When deciding on the proper filtration system for your operation, it can be difficult to navigate the vast amount of materials and types of strainers. This glossary will break down some of the most common terms used in the wire filtration industry.
Having different materials in how they’re created and being utilized for particle sample collection, Test Sieve Shakers are essential in laboratories throughout the world. Being made of materials such as brass or stainless steel, Test Sieve Shakers are utilized for sample analysis in laboratories to see what particles are being filtered.
In order to test the Test Sieve Shaker samples, the testing sieve shaker is manipulated or shaken, which then provides a data analysis. The use of what’s known as a mechanical sieve shaker, determines how large, or small, the particle ranges in a sample. Depending on the shaker (or model) used to retrieve the sample, dry and/or wet samples may be analyzed with software applications and screen controls.
Test sieve brushes are utilized for cleaning all sieve cloth grades when used for Test Sieves. Test sieve brushes work best when used for fine mesh sieve cleaning, which are mesh sieves that are the #100 United States Standard (or finer). Test sieve brushes can be used for brass or stainless steel sieve cloth. If the test sieve brush has nylon bristles, it will not damage the wire cloth if used gently.
Whether it be wire mesh, screen, or wire cloth, all of these terms are all interchangeable and perform the same task: to filter debris. Wire cloth is used in many fields, such as optical lens manufacturing, mineral processing, ore processing, microwave screening, radio screening, sanitation, hygiene, processing for waste water, paper production, medical, pharmaceutical, food handling, chemical, architectural, automotive, aerospace and so much more.
Wire cloth has endless possibilities and is given the following attributes: Doubles Crimp/Plain Weave, Pre-Crimp Weave and Twill Weaves.
Welded Wire Cloth is a slew of perpendicular strands of wire that become resistance welded at every intersection in which they cross. Such wire is versatile and economical, carrying a clean appearance with uniform patterns. This wire cloth can be made out of many materials, such as galvanized steel, stainless steel, steel and many others.
The thickness and strength are measured by factors such as temperature, time, and weld pressure. Another perk that comes with welded wire cloth is that it can be cut or bent to form any shape one desires – without the wires coming apart in the process.
Its mat-like construction and design allows it to remain in place firmly, even in situations where it is holding concrete.
Selecting which wire cloth micron retention for your desired application is what will ensure that your process specifications are met and your operation costs remain low. Cloth retention is expressed in microns, with 1 micron being equal to 1/1000 of a millimeter.
However, the retention of a cloth is only a small aspect of the equation. Efficiency is one of the more important aspects, as not looking into it can lead to over-filtration or insufficient filtration. Cloth efficiency is broken down into two types, absolute and nominal. Nominal efficiency wire is 70 percent effective, as absolute wire is more expensive and almost 100 percent effective.
Wire cloth flow rate is very much related to pressure drop (rate in which the materials are flowing through a filter) and viscosity (the type of materials that pass through a filter). If there’s a required flow rate for one of the processes that you’re running, one will want to consider their Percentage of Open Area so the proper cloth product can be determined. If you have any further questions regarding such terms or if you’re in the market for a new filtration system for your operation, contact Newark Wire today!