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Wire Cloth Terminology

Information Required On Ordering

When ordering, requesting samples or making inquiries, please furnish specifications as complete as possible and the intended use to help insure full satisfaction.

Type: Square Mesh, Hardware Cloth, Bolting Cloth, Filter Cloth
  • Square Mesh
Mesh: Number of opening per inch, or measurment from center of wire to center of wire
  • 14 mesh
Weave: Standard or Dutch, plain or twisted
  • Standard
Wire Diameter: In decimals, first warp then shute if different sizes
  • .020
Metal: Include alloy
  • Stainless Stell, type 303 SS
Special Treatment: Such as special crimps, calendering or selvage
  • Selvaged 2 sides
Quantity / Dimension: Length and width
  • 100 ft., 36″ wide
Intended Use: Include operating temperatures, corrosive agents or other


Calendered Wire Cloth: Wire cloth that has passed through a pair of heavy rolls to reduce the thickness of the fabric, or to flatten the intersections to provide a smooth surface.

Sintered Mesh: Layers of wire mesh bonded together for specialized filtration or separation applications

Clear Openings (Also Space): Space between adjacent parallel wires.

Count (Also Mesh): Number of openings in a linear inch.

Crimp: Corrugations in wires to permit locking them in place when perpendicular to each other.

Double Crimp: Wires pre-crimped prior to weaving; warp and shute wires lay in each crimp.

Double Intermediate Crimp: Usually the warp wires lay in every crimp in the shute wires, and the shute wires lay in every other crimp in the warp wires.

Fill Wires (Also Shute Wires): Wires running across the width of the cloth as woven.

Gauge: Wire size. To avoid possible errors, specify wire diameter in decimal sizes rather than gauge numbers.

Slotted Opening: Weave where shute wires are arranged to provide rectangular openings.

Market Grades:
Most commonly used sizes of industrial wire cloth specifications selected for general purpose work.

Number of openings in a linear inch measured from one wire to a point 1 inch distant.

Opening (Space):
Clear opening between adjacent parallel wires; not affected by diameter of the wire.

Plain Weave:
Each warp wire and each shute wire pass over one and under the next adjacent wire.

Plain Dutch Weave:
Warp wires are generally larger than the shute wires. Shute wires are closely spaced to provide a dense weave with wedge shaped openings.

Rectangular Openings:
Long dimension of an opening can be specified as parallel or perpendicular to the length.

Finished edges running the length of the roll to prevent unravelling.

Shute Wires:
Wires running across the width of the cloth as woven.

Square Mesh:
Wire cloth with mesh count the same in both directions.

Twilled Weave:
Each warp wire and each shute wire pass successively over two and under the next adjacent pair of wires.

Twilled Dutch Weave:
Combination of Plain dutch and Twilled weaves.

Warp Wires:
Wires running the length of the cloth as woven.

Welded Wire Cloth:
Warp and shute wires lay flat (no crimp); welded at intersections. Precrimping assures maximum rigidity with close tolerance mesh opening in accordance.

Fabricated Parts

Ideally, we prefer a sample for a quotation and production guide. If not available, please furnish a drawing or print including intended use. NOTE: Basket dimensions are taken as inside dimensions unless specified otherwise.

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