Pro-Deck Screen Approach Now Includes Modular Panels

Mon August 12, 2013 - National Edition
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W.S. Tyler has expanded its consultative Pro-Deck approach to vibrating screens using modular screen media.
W.S. Tyler has expanded its consultative Pro-Deck approach to vibrating screens using modular screen media.

W.S. Tyler has expanded its consultative Pro-Deck approach to vibrating screens using modular screen media. For the first time, customers are able to benefit from the flexibility of modular panels in combination with the Pro-Deck approach for extended screen life and higher production rates.

“Many mine operators and producers prefer the wear life of modular screen media, but think that this comes with a high sacrifice in open area. With Pro-Deck, different style screen panels are blended in a way that both wear life and open area are optimized,” said Darcy Bishop, manager of W.S. Tyler’s media division.

The Pro-Deck approach is a five-step process that implements W.S. Tyler’s vibration analysis and modification strategy to professionally blend multiple types of screen media on a single deck. Traditionally, processing operations have used the same screen media on an entire deck of the vibrating screen. But after extensive research and years of experience, W.S. Tyler concluded that a non-traditional approach of incorporating more than one type of screen media extends the life of the screen media while also enhancing efficiency. Additionally, the Pro-Deck approach helps eliminate common screening problems such as blinding, pegging and premature wear that cause unscheduled downtime, according to the manufacturer.

The Tyler Pro-Deck process begins with an onsite visit to the vibrating screen by a Pro-Deck specialist. Using its self-developed vibration analysis tool, W.S. Tyler’s screening experts ensure that the machine is working within the operational parameters specific to the application requirements. Based on screen performance and the wear experienced on the individual sections and deck, a recommendation for screen media modification is made. Upon implementation of the new screen media, the results are measured and documented before focusing on the next section. This process continues until all recommendations are implemented and the customer’s product quality is positively enhanced. In addition, it allows the customer to continuously evaluate the new performance and wear advantages.

“We recommend a Pro-Deck setup for any operator or producer using modular panels. Pro-Deck offers a solution for virtually every situation, regardless of whether the user is experiencing blinding, contamination or excessive wear. Pro-Deck can even improve situations in which both screening results and wear are deemed satisfactory,” said Bishop. “The secret to Pro-Deck’s success lies in understanding that the vibrating screen and the screen media are an integral system. You need to synchronize both in order to achieve optimal results.”

W.S. Tyler Modular screen media is generally customized to every application and often manufactured in 1x1, 1x2, and 1x4 sized panels. Formulated with rubber, polyurethane or a wire and polyurethane hybrid blend, these panels are known for high wear life in comparison to tensioned wire cloth screens. The modular panels are lightweight, easy to handle, and designed to be snapped in or installed with a built-in pin and sleeve or groove system, making screen media changeouts quick and simple. Additionally, a single person can perform changeouts safely, according to the manufacturer.

W.S. Tyler offers an extensive line of screen media products to build the right Pro-Deck for their customers’ applications.

“Our Ty-Wire hybrid panels deliver amazing results as they combine the open area of woven wire with the wear characteristics of polyurethane. Ty-Wire has become an integral building block in designing customized Pro-Decks for our customers,” said Bishop.

Because of their high durability and the capacity to change out only small portions of the deck, modular panels are ideal for high impact areas. When used in these situations, particularly as part of a Pro-Deck setup, modular panels are cost effective. Although the panels have a higher initial cost per square foot, their long-term cost is lower because operators only have to change out the worn portions of the screen rather than changing out an entire traditional tensioned wire cloth screen.