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Flex-Mat 3’s Independently Vibrating Wires Increase Recycle Production

Sun March 08, 2009 - National Edition
Construction Equipment Guide

Flex-Mat 3 High-Performance, Self-Cleaning Screen Media from Montreal-based Major Wire Industries Limited helps recycle operations increase production speed, shorten project times and minimize downtime. Flex-Mat 3’s properties have improved production and throughput in more than 15,000 aggregate, mining and C&D recycling applications, according to the manufacturer.

Its independently vibrating wires increase product throughput by up to 40 percent over traditional woven wire or polyurethane panels by eliminating blinding, pegging and clogging. In addition, it has up to 30 percent more open area than woven wire for up to 30 percent more material throughput.

Wear life exceeds that of woven wire up to three times because there are no cross wires with high wear spots as there is with woven wire. With Flex-Mat 3, producers screen material faster and spend less time cleaning or replacing screens, providing a greater return on investment without the need to make major screen box changes.

For recycled asphalt pavement (RAP), stainless steel Flex-Mat 3 eliminates blinding, particularly in warm weather when recycled asphalt material can turn hot and sticky. It can be used on top, middle and bottom screen decks. For recycled concrete and demolition debris, Flex-Mat 3 is typically used on middle and bottom decks. When the problem is dust from fines, it eliminates blinding that occurs with dry and dusty material. For production of larger recycled concrete material, 1 to 1.25 in. (2.5 to 3 cm), Flex-Mat 3 is ideally suited because it eliminates pegging, according to the manufacturer.

Flex-Mat 3’s signature lime green polyurethane strips align to the screen box’s crown bars and hold individual wires in place as they run from hook to hook. The wires vibrate independently to better separate material, virtually eliminating blinding, pegging or clogging in recycle applications.

Flex-Mat 3 is available in a broad range of opening sizes — 30 mesh to 4 in. (10 cm) — and with a wide range of application-specific wire diameters, enabling Major Wire to fine tune each screen’s production speed to its greatest potential. Wire configurations include a diamond-shaped Flex-Mat “D” for most standard applications; wave-patterned Flex-Mat “S” for removal of fines; and triangular Flex-Mat “T” for heavy scalping or fine screening applications.

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