Types of Soft Metals

types of soft metal

There are various types of soft metals that are used in the industrial sphere. This variety means that not all metals are the same. In fact, soft metals can be more time-consuming than using steel. Yet, many soft metals find use in most items. So, what are these metals? 


Copper is a soft metal that is found in practical use everywhere. Since 1963, copper has been widely used in plumbing systems and domestic water supplies. As a result, almost 80% of all homes have copper plumbing. This is because soft copper metal is extremely flexible. As a result, it can be bent around objects making it ideal for tubing. Furthermore, copper has resistant to water corrosion compared to other metals. In addition, copper tubing endures longer than plastic piping.


As a soft metal, brass has found popular use for fittings and pipes. In fact, industrial brass can be found in large plumbing systems and more. Just like copper, brass has found popularity because of the benefits it has over other materials. Brass pipes and nipples have high corrosion resistance. In addition to water resistance, brass can handle other materials like acids, minerals, and saltwater. Furthermore, its soft material composition makes air-tight seals that are easy to install.  


Bronze is a soft metal that has found use in commercial, residential, and light industrial use. Brass material can be found in ball valves, a spherical disk that controls the flow throughout the pipes. Bronze ball valves are typically used with HVAC systems, hot and cold water, low-pressure steam, and natural gas. In addition, these ball valves are easy to use and reliable. 


Zinc is one of the four most widely consumed metals in the world, losing out to iron, aluminum, and copper. This soft metal has strong corrosion resistance and the ability to bond with other metals. In fact, 1/2 of all the zinc is used in the galvanizing process. Galvanizing pipes is essential to prevent rust on iron and steel pipes. During galvanization, a zinc coating is applied to protect more corrosive pipes from the rusting process. As a result, you have a significantly stronger and durable pipe, nipples, and more. 

Soft Metals at Detroit Nipple Works

As you can see, there are many types of soft metals that serve specific functions. These metals are used to increase the quality of the pipes, nipples, and other products through their anticorrosive properties and other functionalities. At Detroit Nipple Works, we use a variety of soft metals to create the best products for the industries we serve. Need one of our soft metal products? Contact us today!

Industrial Bronze Ball Valves

Industrial bronze ball valves allow for shut-off and/or purposes of control. They have a round closure element that contains a matching pair of rounded seats. Also, these seats allow necessary sealing to take place. The industrial bronze ball valve pressure rating and materials used determines what kind of seat is required. Not all industrial bronze ball valve seats are the same. Some are of the single molded variety while others have higher- pressure ratings, which often include a design known as a “trunnion.” This design means that each ball valve face is sealed separately, not together.

Industrial Bronze Ball Valves Features

Industrial bronze ball valves have many good points and are often considered superior to many other kinds of valves. These industrial bronze ball valve can be found in a number of different styles. Some of these include one-piece, two-piece, three-piece and lastly, what is referred to as flanged body construction.

Finally, at Detroit Nipple Works we have the industrial bronze ball valve you need, use our easy quote form or give us a call at 1.888.698.7888 to learn more about industrial bronze ball valves or place your order today.