Seven Daily Steps to Optimize Vibrating Screen Performance
Vibrating screens are engineered for hard work. Designed to maintain their g-force and constant stroke even under surge, these machines can really take a beating. That doesn’t mean they can continue operating efficiently without any attention, though. Taking a few moments each day to ensure vibrating screens are in optimal condition will keep them running smoothly and generate a strong ROI.
Here are seven easy steps to take daily to keep your machine running at peak performance.
1. Lockout-Tagout vibrating screens to ensure safety during inspection
Properly shut off vibrating screens and ensure they cannot be turned back on until the maintenance is complete.
2. Perform a visual inspection of the machine’s environment
Pay attention to debris on walking paths and workspaces to ensure they are clean and safe. Make sure all informational signs are clean and legible, promoting a safer and more alert work environment, which in turn means a more productive work environment.
3. Inspect the screen for any signs of material buildup or caking
Clean the machine completely, paying close attention to any areas where material may cake or build up.
4. Inspect the mounting system
Ensure the system is secure and free from damage, paying close attention for cracks or other damage that could transform into a costly breakdown over time.
5. Visually inspect the machine for signs of wear
Check for cracks and loose components, which can point to larger issues that need to be addressed. Pay close attention to the safety guards, ensuring they are firmly in place and not showing any signs of being compromised.
6. Ensure drive bearings are properly lubricated and grease lines are intact
Proper greasing is essential for the vibrating screen’s longevity and preventing unexpected shutdowns. Inspect grease lines to ensure they are in good working condition. Tighten them if necessary. Also take note of any excess lubricant leaking from the machine. Be sure to follow lubrication intervals noted in the operation manual.
7. Perform a visual inspection of the screen media
Improperly maintained screen media can pose a risk of unexpected breakdowns. Check to ensure the screen media on your vibrating screen is clean and properly tensioned, as well as free from damage or wear on the screen components. Increase the tension equally on both sides if the screen media is loose. If screen media is worn or damaged, replace it. This includes the bar rail liners.
Daily inspections and preventative maintenance can significantly improve the productivity and safety of vibrating screens, often preventing unnecessary downtime, and saving on costly repairs. It’s an effort that will offer peace of mind in addition to greater profits in the long run.
Learn about steps to take for weekly and monthly inspections and maintenance in upcoming issues to further optimize your operation.
About the Author
Wilm Schulz is the parts and service manager at Haver & Boecker Niagara, a leading provider in screening, pelletizing and mineral processing plants and systems. His more than one decade of experience with the company helps him lead a team focused on providing customers with processing equipment solutions and services that offer prolonged equipment life and increased efficiency. Contact Wilm at firstname.lastname@example.org.
About Haver & Boecker Niagara
Haver & Boecker Niagara is a leading provider in screening, pelletizing and mineral processing plants and systems. The company’s mission is to deliver the best of these technologies to customers in the mining, minerals, aggregates, cement, building products, fertilizer and salt and recycling industries. With deep roots and years of experience in these industries, Haver & Boecker Niagara uses its innovative and shared technologies to effectively meet the needs of customers around the world. For more information: email email@example.com; www.haverniagara.com; Facebook; LinkedIn; YouTube; and Instagram.