Happy 2016! Now is the time to ensure your vibrating screen is in top working order for the new year. We all know the pace of the industry — leaving no time for downtime — which is why working with an OEM screening specialist is crucial for ensuring equipment efficiency. Be sure to inspect every component regularly — from the feed box to the discharge lip. Trained screening specialists have a keen eye for spotting cracks and wear areas, as well as the knowledge to help get any machine ready for the rest of the year.
Beyond thorough inspection, we recommend installing OEM parts. Each component is designed specifically for the equipment and offers a longer wear life compared to aftermarket components. Plus, certain manufacturers keep OEM parts stocked at all times — minimizing downtime.
Here are three steps to prepare your equipment for this year:
Step 1. Inspect Liners: Does the shaft liner need replacing? The liners protect the shaft housing and internal bearings. If one shows signs of heavy wear, such as shiny or fractured areas, replace it. Certain manufacturers offer rubber and polyurethane liners, which stand up to even the most abrasive materials, such as ore, sand or gravel. Installing an abrasion-resistant liner, such as a polyurethane cross member liner, also provides additional wear resistance. Polyurethane’s properties outperform steel and plastic and work well in rough, high-impact areas.
Step 2. Examine Side Plates: High wear areas, such as between the side plate and tension rail, require regular monitoring. When wear occurs, installing bar rail liners helps prevent further damage to the equipment. If you already use liners, it’s important to check them regularly; if worn liners go unnoticed, the side plates will wear and possibly crack, resulting in costly downtime and repairs. If the plates have already cracked, call an OEM. Certain manufactures provide certified technicians to install a repair kit on-site, which prevents further damage to the equipment.
Step 3. Repair and Replace Hardware: Inspect the tensioning hardware — nuts, bolts and washers — and replace if necessary. Also, take a good look at the tension rails. Are they worn, bent or cracked? If so, replace them. When changing tension rails, look for rails with a urethane coating; this extends the life of the rail significantly.
Overall, working with an OEM to perform regular equipment inspections increases equipment reliability and precision. For more frequent analysis, consider an advanced vibration analysis system that gives real-time operational feedback.
At Haver & Boecker, our screening specialists use the Pro-Deck approach — a sure-fire method to increase efficiency and productivity. The consultation includes innovative testing as well as an on-site inspection of your vibrating machine and screen media by a certified technician. This keeps operations running smoothly and minimizes downtime, which result in great productivity and profits.
Interested in a Pro-Deck inspection? Call a Haver & Boecker screening specialist today for more information: 1-800-325-5993.