Applications of Wire Solder

  • Author: Canada Metal
  • Date: August 17, 2017

Wire solder is a fusible metal alloy with a melting point that is low enough to be melted with a soldering iron or soldering gun while still having the attributes to meet specific applications. Solder is used to bond metal workpieces together and its applications are extensive.

Solder is commonly used in, electronics, heating, air conditioning, mechanical, fire sprinkler and other similar systems as well as radiator manufacturing, repair and sheet metal work. It is also used in jewelry and stained glass work. Solder must be strong enough to hold metal pieces together but must also be resistant to oxidization and other types of corrosion that can occur over time. Furthermore, solder must have a low melting point that allows it to be melted with a soldering gun or torch while also being sufficiently malleable for maximum effectiveness. For this reason, the most widely used wire solder offering the above attributes is lead and tin alloy.

Solder specifically, in the use of assembly and repair of plumbing applications is commonly void of the lead metal, as North American regulations call for lead-free solders. Canada Metal supplies Lead Free solder that meets the following Standards and Regulations; ASTM B32-04 B 813-00, B-819, B 828-02.  Our Lead Free Silver Solder meets NSF Standards, which establishes minimum requirements for the control of potential adverse health effects from products which contact drinking water.  Professional plumbers demand Canada Metal lead-free solder.

The choice of solder is important depending on its use. For example, solder that is used in electrical applications, such as for electrical components, must also have features that meet electrical requirements. Choosing the right solder will generally depend on the material being soldered together, the size and weight of the soldered parts, the flux (which is meant to facilitate the flow of solder and bonding in solder joints), and any health and safety issues that might pertain to the soldering.

Solders that are used for electronics generally fall into three categories: lead-alloy solder, lead-free solder, and silver-alloy solder. Lead-alloy solder is a tin-lead alloy, though it might also consist of other metals. Tin is combined with lead for this type of solder because it produces an alloy with a lower melting temperature, and electronic components tend to be very sensitive to heat.

Canada Metal (Canada Metal North America) is a wire solder supplier and manufacturer that provides solder to meet most requirements. Among the company’s many products and services, Canada Metal offers a wide range of pure tin, silver, copper and antimony based solder,  lead-based and tin-based solder products, as well as and other alloy compositions. Custom alloys are also available upon request.

Canada Metal has a history of over 100 years supplying industries that include construction, mining, oil and gas, hospital/medical, commercial marine, aerospace, and defense. Canada Metal has industry-leading qualifications and capabilities that include product and service excellence and reliability, while meeting all the rigors of industry demands and client product specifications. Canada Metal welcomes all inquiries.

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