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Different Uses For a Vibrating Screen by Carolyn Clayton

[Feb 08, 2011]

A vibrating screen or sieve plays an essential role in industries that involve classifying, separating, sizing, and sorting various materials. They are important in both manufacturing and industrial domains. Their size, design, weight, and operation method can vary dramatically; this is important as they can then provide the maximum possible efficiency for whatever use they are put to. In general terms vibratory sieves and screens are used in the initial processing stage of various raw materials as well as in recycling plants and occasionally in environmental clean up operations.

A vibrating screen or sieve can be basket shaped, cylindrical, flat, curved, or an irregular shape. There are flat bed designs which are inclined so as to use gravity during the screening process. The size of the equipment will vary depending upon the weight and dimensions of the materials that are to be cleaned or sorted.

In most cases the vibrating screen would be made out of a tough and durable metal. Whether a single screen would be required or a series will depend upon if a multistage sorting process is to be used. The equipment would normally be arranged in such a way that the screen feeders are able to load the material seamlessly without any spillages.

If you need to separate liquids from a solid compound then a sieve bed screen would be the best investment. These are commonly found in processing plants such as those that produce sugar, as well as in cement mixing plants, mineral reclamation, and water treatment companies. If you are involved with the disposal or treatment of industrial waste then the screens would reduce the amount of burden that is place on the actual clarifier.

If the materials that are to be guarded are light then the vibrating screen used can be manufactured out of a less heavy material, for example looped wire. Another option is chrome plates or ceramic plates. Both are known for their long life and versatility, they do not wear down as fast as some of the other designs.

The actual vibrating action can be controlled through pressing, rolling, or shaking. In some cases water will also be used to reduce the effort involved. There are also a few designs that integrate centrifugal force into their operation.

You can also incorporate a vibrating sieve or screen into your business to cut down on wastage. It is now not unusual to find industries that reuse such products as machine oil and coolant. Over time industrial liquids can become contaminated by dirt such as small metal filings. It is even possible to separate thick oil from water using some screens and sieves.

Before you invest in any vibrating screen consider whether it is to be kept in one place or moved around on a regular basis. There are portable options available though they are not as large or as durable as the fixed designs. It is important to explain in full your exact requirement to any dealer in industrial hardware so that you can be certain that your money will be well spent.

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For more information on Vibrating Screens and Vibratory Feeders please visit Gough & Co (Engineering) Ltd.
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