Woven wire mesh is a wire gauze fabric made of metallic or synthetic material which is manufactured by a weaving process. Wire mesh products are strong, stable, flexible and these products do enjoy a certain permeability for liquids, air and other fine products. Woven wire mesh needs to be highly durable and from excellent quality to ensure you the best possible experience within the manufacturing process or product. It is also a very versatile product as wire mesh can be used within a wide range of industries.
Wire mesh products and industries
Metallic woven wire mesh and synthetic wire cloth is been used widely within various types of industries, mostly for processing purposes where foods or non-foods need to be dried, filtered or transported. On the other side, woven wire mesh can also be used for fences and decoration of buildings. A small selection of industries where wire mesh is been used is shown below:
- Food industry
- Food and pharmaceutical industry
- Paper industry
- Chemical and Petro chemical industry
- Waste water industry
- Hygiene and sanitary industry
- Architectural industry
- Internal transport and conveyor belting industry
Woven wire mesh types
There are various types of wire mesh weave patterns possible to manufacture. Maybe there are too many variations to mention, however the most common weaves are for example Plain, Dutch and Twill weave.
The plain weave is very stable and the most common type of used weave for wire meshes. The warp and weft wire follow the same path, which means that each wire crosses each time one wire above and one wire below and so on.
The twill weave is a little bit more flexible type of wire mesh which looks comparable to the plain weave from above. However, this weave is different as the weft wire goes below two wires and after that it goes above two wires and so on. This is also the case when it comes to the warp wire.
Dutch weaves are mostly very tight woven wire mesh types, the wires of these kind of weaves lie as near as possible against each other. This type of weave is very suitable for sieving small particles out of liquid products, as it is very strong and tight woven.
Five heddle weaves (or other type of heddle weaves) have a very smooth top surface and an open lower surface with a great air permeability but yet so strong and stable, this is ideal for filter (belt) purposes.
Furthermore, weaves can also have a specific texture like a fish bone. This texture can be applied in order to stabilize the wire mesh even further when a high air permeability is needed. It is also possible to manufacture woven wire mesh of various materials within one single weave, like combining polyester and steel or by applying an antistatic wire to prevent the risk of an explosion within the production of powder for instance.
In other words, for each type of demand can be a different kind of woven wire mesh designed and manufactured. This really depends on the type of industry and the purpose of the end product.
Wire mesh materials
A wide range of materials can be used for weaving to produce various types of monofilament woven wire meshes. This really depends on the demands of the customer, industry and the final purpose of the woven wire mesh. Common materials within woven fabrics are stainless steel, phosphor bronze, polyester and polypropylene. However, also brass, copper, aluminum, polyamide and other types of steel can be used to produce the desired wire mesh.
Most of the supplied woven wire meshes needs to fulfill the specific needs of the customer, since non customer is the same neither the process or end product. Examples of specific demands are sizes, materials, shape, seam for making endless wire mesh, finishing of the edges and thermosetting woven wire cloth like polyester.
Wire mesh belt seam
Woven wire cloth belts for conveyor, drying or sieving purposes need to be seamed in many cases. This means that the two sides of the belt need to be joined in order to make the wire cloth belt endless. This can be done in various ways for instance by weaving the belt endless in a seamless way, by applying a single eye or double eye seam, by a stainless steel clipper seam or a spiral connection. Also a welded seam on steel wire mesh is possible, however this is not a manner to make a belt specifically endless but to connect two ends when necessary. The examples of these seams are showed below:
Thermosetting and edges
Thermosetting polyester wire cloth is for most cases recommended. Certainly when the customer is going to use the polyester wire mesh belt in severe circumstances. Thermosetting the polyester wire cloth will prevent stretch during the time that it is in operation, like situations with high temperatures and force on the polyester woven wire cloth. Also finished edges on a wire mesh belt is recommended when using it for conveyor purposes, this can be done by melting the edge by high frequency or adding a edge of polyurethane.
Drenth Holland BV is specialized in everything that has to do with woven wire metal mesh, synthetic monofilament filter cloth and wire cloth. Drenth Holland BV can manufacture and weave almost any type of wire cloth. Common specifications are for example 4 to 100 mesh, with wire diameters of 0.10 mm up to 2.00 mm and a up till 6 meters wide with lengths up till 100 meters. Do not hesitate to contact us by means of the contact form on this website.