Review of Quality Standards and Specifications
Industrial Wire Cloth
E2016: Standard Specification for Industrial Woven Wire Cloth (current)
Published by ASTM Subcommittee E29.01 for Sieves, Sieving Methods, and Screening Media, under Committee E29 for Particle Size Measurements, effective 1999.

This standard is essentially AWCI-01 revised to conform with ASTM guidelines. In October 1997 a request by the AWCI to replace E437 with a new standard for industrial wire cloth based on mesh designation was approved, as it was determined that on average AWCI-01 tolerances were approximately 5% tighter than the E437 tolerances. Today, E2016 is the most widely referenced and accepted standard for wire cloth in the United States.
AWCI-01: American National Standard for Industrial Wire Cloth (obsolete)
Published by ANSI, and sponsored by the American Wire Cloth Institute (AWCI), effective
June 1992.

By 1989, there was a void as RR-W360 was out of print and no longer supported by the Federal government. AWCI-01 was accordingly developed using RR-W-360 as the basis, and had the advantage of being the only standard to cover industrial wire cloth as specified and manufactured in the United States according to mesh. The standard was allowed to be withdrawn in July 1997 by the AWCI, due to new ANSI maintenance fees.
RR-W-360A: Wire Fabric, Industrial (obsolete)
Published by the Federal Supply Service, General Services Administration, for the use of all Federal agencies, effective December 1970.

This Federal Specification was originally published as RR-C-00440 effective February 1954, which was superseded by RR-C-440 effective April 1956, which was then superseded by RR-W-360 effective February 1963.

This was historically a widely referenced standard for wire cloth. It established types, classes, requirements and tolerances, as well as promoting 4 specific grades, based on wire diameters for certain mesh designations. RR-W-360 was used as the basis for writing AWC1-01. It became obsolete due to the government no longer supporting specifications.
E-437: Standard Specification for Industrial Wire Cloth and Screens (obsolete)
Published by ASTM Subcommittee E29.01 for Sieves, Sieving Methods, and Screening Media, under Committee E29 for Particle Size Measurement, effective 1971.

This specification intended to cover wire cloth for general industrial use and was commonly referenced, but was not applicable to industrial wire cloth as tolerances and specifications were based on width opening, not mesh count as used and woven domestically. It designated four grades of mesh and wire diameter combinations as did RR-W-360, but tolerances were based on the average width opening. Withdrawn by ballot March 2000.
A-A-1037A: Wire Fabric, Industrial (obsolete)
Published by the General Services Administration in lieu of RR-W360, not as a specification but as a Commercial Item Description (CDI), effective April 1980.

This document was very general, and was not truly applicable as it stated that wire fabric design, size, and tolerances shall be in accordance with ASTM-E-437. The Commissioner of the Federal Supply Service under GSA issued cancellation of CID A-A1037B (Rev. 1990) on January 10, 1994 and stated that ANSI/AWCI-01-1992 was to be used for procurement.
CS-232: Industrial Wire Cloth (obsolete)
Published by the U.S. Department of Commerce as a Commercial Standard (CS), with the cooperation of the National Bureau of Standards and the Industrial Wire Cloth Institute, effective October 1960.

The purpose of this standard was to promote fair trade and marketing practices and promote a better understanding of industrial wire cloth. It was comprehensive in attention to definitions and basic tolerances.
9044: Industrial Woven Wire Cloth - Requirements and Tests (current)
Published by the International Standards Organization (ISO), Subcommittee 8 for Test Sieves, Sieving and Industrial Screens, under Technical Committee 24 for Particle Characterization including Sieving, effective 1990

This detailed and comprehensive standard covers industrial woven wire cloth, but is not applicable for domestic wire cloth based on mesh designation. It specifies preferred designations based on aperture and grade, based on metric specifications, and excludes the definition of mesh.
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