If you work with a rectangular screening separator to sift smaller particles away from a larger mass during an assembly line process, you will want to take steps in selecting and caring for the screens used to do this work. Using the wrong type of screen or failing to do routine maintenance on the ones you use can lead to an unfortunate halt to production. To avoid this, use these tips to keep your screens in the best possible condition.

Select The Right Type Of Screen For The Job

Not all screens work the same at separating smaller portions of a substance from a larger piece. If you use a screen with holes that are too small, pieces of the material can become trapped inside these voids, possibly clogging the entire screen after it runs for a short while. It is important to know what the approximate size of the separated material will be before selecting screens to fit your machine. Since screens come in an abundance of hole sizes, selecting one that fits this approximation will keep the screens from clogging.

If the product cannot easily be ground down to a powder form, it may need to be altered by adding water or a chemical beforehand. Do not rely on the screens to do the job in separating of the material you are trying to consolidate if it does not disintegrate easily. 

Keep Screens Cleaned To Keep Production Moving

When using screens, you will usually have a series of two or three different types for the matter to be pushed through. During this process, it is possible some of the holes will become filled with material. This will need to be removed to keep production moving. Taking the time to remove the screens and give them a cleaning will take less time than trying to repair a piece of machinery that has become clogged with material because matter could no longer fit through the screen holes.

Check on the screens every hour or two to make sure there is no accumulation of material inside each tray. At the first sign of a build up, stop the equipment, remove the screens and rinse them down to remove embedded matter from the screen holes. 

Have Backups Available For Busy Production Times

If you cannot afford to take time to clean a screen due to a deadline you must meet for your employer, it can be beneficial to have a set of spare screens on hand for this reason. Keep extra screens near your rectangular screening equipment to do a quick swap when matter seems to be building up inside the holes. Have another employee rinse the original screens used so you can put them in the spare pile to be utilized if the equipment slows down once again. This can save time in production and you can catch up on cleaning all screens near the end of your shift. Contact a company, such as Midwestern Industries Inc, for more information.