How to Choose the Right Machine for Screening Silica Sand

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Quickly and accurately screening silica sand is an important priority in a number of manufacturing processes. Your choice of screening machine will have a significant impact on the quality of product you deliver and, as a result, on your bottom line and long-term financial viability.

There are a number of silica sand screening machines on the market today — choosing the right one requires a careful consideration of a number of factors. Here are some things to think about before making a decision.

Application Requirements

Silica sand is used in a number of different industries and processes, including glassmaking, chemical production, metal casting and more. It can be found in roofing products and construction materials, in paints and coatings as well as in electronics and other consumer goods. The specific requirements of your end user will determine the characteristics your product must possess and, as such, the best machine for the job. If you’re unsure about your screening and processing requirements, contact VibraScreener™ to speak with one of our engineers directly.

Machine Type

Vibratory screening equipment is typically used to process silica sand. Within that category, however, exist a wide range of machines of various sizes and configurations. A sloped screen design will typically provide the best combination of high processing rates and small footprint when working with silica sand. A feed distributor is another useful feature to have, as it will spread the material more evenly across the screen surface. This, in turn, reduces the risk of blinding, keeping your output high, minimizing wear on screening media and limiting downtime.

Operating and Maintenance Requirements

Choosing a machine for screening silica sand requires more than just matching the right equipment with the task. In a high-volume production facility, keeping overhead costs low is another important consideration. Some things to think about when selecting a vibrating screen for silica sand include:

  • Footprint and throughput: A smaller machine saves space on your production floor, is easier to clean and reduce downtime optimizing productivity and resources. At the same time, smaller industrial screening equipment may not be able to process high volume of silica sand quickly. Consider your production requirements and look for a machine that combines high throughput with a small footprint.

  • Maintenance requirements: Frequent downtime for machine service or repairs can quickly eat into your productivity. Paying more for a reliable machine with high-quality components is an investment that will deliver long-term returns. Look for a vibratory screen that features fewer wearable parts such as shafts and bearings, as well as high-quality sieving media that will be less prone to oxidation.

Ultimately, when shopping for a vibrating screening machine for processing silica sand, you want something that will deliver performance when you require it, at a low cost.

As a leading manufacturing of industrial sifting and sieving equipment, VibraScreener™ has several screening machines that fit the bill. Our Bison Separator™ is one of our most popular vibrating screens for screening silica sand. Available with a sloped screen design, it features a quick access door for easy maintenance, a wide range of inlet and outlet sizes as well as multiple adjustment options for added versatility. For more information or to request a quote, contact our office today to speak to a screening specialist about your application.