Brass is one of the more flexible materials to work with thanks to its relatively low melting points compared to other materials. It is often associated with musical instruments (commonly called “brass instruments”) such as trumpets and horns, but it is also an important material used to make electric parts. That’s because along with being highly malleable, brass is also a very conductive material, and it doesn’t wear out as fast as other metals. Brass plates also work as effective heat conductors. Due to its hardy, flexible, yet pleasing look, contractors and construction workers often use brass to build pipes, tubes, radiators, and firearm casings. Some contractors prefer to order brass plates or sheets for the aesthetics. The metal has a distinct shine to it that no other substance can match, but what many don’t know is that same color can be changed when changing the main elements that make up the brass: copper and zinc. More often than not, copper is a larger component of brass than zinc. 

Use for Brass
The distribution ranges between 55% to 95% copper within any brass sheet or plate. A higher percentage of copper leads to brass that is more electrically conductive. On the other hand, zinc is what makes up the hardness and strength of the material. However, it’s for this same reason that the material is typically more difficult to make. Other small elements like lead and arsenic are sometimes added to brass sheets and plates for extra qualities, like improving machine performance or corrosion inhibition. If you are looking for the best in material distribution in the United States, the Avion Alloys team is recognized as a global leader in brass conversion and distribution. Our various locations in towns like Santa Fe Springs, New Mexico, Copiague, New York, and headquarters in West Palm Beach, Florida mean we are placed in a way that orders are delivered in a punctual fashion. Contact us as well if you are interested in an international shipment. Our boxing meets international requirements with truck fleets that can deliver to airports in Miami, Los Angeles, and New York with no added fees. If you need a quote or want to learn more about how we are a top vendor of brass, call us at (800)408-2329, or send us an e-mail using our form online.