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A Guide to Industrial Strainers


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At Newark Wire Cloth, we go to great lengths to help our clients get their hands on the strainers they need for their industrial applications. While strainers crafted from wire mesh can always be customized in a range of sizes and styles, there are a handful of styles most often sought after.

Conical Strainers

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Conical strainers or conical line strainers are fabricated most often to slip into a line or flange. These strainers have a rolled mesh implement that encloses to a narrowed tip on one end. The strainer portion of the conical build can be crafted out of everything from finer perforated metal and wedge wire to various sizes of wire mesh. These strainers can be crafted out of most types of exotic and nickel alloys, as well as stainless steel, which is a common option for several applications.

Basket Strainers

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Each Basket strainer is custom-fabricated to meet the specific requirements of the application. The most common use for basket strainers is in the oil and gas industry where pipeline fluids have to be kept as clean as possible. These strainers consist of an interior metal mesh straining element and an exterior vessel and are designed to remove foreign particles and contaminants from fluids flowing through a system or line. With the smallest diameter mesh inside, these strainer systems are often used in sets of two for certain applications, which doubly delivers a clean outcome with the fluids. The internal strainer of the basket strainer system is removable so the strainer can easily be cleaned and repeatedly used. These strainers can also be configured in a duplex set-up.

Flat Plate Strainers

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Flat plate strainers are perhaps one of the simplest strainer forms, but can still yield effective straining results with the proper placement. Perfectly flat and consisting of a plane of metal mesh placed over a circular plate, these strainers can slip over a line easily and quickly as needed. For this purpose, you can find a lot of temporary flat plate strainers, but some are crafted for long-term use just the same. The surrounding plate can come with pre-drilled bolt holes for installation onto lines for long term use.

Y Strainers

Y strainers serve the valuable purpose of aiding in the removal of contaminants from gas, steam, or fluid-filled lines. The integration of a straining element that is structured of durable perforated mesh allows the Y strainers to aptly collect a large amount of particulate matter that would otherwise cause problems. Y strainers can be used in a lot of different types of machinery, but they are most often a protective implement for:

  • Pressure regulators
  • Steam traps
  • Pump pipelines
  • Control valves
  • Meters

Key Takeaways

  • Each type of strainer can have a host of applicatory uses
  • Strainers can be crafted with various sizes of wire mesh, perforated mesh, or wedge wire
  • The material used for fabrication can be adjusted to better suit the necessary application
  • Industrial strainers in basket, conical, and Y form can be customized for the intended purpose
  • Wire cloth retention and flow rates should be aptly examined before settling on a certain type os strainer

Fabricated Strainers and More from the Newark Wire Cloth Company

When you need reliable functions in your industrial processes, the best mesh strainers are ever-important. At the Newark Wire Cloth Company, we have the quality metal mesh materials, years of engineering experience, and attention to detail to cater to client needs. Whether you need a prefabricated strainer or something configured specifically for a new application, we welcome your requests. Reach out to us at the Newark Wire Cloth Company for more information.

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