Mesh Fabric
Informational page from Specialized Textile Outfitters - Suppliers of Commercial Mesh Fabric & Netting and Military Grade Mesh & Netting

Manufacturers of Custom Vinyl Mesh Tarps

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Helpful information about Mesh & Netting Textile products.

typical mesh fabric made from nylon fiberDiamond Mesh Netting
Shown here is 6mm Nylon Hex Mesh

There are many different varieties and mesh sizes, of Mesh & Netting. Knitted, Woven, vinyl coated mesh are just a few of the different types of mesh & netting. The difference between mesh and netting are a matter of opinion. Generally speaking though mesh has a hole size of under 9mm and most people would consider netting to be mesh with a hole size larger than 9 or 10mm.

Mesh & Netting can also be made from vinyl filaments, or coated with vinyl after it is woven or knitted instead of being simply a textile fiber like Nylon, Polypropylene or Polyester.
The filaments used to weave or knit the mesh or netting can be coated before or after they are woven or knitted into the mesh. There are also many types of military mesh & netting

Vinyl Mesh that is coated before weaving
This Textilene mesh is an example of a mesh contains filaments or fibers that have been coated with vinyl prior to weaving. This method of applying the vinyl is more durable than coating the finished mesh in vinyl after it has been woven or knitted into mesh.

Vinyl Coated Mesh produced by hot dipping after weaving
Shown here is an example of 2mm vinyl coated mesh that was produced by hot dipping the woven mesh into molten vinyl and rolling it flat with steel rollers.

You can see the difference in quality between the two different types of vinyl coated mesh. The pre-weave vinyl coated mesh would be much better suited for outdoor furniture, and consumer goods where it will be looked at closely as a value added product. Where the hot dipped, post weave mesh would be better suited for vinyl mesh tarps, or mesh safety vests or other similar industrial or commercial use products.

Mesh Tarp Corner showing Grommets and HemsA large custom made vinyl mesh tarp

When used to make Custom Vinyl Mesh tarps or vinyl sunscreens, Vinyl mesh can be welded (Heat Sealed) but for higher durability it is recommended to reinforce the welds with webbing, usually polypropylene webbing is used for this purpose. In any case, welded vinyl mesh must be hemmed and reinforced on the edges with webbing. Brass Grommets are the standard way to reinforce tie down ropes or cords in tarps and sunscreens and windscreens made from vinyl coated mesh.

Military Mesh & Netting

Raschel Knitted - Military Mesh

Shown here is a Military Specification Raschel knit Mesh (MIL-C-8061). Rashchel refers to the type of knitting named after the person who invented the machine that produces a weave like this which is similar to hand crocheting.
Military IOTV Expanded MeshEnlarged view of the expanded mesh weave
This Military Specification Mesh is an example of an expanded mesh, a mesh that has a weave that is 3 dimensional, almost like a sponge.

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