Wire Mesh Product Terminology

Absolute filtration rating  The diameter of the largest hard spherical particle that will pass through a filter under specified test conditions. This is an indication of the largest opening in the filter cloth.
Air flow/air permeability Measure of the amount of air that flows through a filter–a variable of the degree of contamination, differential pressure, total porosity, and filter area. Expressed in either cubic feet/minute/square foot or liters/minute/square centimeter at a given pressure.
Aperture See Mesh Opening.
Betamesh® A type of Dutch weave wire cloth.
Binding (plugged) A filter element that has collected a sufficient quantity of insoluble contaminants such that it can no longer pass rated flow without excessive differential pressure.
Bolting Grade Used in sifting and sizing applications and general filtration applications. Higher percent of open area compared to market and mill grade. Usually woven in a square weave.
Bubble point test  A test to determine the maximum pore size opening of a filter.
Calendering A process by which fabric or wire is passed through a pair of heavy rollers to reduce thickness, to flatten the intersections of the threads/wires and to control air permeability. Rollers are heated when calendering synthetic materials.
Clear Openings:  Space between adjacent parallel wires.
(also Space) 
Crimp: Corrugations in wire to permit locking them in place when perpendicular to each other.
Differential pressure The difference in pressure between two points of a system, such as between two sides of an orifice
Downstream The side of a product stream that has already passed through a given filter system; portion located after the filtration unit.
Dutch Weave Warp and weft wire diameters are different in size and the weft wires are closer together to provide excellent strength and high density.
Effective area The total area of the porous medium exposed to flow in a filter element.
Efficiency The ability, expressed as a percent, of a filter to remove specified artificial contaminant at a given contaminant concentration under specified test conditions.
Filter life Measure of the duration of a filter’s useful service. This is based on the amount of standard contaminant required to cause differential pressure to increase to an unacceptable level-typically 2-4 times the initial differential pressure, a 50-80% drop in initial flow, or an unacceptable downstream measure of particulate.
Filter media A porous material for separating suspended particulate matter from fluid.
Filtration A process of separating particulate matter from a fluid by passing it through a permeable material.
Flow rate Measure of the amount of fluid passing through the filter. This is always a variable of filter area, porosity, contamination and differential pressure.
Market Grade: Most commonly used sizes of industrial wire cloth specifications selected for general purpose work.
Micronic Filter Cloth: Very durable and strong cloth. Also referred to as "Dutch Weave". Usually supplied in a twilled Durch or plain Dutch weave depending on the mesh count. Normally used in filtration applications such as pressure filters, fuel filters, and many more.
Mill Grade: Used mostly in sifting and sizing applications. Higher percent of open area compared to market grade. Usually woven in a square weave. 
Mean filtration rating  Derived from Bubble Point test method. Data should be used as a guide only to compare overall retention capabilities between fabrics and should not be considered a guarantee of the particle size that the fabric will retain.
Mesh: Number of openings in a linear inch measured from the center of one wire to a point 1" distant.
Mesh count The number of threads in a linear centimeter or inch of fabric/wire cloth.
Mesh opening Mesh opening is the difference between wires measured in the warp and weft direction in the projected plane of the wire mesh.
Open area The proportion of total screen area that is open space. Expressed as a percentage.
Pore size  Filters are rated according to the size of particles they can remove. Particles which are bigger than indicated pore size, are removed. Smaller particles pass through the fabric The size of particles is measured in micro-meters or "microns" one micron being equal to one-millionth of a meter or one-thousandth of a millimeter, the size of coal dust or baking flour. The smallest bacteria are about ½.
Pre-crimp Mesh The wire is crimped prior to weaving. Mostly limited to coarse mesh with larger wire diameters.
Selvage Edges A loom finished edge that prevents cloth unraveling.
Separation  This process divides or separates a mixture of particles or liquids into separate components.
Square weave See Plain Weave.
Space Cloth: This mesh has a clear opening size. 1" X 1" Space Cloth has a 1" clear opening. 1 X 1 mesh has lass than a 1" opening.
Strainer Grade: Wire cloth with a rectangular opening. Also referred to as an oblong mesh and off-count mesh. Used in filtration and straining applications. 
Twill weave Formed by passing the warp or weft fiber over two or more fibers in the opposite direction.
Warp Wires Wire running the length of the cloth as woven.
Weft or Shute Wires Fibers or wires running across the width of the cloth as woven.
Wire diameter See Thread diameter.

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