Applications

 

Name Alloy Ingot Form Rod Form Applications Compliance USA Manufactured
ecobrass shield
ECO BRASS
Rod: C69300 and Ingot: C87850 EZ Melt Ingot
Engineered Parts
Rod: Round, Hex, Hex RC, Special Shapes PEX fittings, stop valves, ball valves, faucets, plumbing fittings and components NSF/ANSI/CAN 61 compliant
NSF/ANSI 14 compliant
S. 3874 Reduction of lead in drinking water act compliant
Yes
eco bronze shield
ECO BRONZE
Rod: C69300 and Ingot: C87850 EZ Melt Ingot
Engineered Parts
Round, Hex, Hex RC, Special Shapes Ideal for bearings and bushings, waterworks, valves, fittings and components NSF/ANSI/CAN 61 compliant
NSF/ANSI 14 compliant
S. 3874 Reduction of lead in drinking water act compliant
Yes

ECO BRASS CuVerro®
C69300 EZ Melt Ingot
Engineered Parts
Round, Hex, Hex RC, Special Shapes Antimicrobial hardware, handles, touch surfaces NSF/ANSI/CAN 61 compliant
NSF/ANSI 14 compliant
S. 3874 Reduction of lead in drinking water act compliant
Yes
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ECO FORGE
C69850 Rod Round Forge Fromulated for excellent forging for lead-free products NSF/ANSI/CAN 61 compliant
NSF/ANSI 14 compliant
S. 3874 Reduction of lead in drinking water act compliant
Yes
Alloy Comparison Chart Specifications
Name Alloy Specifications Minimum Mechanical Properties
ecobrass shield
ECO BRASS
Rod: C69300 Application: Machine-Forging
ASTM: B371
Lengths: 10 to 16 feet
Bundle Weights: 1,000-4,000 lbs.
Diameter (inch)
>0.150″ = 0.500″
>0.500″ = 1.00″
>1.000″ = 2.000″
Tensile Strength (ksi)
85
75
70
Yield Strength (ksi)
45
35
30
Elongation (%)
5
10
10
Ingot: C87850 Application: Ingot
ASTM: B30
Lengths: 12 inches
Ingot Weights: 17 lbs/Ingot, 1,000-4,000 lbs, 2,500 lbs/pallet
Casting Method
Sand
Permanent Mold
Continuous Cast
Tensile Strength (ksi)
59
64
65
Yield Strength (ksi)
22
32
25
Elongation (%)
16
16
8
ASTM
B584
B806
B505
eco bronze shield
ECO BRONZE
Rod: C69300 Application: Machine – Forging
ASTM: B371
Lengths: 10 to 16 feet
Bundle Weights: 1,000-4,000 lbs
Diameter (inch)
>0.150″ = 0.500″
>0.500″ = 1.00″
>1.000″ = 2.000″
Tensile Strength (ksi)
85
75
70
Yield Strength (ksi)
45
35
30
Elongation (%)
5
10
10
Ingot: C87850 Application: Ingot
ASTM: B30
Lengths: 12 inches
Ingot Weights: 17 lbs/Ingot, 1,000-4,000 lbs, 2,500 lbs/pallet
Casting Method
Sand
Permanent Mold
Continuous Cast
Tensile Strength (ksi)
59
64
65
Yield Strength (ksi)
22
32
25
Elongation (%)
16
16
8
ASTM
B584
B806
B505

ECO BRASS CuVerro®
C69300 Application: Machine – Forging
ASTM: B371
Lengths: 10 to 16 feet
Bundle Weights: 1,000-4,000 lbs
Diameter (inch)
>0.150″ = 0.500″
>0.500″ = 1.00″
>1.000″ = 2.000″
Tensile Strength (ksi)
85
75
70
Yield Strength (ksi)
45
35
30
Elongation (%)
5
10
10
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ECO FORGE
Rod: C69850 Application: Forging
ASTM: B371
Lengths: 10 to 16 feet
Bundle Weights: 1,000-4,000 lbs
Diameter (inch)
>0.150″ = 0.500″
>0.500″ = 1.00″
>1.000″ = 2.000″
Tensile Strength (ksi)
60
55
50
Yield Strength (ksi)
40
35
30
Elongation (%)
5
10
10
Lead Leachate Performance

CDA sponsored project for independent laboratory measurement of lead leachate

NSF/ANSI/CAN 61 leachate test for all ECO BRASS® and ECO BRONZE®  products:

  • F1807 Fittings tested for NSF/ANSI/CAN 61 Compliance resulted in lead leachate below the detection limit of 0.5 ppb.
  • The ECO BRASS® and ECO BRONZE® family has a Day 3 Q value of 0.25 ppb.

Table 1: Lead (Pb) Composition Determined by ICPMS Following Digestion (mg/kg)

C36000 C69850 C69300
Sample 1 26,300 354 658
Sample 2 26,900 371 645
Sample 3 26,500 355 682
Average 26,566.67 360.00 661.67
Average (%) 2.66% 0.036% 0.066%

Table 2: Acceptance Criteria for Lead

Current Q Value Proposed Q Value Proposed 3 Day Level (ug)
Assembled Product 5 1 3
Component 3 0.5 1

Table 3: Lead Q-statistic Values and Average Day 3 Lead Doses by Alloy Type

Alloy C36000 C37700 C69850 C69300
Q Statistic 2.8 0.94 0.085 0.20
Avg Day 3 Lead Dose (ug) 7.5 4.1 0.25 0.48

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