Eric Himes

By: Eric Himes on December 9th, 2022

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Understanding Woven Wire Mesh Purchase Orders

Wire Mesh

Industrial woven wire mesh is a versatile material known for its precise, rigid pore openings. Available in rolls and cut-to-size pieces, it allows manufacturers to fabricate their own wire mesh components in-house.

With the price of materials fluctuating drastically throughout the year, it can be hard to align the market with your budget. Fortunately, placing a purchase order can help make this a seamless task.

But what exactly is a purchase order, and how do they work?

W.S. Tyler has been a prominent entity in the wire mesh industry for over 150 years, helping customers remove the wire mesh roadblocks that hinder their process along the way.

With that, we wrote the following article to provide insight into everything you need to know about wire mesh purchase orders. You will learn:

  • What a purchase order is
  • How purchase orders work
  • The benefits of placing a purchase order
  • The limitations of a purchase order


What Is a Purchase Order?


A purchase order is an order agreement you and the wire mesh supplier agree upon that encompasses the shipment of a specific quantity of woven wire mesh over the course of six months to a year. With a purchase order, the mesh supplier will typically keep a designated quantity of material in stock, shipping material as needed.


How Does a Purchase Order Differ From a Blanket Order?

Blanket orders are a form of purchase order in which you and the mesh supplier agree upon a set quantity of mesh to be purchased. That said, a blanket order does not entail any specific release dates.

While a blanket order will still lock you into a set price for your wire mesh, a purchase order is the only way to guarantee set shipment intervals.


How Do Purchase Orders Work?

Placing a purchase order typically starts with the customer reaching out to request a quote for a specific quantity of a specific mesh specification. The mesh supplier will then send a quoted price back as well as what shipping options are available, which you both will have to agree upon.

Here at W.S. Tyler, we can either ship an agreed amount of material to you on specific dates or promise to keep a specific amount in stock and ship to you as needed, subtracting it from the total amount. Generally, our purchase orders are good for six months or a year.

Regardless, at the end of the agreed time period, any remaining material will be shipped, and the purchase order closed. Once the purchase order has concluded, you can have it reprocessed to ensure a continuous flow of material.


Why Should I Place a Purchase Order? What Are the Benefits?

There are many reasons why you may want to consider a purchase order. First and foremost, it enables to better time the market in terms of pricing.

The pricing of raw goods continues to trend upward with no end in sight. This leaves you with the daunting task of trying to find some sort of cost consistency.

Placing a purchase order locks you into the pricing at the time of the order, meaning you will not see the changes in pricing that would occur if you ordered wire mesh as needed.

Additionally, a purchase order will help ensure the wire mesh supplier always has the mesh specification you need in stock and ready to ship. This will ultimately work to reduce lead times.

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What Limitations Are Associated With Purchase Orders?

When it comes to placing a woven wire mesh purchase order with W.S. Tyler, there are very few limitations as to what can be accommodated. In fact, the only requirement you must adhere to is the six-month to a year order duration.

That said, you will not encounter any limitations in terms of dimensions or quantities.


Learn How To Manage Your Wire Mesh Stock

With a purchase order, you can order wire mesh in bulk and have it delivered on a timed schedule over the course of six months to a year. Not only does this ensure you have a steady stream of material, but it also helps you manage the cost of your mesh.

But in terms of ensuring you always have wire mesh on your shelves, placing a purchase order is only one piece of the puzzle. You must also work out the logistics of storing a certain quantity of mesh with the supplier so you can request material at a moment's notice.

With over 150 years of wire mesh experience, W.S. Tyler is here to help you manage your wire mesh application so you can spend more time focusing on other aspects of your operation.

To learn how W.S. Tyer can help manage your wire mesh stock, read the following article:

About Eric Himes

Eric is the sales manager of industrial woven wire mesh goods with a passion for helping customers leverage the many capabilities of woven wire mesh. As he continues to learn the ins and outs of wire mesh he is determined to help you implement a solution that is tailored to your exact needs.