The most common mistakes manufacturers make when purchasing wire mesh for an industrial or manufacturing project typically involve failing to consider all the most important considerations for a wire mesh order.
If wire mesh is a material that is essential to your industrial or manufacturing project, then you need to avoid mistakes that could cost you and set your back in your production.
The following are four mistakes you need to avoid when ordering industrial wire mesh screens.
Choosing wire mesh constructed from the wrong material
Wire mesh can be made from basically any type of metal. It can also be constructed from both pure metals and alloys. Considering wire mesh material is essential in finding the ideal wire mesh product for your application.
Some metal types that are commonly made into wire mesh are bronze, copper, steel, and aluminum. The best material for your application depends on factors like the needed corrosion resistance, strength, thermal resistance, and dimensions for the task at hand.
Being unaware of grid pattern options
Wire mesh comes in many different grid patterns. One common grid pattern is the hexagonal grid pattern. However, this is not the only grid pattern available.
A hexagonal grid pattern tends to allow for maximum strength in wire mesh. However, if aesthetics are a prominent concern, there are other grid patterns that might be better for particular applications.
Making inaccurate calculations about the quantity needed
As with any material, wire mesh is generally less expensive when bought in bulk. To manage the costs of your wire mesh material purchases, you should try to buy as much wire mesh at a time as you will eventually be able to use at your facility.
Buying bulk quantities doesn't only help with material costs, but also with shipping costs as well. Do your research and carefully calculate material demands to keep your facility adequately supplied with wire mesh at the best possible price point to maximize your bottom line.
Failing to consider crimp options
Crimp options are another important consideration when it comes to sourcing wire mesh for industrial or manufacturing applications. Crimp options are available specifically for woven wire mesh. The most common crimp options are plain, lock, intermediate, and hybrid crimp.
Crimp affects the form and strength of wire mesh screens. Make sure you're familiar with all the crimp options and analyze these options in the context of your application to find out which is best for your needs.