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Woven Wire Mesh Basics

Mesh Size, Mesh Count or Micron Size

The Mesh Size can also be expressed in terms of Mesh Count and Micron Size. These are important terms for woven wire mesh. 

Mesh Count is calculated by the number of holes per square inch. So the smaller is the mesh holes, the greater is the number of holes.

The Micron Size refers to the size of the holes measured in microns. (The term micron is actually a commonly used shorthand for micrometer. )

In order to make it easier for people to understand the number of the holes of the wire mesh, these two units are usually used together. This is the key component of specifying the wire mesh. The Mesh Size determines the filtering performance and function of the wire mesh.

Mesh Size, Mesh Count or Micron Size

More Intuitive Expression:

  • Mesh Count = number of mesh holes. (larger the mesh count, the smaller the mesh hole)
  • Micron Size = size of mesh hole. (larger the micron size, larger the mesh hole)

Usually use an counting glass to measure the mesh count of the woven wire mesh.

Counting Glass for Mesh Count Measurement

More Intuitive Mesh Display Samples:

10 Mesh, 2200 Micron
10 Mesh, 2200 Micron
100 Mesh, 180 Micron
100 Mesh, 180 Micron
200 Mesh, 80 Micron
200 Mesh, 80 Micron
400 Mesh, 30 Micron
400 Mesh, 30 Micron

Wire Gauge and Wire Diameter

The wire diameter refers to the thickness of a single wire in the woven mesh, and the wire gauge is also used to express this data in the wire mesh industry. In order to help customers better understand this specification, we have produced a wire gauge comparison table.

Vernier calipers or micrometer calipers are usually used to measure the wire diameter of woven wire mesh.

Micrometer Caliper
Vernier Caliper
Gauge (0-16) SWG (mm) BWG (mm) Inches
0 8.230 8.636 0.340
1 7.620 7.620 0.300
2 7.010 7.214 0.284
3 6.401 6.579 0.259
4 5.893 6.045 0.238
5 5.385 5.588 0.220
6 4.877 5.156 0.203
7 4.470 4.572 0.180
8 4.064 4.191 0.165
9 3.658 3.759 0.148
10 3.251 3.404 0.134
11 2.946 3.048 0.120
12 2.642 2.769 0.109
13 2.337 2.413 0.095
14 2.032 2.108 0.083
15 1.829 1.829 0.072
16 1.626 1.651 0.065
Gauge (17-33) SWG (mm) BWG (mm) Inches
17 1.422 1.473 0.058
18 1.219 1.245 0.049
19 1.016 1.067 0.042
20 0.914 0.889 0.035
21 0.813 0.813 0.032
22 0.711 0.711 0.028
23 0.610 0.635 0.025
24 0.559 0.559 0.022
25 0.508 0.508 0.020
26 0.457 0.457 0.018
27 0.417 0.406 0.016
28 0.376 0.356 0.014
29 0.345 0.330 0.013
30 0.315 0.305 0.012
31 0.295 0.254 0.010
32 0.274 0.229 0.009
33 0.254 0.203 0.008
Gauge (34-50) SWG (mm) BWG (mm) Inches
34 0.234 0.178 0.007
35 0.213 0.127 0.005
36 0.193 0.102 0.004
37 0.173 * 0.0068
38 0.152 * 0.0060
39 0.132 * 0.0052
40 0.122 * 0.0048
41 0.112 * 0.0044
42 0.102 * 0.0040
43 0.091 * 0.0036
44 0.081 * 0.0032
45 0.071 * 0.0028
46 0.061 * 0.0024
47 0.051 * 0.0020
48 0.041 * 0.0016
49 0.031 * 0.0012
50 0.025 * 0.0010

Woven Wire Crimp and Weave Types

The reason why the woven wire mesh is widely used in different industries is inseparable from the diversified characteristics of the woven method. Due to the different weaving methods, each grid has its own characteristics. 

By weaving, the mesh of the wire mesh can be 5 microns invisible to the naked eye, or it can be as large as a few centimeters. Through different connection methods of warp wire and weft wire, a variety of weave patterns can be produced, which usually depends on the application requirements. Visit the crimp and weave types page.

Raw Edge and Selvage Edge

Raw Edge is the most common machine weaving result for making woven wire mesh and can be used normally without problems in most applications.

Some customers also have special requirements for Selvage Edge. This weaving method can make the woven mesh structure more stable and not easy to deform. However, the manufacturing process is complicated and the cost is relatively high. Used for special application requirements.

Woven Wire Mesh Raw Edge
Woven Wire Mesh Raw Edge
Woven Wire Mesh Selvage Edge
Woven Wire Mesh Selvage Edge
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