A wire grid, also referred to as a wire grid panel, is a framework of crisscrossed horizontal and vertical wires. Wire grids are very similar to both metal gratings and wire mesh; however, they are on a much larger scale than wire mesh and are formed from wire rather than metal bars as is typical with grating. Read More…
Acme Wire Products Company, IncorporatedMystic, CT | 800-723-7015
Acme Wire Products provides close tolerance wire fabrications using steel and stainless steel. Customized applications include a wide range of wire forms for many different applications. Acme works with wire from .050 to .500 diameter.$$$
All-Rite Spring CompanySpring Grove, IL | 815-675-1350
All-Rite Spring Company specializes in quick-turn design, prototype, and manufacture of springs and wires of all shapes, sizes, and material types. Typical applications are: Automotive, Agricultural, Consumer Appliance, Industrial, Safety Critical, and other High Functional Value and/or Life Cycle.$$$
Coiling Technologies, Inc.Houston, TX | 713-849-4000
At Coiling Technologies we custom manufacture these wire forms in either wire or a bar, depending on your project’s needs. We will create high-quality prototypes so we can quickly get your approval and fulfill your project’s requirements. Our automated processes allow us to create the forms with your precise specifications, as well as the ability to repeat those results every time.$$$
Mid-West Wire Specialties, Inc.Chicago, IL | 800-238-0228
Experts in CNC wire forming, Mid-West Wire Specialties offers wire forms rapidly engineered with the highest level of accuracy. As top-quality wire form manufacturers, Mid-West Wire Specialties maintains a standard wire form inventory as well as taking custom orders. No matter what order quantity or company size, Mid-West Wire Specialties works with all consumers looking for premium wire forms.$$$
Pa-Ted Spring Co., LLCBristol, CT | 860-582-6368
Our wire forms are made of a variety of materials and can be used in many different applications. Pa-Ted manufactures custom designed wire forms for the automotive and hand tool industries, and uses materials such as steels, titanium, beryllium copper and brass. Call us for wire forms today!$$$
WireTech Fabricators, Inc.Sturgeon Bay, WI | 920-743-7201
We fabricate custom shelving units for a variety of uses including windows, refrigeration units, retail displays or we can help you design something to fit your specifications. Some of our stock designs include floor or counter stands, wall mounted displays or literature displays. For great quality and customer service, give us a call today!$$$
Wire grids are useful for a wide range of applications, in industries such as retail, residential, industrial manufacturing and entertainment.
Specific applications of wire grids include point of purchase (POP) displays, lawn and garden accessories, machine guards, shelving and overhead storage systems, walking surfaces that allow safe access to lighting in theaters, wire grid polarizers and wire grid resistors.
Wire grid polarizers are the simplest form of absorptive polarizer, meaning that the grid produces polarized light because of unwanted polarization states that it absorbed during the polarization process. Wire grid resistors are electrical devices that limit current within a circuit. Also referred to as wire-wound resistors, wire grid resistors are used in high-current industrial applications.
Wire grids can be fabricated through a couple of different wire forming processes. One of the more common methods would be through the use of a solid metal frame, which can be a number of different shapes including square, rectangular and trapezoidal. To form the wire grid, metal wire is woven onto the frame in an over and under pattern in order to create a grid that is very similar in style to wire mesh. Another method of fabricating wire grid is through the use of various welding techniques.
There are two main types of welding used are types of spot welding: metal inert gas (MIG) and tungsten inert gas (TIG). The MIG welding process involves the use of electricity from a continuous wire feed in order to melt and join pieces of wire together, while utilizing an inert gas to ensure that the weld is protected from any contamination.
The TIG welding process is similar, but more complex. This process involves the use of a non-consumable electrode formed from tungsten, a shielding inert gas and, at times, a filler material. Some advantages of TIG welding include a stable arc and exceptional weld, while disadvantages are the requirement of significant operator skill and the low speeds of the process. A welded wire grid is much more like a grating, and typically offers a fairly large improvement in strength over woven wire grids.