Knitted mesh is a metal wire or plastic strand knitted into a mesh structure in very much the same way as stockings or sweaters. Knitting produces mesh of interlocking loops. These loops can move relative to each other in the same plane without distorting the mesh, giving knitted mesh a two-way stretch. The output of this machine is a continuous stocking of mesh, which is pulled through the knitter by take-up rollers. It can be used directly in this flattened form as an insulation covering or it can be further processed into several other basic forms. It is used in a variety of applications that include vibration and shock absorption, noise suppression, heat transfer, insulation, flame arresters and engine catalysts.