Betterbrass, the ’world’s fastest brass wire’ launched by www.erodex.com
Erodex UK, has helped users increase cutting speed by up to 10% in early trials since its launch in the summer. Betterbrass is a next-generation special alloy brass wire developed by Bedra (Berkenhoff) Germany.
Thanks to innovative alloy and casting technology, along with a specially developed annealing process, Bedra engineers created a brass wire electrode comprised of a completely new alloy that is plug-and-play on all machine types, the new product delivers performance never before seen in a traditional brass wire, with up to 10% faster cutting speeds reported.
Josh Bye, Erodex sales engineer, said: “Since its launch earlier in the summer, the new Betterbrass wire range has received a positive response from customer trials, meaning that we can now provide EDM sub-contractors with a cost-effective step up from standard brass wire”.
“As UK industry starts to recover from the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic, we were keen to be able to introduce a new, cost-effective wire to the market that also enables increased performance. Users will save money by using the wire, as any increase in wire speed ultimately means less wire usage.”
Erodex are the market leaders in the provision of EDM wire, wear parts and other EDM consumables and has cemented its position as the leading authority in the UK for all things EDM.
In addition to its vast experience within the EDM industry, this is also due to its strong working relationship with Bedra (Berkenhoff) Germany.
During August 2019, Erodex announced the launch of the world’s fastest EDM speed wire called Gapstar ONE. Building on the strengths of its Cobracut, Broncocut and Topas ranges, Bedra developed a new coating technology called Trimpac.
It quickly became the wire of choice for those looking for premium performance, but it is a different segment of the market that Erodex believes will continue to see the benefit from the Betterbrass range.
Mr Bye explained: “Being the fastest EDM speed wire available, our Gapstar ONE range is a very high-end wire, which we do recommend if people are looking for a significant step up in speeds.
“However, we also know that there is a segment of the market that does not demand premium performance, but still would like to achieve greater performance and reliability than they get from using a standard brass wire. It is these users which are now appreciating the benefit of the new Betterbrass range of wire.
“During customer trials since launch, Betterbrass has proved to perform up to 10% faster than standard brass wire. Being a stronger wire than standard brass also means improved reliability when automatic wire threading. Users have reported less breakages when applying increased power through the wire and better surface finishes too.”
Luke Hobbs, director of Halesowen-based HLP Engineering Solutions, has experienced first-hand the benefits of using both the Gapstar and Betterbrass ranges.
He said: “We have used both Gapstar and Betterbrass wires from Erodex. Simply put, Gapstar is the best wire we have ever used from a performance and speed perspective on our Sodick machines. We found it ideal for cutting punches and other long-running jobs and we will have no hesitation in using Gapstar for this type of work in the future.
“We found that Betterbrass is excellent on threading and for the small increase in the cost of the wire, offers decent speed improvement of around 10-12% over standard brass wire using the same settings. When the job dictates, we will certainly use this wire again.”