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New Expaflat Expanded Metal Machine
Monday, 06 February 2017 20:58
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$87,500.00 USD

24" wide Expaflat machine (expander press / flattener) one Frame.

Servo feed

0.250 LWD knives included (upper/lower)

7" HMI , PLC

7-1/2 HP Motor 220/440 main

5 HP gear motor, 60:1 Ratio

Counter balanced

Max thickness 0.040

Max LWD 0.600"

Slide is activated by a gear/cam system.

Main Control Cabinet fan cooled.

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Last Updated on Monday, 06 February 2017 22:17
Expanded Metal Protects Aerial Workers
Thursday, 06 October 2016 21:00
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Expanded Metal Provides Above Ground To Protect Workers And Property

Working high above ground is dangerous, yet many workers spend their time on the job walking on roofs, installing and changing billboards, washing windows, installing and operating equipment, and doing many other important tasks that contribute to the health and safety of others. To keep safe, these laborers rely on sturdy expanded metal platforms, gates, guardrails, scaffolding, and safety barriers, along with cable systems and other personal fall protection equipment.

Expanded Metal Offers Strong, Rigid, Attractive Protection

Made from a variety of materials including carbon steel, stainless steel, and aluminum, expanded metal protective equipment ensures safety and strength. Made from sheets or rolls of metal that are mechanically stretched and slit, the sheets of patterned metal are strong since no material is subtracted during production. The strands and bonds formed as the metal is stretched are what adds strength and rigidity. Depending on its intended usage, the sheets can range from lightweight, to medium, or heavy duty weight, while offering a high strength-to-weight ratio. The finished product is not subject to unraveling when cut or after years of usage.

Although the exact pattern of expanded metal varies according to the type of material, the gauge, and the size of the diamond, the holes in the metal offer excellent drainage, while also allowing the free flow of heat, air, and light. The sheets can be treated to make the surface anti-slip, which means that someone working or walking on an aerial platform can more easily retain their footing.

Despite the useful mechanical properties of expanded metal, the finished product is also attractive. Especially when a platform, walkway, stairway, ramp, or other structure remains in place, aesthetics may be as important as function. Expanded metal protective equipment can be designed to blend in with a building and can be powder coated to blend in, or add a touch of color.

Using Expanded Metal To Protect Workers

Sturdy, ventilated, slip-resistant grids are useful in many applications where people work above ground. Some typical uses around buildings include:

  • Covering exposed roof lights that might pose a danger to individuals working on the roof. By placing the mesh grid over lights and adding protective horizontal bars, the danger that someone will fall into a light or other cut out on the roof is minimized.
  • Adding walkways, staircases, and guardrails on roofs. When technicians must work on equipment located on the roof or above a ceiling, providing them with secure footing keeps them safe and prevents damage to the roof.
  • Scaffolding for painters, window washers, and communications installers. Protective ramps allow outdoor workers to do their job.
  • Restricting access to equipment and machinery with safety gates and guards. Useful on the ground or on the roof, self-closing gates keep out on authorized personnel, while alerting authorized individuals to exert extra care.
  • Providing access platforms in front of billboards or near equipment. Platforms protected with guardrails allow workers to install, maintain, and remove billboards, as well as work on equipment.

Adame Expanded Metal Solutions

Expanded metal can provide a safe surface for aerial workers. If you are looking for solutions to keep your workforce safe, Adame EM Solutions, providers of equipment and engineering expertise in expanded metal applications, 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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Expanded Metal Offers Solutions For Architects
Monday, 13 June 2016 16:11
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Expanded metal is widely regarded as an excellent product for architectural uses, based on its appearance, functionality, and intrinsic properties. Architects constantly seek versatile materials with characteristics that offer aesthetic appeal as well as versatility and design freedom.

Types Of Expanded Metal Output

EMMA, the Expanded Metal Manufacturers Association, has a motto that sums up the value of this product for architects: "Stretching Your Dollars, Increasing Your Options." Available in a variety of metals, the product is stretched to create meshes and thicker metal sheets that can be used within a building structure or outside to add attractive looking function.

The process flattens a metallic plate that is put through a multistate expanded metal machine to flatten it, cover the entire sheet with tiny slits, and then stretch it to create a basic diamond pattern. The basic shape can be altered by further stretching and flattening. The types of output include:

  • Architectural meshes - Often used for building façades, ceilings, sunshades, and more, architectural meshes may be created with unique openings.
  • Fine-mesh - Often thin and with tiny openings, fine-mesh is often used for filters, guards, fire screens, and in heavier gauges, or security doors.
  • Decorative mesh - Created with smaller diamond sizes or uniquely shaped openings, it may be incorporated into designs for many functional products, such as baluster panels that complement railings in auditoriums and stairways.
  • Grating - Made from a heavier plate, of material such as aluminum or low carbon steel, this type of expanded metal is made with larger diamonds, and is often used in walkways and platforms.

Why Architects Love Expanded Metal

Expanded metal offers these specific characteristics that architects love:

  • The openings in the product permit light and air to flow through. Based on the size, exact shape, and how the opening is angled or oriented, the architect can control how much light or air flows into a space. This makes the product useful for covering lighting or creating a sort of metallic pergola over an outdoor area.
  • Customization option are limitless. Expanded metal is a custom product, rather than a stock one, which means that an architect can specify the size and type of slits, stretches, placement, degree of angles, indentations, and other characteristics to alter the appearance of the finished product in a way that enhances design.
  • The product is strong and formable, without fear of rambling. In contrast to woven products that can come apart at the edges, expanded metal sheets are continuous, and even stronger than the original raw material. They can be bent 90 degrees and maintain a one fourth inch inside radius in either direction without breaking or fracturing.
  • Due to its manufacturing process, the process is cost-effective, with no metal waste. Depending on how much the initial sheet is, it can provide a 3 to 1 yield for most designs, with as much as a 6 to 1 yield on thin output.
  • Its green properties make it suitable to architects and builders who aim for LEED Certification. Not only does the material produce little scrap, it can also contain high amounts of recycled material content. Since it can easily be made by regional producers, transportation costs are low. Once placed on a building, it can reduce cooling costs when it is used as a sunshade, while letting in the optimum amount of natural light. Most manufacturers of expanded metal can supply a Certificate of Compliance in shipping the product that specifies the number of LEED credits an architect can accrue with purchase.

Develop Your In-house Production Capabilities

If you work with architects, your company might benefit by having expanded metal machinery on site. For information about acquiring or retrofitting equipment, contact Adame EM Solutions today for turnkey solutions, equipment, and design service.
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Expanded Metal Used In Patio Furniture
Thursday, 02 June 2016 20:42
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Now that the weather is getting warmer, consumers start thinking about updating their outdoor furniture along with their barbecue grill. Both of these product groups represent good potential for expanded metal.

Expanded metal is strong enough for chairs, picnic tables, chaise lounges, settees, and other pieces of furniture typically used on porches and patios. Expanded metal grates that sit atop grills are strong and functional. Regardless of the base metal, the product can be coated with thermoplastic for a decorative look that also makes it impervious to weather.

Making Expanded Metal Furniture

Expanded metal used for furniture, like all expanded metal products, is made by the same process of feeding metal through a multistage expanded metal machine that first flattens it, then cuts slits all over its surface, and then stretches it to create a lattice or diamond pattern. The metal that results is designated according to the measurement of the short way of the diamond (SWD) as well as by gauge, which usually indicates the weight per hundred square feet.

The mesh that is used for furniture often has an SWD of ½” to ¾” and is considered intermediate mesh. Aside from furniture, mesh with this SWD is also used for vents, chimney caps, lockers, grills, and much more.

More Characteristics Of Expanded Metal

Aside from the SWD, expanded metal is distinguished by its gauge, the weight per hundred square feet, and the width and thickness of the metal strands. When the product is used for the grate on barbecue grills, in contrast to other outdoor uses, all of these variables might be greater so that the piece of expanded metal is thicker and heavier, with bigger SWD dimensions.

Especially for furniture and even outdoor cooking equipment, expanded metal is frequently flattened so that it is smooth to the touch, more comfortable to sit on, and less likely to snag clothes or trap food. The flattening is done by running the metal through a cold roll reducing mill parallel to the long way of the diamond (LWD). As this sheet is flattened, the bonds and strand of the metal are turned down so that the surface is smooth and flat, while the LWD becomes even longer.

Advantages Of Expanded Metal Outdoor Furniture

The advantages of expanded metal are used to great effect in furnishings.

  • The process is “green,” in the sense that there is no scrap in the manufacture. Material is reconfigured in the stretching process, rather than removed as with perforated metal.
  • Metal furniture has a sleek, industrial look about it when used in its natural state, while coated furniture is both trendy and resistant to rust.
  • Since the product won’t unravel, expanded metal furniture is durable, strong, and rigid enough to endure outdoor conditions.
  • There are no size limitations on the finished product.
  • The diamonds allow for easy flow of air, liquid, or light, which makes the furniture stay cool and clear.

Adame EM Solution Can Help You Acquire Manufacturing Capacity

If your business is manufacturing outdoor furniture, you should consider making expanded metal in-house. Adame EM Solutions offers both the equipment and engineering and consulting services and can adapt machinery to your needs. Contact us today to see how having the right equipment can make you competitive in the outdoor furniture marketplace.

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Last Updated on Thursday, 02 June 2016 21:06
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
Twist Strand Expanded Metal Video
Friday, 20 November 2015 22:54
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Twist Strand Machine in Work

Click the image above or the video below to watch the twist strand expanded metal machine at work.

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 25 May 2016 15:33
Expanded Metal Offers Solutions For Security Fencing
Tuesday, 21 July 2015 20:57
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Expanded Metal Security Fencing

Many industrial companies fence their property to keep intruders out, protect occupants, and increase security. Whether your property poses a risk to visitors or contains high-volume items, an expanded metal fence can do the job. Available in various gauges, metals, and diamond openings to suit your security needs, this type of metal fencing offers strength and durability, and is more attractive than traditional chain link fencing.




Industries For Expanded Metal Security Fencing

With its advanced ability for security, expanded metal fencing is a popular alternative for many industries:

  • Airports
  • Border security
  • Correctional facilities
  • Manufacturers
  • Rail lines
  • Retail display areas (i.e. garden shops)
  • Roads and highways
  • Utilities

Security Fencing For Electric Power Providers

One industry that relies on expanded metal fencing is the electric power industry, which has made a large investment in substations to disseminate electricity. Their grounds often house high-voltage equipment that can be deadly to people and animals who access the property, and can cause damage and disrupt service. Small animals such as snakes, squirrels, rats, and raccoons can dig or slither under, break through, or climb over fences, and once on the property can cause outages when they are caught and electrocuted on the equipment.

Human invaders can penetrate the area and sabotage or disrupt operations, as well as steal property.

However, expanded metal fencing is much more difficult to penetrate. When property owners also have video security and motion detectors in place, they have ample time to detect intruders before break-ins can occur.

While equipment on your property may not have the deadly potential found at substations, you're still concerned about theft and security. Expanded metal mesh fence panels can be retrofitted over your existed chain-link fences, or installed new. Many commercial companies have developed proprietary security fencing systems based on the capacities of expanded metal.

The Expanded Metal Process Makes It Ideal For Security Applications

The way that expanded metal is made gives it properties hard to replicate by other processes. As sheets or plates of metal are fed through a machine, they are slit and stretched to form a diamond pattern. The process rearranges the metal instead of removing it, which leaves the resulting material structurally sound and incapable of unraveling. This means that expanded metal sheets are stronger than perforated metal and less susceptible to vandalism or destruction like simple mesh or chain link.

Since the desired characteristics of the finished expanded metal piece are engineered in beforehand, as an end-user you can choose the appropriate metal, thickness, gauge, shape and spacing of the diamond pattern. Providers of expanded metal services can work with customers to customize the materials for their applications.

Contact Adame Expanded Metal Solutions Today

If you are in the market for expanded metal machinery to serve your security fencing clients, Adame EM Solutions can consult with you and provide you with both equipment and engineering expertise to help you satisfy your customers' needs. Contact us today at800-605-6990 for turnkey solutions, equipment, and design services.

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 21 July 2015 21:01
Using Expanded Metal For Gratings
Monday, 13 April 2015 20:07
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expanded metal being producedIn many industries, walking across a wet or slippery workroom floor or climbing the stairs can be a dangerous endeavor. Expanded metal offers a lightweight solution that allows drainage and permits heat, light, and air to pass through to facilitate drying. By simultaneously slitting and expanding metal through a cold drawn operation that forms diamond shaped openings of uniform size and thickness, the resulting material is made to order for many applications.

Grating Applications For Expanded Metal Grates

While light-weight variations of regular and flattened expanded metal are used for machine guards, shelving, enclosures and ramps, expanded metal made for floors, platforms, catwalks, fire escapes, and stair treads is made to be stronger.

In part, the strength results from the pattern of the diamond design which positions the long way of the diamond across the open span, while the slip-resistance is enhanced by shearing and coating the metal. It is processed to have a weight of 3.0# to 7.0# per sq. ft. in order to support the weight. Relatively inexpensive to purchase, the product is easy to fabricate onsite.

Grating Beyond Expanded Metal

Material that will handle traffic or heavy equipment may require more support than even expanded metal offers. For applications such as highways, loading docks, inlet covers, and plant floors that must support heavy machinery, grating must meet load specifications for uniform and concentrated weight limits.

For very heavy applications, grates are built with the additional redundant support of metal bars to make them sturdier. The bars may be welded to the grate or forced through metal bard and locked in place. At that point, the process is no longer expanded metal.

Standards That Govern Grating Use

The specifications for grating are set by external bodies. For example:

  • American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) has design specifications for any material that will bear the weight of automobiles, trucks, or forklifts.
  • The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), along with local building codes, regulates what can be used for floors, floor grates, and floor openings in buildings and for grates on sidewalks, roadway grates, and other openings in public or private streets.
  • Other bodies, such as The Construction Specifications Institute, and NSF International for the food processing industry offer specifications for their industries.
  • ASTM, a recognized testing body, develops technical standards for materials, products, systems, and services, including grating made by expanded metal and other processes. Although complying with their standards are technically voluntary, ASTM specs are written into federal state, and municipal codes and are recognized throughout the world.

Adame Expanded Metal Solutions

For light and moderate load situations, expanded metal is a trustworthy process. As a provider of equipment and engineering expertise in expanded metal applications, Adame EM Solutions is happy to consult with you about the specifications you need for grating. Contact us today for turnkey solutions, equipment, and design service.

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Last Updated on Monday, 13 April 2015 20:09
Expanded Metal Lath Makes Buildings Strong
Monday, 13 April 2015 19:59
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expanded metal uses in contructionStrong exterior walls in commercial building are important to the long-term stability of the structure, and expanded metal lath plays a major role in this stability. As many construction specialists will tell you, improperly selecting and installing expanded metal lath before applying stucco can shorten the life of any structure. This is why following the codes that govern construction as they relate to expanded metal lath is so important.

The Building Codes

For any project, the respected authorities for materials and installation specification are the International Building Code (IBC), along with the International Residential Code (IRC). The standards used by these bodies for code compliance start with ASTM C847, Standard Specification for Metal Lath; and ASTM C1063, Standard Specification for Installation of Lathing and Furring to Receive Interior and Exterior Portland Cement-Based Plaster

Expanded Metal Producers Must Follow Strict Manufacturing Guidelines

These codes require that expanded metal producers ensure that:

  • The cutters they use to slit the metal must be sharp enough to guarantee clean cuts, so that the diamonds will property expand when the material is rolled.
  • Lath strips that are self-furring and require no plywood strips underneath them must have a dimple or V-curve of 1/4" (6.4 mm) to meet ASTM C1063.
  • Alternatively, the base can be welded wire that may also be self-furred or woven wire like chicken wire, but this method is most often used for single story mass produced home.
  • The expanded metal lath must be of the proper length, width, thickness, and weight to meet the code requirements after being manufactured under strictly controlled conditions and galvanized to meet additional codes.

Expanded Metal Lath Installers Must Install It Properly

Those who install the expanded metal lath must do it right, too:

  • Installers must select corner pieces and other accessories that will withstand climatic conditions where installed.
  • When furring is used, the installer must install water-resistant barriers to prevent the furring strips from delaminating or swelling to the detriment of the stucco.
  • In fastening the lath to the building structure, the installer must follow code ASTM C1063 regarding the proper ways to safely attach paper-backed or metal lath to the building structure.
  • The installer must also properly install expansion and control joints to allow for stucco, shrinking, drying, and thermal expansion as well as flashing or sealants to prevent leaks.

Adame Expanded Metal Solutions For Construction

To obtain machinery that will produce expanded metal lath that meets building codes, looked to Adame EM Solutions. We are happy to consult with you about the specifications you need in the building industry. Contact us today for turnkey solutions, equipment, and design service.

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Last Updated on Monday, 13 April 2015 20:05
Expanded Metal uses For Farm Implements & Machinery
Monday, 08 September 2014 21:44
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The farm implements market is projected to be a $122.9 billion industry by 2017, due to increasing demand for agricultural products. The market is dominated by tractors, plowing and cultivating equipment, and many machines and implements possess features made of expanded metal. This strong, versatile product made from many ferrous and non-ferrous metals is widely used in machinery bodies, grills, screens, strainers, and more.

Why Expanded Metal is Important In Farm Machinery

What makes expanded metal a particularly good choice for farm equipment is that it is built as a strong screen-like sheet with holes that can release heat, liquid, or depending on the size of the opening, particles. Sheets of plate or metal are slit multiple times and stretched to form a diamond pattern that can be modified in later operations. Since the process rearranges the metal rather than removing it, the resulting sheet is structurally sound at all parts of the diamond. The material will not unravel as woven products might and does not waste material like many perforated metal operations do.

Useful In Corn Management

The characteristics of expanded metal come into play with many vital pieces of equipment used on an average farm. In processing corn, for example, housings, structural components, grills, and safety guards made of this product aid performance and enhance safety:

  • Corn cribs, which hold harvested corn, are structures built above the ground with slats in the walls that allow airflow and aids drying. Whether a corn crib is a sole structure or part of a large barn that contains several bins, expanded metal sides let in air and permits vision, while keeping rodents out.
  • Corn cribs also have a floor section made of expanded metal to permit natural air or ambient air drying to get the product to what is considered a safe storage moisture level that will keep it safe from spoilage, yet remain fresh. When the corn is shelled (removed from the ear), the drying process is aided with fans located below a perforated expanded metal floor that facilitate airflow and heat circulation. Some of the most effective bins are built with larger diameter floors and shorter sidewalls to consume less power.
  • Expanded metal is also useful for grills and safety guards on corn choppers. Also called forage harvesters, this machine cuts corn, grass, or other plants into silage, which is compacted in a silo and fermented to become livestock feed. Either an attachment for a tractor or a self-propelled machine, the device directly cuts the crop with reciprocal knives, disc mowers, or large saw-like blades and blows it out a chute to a truck or wagon driving nearby. This useful machine can be dangerous, which requires sturdy grills and safety guards to reduce potential injury.

Other Uses On The Farm

Expanded metal parts are important to planting and managing other grain and produce as well:

  • Seeding Machines have lightweight screens that control the quantity of seeds deposited in furrows.
  • Grain cleaners have strong screens that restrain the green while releasing the chaff.
  • Peanut picking machines have strong expanded metal beds to receive peanuts cut from the plant.
  • Cotton picking machines have lightweight expanded metal bodies to catch and retain the cotton, reduce moisture, and offer ventilation
  • Cotton wagons have expanded metal sides and ends that permit a greater payload with less turbulence during loading.

Expanded metal parts are also used where animals are kept:

  • Hog pens frequently feature expanded metal floors and sides to facilitate airflow and reduce odors, permit droppings to fall through, and make the floor easier to clean and skid resistant.
  • Automatic feeders for animals of all types have expanded metal grills for protection and airflow.

Adame Expanded Metal Solutions

Expanded metal is useful in many aspects of farm machinery. As a provider of equipment and engineering expertise in expanded metal applications, Adame EM Solutions is happy to consult with you about ways to specifically apply our technology to the farm products you need. Contact us today for turnkey solutions, equipment, and design service.

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 10 September 2014 01:20
Expanded Metal Makes Ideal Gutter Guards
Tuesday, 17 June 2014 17:54
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Directing rainwater away from your home is an important part of keeping it free of leaks, preventing erosion of your foundation, and keeping the paint on your home intact. The gutters installed on most homes collect water and divert it into a drain, but because the gutter is a trough, it is also a handy collection place for leaves and debris that blocks water flow.

Many homeowners try to keep their gutters working at top efficiency with gutter guards, and a whole industry has sprung up to install them. What is the best type of gutter guard to use? With many competitive products made of PVC, perforated metal, micro mesh, expanded metal, and foam, the best choice for gutter guards is expanded metal.

An Icy Dilemma

Although there are many very expensive systems on the market, expanded metal products are both the least expensive and most effective. Made with a process that leaves the metal very strong, expanded metal gutter guards perform well even when heavy ice and snow threatens your home.

As many people learned the hard way over the last few harsh winters, melting snow can refreeze at the bottom of the roof near your gutters. The gutters will fill-up with snow, if it can get past the gutter guards, while additional snow will accumulate on top of the guards. As temperatures move above freezing, the ideal gutter guard will facilitate the movement of melting snow and ice, so that the water moves toward the drain. Not all types of gutter guards did an effective job; plastic broke and perforated metal buckled under the weight.

How Gutter Guards Perform

While some gutter guards are more like a box that covers the gutter, most types screen debris through holes in the metal or plastic.

  • Plastic mesh, when new, can be effective in blocking debris and holds up to ice and snow, which easily melt away from the material. This type of screening is often sold to DIYers and is not as durable as other types of material.
  • Perforated metal, made by stamping holes in a metal sheet, also can weaken in time, as the manufacturing process removes metal, which affects the structural integrity. Perforated metal systems might not withstand the weight of ice and snow.
  • Micro mesh, considered an effective guard material, is metal that is woven into a mesh screen. It is very effective in blocking leaves, needles, and other debris. In the winter, it can easily accommodate melted ice and snow, especially if properly installed so the surface has good exposure to the sun. Over time, the tiny holes in the mesh can become blocked, so its effectiveness can diminish.
  • Expanded metal looks similar to mesh with larger holes. These holes are created by slitting a sheet of metal, stretching it out so that the pattern is typically diamond shaped, and flattening it. Although the holes can be any size, the configuration for gutters is sufficient to keep out leaves, branches, pine cones, toys, and other things that find their way into gutters. The holes are also large enough to make it easy to clean the gutters with a garden hose with a guard in place. It performs well in the winter, as its black coating and porous surface help ice and snow quickly melt from the surface. In tests performed by a leading gutter expert, expanded metal did better than many top name micro mesh alternatives.

Many types of gutter guard products do an adequate job in filtering leaves and debris and managing ice and snow, at least for a time. Expanded metal is shown itself to be a superior solution for the long term in both cases.

Adame Expanded Metal Solutions

The effectiveness of expanded metal in the gutter guard industry is impressive. As a provider 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 Tuesday, 17 June 2014 17:59
New Expanded Metal Machine
Friday, 06 June 2014 20:38
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NEW In Stock and Ready to Ship!

50 inches wide Expanded Metal Press

  • Servo Feed
  • HMI Controls / PLC Logic Control
  • Capable to run up to 16 gage including
  • Set of knives included to customers profile
  • LWD from 1/2" to 2 1/2"

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Last Updated on Friday, 06 June 2014 20:56
Expanded Metal Uses For Automotive Applications
Thursday, 13 March 2014 15:16
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expanded metal used in the automobile industryExpanded Metal Uses For Automotive Parts

The expanded metal process works with most metals and other ductile materials to produce a sheet of material that looks like mesh, but has much more strength than either weaving wire or stamping could produce. The strength of the finished piece, coupled with its good looks and filtering and ventilating properties, make it an excellent material for automotive applications.

Popular Automotive Applications For Expanded Metal

As a result, expanded metal, which can be made in various thicknesses, is often found in a wide range of automotive parts, including:


  •          Air bags
  •          Air conditioning grills
  •          Air filters
  •          Automotive speaker grills and covers
  •          Bearings
  •          Decorative applications
  •          Oil filters
  •          Light covers
  •          Seat belt tensioners

Why Expanded Metal Works For Automotive Applications

Expanded metal is popular for use in automotive filters as it is strong yet lightweight, a consideration as vehicle manufacturers attempt to reduce weight to achieve better fuel economy and aerodynamic properties. When used in filtration applications where fluids need to flow, expanded metal provides a consistent pattern of holes that allow clean liquid to pass through, while trapping sediment.

When used as light covers, the openings in the metal allow light to shine through while protecting the bulb from damage. By altering the size of the openings in the expanded metal cover, the designer can control the amount of light that passes through.

For air-conditioning and speaker grills, expanded metal allows varying degrees of air and sound to pass through. Because the metal can be coated to match any automotive interior, grills and housings unobtrusively cover both the speakers and air-conditioning mechanisms and add to interior design while doing their job.

Expanded Metal Offers Safety In Automotive Applications

Expanded metal products used in passenger areas also offer a degree of safety. Since expanded metal can be flattened from its original raise state as it emerges from the machine, products made from this material are smooth to the touch whether someone brushes against them or makes contact during the violent force of an accident.

The safety factor is important when airbags deploy. The explosive material that makes airbags effective leaves a residue that can inhibit passage of the gas and even damage the airbag. An expanded metal filter effectively traps the residue, yet can withstand the pressure during a crash. For air bags and many other automotive filtering applications, the finished product is made of expanded metal alone or in combination with knitted wire mesh, wound wire, and/or ceramic paper.

Creating Expanded Metal Properties

The process that creates expanded metal makes all its capabilities possible. Metal moves through a series of machine operations that flatten it, slits it, and stretch it to form a pattern. Though the normal pattern produced by the stretching is a diamond shape, it can be altered by the amount of stretching and flattening to create a hexagon or even a custom shape.

The resulting sheet of metal is stronger than what results from removing metal to stamp out the perforations or using other processes that create a mesh appearance. Since the product will not unravel, this means it won't disintegrate under pressure or corrode at a weak point. In addition to the functionality that results from expanding the metal, the finished product has a pleasing appearance when used in applications that are visible.

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What's The Difference Between Expanded Metal And Perforated Metal?
Wednesday, 16 October 2013 19:36
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When you need sheet metal that is perforated to allow ventilation, drainage, or a decorator look, what do you choose? The holes in the sheet of metals are either created with an expanded metal machine or stamped or punched into the metal, using an expanded metal perforating technique. While the look is similar, the similarity stops there. There are many differences. While perforation makes metal weak, creating openings through the expanded metal process actually makes it stronger.

Differences In Expanded Metal Production And Expanded Metal Perforating

In the expanded metal process, metal is fed through a multi-stage expanded metal machine which performs three steps. First, it is flattened to the desired gauge, then it is slit over its surface. Finally, the material is stretched to form a lattice pattern. Typically, the pattern is a diamond shape, but additional stretching can alter the pattern to form a hexagon or other shape. The material may then be flattened for additional variation.

To create perforated metal, flattened or expanded rolls of metal are fed through a stamping machine, which punches out the holes or other designs. The pattern of holes can be aligned in straight rows and columns or staggered to increase the amount of the openings. Usually, there is a margin on the side and ends of the sheet for additional stability. The removed metal from the expanded metal perforating process is recycled to create new sheets.

The Differences In The Processes

Both the sheets made from an expanded metal machine and those made from stamping and punching, or expanded metal perforating, are very useful in industry, which often use both types of fabrication. While products made by the expanded metal process have the strength advantage, perforated metal weighs less. The reason is simple. Perforated metal stamping takes material away from the finished product, while expanded metal processing reconfigures the original material to make it stronger. While punching or stamping weakens material, the expanded metal process enhances strength at every intersection of diamonds.

Uses For Expanded Metal Vs. Perforated Metal

Wherever there is a need for lightweight ventilated panels of any size, perforated metal fills the bill. The variety of hole patterns also makes it a popular decorative material. Stamped material makes great sunscreens, room dividers, building façades, sorters for processing plants and more. Perforated metal is also used in engineered parts.

The products of the expanded metal machine remains strong and rigid. As the metal is stretched, strength builds at the corners. The sheet retains its structural integrity because it has not undergone the stress of having shapes punched in it. The mesh-like pattern that results will not unravel like woven mesh does. As a result, expanded metal sheeting works well for steps, flooring in factories and on construction rigging, fences, security applications, and more.

New Markets For Perforated Metal

Perforated metal uses stainless steel, galvanized steel, or cold rolled steel while expanded metal also uses aluminum, tin, copper, and even plastic. Even though the perforated metal process reuses most of its waste when steels are used, the expanded metal process uses less material and the cost offers savings of 30 to 50%. The attractive price differences have alerted users to the benefits of expanded metal and increased demand for new architectural and decorative patterns.

For many uses, expanded metal outperforms perforated metal. Coupled with differences in price between the two products and its greater strength and structural integrity, the future of the expanded metal is bright. 

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Expanded Metal Is Practical And Functional But Also Idea For Use In Décor
Tuesday, 15 January 2013 21:25
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Expanded Metal Uses In Décor

expanded metal patio furnitureMade through a process that gives it strength and function, expanded metal also has a built-in attractiveness, which makes it a logical choice décor.

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Expanded metal is made through a multi-stage process that first flattens it, then slits it, and then stretches it to form a diamond pattern. The shape of the diamond opening varies according to the amount of stretching, while further variation results from flattening the sheet. The standard shape is a rhombic or diamond shape, but it can be stretched to form a hexagon or other custom shapes.

Properties Of Expanded Metal

Because the openings in the metal result from stretching it rather than stamping the shapes, the material is stronger at the corners of each diamond. Expanded metal is rigid and won't lose its shape or become distorted. While it looks like mesh, it won't unravel. It is available in sheets of differing sizes, gauges, openings, materials, with countless variations in the appearance of the pattern.

The product is easy to coat if you want a particular color or texture. Typically, it is galvanized, oxidized, PVC coated, or painted to blend in or stand out wherever it is used.

Expanded Metal Uses In Décor

This unique combination of features and properties is beneficial when you are looking for unique materials for residential and commercial settings. The uses are endless, but here are a few.

Architectural features: Expanded metal has long been used in industry to create slip-resistant steps, walkways, platforms, and machine guards. When used in commercial design, expanded metal gives a high-tech look for steps, fences, and walkways, especially if kept with its natural metallic finish.

Functional building décor: When added as a façade, expanded metal panels can serve as a sun shield or a decorative facing.

Ceilings: When used as a ceiling, it will cover unsightly pipes and wiring while allowing for ventilation.

Partitions: Expanded metal makes an attractive room divider or partition, especially in circumstances where sound-proofing is not an issue.

Art and Advertising: Expanded metal provides sturdy backing for signs and displays, while adding a design element of its own. When creatively fabricated, expanded metal panels become public art sculptures.

Equipment grills: Expanded metal allows sound, light, and air to pass while preventing damage to delicate and valuable speakers and equipment.

Furniture: The patterns in expanded metal make it a good choice for outdoor furniture or even interior furniture with an industrial appearance. It can be easily fabricated into chairs that are comfortable and tables that are sturdy.

Playground Equipment: When flattened, expanded metal is smooth enough to be used for swings and seating. It can also be used for fencing and enclosures.

Producing Expanded Metal Panels

An expanded metal machine is designed to work with the material you desire to produce the tolerance, gauge, thickness, width, and other characteristics you need. Usually, a expanded metal machine consists of a series of units that perform the various rolling, slitting, stretching, flattening, and cutting operations.

If you use expanded metal in your business, you can outsource the product or have a turnkey system installed by professionals who will retrofit the equipment to your engineering specifications.

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Video of Expanded Metal Equipment
Monday, 12 November 2012 18:27
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Click the following image to view our video of the Volcano Expanded Metal Press, the Expaflat Underdriven Expanded Metal Machine, and The Micromesh Overhead Expanded Metal Equipment on Youtube.

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Expanded Metal Uses for Oil and Gas Industries
Tuesday, 25 September 2012 23:13
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expanded metal used in constructionMany jobs in the oil and gas industry require employees to work in dangerous conditions, where they risk slipping and falling when oil, chemical waste, seawater, and even rain and snow cover grating, stairs, ladders, and walkways in their work area. In spite of having strict safety regulations in place in the plant and at the jobsite, these areas can still get slippery. The solution? Properly coated expanded metal surfaces can improve ergonomics and reduce potential injuries that lead to Workman's Compensation claims.

Expanded metal machines from Adame EM Solutions provide you with a way to keep your employees safe and your safety record unblemished. Our engineers will work with you to create sheets of expanded metal that can be coated, cut, and fabricated to your exact needs and specifications.

Why Expanded Metal Offers Strength And Traction

In the petroleum industry, some equipment to drill, extract, process, transport, and store gas and oil may be at ground level or may even extend hundreds of feet above or below ground. The stairways, ladders, and walkways used to access the equipment must be strong and stable, while still allowing drainage. Expanded metal grating is strong enough to bear weight and can be fabricated in a variety of flattened or raised designs to optimize traction and drainage.

What makes expanded metal a good choice for use in the oil industry is that it can easily be coated with slip resistant or anti-corrosive material for visibility and traction wherever it is used. Installation is easy, so coated expanded metal panels can be used to cost-effectively retrofit areas that need improved traction for workers and equipment.

Expanded Metal Uses In the Gas And Oil Industry

Gas and oil production is both labor and equipment intensive and requires that its many components perform at optimal levels. Expanded metal parts and fittings are ideal for the petroleum industry, where they are used as ergonimic grating, flooring, machinery guards, and more to keep employees safe.

When operations move offshore, equipment used to locate and extract oil and gas are exposed to salt water. Coated expanded metal stairs and walkways resist corrosion and remain structurally sound. Underwater drilling operates from a large rig that uses grating throughout. Workers are very conscious that this grating used on elevated platforms and stairs is what separates them from the water below.

Other operations in the industry utilize catch tanks, blow back tanks, and boiler buildings that may require rolling stairways or hydraulic catwalks to access. Expanded metal meets the needs for mobile accessories as well as permanently-located flooring and stair substrates, each with the ability to allow your workers to function safely and efficiently.

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Expanded Metal Uses In Construction
Wednesday, 19 September 2012 15:18
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expanded metal used in constructionMany expanded metal applications show off the unique diamond shape created when metal is stretched and slit. But with some expanded metal uses, like in the construction industry, the design goes undercover.

When you need to produce sheets or coils of expanded metal to serve behind the scenes in the construction industry, you need the proper machinery to do the job. Adame EM Solutions has expanded metal machinery that can create any size, shape, weight and thickness of expanded metal - and out of any material, including galvanized carbon steel, aluminum, stainless steel, titanium or copper.

Expanded Metal Applications In Building Construction

In homes and commercial buildings, expanded metal applications include metal lathe for construction as it reinforces drywall and plaster ceilings and walls. This metal mesh can stabilize corners or small cracked areas, or even back entire plaster walls or ceilings, making them more secure.

Since expanded metal is easily formed, it can be retrofitted to corners or other shaped surfaces and aid in refurbishing damaged masonry. Using expanded metal lathing can reduce the effects of shrinkage when the plaster dries and make plaster areas stronger.

Expanded metal lathe is also used in structural steelwork as a carrier for fire protection and even as the basis of walls, as it aids in resistance to cracking and earthquakes and can bear weight even on load-bearing walls.

Expanded Metal Applications In Cement Construction

Expanded metal is also used to reinforce concrete for driveways and sidewalks, roads, and highways. Concrete may be hard, but it is not strong, Adding reinforcing bars (rebar) or expanded metal sheets reduces stress that leads to cracking. The concrete and the steel work together to create a surface that is strong and able to withstand external forces.

The best expanded metal applications that use reinforced concrete are sidewalks and small concrete areas that will bear limited weight, such as air conditioner or transformer pads. For larger expanses of concrete, steel mesh is sometimes used in conjunction with rebar. Because steel bonds so well with cement, strips of expanded metal are often used to reinforce rows of brickwork.

To create grade beams, bulkheads, pile caps, and blindside walls, expanded metal is fabricated into forms that stays in place when concrete is poured in. Forms made with expanded metal hold their shape better than plywood forms. Whole exterior walls can be created using a similar approach that uses an expanded metal form. Once the expanded metal form is attached to a building, it is sprayed at high velocity with layers of "shotcrete." This process is also used for swimming pool construction.

When you are shopping for state-of-the art expanded metal machinery, Adame EM is ready to show you the best tools and equipment for achieving the tolerances, dimensions, and thicknesses needed in the construction market. We know our industry and the industries you serve. Our goal is to create a partnership as solid as the one created when concrete bonds with steel. Contact us today to take advantage of our engineering expertise and consulting services.

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Expanded Metal Uses For Safety And Visibility
Tuesday, 18 September 2012 21:15
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When your business uses machinery and processes that pose safety risks to operators, supervisors, and other observers, you want to create an environment that keeps people safe and keeps OSHA off your back. Yet, while you want to protect people from hot surfaces, flying metal bits, and other dangers, you need visibility to observe the operations so you can ensure that machines are running correctly and authorized personnel are doing their jobs.

If you've ever been in this predicament, your answer might be to install expanded metal guards, fences, catwalks, and enclosures to give you the best combination of safety and functionality. If you need these types of expanded metal applications, Adame EM Solutions has the exact type of expanded metal machinery to help.

Properties Of Expanded Metal

The expanded metal process stretches and slits metal to form a lattice of "strands" and "bonds." The strands, the sides of the expanded metal openings, intersect to form a diamond shape - and a bond that connects to the next opening. By using the right piece of expanded metal machinery, you can determine the width of each diamond (called the Short Way of the Diamond or SWD) and its length (the Long Way of the Diamond or LWD), as well as the thickness, width, and length of the finished product.

The process ensures that the metal will not unravel and become weak. By properly adjusting the expanded metal machinery, you engineer the properties and appearance you seek for the expanded metal uses you have in mind. Additionally, expanded metals take finishes well so that your fabrication is a color that stands out (or blends in) and has other properties such as slip-resistance.

Expanded Metal Applications You Might Need

Machinery guards and devices are among the best expanded metal uses. OSHA safety requirements aim to protect machine operators and others in the workplace from dangers than could kill, maim, crush, or blind them. The specific protections they require vary according to the type of machine, but typically you need to keep people away from the point of operation or control access. Adding expanded metal guards will serve this purpose. For cutting machines, grinders, presses, melters, and other machines, expanded metal guards will offer additional protection to an operator already outfitted with proper safety gear.

When you need a catwalk between parts of your factory, or maintenance platforms, ramps, or security platforms, expanded metal provides a sturdy solution with no welds or joints. Usually made of carbon steel or sometimes aluminum, the grating allows heat and light, as well as rain, snow, oil, or water to pass through and not puddle. The grating is slip-resistant and easy to install, easy to clean, and easy to maintain.

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Expanded Metal Machinery in the HVAC Industry
Tuesday, 18 September 2012 21:10
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home-air-filter-expanded-metalHeating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) treats air to control temperature, cleanliness, humidity, and distribution to make it comfortable for humans and ensure the proper environment for machinery. The key to proper HVAC functioning is filtration, which regulates the passage of air, dirt, and pollutants. The better the filter, the better the HVAC unit can do its job. As filter technology has developed, many modern filter designs depend on expanded metal applications. Expanded metal machinery from Adame EM Solutions allows you to produce just what you need to serve this industry.

Expanded Metal Use In HVAC Filters

There are several types of filters used in HVAC application. Impingement filters, commonly produced as panels, remove only the coarsest containments from the air. These throwaway filters often feature a cardboard frame, fitted with a bat of spunglass filtration media supported by an open metal backing - often expanded metal with large holes. Their purpose is to collect particulates so that deposits would not collect on fans or heating or cooling coils. Recent studies have illustrated that panel filters are inefficient, and protect neither the system nor the building occupants from dust, pollen, mold spores, and pet dander in the air.

Today, the most common type of filter is the expanded surface filter which increases the area of the filter through pleating and other designs, such as pocket or bag, rigid cell, or mini-pleating. Expanded metal, which is created by flattening, stretching, and slitting aluminum and other ductile metals, is a great material for this type of filter, as its tiny openings permit air circulation. It can be layered and pleated to create deeper, thicker, more efficient filters which often use layers of different weights and thicknesses of expanded metal or other materials.

Not All Filters Used In Modern HVAC Systems Are Equally Effective

  • Impingement filters, which trap 10% of air contaminants

  • Expanded surface filters, which trap 35%of air contaminants

  • Electrostatic filters, which trap 35%of air contaminants, by charging the filter fibers to attract pollutants

  • Electronic air cleaners, which trap 95%of air contaminants through use of an external power source

  • Hepa and ULPA filters, which trap 99%of air contaminants

  • Gas containment filters, which trap odors from Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC's)

There are expanded metal uses in each of these filter products. Depending on the type of filter, expanded metal might provide support, create an enclosure, or serve as the filtration material. The proper expanded metal machinery can output sheets or coils of material with large holes in a diamond-shaped lattice or minuscule ones that become a fine mesh material, each with the precise strength and density to do the job required. Some filters might incorporate several configurations of expanded metal, as well as other materials.

Expanded Metal Applications Improve Air Filtration For Better Health

With increased awareness of the damage that pollution exerts on people, animals, and equipment, expanded metal uses are on the rise in HVAC applications. Filters are made with varying abilities to block contaminants, as measured by MERV: Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value. Some homes and buildings might use the least effective panel or roll filters, while other commercial buildings and many residents will employ pleated filters. For the best air filtration in commercial buildings and homes, bag filters and high-quality pleats will do the job. Hospitals and the best commercial buildings will use rigid pleat and bag filters. Where the highest MERV rating in needed, such as in cleanrooms, HEPA/ULPA filters are required.

For expanded metal machinery to serve your expanded metal applications in the HVAC market, contact Adame EM Solutions. We can meet your engineering needs with equipment, turn-key solutions, consultation, and design services.

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Selecting The Right Expanded Metal Machine For Your Applications
Tuesday, 18 September 2012 21:03
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Selecting The Right Expanded Metal Machinery For Your Applications

When you need an attractive, easy-to-use material with diverse capabilities such as strength and ventilation, your answer might be expanded metal. With the proper expanded metal machinery, any ductile material can be flattened, slit, and stretched to produce a sheet or coil of metal with diamond-shaped holes. At Adame EM Solutions, we offer a full line of expanded metal machinery to make this exciting process come to life, as well as turn-key solutions and consulting.

What Expanded Metal Machinery Does

Specialized expanded metal machinery usually includes feeders, flatteners, stretchers, slitters, and other auxiliary equipment. The capabilities of the machines and their settings determine the properties of the finished product - sheets or coils of material in the depth, width, length, strength, and weight you desire, in a variety of materials such as steel, stainless steel, copper, aluminum, titanium, and more.

The expanded metal process has little waste, yet forms sheets of different thicknesses and patterns; once expanded, the sheet is good to go as-is or flattened. Because it is made from a single sheet of metal, the resulting mesh will not unravel as woven wire might, but is easy to fabricate, finish, install, and form.

Though the most common pattern for expanded metal is the diamond shaped, some heavy-duty applications utilize a reinforced hexagonal (or tortoise) shape. When the shapes are flattened, the edges are not so sharp, which makes the product suitable for expanded metal uses such as fences, steps, construction, and building decoration. The finished mesh can have from 15 to 11,000 holes per inch.

In general, expanded metal uses include outdoor furniture, grates, grills, stair treads, enclosures, fencing, catwalks, and reinforcement for cement and construction jobs. Specific properties can be engineered into the finished product. When you select the right material, you will ensure that your expanded metal will perform as you need it to.

Matching the Right Material With The Right Expanded Metal Application

The most economic expanded metal is galvanized carbon steel. Depending on its weight and thickness, it might be used for fencing at highway sites and to form steps, platforms, walkways at mines or on oil tankers and ships. Steel expanded metal is used to reinforce concrete and offer security behind drywall.

Also an economical choice, aluminum expanded metal is lightweight, slip-resistant, shiny in appearance, and easily formable. With a higher strength-to-weight ratio than sheet metal, it is often used in security applications, lightweight catwalks and flooring, and on stairs and railings.

Stainless steel expanded metal is more corrosion resistant and lasts longer. It is often used for fences, filtration materials, reinforcements, food processing equipment, and battery netting. Stainless can be easily cleaned and sterilized.

Titanium expanded metal is less commonly used than steel or aluminum, but is often used for screening. With a high strength-to-weight ratio, one popular titanium expanded metal use is for anode baskets used in the metal finishing industry,

Copper expanded metal offers high electrical and thermal conductivity while being malleable and corrosion-resistant. Though not suitable for grills, steps, and catwalks, the material is used for filtration, animal guards, chimney caps, concrete reinforcement, and in sheet metal projects.

Selecting the Right Expanded Metal Machinery

If you have expanded metal applications, Adame EM Solutions offers both the equipment and integrated engineering and consulting services to match your needs and streamline your process. Whether you are new to expanded metal or are looking for ways to improve your processes, contact us today to see for yourself how the right machine can offer you a competitive advantage.

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Expanded Metal Uses
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Look To Adame EM Solutions For All Your Expanded Metal Needs

For homeowners and business owners, today’s economy has shifted the focus from buying new structures to renovating existing buildings. But whether you’re buying new or updating what you have, expanded metal applications can meet all your needs. These versatile, quality products come from high-grade machinery, and there are options for all budgets.

Superior Qualities

Formed from metal stock that is stretched on special machines, expanded metal is an open web of diamond-shaped holes bound by interlinked sections of metal.

Whether in the standard, flattened or decorative form, it brings unique properties to a variety of jobs. Some of these special qualities include:

  • Ventilation
  • Durability
  • Low wind resistance
  • Ease of handling
  • Single-piece construction
  • Outstanding weight-to-strength ratio
  • Variety of styles and materials


Today’s Home And Business Uses

Generally, expanded metal uses have focused around enclosures, support, and filtration, but it’s being used more and more for décor.

You have likely seen expanded metal when you’ve walked by a fence, a grate, or the benches in the park. If you look around, you’ll find it in many parts of your neighborhood or city. In business, it plays a major role in protecting machines from damage and keeping people from coming in contact with hot or electrified surfaces.

When added to the walls of a building it provides extra security, as the heavy-grade form can only be broken by explosives or heavy-duty cutting tools.

We’re At The Forefront Of New Applications

People have been finding new uses for this special product in a variety of areas. The pattern of expanded metal, particularly the decorative form, offers a pleasing appearance, and it can now be seen inside homes and offices as signage, partitions, shelving, ceiling tiles, screening and ornamental fencing.

At Adame EM Solutions, we continue to expand into emerging markets with new designs that require customized expanded metal machinery and auxiliary equipment. Along with high-end equipment expanded metal machinery, our solutions also include turnkey project management and business development consulting services.  

As time goes on, applications for expanded metals will continue to grow and we’ll be there. Contact us to learn more about expanded metal uses and see how our quality products and services can make you a leader in your industry!

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The control panels can be provided with basic, intermediate, and advanced controls. The control panel is customized to work in conjunction with the expanded metal machinery and auxiliary equipment. Adame EM Solutions provides customized control solutions and integrates the control equipment for maximum reliability and performance.

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Expanded Metal Process
Tuesday, 07 December 2010 08:06
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How does the Expanded Metal Process work?

Sheet or plate is mechanically advanced beyond the face of the flat bottom die an amount equal to the strand width of regular Expanded Metal before flattening. The top serrated cutting die then descends and simultaneously slits and cold forms an entire row of half-diamonds. The top die then ascends and moves one half diamond right as the base sheet or plate moves forward one strand width. The top die then descends, slits and cold forms another full row of half-diamonds completing a row of full diamonds in two strokes. The die then ascends, returns to its initial position, and begins to form another, row of half-diamonds, repeating the process until a sheet of Expanded Metal is completed.

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