Update from EMC for Engineers
EMC has launched an invaluable and informative online service for engineers that extols the virtues of expanded metal mesh for this key market sector. Engineer’s Update is available in email format to all design engineers and contains a comprehensive range on information on the use of expanded metal mesh and the added value in terms of both ecology and cost that it can offer the industry.
The first issue details the versatility of the material via case studies, from a highly unusual application at Kew Gardens, where expanded metal mesh was utilised for the construction of a stunning £3.5m walkway through the gardens, to a ramp system for a disabled Polish man, using simple welded sections and expanded metal decking.
“Engineers have long recognised the strength to weight ratio value of the material, but its use in a hugely wide ranging variety of applications is of major interest in today’s economic climate,”
explains Deanne Malton of EMC. “Expanded metal mesh offers significant savings in manufacture that the industry is readily appreciating. The manufacturing process, unlike perforated metal, uses every part of the metal and thereby, reduces the use of dwindling natural resources. The metal is slit and stretched in a single process, which means only a small amount of raw m aterial is need to create a lot of mesh and the manufacturing process eliminates wastage.”
The Engineer’s Update has been specifically designed to embrace a broad range of applications, from the automotive industry where expanded mesh is used for oil filtration, speaker systems, acoustic control and even catalytic converters, to a newly designed range of specialist containers to alleviate the problems of lost production through lost or damaged parts.
“We want to extol the versatility of expanded metal mesh to the engineering fraternity and show them through case studies and examples how the material can be used as a functional option,” continues Deanne.
“For instance, the Update explains fully how the use of the material adds an extra dimension to many modern materials for use in architectural structures and automotive engineering. This issue outlines a new product designed to replace lead flashing, comprising expanded metal mesh covered with a bituminous rubber of pvc membrane, which is both highly efficient and cost effective.”
The aim of the Update is to inform and keep design engineers on EMC’s database fully informed on developments and innovations within the expanded metal mesh market. The full colour document can be downloaded by simply visiting the company’s website www.expandedmetalcompany.co.uk and following the link.
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