In today's printing industry there is a requirement for high quality brushes as bristle brushes are used to clean printing plates. They are an important component of many offset press sheet feeder, sheet steadier and press blanket wash systems. Static electricity is a major problem in the printing and engraving industry. During the printing process, the most important factor effecting the quality of the products is static electricity. Strong static electrical charges can even cause sparking or fire. Anti-static brushes are used where there is a need to reduce particle contamination from a static charge. Anti-static, Thunderon® brushes, and Corona Cord™ material are used to control and eliminate static electricity. Different types of rollers (commonly used for holding down materials, straightening the product or to help move along paper) and block brushes are used in high speed presses.
There are 6 categories of brushes that are used for the military industry. These include: acid/sash/parts cleaning brushes; applicator brushes; block rushes; duster brushes; spiral wound coil brushes; and strip brushes & holders.
In these 6 categories, one can choose from the following fill materials: Horse hair; brass/Horse hair; brass; stainless steel/Horse hair; brass/sponge; carbon steel; cotton; feathers; flagged polystyrene; flagged styrene; Goat hair; Hog bristle; nylon; conductive nylon; static dissipative nylon; PEEK; phosphor bronze; plyer; polypropylene; PTFE; stainless steel; Tampico; Thunderon® or Thunderon®/Goat hair. These fill materials can be set in an aluminum; brass; plastic; acetal; conductive plastic; stainless steel; zinc-pleated steel; tin; or wood handle.