PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT: PERFEX EXPANDED METAL

Perfex for Diffuser Grilles Applications

 

Perfex Expanded Metal

Commercial HVAC systems typically include a perforated vent diffuser grille. Wallner Expac offers an alternative that looks like perforated metal but has all the advantages of expanded metal: Perfex.

Perfex, our Product Spotlight for this quarter is not your traditional diamond-shaped expanded metal. With an innovative design and using a precision manufacturing process that does not punch the metal, Wallner Expac can produce expanded metal with an aesthetic circle finish.

 

WHY USE PERFEX AS DIFFUSER GRILLES?

Structual Stability and Pattern Uniformity
A key advantage of expanded metal over perforated is how it is manufactured. Using Wallner Expac’s Shear-Form® service of manufacturing, the metal is slit and simultaneously stretched instead of punching holes in it. This yields a high strength-to-weight ratio with pattern uniformity. Perfex is designed to allow maximum air circulation, leading to increased indoor air quality and efficient HVAC operations.

Less is More!
By slitting and stretching, the expanded metal process conserves material by providing a greater yield in finish product to raw. A typical yield of finished to raw product is 3:1 and often significantly more depending how much the metal is stretched.

Manufactured in the USA
As with all expanded metals from Wallner Expac, Perfex is manufactured to customer specifications in its California and Georgia facilities. It can be expanded in widths up to 48”, flattened, and even painted or powder coated. This combination of strength and aesthetics makes Perfex a great choice for applications such gates and fencing, pet guards, ceiling panels, partitions, and of course vent mesh for diffuser grilles.

Wallner Expac has over 50 decorative and standard expanded metal patterns- including our patented X-Mesh® and MicroForm™, all tunable to meet your needs. Should a new pattern need to be created, Wallner Expac’s on-site design and engineering team is available for collaboration. For a turnkey solution, our on-site tooling facility offers post-production metal forming services include flattening, stamping, surface grinding, Wire EDM, CNC machining, and more.

For more information including sample requests, please contact Manuel Menchaca, Sr. Marketing Manager at mmenchaca@expac.com or (909) 736-4894.

COVID-19 BUSINESS OPERATIONS UPDATE

Wallner Expac is Operating with Health & Safety Measures in Place

 

ONTARIO, Calif. – March 20, 2020 – As the status of COVID-19 is extremely dynamic, Wallner Expac will continue to make proactive decisions that are in the best interest of our customers, suppliers, and employees. As the circumstances continue to evolve, we have enacted proactive measures to ensure the well-being of our employees, continue to provide quality product and service to you, and to do our part to mitigate its transmission.

BUSINESS OPERATIONS
We are open for business. Wallner Expac is considered an essential supplier for many critical infrastructure sectors, including those that help to improve indoor air quality. As such, we are committed to ensure we do our part to not adversely affect your operations.

MANUFACTURING & PRODUCTION
All our production facilities- including California are operational and will continue to manufacture to respond to our customers’ demands.

FREIGHT & DELIVERIES
Although many of our office personnel are working remotely, our Shipping & Receiving Department is open and continues to make and receive deliveries.

SUPPLY CHAIN
To date, there are no risks to our supply chain. As a precautionary measure, we have conducted a Supply Chain Risk Assessment and have deployed a business continuity plan.

ADDITIONAL PREVENTATIVE MEASURES
Although all our locations are open, all corporate travel and face-to-face meetings have been suspended through March 31 and may be extended.

These are challenging times and we will continue to closely monitor COVID-19’s impact and make proactive decisions that are best for the care of our employees, customers, and suppliers. We will provide you with timely updates should we identify concerns within our supply chain or operations. Be safe, and please feel free to contact us with questions or concerns.

PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT: X-MESH® EXPANDED METAL

Patented light gauge expanded metal for residential, commercial, and industrial filters

 

X-Mesh UL

Every quarter we showcase one of our more than 60 expanded metal patterns, and with Spring around the corner allergies are soon to follow. Now is the time to change your HVAC filters to ensure optimal air quality, but not all filters are created equal. Kicking off 2020, this Product Spotlight features our patented X-Mesh® light gauge expanded metal which is specifically engineered for HVAC filters to provide peak performance, maximize product lifecycle, and increase environmental awareness by contributing to a healthier environment.

In 1975, known then as Wallner Tooling and Stamping introduced expanded metal as a replacement for welded wire used in filter media backing. This revolutionary pleated expanded metal material served the same purpose as the welded wire with a significant cost savings.

Over the years, we consistently refined this expanded metal resulting in X-Mesh®, the light gauge expanded metal manufactured specifically for use in HVAC filters. In 1994 X-Mesh® was awarded U.S. Patent No. 8,696,781. This new industry standard in filter media backing features a unique pattern that provides a superior product for residential, commercial, and industrial filters- with an added cost savings.

X-Mesh® Advantages Include:

◊  Stronger pleat back for a superior quality product

◊  Optimum filter performance as a result of pleat uniformity

◊  Improved airflow through a larger area

◊  Minimized spring back in pleat unit

◊  Consistent pleat height increases contact points between die cut and media

◊  Our Shear-Form® service of manufacturing increases the elongation of the SWD, arranging the strands in a direction favorable for pleating

◊  Multiple variants have been developed and are available, with the capabilities to create a version for your needs.

As with all expanded metals from Wallner Expac, X-Mesh® is manufactured to customer specifications in its four U.S.-based manufacturing plants: California, Texas, and two in Georgia. Over 60 standard and decorative patterns are available; however, should you need a new pattern, Wallner Expac’s on-site design and engineering team is available to collaborate, design and produce one for you. To complement our manufacturing, our on-site tooling facilities provide additional services including flattening, stamping, Wire EDM processing, CNC machining, powder coat, and more.

If you’re a filter manufacturer and would like more information or samples of X-Mesh® or any of our other expanded metals, please contact Manuel Menchaca, Sr. Marketing Manager at mmenchaca@expac.com or (909) 736-4894.

WALLNER EXPAC TO EXHIBIT AT INAUGURAL FILTXPO CONFERENCE AND EXPO

As an Inaugural Exhibitor, Wallner Expac offers complimentary exhibit passes

 

ONTARIO, Calif. – February 11, 2020 – Wallner Expac, the developer and manufacturer of its patented X-Mesh® – the industry standard in filter media backing is excited to announce that it will exhibit at the inaugural FiltXPO™ International Filtration/Separation Exhibition & Technical Conference. To help kick off the inaugural FiltXPO, Wallner Expac has made available a limited amount of complimentary expo passes.

Formerly known as Filtration Conference and Expo, FiltXPO will be held February 26-28 at the Navy Pier in Chicago. Exhibiting in booth #319, Wallner Expac will showcase its expanded metals that offer optimal quality and performance for various filtration applications.

As the first manufacturer to develop expanded metal for use in pleated filters as a replacement for welded wire, Wallner Expac is committed to delivering sustainable and environmental solutions that ensure optimal air quality. As such, many leading filter companies partner with Wallner Expac as it continues to develop and introduce innovative products and solutions for the filtration industry.

Also featured by Wallner Expac will be its new MicroForm® expanded metal foils. Manufactured in its dedicated climate-controlled environment, MicroForm® is engineered for use in microfiltration, advanced battery technologies, speaker grilles, EMI/RFI shielding, and more.

Wallner Expac representatives will be on site to share its industry products and knowledge with attendees and demonstrate how their organizations can benefit from its comprehensive products and services– design, engineering, and manufacturing. Furthermore, attendees can learn how expanded metal has many uses beyond filtration including automotive, construction, architecture, and more.

Be sure to be a part of FiltXPO as it will not return until October 2021. This event is expected to draw over 2,000 filtration industry professionals and 200 exhibitors from around the world. Those interested in obtaining a complimentary expo pass should contact Manuel Menchaca, Sr. Marketing Manager, Wallner Expac.

WALLNER EXPAC FEATURED IN METAL ARCHITECTURE NEWS MAGAZINE

Off-the-shelf perforated, expanded and coil metal solutions can enhance interior spaces

 

ONTARIO, Calif. – July 31, 2019 – Wallner Expac, the developer and manufacturer of its patented X-Mesh® and other expanded metals is once again featured in Metal Architecture News.

The article, “Interior Applications of Perforated Metals: Off-the-shelf perforated, expanded and coil metal solutions can enhance interior spaces” highlights the increasing popularity of metal for use in interior applications. The entire Expanded Metal Interior section features contributed content from Manuel Menchaca, Sr. Marketing Manager, Wallner Expac and is accompanied with a picture of our four-way ceiling diffuser.

To read the entire article, click here.

For more information including sample requests, please contact Manuel Menchaca, Sr. Marketing Manager at mmenchaca@expac.com or (909) 736-4894.

MICROFORM® FEATURED IN CHARGED EV MAGAZINE

Wallner Expac launches Microform® expanded metal for batteries and EMI shielding

 

ONTARIO, Calif. – September 30, 2019 – Wallner Expac, the developer and manufacturer of its patented X-Mesh® and other expanded metals, today announced that Charged EVs Magazine has featured MicroForm®.

“Expanded metal developer Wallner Expac has added to its product line MicroForm, an expanded metal for applications such as support foils for batteries, EMI/RFI shielding, and microfiltration.”

To read the entire article, click here.

For more information including sample requests, please contact Manuel Menchaca, Sr. Marketing Manager at mmenchaca@expac.com or (909) 736-4894.

PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT: OASIS DECORATIVE EXPANDED METAL PATTERN

Oasis Pattern for Strength and Looks

 

Every quarter, we like to showcase one of our more than 60 expanded metal patterns, with this Product Spotlight featuring Oasis decorative pattern.

Most of our expanded metals feature a diamond-shaped pattern or variation of it. What makes our Oasis pattern unique are its curves: There are no sharp angles! This characteristic takes a detour from expanded metal’s traditional industrial look to a more aesthetic one.

But don’t let its good looks fool you. Manufactured using our Shear-Form® service of manufacturing our expanded metals, strength is not sacrificed for aesthetics. Oasis- like all our expanded metals- has a high strength-to-weight ratio, pattern uniformity, and has no points or welds that can separate. Manufactured to customer specifications, it’s available in widths up to 48” and strand widths and pitch can be optimized for use as solar shading, façades, privacy panels, and more.

Oasis is manufactured in our California and Georgia facilities. Additional decorative patterns include Apollo, Fiesta, Greco, Imperial, Mini Tahoe, Perfex, Pinnacle, Provincial, and Skip Meshes; should a new pattern need to be created, our on-site design and engineering team is available for collaboration. To complement production, available post-production services include flattening, stamping, powder coat, and pre-painted metals.

For product samples or more information, please contact Manuel Menchaca, Sr. Marketing Manager at mmenchaca@expac.com or (909) 481-8800.

WALLNER EXPAC ANNOUNCES PROMOTION OF ASTON FULLER TO VP OPERATIONS

Joins Wallner Expac’s Executive Team

 

ONTARIO, Calif. – August 20, 2019 – Wallner Expac, the developer and manufacturer of X-Mesh® and MicroForm® expanded metals, today announced the promotion of Aston Fuller to the position of Vice President of Operations with immediate effect. In his new role and member of the executive team, all plant managers, Engineering, Tool Room Assembly, and Maintenance teams will report directly to him.

“I am thankful to work with an incredible team and have so much gratitude to continually learn and develop from the opportunities that have been presented to me. The success that I have had at Wallner Expac is directly attributed to an entire team effort,” said Fuller. “I am excited about this promotion but am even more excited to continue to have fun working, learning, and growing with everyone to build on what we have to meet our individual and common goals.”

Announcing and welcoming the appointment, Mariana Orozco, President, Wallner Expac adds, “Aston has been instrumental in the company’s continuous design and operational improvements. His leadership and innovative drive will continue to strengthen our manufacturing platform to support future business growth.”

Fuller joined Wallner Expac over 10 years ago, starting as an intern while studying Engineering at California Polytechnic University, Pomona. Throughout his tenure, he has accepted increasingly complex responsibilities leading to promotions as Senior Engineer, Product Development Manager, and now Vice President of Operations. He will remain based at corporate headquarters in Ontario, Calif.

For more information please contact Manuel Menchaca, Sr. Marketing Manager at mmenchaca@expac.com or (909) 736-4894.

FOR THE FIRST TIME, WALLNER EXPAC TO EXHIBIT AT THE BATTERY SHOW 2019

Wallner Expac introduces MicroForm®, offers discount for the conference

 

ONTARIO, Calif. – August 12, 2019 – Wallner Expac, the developer and manufacturer of MicroForm®– its line of precision engineered expanded metals for use in specialized applications is excited to announce its inaugural exhibition at The Battery Show 2019.

To take place September 10-12 at the at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi, Mich., The Battery Show is North America’s largest and most comprehensive advanced battery manufacturing trade show. Exhibiting in booth #2929, Wallner Expac will introduce and showcase its new precision engineered MicroForm® expanded metal specifically for use in advanced battery technologies as the support structure for the electrically active material. Additional uses for MicroForm® include EMI/RFI shielding, microfiltration, speaker grilles, window and door screens, and more.

Manufactured in Wallner Expac’s climate-controlled environment to control precision specifications, MicroForm® can be manufactured into light- and heavy-gauge variants using common and exotic metals. Tight tolerances allow production capabilities to expand the LWDs from 0.125” down to 0.050” using materials with a minimum thickness of 0.002”. Post-production services include flattening, slitting, cut-to-length, stamping and more.

To celebrate its inaugural exhibition at The Battery Show, Wallner Expac is offering a limited quantity of promo codes to save 20 percent on the cost of a conference pass. Wallner Expac representatives will be on site to share its industry products and knowledge with attendees and demonstrate how their organizations can benefit from its comprehensive products and services– design, engineering, and manufacturing. Furthermore, attendees can learn how expanded metal has many uses beyond battery technologies including automotive, construction, architecture, and more.

The Battery Show will provide expert-led educational sessions and product showcases representing the full supply chain — from raw materials to recycling. The conference offers eight tracks of education covering topics crucial to every stage of the advanced battery supply chain and the expo delivers the largest exhibition of industry suppliers in North America. Combined with the Electric & Hybrid Vehicle Technology Expo, more than 650 suppliers come together to showcase their raw materials, components, cell makers, testing, and recycling products and services.

This is a must-attend event for engineers, innovators, and those looking to keep on pace with automotive, consumer, medical, and stationary application growth. Those interested in obtaining a complimentary expo pass and discount for the conference should contact Manuel Menchaca, Sr. Marketing Manager, Wallner Expac.

WALLNER EXPAC ANNOUNCES NEW EXPANDED METAL PRODUCT LINE: MICROFORM®

Precision Engineered Expanded Metals for Specialized Applications

 

Heavy Gauge MicroFormONTARIO, Calif. – July 25, 2019 – Manufacturer and designer of expanded metal Wallner Expac broadens its product line with the addition MicroForm®– its line of precision engineered expanded metals for use in specialized applications.

Responsible for the management, development, and implementation of MicroForm®, Sean Flora, MSME, Sr. Mechanical Design Engineer, Wallner Expac shares his thoughts: “After extensive design and development our team is proud to introduce MicroForm®. This new product offering has unique properties which afford us the opportunity to enter new markets and expand our corporate footprint. Accomplishing this required the combination of technical innovation and experience gained from decades of expanded metal manufacturing.”

Manufactured in Wallner Expac’s new climate-controlled environment, MicroForm® can be manufactured into light- and heavy gauge variants using common and exotic metals. Tight tolerances allow production capabilities to expand the LWDs from 0.125” down to 0.050” using materials with a minimum thickness of 0.002”. Post-production services include flattening, slitting, cut-to-length, stamping and more.

Mariana Orozco, President, Wallner Expac adds, “It’s always exciting to see a concept or idea brought to fruition. Being a part of the entire development process was both exciting and a valuable learning experience for myself as well as our whole team. The team leveraged its many years of experience to optimize our operations for the production of MicroForm®. Each and every employee played an intricate role in the creation and introduction of MicroForm® including the manufacturing of all the required equipment and tooling that was designed and fabricated in our state-of-the-art on-site tool room, and we couldn’t be any prouder of how our staff performed.”

Specialized uses for MicroForm® include:

Battery Technologies- Support Foils

Contrary to popular belief, it is the substrates– which are primarily composed of a paste or powder– that make up the electrically active material. These substrates are applied to a thin metal support foil that is wound or folded to provide a continuous layer. The electrolytes are formed from these substrates which are applied as a thin layer on current collector foils, such as aluminum for the cathode side and copper for the anode side.

EMI/RFI Shielding

When properly integrated into sensitive electronics, it can effectively suppress interference or unwanted frequency signals in aerospace, telecommunications, automotive, or other mission-critical systems.

Microfiltration

Our ability to precisely adjust the openings– including open area percentage allow its use for gaseous, solid, or liquid filtration applications.

Equally versatile for decorative applications, heavy gauge MicroForm® can be used for speaker grilles, shading, window and door screens, and more.

Additionally, the brand MicroForm® has been granted a registered trademark by the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office.

A dedicated MicroForm® web page and info sheet are now available with more literature forthcoming. For more information or samples, please contact Manuel Menchaca, Sr. Marketing Manager, Wallner Expac.