Rigid Mesh Systems

The term “Rigid” is used to categorize products of wire mesh in which the construction method creates a tight intersection where the wires cross over one another within the grid.   Banker Wire offers two types of wire mesh that are categorized as “Rigid”.  Pre-crimped woven wire mesh uses wire formation to define the location of the intersection as well as to restrict movement.  Welded wire mesh uses a resistance weld to do the same.  This established intersection defines the wire mesh grid and creates a repeat over a given dimension.  The openings within the grid are therefore controlled and can be applied to an application once a sheet’s dimension and shape is provided.   The term rigid does not suggest that the mesh will be infinitely stiff.  Stiffness is a factor that is primarily defined by the diameter of the wire used within the grid.

Understanding the characteristics of a rigid wire mesh,  Banker  Wire can fabricate wire mesh panels using simple materials and strategies. Choosing the right frame for the project starts with understanding the benefits of each frame style listed on this page.

While customization is always a welcomed option, the following fundamental perimeter framing methods exist to provide quality and cost effective solutions.

  • Versatile Spine
  • Angle Iron
  • U-edge

Versatile Spine

Versatile Spine is a modern alternative to traditional framing strategies. Thin, strong, customizable, and created to work with glass mounting strategies, the Versatile Spine frame can be designed to any attachment or aesthetic requirement. Utilizing a three-layer laminate system, the wire mesh is welded to the center spine then sandwiched by two outer veneer covers. Typical starting widths are one inch, with a thickness comparable to that of half-inch glass. The Versatile Spine frame width and shape can be modified to suit nearly any residential or commercial application.

For larger spacing mesh patterns, the center spine is laser cut to receive each wire. The inside edge of the frame appears solid except for where the wire enters the assembly. For tighter spaced mesh patterns and slope-cut panels, a versatile channel assembly is used. The wires are still welded to a center spine, but away from view.

What you should know:

  • Versatile Spine or Channel is highly customizable in scale or shape. The laser cut design offers unlimited options.
  • The Versatile spine gets its strength from center line out with the mesh welded to the center Spine. The outer veneers are held on using VHB tape.
  • Welding directly to the Spine is not recommended unless designed with horizontal or vertical “Extends”.
  • The thin overall thickness allows for many glass mounting strategies.
  • Holes can be provided through the front face of the frame for mounting without jeopardizing strength integrity.

Angle Iron

When properly executed, angle iron can be very effective in framing wire mesh. As a fundamental structural shape, angle iron is readily available in many different sizes and profiles.  It can be used to create a strong and suitable interface method.

The common configurations of using the Angle Iron frame style with wire mesh are “Standard”, “Bar and Angle”, and “Wrapped”. The “Standard” option is to weld the wire mesh to the backside of an Angle Iron perimeter. “The Bar and Angle” approach is a non-welded, friction-fit solution for mesh that is unable to be welded to the frame or for when an aesthetic makes the visible tails of the mesh less desirable. The “Wrapped” option is better suited for a tighter, slightly more opaque wire mesh where a frameless appearance is desired. In this configuration, the wire mesh is bent on a press brake and then positioned around the outside of the Angle Iron.

Call Banker to discuss the right configuration for your next project.

What you should know:

  • What you should know:
    Angle Iron can provide the stiffness needed when the size of the panel is extreme or the mesh being framed is not rigid enough.
  • Many different angle iron profiles are readily available to suit the desired look and function
  • The 90 degree angle finishes off the mesh from the front and provides a unique mounting opportunity along the return legs.
  • Angle iron creates a natural stand-off to a vertical surface when mounting it to a wall or casework.
  • A very useful strategy whether done in a shop environment or at the jobsite.

U-Edge

U-edge is the most common way to provide a safe and economical perimeter edge around a wire mesh panel. The Banker Wire U-edge framing material provides a finished look to any wire mesh perimeter. The clean and defined square edge, which is 13 gauge, 1.5” construction, is easy to work with and can be used as a framing solution for a wide range of wire mesh patterns and spacings.

Banker Wire offers completely fabricated wire mesh U-edge panels, or we can supply individual sticks of U-edge for you to fabricate the frame and finish on your own.

Banker Wire maintains inventory of both Plain Steel (HRPO) and T304 Stainless Steel (Mill Finish) for quick response. T316 Stainless and Galvanized are available through special order only. Various web dimensions are available (.2500″, .3125″, .3750″, .4375″, and .5000″) to suit the wire mesh overall thickness and standard lengths are 120”.

What you should know:

  • U-Edge is a roll formed channel that simply encapsulates the mesh around the perimeter. This requires that the mesh being framed is self supporting in relation to the size of the panel
  • U-edge can be designed with or without custom mounting tabs, or we can provide a hole through the front face for a mechanical connection.
  • Weep holes in the bottom of the U-Edge are standard for exterior and powder coat finishing.
  • Banker will choose the correct web dimension that is most appropriate for the mesh being framed. A tight fit is desired.
  • The thin overall profile allows for glass clips to be used for mounting the panel to the railing posts.

Fabrication Capabilities

Cutting

Laser Cutting

Banker Wire utilizes a Mazak 4000W Space Gear laser table capable of 2-D or 3-D cutting operations. This high precision cutting tool has an operating envelope of 5’x10′ that cuts through wire mesh, sheet metal or tube with ease. Central to the fabrication department, this machine is the go to tool for cutting wire mesh in high precision specialty shapes. The consistency of the wire mesh and the cutting accuracy of the laser table allows Banker to keep pace with even the most lofty of design visions.

Shear Cutting

Banker wire has multiple power squaring shears used for precision cutting of all mesh types and materials. Our shears are capable of shearing mesh with wire diameters of .375″ and up to 14′ wide.

Forming

Press Brake

Both pre-crimped woven wire mesh and welded wire mesh can be formed using a press brake. Banker Wire operates 6 press brakes up to 14′ wide to bend and form the woven and welded wire mesh for many different industries. Forming the wire mesh adds rigidity as well as transforms the flat sheets into functional panels for industrial assemblies or architectural design features. Many types of edging can also be formed to create a custom perimeter profile for the wire mesh.

Roller

Pre-Crimped wire mesh is a tight and rigid product that can be formed into nearly any shape required using a roller. Banker can achieve a smooth radius on light to medium duty wire mesh using our roller equipment.

Welding

Welding

Banker’s skilled welders can Mig, Tig, Flow or Spot weld aluminum, carbon steel, and stainless steel alloys for use in a variety of industrial and architectural applications. Welding the wire mesh to a frame for architectural use or creating flow welded edges for industrial heat treating baskets is commonplace with our products. Our experienced fabrication department can provide this value added service when beneficial to the customer.

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