Mesh fabric is a knit material composed of evenly distributed openings to create a netting structure for breathable ventilation in textiles. Designs for these mesh fabrics tend to vary in dimensions, aperture openings, finishes, colors, and material weights. Heavy-duty mesh fabric, in particular, presents a versatile solution for rugged or demanding applications. Nylon and polyester, both durable and elastic materials, are capable of handling such tasks.
Benefits & Properties of Knitted Mesh Fabrics
Nylon and polyester serve to produce knitted mesh solutions for diverse heavy-duty purposes given their tensile strength and resistance to numerous substances and environmental conditions.
Heavy-Duty Nylon Mesh Fabric
Composed of plastic-based fibers, nylon mesh fabrics are beneficial for applications that call for durability, strength, and versatility. Nylon is lightweight, soft to the touch, and easy for manufacturers to dye and cut in various sizes and thicknesses. It is also simple for users to clean. The elasticity of this polyamide’s fibers allows it to stand up well to the wear and tear of stretching or bending. Additionally, nylon is hydrophilic and, when accompanying fibers of silver ion, antimicrobial. It is resistant to:
- Corrosive chemicals
- Temperatures of up to 340° F
Heavy-Duty Polyester Mesh Fabric
Another material, polyester is the result of a chemical reaction that takes place between alcohol, carboxylic acid, and a petroleum byproduct. These flexible polymer fibers are ideal for a versatile array of commercial and industrial applications due to polyester’s durability. This resilient mesh can stretch by as much as 6% and still return to its original shape for a high level of dimensional stability and elasticity. It is also resistant to:
- Wear, even when in constant use
- Corrosion from acids, alkalis, and other chemicals
- High temperatures
- Ultraviolet light
- Mold, mildew, and water, as a hydrophobic material
Textile manufacturers can increase these resistances with appropriate finishing treatments. As an added benefit, polyester is readily available from most textile manufacturing plants, giving users ease of access.
Common Applications of Heavy-Duty Mesh Fabrics
While many industries use mesh fabrics, for anything from recreational equipment to occupational safety tasks, heavy-duty applications utilize nylon and polyester mesh for its strength. Nylon is ideal when fabric will need to stretch or bend with superior elasticity, or when aesthetics are important. Polyester is optimal for applications in high-moisture, -humidity, and -sunlight environments as this hydrophobic material dries rapidly and is reliable when stability is necessary. Common applications for heavy-duty nylon and polyester mesh include:
A polyester cargo net offers an excellent solution for securing items quickly and efficiently, whether on a trailer or pickup truck bed. Cargo nets strap items down to reduce their mobility and prevent resulting damage.
Patient lift or transfer slings are crucial for their role in aiding medical personnel, allowing them to move patients comfortably and safely. While these slings are lightweight, at less than 8 oz. or 15 oz. per square yard, these slings can actually hold over 1,500 lbs. Universal, split-leg, and full-body slings reduce the amount of effort that healthcare staff must exert in lifting, and also minimize stress on the bodies of the injured or elderly.
Contact Jason Mills for Premium Knit Mesh Fabric Solutions
At Jason Mills, LLC, our focus is on manufacturing, distributing, and warehousing a variety of standard and custom industrial nylon and polyester mesh fabrics. Our team offers these high-performance materials in varying sizes, weights, mesh opening shapes, finishes, and colors to fit our customers’ specific applications. We are equipped with a highly skilled team of experts, high-end fibers, and sophisticated raschel and tricot machinery that enable us to develop warp knits for diverse end uses in industrial, commercial, and recreational fields.
For cargo nets and scrub pads, Jason Mills offers the following heavy-duty fabric solutions:
- Style 1996 Polyester
- Style 1925 Polyester
- Style 8605 Polyester Mesh
- Style 1992 Polyester Mesh
- Style 4320 Polyester Mesh
For patient lift swings, we use: