The wire mesh or weave mesh filters typically consist of woven wires of different gauges and composition. A lot of industries make use of these filters for filtering, absorbing and even for evaporation. Industries typically create wire mesh products in commonly used sizes, shapes as well as configurations but companies are also able to manufacture the filters according to the specific requests of customers. The wire filters should be deemed resistant to acid, corrosion and even to heat as they are used in separating air or liquids from microscopic particles or contaminants.
The manufacturers typically create wire mesh filters with the use of various gauges or diameters of wire. Industries measure gauge with the standard wire gauge number in millimeters or in inches. The higher the gauge number the finer will be the wire. Wire mesh which is gauged at 32 approximately measures .01 inches in diameter. The thickness or diameter may extend to up to 1 inch or 25.4 millimeters. The mesh in wire weave mesh filters typically describes the number or the size of the holes in between the weaves. Manufacturers usually express wire mesh sizes in millimeters, inches and even microns. Mesh which has large openings, which range in size from .25 inches to 1 inch is numbered in order to indicate the size of the openings. The finer wire mesh is numbered from 3.5 to 400 indicating the number of holes per inch as an addition to the size of the openings in millimeters, inches or microns. The size of the mesh required for the particular job will depend upon the size of the particle which should be trapped inside the filter.
There are machines that weave mesh and even knit the wire into various configurations including plain weave in which the single wires simply weave over and under each other and with a twill pattern which makes use of two wires at a time, vertically and horizontally weaving each wire under and over the other one and thereby forming a much sturdier product. Wire weaving can possibly have different patterns unlike basket waving which creates different levels of strength and sizes of wire mesh.
The different types of wire mesh include brass, aluminum and copper as well as stainless steel and galvanized. Depending on the type of machinery which is filtered, companies are able to design the product in two or three dimensional configurations. The manufacturers often create flat disc wire filters which are cut into any two dimensional shape that is required. Filters can also be created through forming the mesh around a metal frame in a conical, cylindrical or even other three dimensional design.
Air conditioning units will also contain wire mesh filters in order to separate oil or polled from the incoming air and furnaces or other heating units which also can use wire mesh filters for elimination of dust. Water filtration plants make use of these filters in order to clean water supplies. Likewise winemaking and brewing, petroleum processing and chemical manufacturing also have uses for filters which are made from wire mesh.