A wide range of industries and applications use vibratory screeners and separators, including food and beverage, pharmaceutical, mining, recycling, agriculture and more. As a result, it can be difficult to choose the most suitable industrial vibratory screening machine for your specific needs. When selecting your next industrial screening machine, consider these five factors to ensure long-term value and productivity of your operation:
- Machine Type:You can break industrial vibrating screeners down into three categories: circular screeners, rectangular screeners and gyratory mechanical screeners. Circular or round screeners tend to be more compact, and they are limited in the type and quantity of materials they can process. Rectangular screeners, on the other hand, can process more and are typically better suited for heavy duty applications. Lastly, gyratory mechanical screeners are larger and more complex machines, suitable for bulk sorting and screening but not for finer or sanitary applications. This type of industrial screening equipment is ideal for materials with variable shapes as the side to side motion of these high performance screeners to screen the material without vertical movement.
- Screen Size:The size and type of screen in a vibratory separator is what determines the materials and the capacity it can process. Most screens are made from wire mesh and available in various aperture sizes. In addition to choosing the right size vibrating screen for your product, special consideration may be required when working in aseptic environments or with materials sensitive to contamination such as in the food and pharmaceutical industries.
- Capacity:The more material an industrial screening machine can process at once, the shorter your cycle times will be. The obvious drawbacks to a high-capacity vibrating screen separator are its increased footprint and higher operating costs. Consider your production needs and choose appropriately.
- Environmental Concerns:Industrial screening machines produce noise and dust, which can create problems in highly sensitive environments, such as food and pharmaceutical manufacturing plants. When choosing a screener, you need to consider not only the machine itself but also how it will interact with other equipment you’re running in the same area. Well-respected manufacturers such as VibraScreener® produce a diverse product line, with many machines suitable for clean rooms and other sensitive environments.
- Cost and Maintenance RequirementsWhen purchasing an industrial screening machine, you tend to pay more for quality. An initial investment in a screening machine with dedicated features to your specific needs is likely to deliver better performance, more uptime and fewer maintenance requirements — key long-term benefits for any operation.