Woven wire mesh has a seemingly infinite range of applications. In the domestic environment it is used in many applications for example; tea strainers, flour sieves, coffee filters, fireguards and fly screens.
It is incorporated into many domestic appliances, in filters for motor cars, and is used in the manufacturing processes for floor coverings, chipboard, hardboard and other building materials.
In the industrial environment it has countless applications. As a precision woven product the ability to maintain accuracy of aperture size offers enormous scope for the use of wire mesh as a filtration and screening medium for a variety of particle/fluid/gas separation cleaning and sizing applications.
Wire mesh has wide ranging characteristics, and dependant on the configuration of wire thickness in relation to aperture size, can vary in texture from being as fine, soft and flexible as silk to being as rigid and durable as steel plate. Many of the properties of wire mesh are not available using alternative metal media (such as expanded and perforated metals) or synthetic meshes.
Wire mesh offers many benefits including:
widest range of filtration, from over 6 inch aperture down to 1 micron nominal
high open area/flow rate
closely controlled, accurate apertures
smooth surface; screening surface has no sharp edges, burrs or acute angles
very high temperature tolerance (variable according to metal selected)
usable under high pressure
flexible - ideal for forming rigid concave/convex shapes
control of chemical/acid/corrosion resistance using different metals
special aperture requirements can be met without high tooling costs
suitable as support for less rigid media
stable under tension
weaving process uses no punching or piercing operations that create stress induced weaknesses
point contact only on screened product allows freer screening and reduced blinding
In addition to applications in filtration and separation equipment, woven wire mesh is widely used for: