Our knitted wire mesh forms a strong, lightweight and flexible barrier that is ideally suited to the unique requirements of aviaries and animal enclosures. Many species of birds and animals can be safely enclosed in natural environments whilst being protected from the environment and dangerous predators and pests.
The flexibility (ability to be bent without breaking) and malleability (the ability to withstand plastic deformation without fracture) of our products can be designed according to customer needs. Through a careful selection of materials, mesh structure, and tooling design, we can produce mesh components in an almost limitless range of shapes including sheets (blankets), highly flexible hollow mesh tubes, and 3-dimensional rigid structures such as prisms, cubes, spheres and doughnuts, etc.
Depending on the design of the mesh and the materials used, knitted wire mesh structures can absorb energy elastically i.e. with no permanent deformation unless its elastic limit is exceeded. Typical applications include oven door seals where the mesh is behaving as a tubular spring compressed along its length. Plastic energy absorption occurs where the energy absorbed by the mesh structure is dissipated as heat. For example, in bump stops and vibration isolators applications (see also High Resilience).
Knitted mesh is made of wire, comprising continuous lengths of filament of almost any material type, formed into interlocking loops. This unique structure produces a material that, whilst being highly flexible, has the tensile strength characteristics of the component filament material. Applications include very fine flexible mesh nets such as those used in animal enclosures that can withstand snow loading of >250kg per m2.
Knitted mesh can be processed into virtually any shape from flat mesh through circular, rectangular or cylindrical form. Materials can be selected from a huge variety of size, type and colour ranging from very fine (<0.05mm) and translucent up to 0.8mm diameter. Where appropriate designers can make their selection bespoke to their specific needs, from almost invisible for desecrate application, or bright and bold for use in art or architectural applications.
Encapsulates & Protects
Knitted mesh can be used to encapsulate and protect fragile materials such as the ceramic bricks used in catalyst applications. We also specialise in the ‘over-knitting’ of special materials such as graphite or mica, that are produced to deliver properties against specific customer requirements such as fluid seals or self-lubricating gaskets.
Our customers are almost invariably seeking to reduce costs and/or enhance their products or process efficiencies. The added benefit of these partnerships is that all of our products are non-toxic and contribute to the 3Rs of the circular economy: Reduce, Re-use and Recycle, which fits perfectly with our own strapline of the 4 Ps: Protecting people, property and our planet.
KnitMesh Technologies knitted wire mesh can be used as a strong, lightweight and flexible barrier for animal and bird enclosures.
Unlike heavy rigid barriers, such as woven or welded mesh, the unique energy absorbing properties of lightweight knitted wire mesh provide a forgiving containment media that minimises injury in the unlikely event of a collision. Knitted enclosure mesh is manufactured using fine diameter wires, in virtually any colour, providing superb aesthetic qualities for unobstructed lines of sight. The unique low weight:high strength ratio combined with the elasticity of knitted wire mesh allows total design and creative freedom when designing aviaries and animal enclosures.
These properties render knitted mesh as the preferred material used in a multitude of both large and small installations around the world, including the world’s largest free flight aviary at Birds of Eden in Plettenburg Bay in South Africa (see case study).
Our pest control mesh is easy to mould/wrap and stretch around structures and can be joined in a number of different ways. It has high corrosion resistance for improved protection and is easily tailored to customer requirements.
Small Animal Enclosures
KnitMesh Technologies small animal enclosure mesh, is made with an optimum stitch pattern but is also available in numerous other options to allow for tailored solutions for countless customer applications and requirements.
Our aviary mesh has an excellent strength to weight ratio and is an ideal flexible barrier for aviaries.
Knitted mesh will keep birds in and predators out and can be tailored according to specific customer requirements.
Our mesh was used to cover the world’s largest free flight aviary at 'Birds of Eden' Plettenberg Bay South Africa.