Woven Wire Mesh

Woven wire mesh is made in a similar fashion to woven fabrics, as it is woven on looms. Wires are woven together to create wire mesh in different patterns, such as plain weave and twilled weave. The most common materials used to create woven wire mesh include carbon steel, galvanized steel, aluminum mesh and stainless steel. Stainless wire mesh is especially useful because it is extremely chemical resistant, works with hot or cold liquids and is easily cleaned. Meanwhile, aluminum mesh is lightweight, strong, has a high electrical conductivity and a low melting point. It also significantly resists atmospheric corrosion. Other materials such as copper and nickel alloys are suitable to be woven into wire mesh.

Heavier woven wires must be pre-crimped. The material remains stable and rigid after the crimping process. Our pre-crimped woven wire mesh is available in intercrimp, lock crimp, plain weave and flat top woven styles, and it is ideal for architectural applications.

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woven wire productsFeatures of Woven Wire Mesh:
• Solid construction
• Extremely versatile
• Easy to install
• Low resistance to wind loads
• Easily cut to fit

Common Applications for Woven Wire Mesh:
• Fencing
• Baskets
• Grills
• Grates
• Display shelves and stands
• Racks
• Liquid filtration
• Air filtration
• Wall reinforcement


Conventional Double Crimp Woven Wire
Most common type of woven wire. It is used where the opening is relatively small in comparison to the wire diameter.

Lock Crimp Woven Wire
This woven wire type is used only in coarse specifications to maintain the accuracy of weave throughout screen life, where the opening is large with respect to wire diameter.

Inter Crimp Woven Wire
Used in coarse weaves of lighter gauge woven wire to provide greater stability, tightness of weave and maximum rigidity. Very common in wire mesh openings larger than 1/2" (12.7mm).

Flat Top Woven Wire
Usually starts at 5/8" (15.875 mm) opening and larger. Provides long abrasive resistant life, since there are no projections on top to wear. Flat top woven wire offers the least resistance to flow and is very popular in certain architectural and structural applications where a smooth surface on one side is desirable.


Plain Square Woven Wire
The most common weave, with the same diameter warp and shute wires woven in a simple over and under pattern. It produces screens with the same mesh count in both directions.

Twill Square Woven Wire
Each shute wire typically passes over two warp wires and under two, producing square openings. Twill weave can be made from larger-diameter wires than would be possible in plain square weave to obtain greater strength, density or corrosion resistance.

Plain Dutch Woven Wire
Woven in a plain, over and under pattern. A thinner, smaller diameter shute wire is used; these are driven very close together creating a very tight weave. Dutch weaves do not have a straight-through, clear opening as do most plain weave styles. Instead the weave style creates a tortuous path through which very fine filtration and particle retention can be achieved. Dutch weaves may be specified by "mesh count" or "absolute filter rating."

Dutch Twill Weave
Similar to Plain Dutch except woven in the Twill style. Each wire passes over two wires then under two wires, still utilizing a smaller-diameter shute wire, allowing an even tighter weave and even finer filtration than Plain Dutch weave.

Reverse Dutch Weave
The same weave as Plain Dutch except the warp and shute wires are reversed; I.e., the warp wires have a smaller diameter than the shute wires. The larger shute wires are woven closer together than would usually be seen in a Plain Dutch weave.

Rectangular or "Off-Count" Weave
A Plain weave wire cloth, woven in an over and under pattern with a different number of wires in the warp and shute direction, which yields a rectangular opening wire cloth. Rectangular openings are often used in sifting and sizing operations to increase product "through" capacity with minor sacrifices in accuracy. To reduce material costs, off-count mesh may be substituted for square mesh in some applications that do not require a high level of accuracy. Some wire cloth vendors will substitute off-count wire cloth when certifications are not specified by the manufacturer, e.g. A 90 x 100 mesh may be substituted for 100 x 100.

Stranded Weave
Usually woven in the Plain Square style, each warp and shute "wire" is composed of a "bunch" or "group" of small-diameter wires, which are woven into a finished product.

4 Mesh .047" SS Woven Wire Cloth
6 Mesh .035" SS Woven Wire Cloth

6 Mesh .063" SS Woven Wire Cloth
8 Mesh .028" SS Woven Wire Cloth

8 Mesh .035" SS Woven Wire Cloth
10 Mesh .025" SS Woven Wire Cloth

10 Mesh .035" SS Woven Wire Cloth
12 Mesh .028" SS Woven Wire Cloth

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