Decorative chevron pattern of wire mesh, Versatile Channel corner pieces made by stainless steel decorative  mesh

Architectural Fabrication

With over 100 years of experience, Banker Wire understands how to work with wire mesh. Whether you want to form it, cut it or frame it, Banker Wire has the capabilities, knowledge and contacts to ensure your architectural project is a success. Incorporating wire mesh into your next project starts with a phone call to Banker Wire. Our knowledgeable staff can assist with building a robust wire mesh specification that is right for your design goals. Whatever the application, Banker Wire can also recommend trusted industry specific partners that can collaborate to ensure all aspects of the project are considered.

Framing Details
Versatile Spine Architectural Woven Wire Mesh Mounting/Framing Option

Versatile Spine

Angle Iron Architectural Woven Wire Mesh Mounting/Framing Option

Angle Iron

U-Edge Architectural Woven Wire Mesh Mounting/Framing Option

U-Edge

Cutting

Architectural Woven Wire Mesh Fabrication - Cutting

Forming

Architectural Woven Wire Mesh Fabrication - Forming

Framing

Wire Mesh Frame Options

Banker Wire is primarily a woven and welded wire mesh manufacturer.  We have over 100 years experience working with and understanding the product's unique physical characteristics. When the situation is appropriate, Banker can fabricate wire mesh panels for attachment to a structure. Using simple materials and strategies, having us provide a perimeter around the wire mesh can be very beneficial to the designer, contractor and installer. Choosing the right frame for the project starts with understanding the benefits of each frame style listed below. When the strategies presented below are not right for your project, we can put you in contact with our specialized industry partners that can provide more in-depth fabrication and installation options for you and your design goals.

What you should know: 

Work with Banker

Banker Wire is the world leader in mesh manufacturing.  We represent an invaluable resource within the wire mesh industry for design strategy and incorporating our vast range of products into a functional application. Banker can assist in choosing the right approach for mesh selection, frame style and mounting technique to meet design needs and performance standards. We can also recommend manufacturing partners to collaborate in many specific industries such as: Railings, Ceilings, Elevators, Signs and Displays, Vertical Surfacing, Facades, Awnings, Millwork and Grilles.

Call Banker Wire at 800-523-6772 to discuss your next project.

Versatile Spine

Versatile ChannelVersatile Spine

Versatile Spine is a modern alternative to traditional framing strategies. Thin, strong, customizable, and created to work with glass mounting strategies, the Versatile Spine frame can be designed to any attachment or aesthetic requirement. Utilizing a three-layer laminate system, the wire mesh is welded to the center spine then sandwiched by two outer veneer covers. Typical starting widths are one inch, with a thickness comparable to that of half-inch glass. The Versatile Spine frame width and shape can be modified to suit nearly any residential or commercial application.

For larger spacing mesh patterns, the center spine is laser cut to receive each wire. The inside edge of the frame appears solid except for where the wire enters the assembly. For tighter spaced mesh patterns, a versatile channel assembly is used. The wires are still welded to a center spine, but away from view.

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Versatile Spine frame with mounting tabVersatile SpineCustomized Versatile Channel Frame DesignVersatile Channel frame with extended horizontal edgeM44-2 wire mesh framed in Versatile Spine Frame with mounting tabsVersatile Spine with Hole for mounting in powder coated finish
What you should know: 
  • Versatile Spine or Channel is highly customizable in scale or shape.  The laser cut design offers unlimited options.
  • The Versatile spine gets its strength from center line out with the mesh welded to the center Spine.  The outer veneers are held on using VHB tape.  
  • Welding directly to the Spine is not recommended unless designed with horizontal or vertical "Extends".
  • The thin overall thickness allows for many glass mounting strategies.
  • Holes can be provided through the front face of the frame for mounting without jeopardizing strength integrity.

Angle Iron

Angle Iron - StandardAngle Iron - Flat BarAngle Iron - Wrapped

When properly executed, angle iron can be very effective in framing wire mesh. As a fundamental structural shape, angle iron is readily available in many different sizes and profiles.  It can be used to create a strong and suitable interface method.

The common configurations of using the Angle Iron frame style with wire mesh are “Standard”, “Bar and Angle”, and “Wrapped”. The “Standard” option is to weld the wire mesh to the backside of an Angle Iron perimeter. “The Bar and Angle” approach is a non-welded, friction-fit solution for mesh that is unable to be welded to the frame or for when an aesthetic makes the visible tails of the mesh less desirable. The “Wrapped” option is better suited for a tighter, slightly more opaque wire mesh where a frameless appearance is desired. In this configuration, the wire mesh is bent on a press brake and then positioned around the outside of the Angle Iron.

Call Banker to discuss the right configuration for your next project.

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Wire mesh framed in angle iron with powder coated finishFPZ-52 woven wire mesh wrapped around angle iron frame in powder coat finishFPZ-46 wire mesh framed in stainless angle iron frameM44-2 wire mesh frame in stainless angle iron frame with counter sunk holes for mountingStainless S-15 wire mesh framed in a plain steel angle and bar frame Angle Iron Frame designed with custom mounting tabsCustom Angle Iron frame in the shape of an ovalM33-2 wire mesh framed in stainless steel angle iron frames
What you should know: 
  • Angle Iron can provide the stiffness needed when the size of the panel is extreme or the mesh being framed is not rigid enough.
  • Many different angle iron profiles are readily available to suit the desired look and function
  • The 90 degree angle finishes off the mesh from the front and provides a unique mounting opportunity along the return legs.
  • Angle iron creates a natural stand-off to a vertical surface when mounting it to a wall or casework.
  • A very useful strategy whether done in a shop environment or at the jobsite.  

U-Edge

U-Edge

U-edge is the most common way to provide a safe and economical perimeter edge around a wire mesh panel. The Banker Wire U-edge framing material provides a finished look to any wire mesh perimeter. The clean and defined square edge, which is 13 gauge, 1.5” construction, is easy to work with and can be used as a framing solution for a wide range of wire mesh patterns and spacings.

Banker Wire offers completely fabricated wire mesh U-edge panels, or we can supply individual sticks of U-edge for you to fabricate the frame and finish on your own.

Banker Wire maintains inventory of both Plain Steel (HRPO) and T304 Stainless Steel (Mill Finish) for quick response. T316 Stainless and Galvanized are available through special order only. Various web dimensions are available (.2500", .3125", .3750", .4375", and .5000") to suit the wire mesh overall thickness and standard lengths are 120”.

Please contact us for other available options.

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U-Edge Mounting System with tabsU-Edge Mounting System in stainlessU-Edge Mounting System in powder coated finishU-Edge corner detail in stainless steelM22-80 wire mesh framed in U-Edge with tabsM12Z-17 wire mesh framed in U-Edge with tabsM22-27 wire mesh framed in U-Edge with tabsM31Z-3 wire mesh framed in U-Edge with tabsBanker U-Edge profiles
What you should know: 
  • U-Edge is a roll formed channel that simply encapsulates the mesh around the perimeter.  This requires that the mesh being framed is self supporting in relation to the size of the panel
  • U-edge can be designed with or without custom mounting tabs, or we can provide a hole through the front face for a mechanical connection.
  • Weep holes in the bottom of the U-Edge are standard for exterior and powder coat finishing.
  • Banker will choose the correct web dimension that is most appropriate for the mesh being framed.  A tight fit is desired.
  • The thin overall profile allows for glass clips to be used for mounting the panel to the railing posts.

Cutting

Laser Cutting

Banker Wire utilizes a Mazak 4000W Space Gear laser table capable of 2-D or 3-D cutting operations. This high precision cutting tool has an operating envelope of 5'x10' that cuts through wire mesh, sheet metal or tube with ease. Central to the fabrication department, this machine is the go to tool for cutting wire mesh in high precision specialty shapes. The consistency of the wire mesh and the cutting accuracy of the laser table allows Banker to keep pace with even the most lofty of design visions.

Plasma Cutting

The 60" x 120" CNC plasma cutting table works through heavy wire mesh or heavy plate with speed and accuracy. The plasma cutting torch is Banker's cutting work horse when it comes to carbon steel and pre-galvanized coarse wire mesh shapes and sizes.

Shear Cutting

Banker wire has multiple power squaring shears used for precision cutting of all mesh types and materials. Our shears are capable of shearing mesh with wire diameters of .375" and up to 14' wide.

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Laser Cutting MeshLaser cutting for specialty shapesPlasma cutting for specialty shapesConsistent wire mesh shear cutsWire mesh being cut on shearWire mesh circle cuts on laser table

Forming

Press Brake

Both pre-crimped woven wire mesh and welded wire mesh can be formed using a press brake.  Banker Wire operates 6 press brakes up to 14' wide to bend and form the woven and welded wire mesh for many different industries.  Forming the wire mesh adds rigidity as well as transforms the flat sheets into functional panels for industrial assemblies or architectural design features.  Many types of edging can also be formed to create a custom perimeter profile for the wire mesh.  

Roller

Pre-Crimped wire mesh is a tight and rigid product that can be formed into nearly any shape required using a roller. Banker can achieve a smooth radius on light to medium duty wire mesh using our roller equipment.

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Notched and formed wire meshUsing press brake to bend wire mesh sidesBending mesh on press brakeRolling the mesh and welding to flat bar