Wieland Chase employs brass extrusion, a hot deformation process that involves pushing heated brass billets through a die to make a desired shape and size of a brass rod. Extrusion is a cost-effective and time-saving manufacturing method compared to other processes and can produce a variety of cross-sections for customers making sophisticated brass components.
The brass extrusion process
First, brass billets are heated and transferred to the extrusion press where they are extruded through a die to make it into the shape and size needed. Depending on the size of the rod requested by the brass rod customer, the rod will be extruded either straight or coiled. Once extrusion is complete, the brass rod is cooled in a controlled manner and sent through acid cleaning to remove oxidation from the extruded surface. That rod will then be cold drawn to meet the customer’s dimensional, mechanical property and machinability requirements.
Brass extrusion benefits
- Efficient – Extruding billets weighing anywhere from 790 pounds to 1800 pounds in a short cycle time results in a high pounds per hour throughout
- Flexible – The extrusion process can produce a wide variety of cross-sections
- Refined structure – extrusion refines the cast microstructure resulting in a product that’s more machinable and corrosion resistant than the original casting
When considering rod from the extrusion process, you need to trust a provider who has the experience, knowledge, and capacity to meet your production expectations. In 2000, Wieland Chase implemented Project 400, a large-scale project that added a second extrusion press, enhancing production flexibility to meet the increasing brass rod demand throughout the USA.
Brass extrusion shapes
Brass Rod is extruded in many shapes (also called profiles) in an effort to reduce the waste when machining a new part. These shapes include, round, hex / hex RC, round hollow, rectangle, square and D stock. These shapes have other names like keyholes, lunch boxes and dodecagons.
When selecting the shape of brass rod for a given project there are a few considerations to review. The final shape of the part is the most important factor. The brass rod that is used to generate this shape should be as close to the final configuration as possible to reduce waste.
The shapes can be use for all kinds of final products. Often part of the plumbing industry, but can be found in many other applications as well. Brass rod profiles are used to make valve components, fasteners, gears, engineering parts, connectors, handles and other final products.
All types of brass can be formed into these different shapes or profiles.
Tracing its roots to 1837, Wieland Chase has been the leader in efficient brass rod mills in North America. Using extrusion in our manufacturing process, we are able to provide an American-made product of the highest quality. We are proud to be a supplier of brass rod, brass forgings and machined brass forgings.
Wieland Chase is a leading brass manufacturer in North America. As of July 2019, Wieland Chase became part of the strong global Wieland Group with a continued commitment to safety, quality and customer service. More about the Wieland Group
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