CuVerro Copper vs. Other Metals

CuVerro Copper vs. Other Metals

Oct 15, 2018

CuVerro Copper strikes a great balance between manufacturability, reliability and looks. Whatever your needs, CuVerro’s durability, cost effectiveness, sustainability, aesthetics, and antimicrobial properties make it an ideal material for your fabrication, machining or manufacturing processes. Here’s how CuVerro Antimicrobial Copper compares to 8 other popular metals.

Table of Contents

  1. CuVerro Copper vs Stainless Steel
  2. CuVerro Copper vs Steel
  3. CuVerro Copper vs Aluminum
  4. CuVerro Copper vs Silver
  5. CuVerro Copper vs Zinc
  6. CuVerro Copper vs Titanium
  7. CuVerro Copper vs Iron
  8. CuVerro Copper vs Magnesium

CuVerro Copper vs Stainless Steel

Copper vs Stainless Steel

Manufacturers who switch from stainless steel to CuVerro have a strong competitive advantage. Whether it’s stamping, bending, drawing, or machining, CuVerro is a drop-in replacement for stainless steel that will extend your tool life with minimal tool adjustments. Both materials are durable, corrosion and tarnish resistant.

However, CuVerro Copper continuously kills bacteria even after repeated contamination. Whether it’s machine parts or the tools themselves, manufacturers who work with CuVerro can see savings on enhanced cleaning protocols and even more routine forms of cleaning maintenance. CuVerro is also made from 100% recycled copper and is 100% recyclable. Plus, the color (if selected) can create an opportunity to open conversation about how you are doing more to help prevent the spread of infection-causing bacteria.

CuVerro Copper vs Steel

Copper vs Steel

Though copper and steel are similar when it comes to machine index rating (100%) and measures of durability, CuVerro Copper has several features that set it apart. First, copper is far less susceptible to corrosion and tarnish than ordinary leaded steel. And while manufacturers who work with leaded steel cite its low cost as a strong selling point, that’s only half the story.

When considering production realities like scrap allowances, manufacturers who use CuVerro Copper have a significant financial advantage. Scrap CuVerro Copper retains over 70 percent of the value of its initial bar stock while recycled and reclaimed copper retains over 90 percent of its value. Any manufacturing process that generates close to 40% scrap – turnings or otherwise, makes up for the additional up front cost of manufacturing. The more scrap allowances, the more that value can be recouped.

CuVerro Copper vs Aluminum

Copper vs Aluminum

Like CuVerro Copper, aluminum is corrosion resistant, which helps explain its popularity in machine processes and die-casting. While manufacturers who choose aluminum get incremental upfront savings, they may ultimately hurt their bottom line by not using copper. Since aluminum is less dense, manufacturers often use more raw material than they would if they had chosen copper -this can cause productions costs to spike.

Copper is also less prone to cracking and breaking than aluminum. This added resilience and ductility means copper can be machined, die cast, and more easily molded to suit a fabricator’s needs – without the fear of breaking. Factor in CuVerro Copper’s antimicrobial properties and manufacturers save even more on enhanced cleaning protocols and other preventative maintenance.

CuVerro Copper vs Silver

Copper vs Silver

Silver has enjoyed an uptick in popularity thanks to its limited antimicrobial features. However, manufacturers considering a shift to antimicrobial materials should think twice before using silver nanofilms or coatings. Once installed, or in use, these materials rely on moisture in order to be effective. The silver has to be wet.

Additionally, silver coatings wear down. Consumers are slowly coming to terms with silver’s limitations. Many hospitals, including Kaiser Permanente, have banned manufacturers and outfitters from installing these materials due to their “ineffectiveness.”

CuVerro Copper is different. It’s non-toxic, naturally antimicrobial, and is the only EPA registered solid surface material proven to kill 99% of bacteria. CuVerro Copper destroys harmful bacteria regardless of humidity or other surface conditions. Best yet, the antimicrobial properties never wear down or rub off with routine cleaning. As for looks, CuVerro Copper comes in different shades and never tarnishes. If a manufacturer chooses a particular finish, the added color creates an opportunity to open conversation about how they’re doing more to help prevent the spread of infection-causing bacteria.

CuVerro Copper vs Zinc

Zinc and CuVerro Copper are both corrosion resistant metals that retain a significant amount of their value when recycled or sold as scrap. While zinc can be relatively cheaper than copper in upfront costs, copper offers better strength than zinc alloys - particularly for projects involving exposure to higher temperatures. CuVerro Copper’s malleability and ductility mean it can easily be stamped, bent, drawn, or machined. And unlike many zinc-based brasses, copper is more resistant to stress corrosion cracking when exposed to temperature or chemical stress.

Like silver, some zinc coatings have anti-corrosive and antimicrobial properties. However, these coatings are surface treatments that wear off over time. CuVerro Copper’s ability to kill bacteria never wears off. Our antimicrobial copper continuously kills 99.9% of all bacteria, including superbugs and norovirus, with routine cleaning.

CuVerro Copper vs Titanium

Copper vs Titanium

Titanium is renowned for being one of the world’s strongest, most corrosion resistant and impressive metals. It’s also prohibitively expensive for most manufacturers outside the aerospace and military sectors. While titanium is as strong as steel with only 40% of the density, the metal is inflexible and incredibly costly to process and recycle.

If a manufacturing or fabrication process doesn’t call for a space age, highly specialized metal, don’t use it. Newer isn’t always better. CuVerro Copper was the first metal used by man. Like titanium, it’s corrosion resistant and antimicrobial. But it’s more malleable and ductile than titanium. CuVerro Copper can be used as a drop-in replacement for stainless steel that can be stamped, bent, drawn, or machined. That’s impressive.

CuVerro Copper vs Iron

Copper vs Iron

In the short term, iron is a versatile, low cost choice for manufacturers. However, when it comes to corrosion resistance, durability and antimicrobial properties, CuVerro Copper offers manufacturers a competitive advantage that saves time and money. While high-density iron is a great choice for pipes, it’s prone to corrosion.

Likewise, manufacturers know that if they cast iron too thin the result will be a brittle end product. CuVerro Copper has tremendous versatility that allows it to be extruded, stamped, cast, bent or turned into durable, corrosion resistant piping that lasts and saves in the long term. And because of its antimicrobial properties, CuVerro saves wear on tools and castings.

CuVerro Copper vs Magnesium

Magnesium is the lightest of the commonly used alloys in die cast manufacturing. This often results in less wear on equipment, if a less durable end product. This is especially true when compared to parts cast with denser CuVerro Copper. While CuVerro Copper and magnesium have similar up front costs, magnesium has hidden production costs. Particularly for projects involving exposure to higher temperatures, CuVerro Copper offers better strength than magnesium alloys.

Similarly, magnesium must be treated with a corrosion resistant finish that eventually breaks down. CuVerro Copper’s corrosion resistance and antimicrobial properties never wear off. And while magnesium often has a plain, matte gray finish, CuVerro Copper comes in different shades and never tarnishes. If a manufacturer chooses a particular finish, the added color creates an opportunity to open conversation about how they’re doing more to help prevent the spread of infection-causing bacteria.