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Considerations for Picking Proper Steel Screen Mesh

When shopping for stainless steel wire mesh, the numerous amounts of options can get overwhelming. There are so many variables to consider and it can be an extremely onerous process to pick the proper mesh for a specific application. This article is aimed to help ease the burden by giving some overviews on different mesh types, and what applications they are purposed for.

Types Of Wire Cloth:

There are two different forms of wire cloth, Woven or Welded.

  • Woven- Woven Wire Cloth is the most common form of screen mesh and is typically used for filtration, sorting, and screening. 
  • Welded Wire Cloth- has a smoother façade than its woven counter part and generally has a larger wire diameter. This type of mesh is designed by welding intersecting wires at their confluences, which creates a mesh that is strong, ridged, and uniform.

Types of Weaves

Wire cloths can be made out of a numerous amount of materials and can be woven or welded into different patterns.

  • The Dutch Weave- The Dutch weave is constructed with coarse, mesh wire. It has a very high strength and miniscule openings, which makes is excellent for filtration purposes. The shape of the openings also helps to retain different particles and increases the formation of filter cake.
  • The Twilled Weave- The Twill weaved screen mesh is created when the fill wire is wrapped--in an alternating pattern--over and under the two warp wires.  This mesh has diagonal lines that appear to be running parallel.  The twilled weave is best for supporting heavy loads and fine filtration.
  • The Plain Weave- The plain weave is used for basic wire cloth weaving and has a wide range of applications. The wire running- parallel to the length of the cloth follows an alternating pattern over the fill wires at a 90-degree angle

After you have selected which wire cloth is most beneficial, the next course of action is to measure the wire cloth.  Stainless steel wire mesh is measured by counting the number of openings per linear inch, measuring from the wire center.  It can be classified into three different categories, wire diameter, fine mesh, or coarse mesh.

Stainless steel wire mesh has a plethora of applications and is a necessary component for many pieces of equipment. Some examples are: stints, electromagnetic shielding, roofs and gutters, gas burners, filters, and so much more.  If you are interested in purchasing stainless steel mesh, contact a professional in the field.