Selecting The Right Expanded Metal Machine For Your Applications
Written by Enrique Adame
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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Last Updated on Wednesday, 19 September 2012 19:45