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Keep Things Flowing: 3 Steps To Keep Your Sifting Screens Working Properly

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If your industrial machinery utilizes sifting screens, you need to make sure those screens are well-maintained. The last thing you need is for the screen to tear or clog in the middle of a big job. If that happens, all work is going to have to stop while you repair the damage. You can prevent work stoppage and increase productivity by keeping your sifting screen well-maintained. Here are three steps that will help keep your sifting screen in good condition.

Avoid Water

If your sifting screen is being used for aggregate material such as rock, gravel or sand, water can cause a serious problem for your screens. Even a small amount of water can cause a muddy, sticky mess on your screens. Rust is another serious problem that can be caused by water. If your sifting screens become rusted, the strength of your screen can be undermined. If the rust problem continues, your screen can break. Prevent damage to your screen by keeping water away from the workspace.

Keep It Clean

If your sifting screen is in continual use, it's going to get dirty. There's no way to avoid dirt, especially in an industrial job. However, too much dirt and debris on your sifting screen can lead to clogs. When that happens, your screen won't sift properly. Instead the material you're trying to sift will just sit on the screen and build-up.

You can prevent build-up by cleaning your screen several times throughout the day. If you're not sure how often you should clean your screen, have your line operators monitor how often the screen gets clogged. Once you've determined how often you experience clogs, you'll be able to schedule your screen cleanings. For instance, if your screens are clogging twice a day, have your line operators clean the screens twice a day.

Inspect for Sagging

Your sifting screen holds a lot of weight throughout the workday. Over time, that weight can cause your sifting screen to sag in the middle. If left alone, the screen could eventually tear. You can prevent sagging and tears by adjusting your sifting screen as part of the normal daily maintenance routine. It's also a good idea to inspect the sifting screen at the end of each shift. This will ensure that the screen is in proper working condition for the next day.

You depend on your sifting screen. The tips provided here will help keep it in proper working order and help you prevent work stoppage due to screen issues. 

If you need to replace your sifting screen, consider contacting a company like Midwestern Industries Inc.