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NBC Mesh Tension Guide

Note: The tension measurements listed in this interactive table are intended only as a guideline.

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MESH CODE MESH COUNT /in (±3) MESH COUNT /cm (±3) THREAD DIAMETER µm WARP BREAKING TENSION N/cm² WEFT BREAKING TENSION N/cm² STANDARD TENSION N/cm² (60% of breaking tension) ADVANCED TENSION N/cm² (70% of breaking tension) EXPERT TENSION N/cm² (90% of breaking tension)
508 -024 PW 508 200 24 28.2 27.7 16 19 25
508 -027 TW 508 200 27 39.9 37.2 22 26 33
460 -027 PW 460 180 27 30.5 30.6 18 21 27
420 -027 PW 420 165 27 31.6 29.4 18 21 27
420 -030 PW 420 165 30 41.8 39.9 24 28 36
380 -027 PW 380 150 27 30 30.7 18 21 27
380 -030 PW 380 150 30 34 39 22 26 33
380 -033 PW 380 150 33 40.9 42.7 25 29 38
380 -035 TW 380 150 35 50 50 30 35 45
355 -027 PW 355 140 27 27.4 25 16 18 24
355 -030 PW 355 140 30 36 36.7 21 25 32
355 -035 PW 355 140 35 45.3 46 27 31 40
330 -027 PW 330 130 27 26.3 24.7 15 17 22
330 -030 PW 330 130 30 32.7 33 20 23 30
330 -035 PW 330 130 35 45.3 43.1 26 30 38
315 -027 PW 315 125 27 26.2 25.6 15 18 23
315 -030 PW 315 125 30 33.8 31 18 21 28
305 -030 PW 305 120 30 30.2 30.5 18 21 27
305 -033 PW 305 120 33 35.6 36 21 25 32
305 -035 PW 305 120 35 41.7 43 25 30 38
305 -040 PW 305 120 40 50 50 30 35 45
280 -035 PW 280 110 35 38.5 36.7 22 26 33
270 -040 PW 270 106 40 45.4 46.2 27 31 40
255 -035 PW 255 100 35 37.8 36.4 22 26 33
255 -040 PW 255 100 40 42.3 42 25 29 37
230 -040 PW 230 90 40 40.4 38 23 27 34
230 -045 PW 230 90 45 50 50 30 35 45
225 -048 PW 225 88 48 50 50 30 35 45
200 -045 PW 200 79 45 42.2 43.6 25 29 38
200 -048 PW 200 79 48 47.1 46 27 32 41
200 -055 PW 200 79 55 44 43.3 26 30 39
180 -048 PW 180 71 48 42.4 42.4 25 29 38
180 -055 PW 180 71 55 43.5 43.7 26 30 39
160 -048 PW 160 63 48 38 40 22 26 34
160 -063 PW 160 63 63 44 43.5 26 30 39
150 -048 PW 150 59 48 30.8 31.9 18 21 28
150 -048 PW 150 59 48 33.3 32.5 19 22 29
150 -055 PW 150 59 55 44.6 44.6 27 31 40
140 -063 PW 140 63 63 41 44.4 24 28 37
135 -045 PW 135 53 45 26.6 26.2 15 18 23
135 -048 PW 135 53 48 29.3 29 18 20 26
135 -055 PW 135 53 55 33.5 35.5 21 24 31
125 -071 PW 125 49 71 42.2 42.1 25 29 38
120 -045 PW 120 47 45 21.6 23.8 12 14 19
120 -048 PW 120 47 48 30.4 28.1 17 20 25
120 -055 PW 120 47 55 28.8 30 18 21 26
120 -063 PW 120 47 63 44.6 43.7 26 31 40
110 -080 PW 110 43 80 43.8 43.3 26 30 39
100 -055 PW 100 39 55 27.7 29.4 17 20 26
100 -071 PW 100 39 71 45.3 45.3 27 32 41
100 -071 PW 100 27 71 36.3 36.5 22 25 33
90 -071 PW 90 35 71 44 42.7 26 30 39
90 -080 PW 90 35 80 44.4 44.3 27 31 40
80 -071 PW 80 31 71 43.2 43.2 26 30 39
80 -100 PW 80 31 100 45.3 45.5 27 32 41
60 -125 PW 60 24 125 45.4 46.2 27 32 41
60 -150 PW 60 24 150 50 50 30 35 45
Definition of Tension Classes
Standard Tension
Good for all printers using mechanical stretching devices or simpler printing machines that don’t include advanced controls that high tension screens would require.
Advanced Tension
Requires stable frames, an experienced technician, and a high quality stretching device. Operators will need to use minimum off-contact distance during printing.
Expert Tension
Suitable only for expert screen makers and machine operators utilizing state-of-the-art stretching equipment. Demands great care and minimum off-contact distance during printing.
Notes
  • The breaking tension measurements listed above were taken on a 100 cm x 100 cm (approx. 39.4″ x 39.4″) mechanical stretching device
  • Recommended tension values are calculated from the breaking tension measurements
Need More Information?

For assistance in achieving the ideal tension level for NBC mesh, please contact NBC Meshtec Americas at (800) 235-5056, or visit our team page to find the Technical Sales Representative for your area.