Copper is a basic chemical element known for its high thermal and electoral conductivity. Commonly used for a variety of products including electrical wire, pipes, cookware and more, pure copper has a vibrant reddish-orange color.
Manufacturing thin copper sheets begins with melting the product in a crucible. The molten copper is then poured into a rectangular mold to create an ingot. The ingot is then submerged in chemicals for cleaning, a process called pickling. Once the copper ingot has been pickled, it can be rolled. The copper is fed through a press roller again and again while the rolling drums move closer and closer until the desired gauge, or thickness, is reached.
Choosing the right copper alloy for your application is an important step for choosing your thin copper sheets. There are a variety of copper alloys available, and selecting one means considering a variety details such as application, density, tensile strength, workability, corrosion resistance and more. Luckily, the experts at All Foils have been helping partners determine the ideal metal alloys for their unique applications for decades.
All Foils maintains an inventory of 110 and 102 copper alloy, plus copper sheet and Hot Tin Dipped copper. Also known as Electrolytic Tough Pitch, or ETP, copper, alloy 110 is employed for most applications when carrying an electric current is desired. Copper alloy 102, or Oxygen Free copper has been refined to reduce the oxygen level to .001% or less and maintains a minimum 100% IACS conductivity.
For help selecting the ideal copper alloy for your application, contact All Foils.
Sometimes it can be difficult to know what type of copper foil sheet you need for your product. A big part of choosing the right copper sheeting is understanding thicknesses, or gauge, of the material. Here’s a guide to help you choose the right gauge.
All Foils is happy to help you select the right gauge of copper sheeting for your application. Contact us today to learn more.
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