Expanded metal mesh has a diverse range of properties, which makes it so versatile and appealing for many uses and applications throughout a variety of industries. Expanded Metal Mesh is traditionally seen as a metal material with diamond shaped holes. Expanded Metal is produced by an expanded metal machine, which uses a pressured slitting and stretching process to transform solid metal sheets and coils into expanded mesh. Most types of metal, including precious and specially produced metals, can be expanded.
Expanded Metal Mesh Production Process
1. Sheets or coils or metal are fed into the expanded metal machine. A little metal can create a lot of mesh, adding value and saving resources and money.
2. Each machine is fitted with a unique "Knife", dedicated to a particular pattern. New patterns and knives can be created in-house for specific applications.
3. The machines are then programmed or manually controlled to ensure the metal is expanded to the exact specification. Rigorous quality checks are carried out to ensure product consistency throughout the expanding process.
4. Using the unique shearing and stretching process means very little waste is created. the metal is sheared and then stretched in a single process creating the apertures and therefore expanding the metal. The mesh is then either cut into sheets or wound onto coils ready for shipping or further processing.