Longer wear life with synthetic media
One of the greatest advantages of synthetic media over wire mesh is the longer wear life. Despite of the high initial investment, most of the times this the longer wear life justifies the use of synthetic media.
The typical wear life of wire mesh is approximately 300 to 600 hours, while for synthetic media it is about 2,000 to 5,000 hours, depending on the material size and abrasivity.
In addition to the quality of the compound used in the production, a factor that decisively influences the wear life, is the thickness of the media. However, care should be taken when choosing thicker media, as it can negatively affect all the other performance parameters, as shown in the following illustration.