While Aluminum A356 is Batesville Products’ primary metal, we do have some projects that require Zinc. Zinc is a heavier metal and is often used in household appliances, hand tools, telecommunication devices, and often decorative finishes. For those projects we use ZA5 or ZA12.
– No. 5 zinc alloy castings are marginally stronger and harder than No. 3. However, these improvements are tempered with a reduction in ductility which can affect formability during secondary bending, riveting, swaging or crimping operations. No. 5 contains an addition of 1% copper which accounts for these property changes. The alloy is widely die cast in Europe and does exhibit excellent cast-ability characteristics, as well as, improved creep performance over No. 3. Because of No. 3’s wide availability, material specifiers often strengthen components by design modifications instead of using No. 5. However, when an extra measure of tensile performance is needed, No. 5 alloy castings are recommended. The alloy is readily plated, finished and machined, comparable to No. 3 alloy.
– The most versatile zinc alloy in terms of combining high performance properties and ease of fabrication using either gravity or pressure die casting. ZA-12 is the best gravity casting alloy for sand, permanent mold and the new graphite mold casting process. It is also a good pressure die casting alloy (cold chamber) which provides a sounder structure than ZA-27, as well as higher die cast elongation and impact properties. For these reasons, die cast ZA-12 often competes with ZA-27 for strength application. An excellent bearing alloy, ZA-12 is also palatable, although plating adhesion is reduced compared to the ZAMAK alloys.