Expanded Metal Makes Strong Shelves And Carts
Friday, 11 March 2016 16:26
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Expanded Metal Shelving Offers Strength And Versatility

When you add fixed and mobile storage to your warehouse or stockroom, you want the shelving units and storage carts to be strong enough to support products and inventory, while allowing air and light circulation. Expanded metal is an excellent material for shelving and storage, and even utility carts.

Custom-Manufactured To Meet Your Needs

Known for its diamond pattern, expanded metal is made through a multi-stage manufacturing process that first flattens it, slits it, and stretches it to form. The appearance of the diamond opening varies according to the amount of stretching; what starts out as a rhombic or diamond shape can be stretched to assume a hexagonal or other custom shape. Depending on its application, the holes can be different sizes, while creating sheets of material with a high strength to weight ratio.

During the production process, the metal can be expanded up to 10 times its original size while losing 80% of its original weight per square foot and retaining its shape and rigidity. The metal can be easily fabricated into units of various sizes and shapes and welded or otherwise fastened to posts, supports, and frames to make versatile units that meet any need.

Used in many applications, the product can be made as thin as foil or up to an inch or more thick. The manufacturing process makes it stronger than perforated metal, so that shelves won’t buckle under weight, even if they are a relatively low gauge. The openings can be customized in different sizes to accommodate whatever will be stored on the shelves or carts.

Useful And Attractive Storage

When used as shelving, expanded metal is often made of stainless or carbon steel to give it the strength it need; but, it can also be made of many other metals including aluminum, bronze, nickel, brass, copper, and titanium.

Expanded metal is often powder coated to make it more attractive, or to color code different storage areas. While leaving it in its natural state or black spray coating are popular for many applications, powder coating improves durability and longevity.

Shelving Applications For Expanded Metal

Some common uses include many applications where drainage and aeration are valued. For example:

  • Greenhouses use expanded metal shelving to hold grow trays that are self-draining and self-ventilating.
  • Garden centers display flowers, vegetables, and other plants along with supplies on durable expanded metal shelving
  • Store shelving and display panels allow visibility from all sides. Holes in the product make it easy to attach signage.
  • Food carts made of expanded metal are self-cleaning.
  • Mobile shelves can be used for operations such as part washing.
  • Three sided mesh trucks allow easy transport around the shop.
  • Residential shelving made of expanded metal is appealing in converted housing with an industrial feel, and practical in garage storage.

Adame Expanded Metal Solutions

Expanded metal offers impressive possibilities for companies that make shelves and carts. Providers of equipment and engineering expertise in expanded metal applications, Adame EM Solutions is happy to consult with you about ways to apply our technology to your business. Contact us today for turnkey solutions, equipment, and design service. 

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Last Updated on Friday, 11 March 2016 17:41