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MicroGrid® Precision Expanded Metal Foils
Our expanded metal solutions are widely used in the aerospace, electrochemical, medical, and automotive industries that require precision open-area metals to improve their end products.
A superior alternative to woven wire, our precision expanded metals are used in a wide variety of applications that require an open-area product. Dexmet expanded metal foils are used for aerospace and wind turbine lightning strike protection, EMI shielding, advanced primary and secondary battery electrode design, automobile bearings and bushings, as well as air and hydraulic filtration systems. All our expanded metals can be tailored to meet specific mechanical and electrical performance parameters. Whether it's EMI shielding effectiveness or lightning strike conductivity, the process of metal foil expansion is infinitely variable and can be fine-tuned to meet your performance specifications. Dexmet MicroGrid® expanded metal foils are available in most ductile metals, or we can work with your proprietary material.
Metals we regularly produce include:
aluminum, copper, nickel, cold rolled steel, stainless steel (302, 316, 409, 430), titanium, brass, zinc, Monel™
- One-piece, single-unit structure
- Eliminates unraveling and contact resistance of woven mesh
- Superior shielding, electrical and heat transfer properties
- Wide range of sizes, patterns, angles and materials
- Specialized process variations, such as flattening, pulling, and annealing available
Dexmet's typical standard expanded metal range can have diamond mesh sizes from .031" to .500″ (LWD). Open Area can range from as low as 30% to as high as 95%. The wide range in open areas can facilitate the use in laminations or coatings with a variety of other materials which may require a material to expand, contract or flex. Applications with unique parameters and requirements are perfect for expanded materials. Dexmet’s extensive manufacturing resources can accommodate many process variations for metal materials in a range of finished thicknesses.
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Dexmet Corporation manufactures precision expanded metals, foils and polymers with exacting mechanical and electrical properties to meet very tight conductivity, weight and dimensional tolerances. The company maintains a continuous commitment to quality control and process improvement, including SPC implementation. Ongoing innovations include our unique, strand annealing furnace, as well as a host of other, highly specialized, proprietary equipment.
Dexmet’s solid customer base is predicated upon its reputation as the premier, quality supplier of precision-expanded metal foils. Many of our customers are among the world’s most recognized brands. When they need quality expanded material for their end products and applications they come to Dexmet. We welcome you to the family of Dexmet customers.
The Dexmet Quality System is ISO 9001:2008 certified. The company subscribes to the standard’s requisite features, including documentation and record-keeping, while it also maintains a flexible stance toward evolving standards and innovative ideas from our customers and employees. Thus, whenever a better way emerges to reduce cost, reduce scrap, improve quality, improve customer service and make it easier for our employees to produce your product with the smallest possible product variation, Dexmet’s Quality System is poised to incorporate these benefits.
The Dexmet Quality System is driven by the needs of our customers. We have adopted many suggestions from our customers and will continue to do so. It is this teamwork that makes us better.