Media Maintenance Matters
Choose a detail-oriented media manufacturer
Working with the right screen media manufacturer or dealer is imperative. You should choose a vendor who will take the time to analyze every detail of your application in order to specify the right screen media solution. Choose a hands-on vendor who will conduct a complete evaluation of your screening circuit at various points before, during, and after your production season.
Proactive vs. reactive
While the reactive run-it-until-it-breaks strategy may be appropriate when operating a light bulb, it is obviously not recommended for major processing equipment. The goal of all good maintenance programs is to maintain the reliability of your valuable equipment by repairing or replacing worn components before they actually fail. This keeps your screening operation running and helps prevent emergency breakdowns.
While the use of synthetic screen media definitely reduces maintenance labor requirements, it does not eliminate it. Be proactive with media maintenance. Doing it the right way will maximize the payback. Cutting corners will cost you more in the long run.
Marc Lovallo is the vice president of sales for Polydeck Screen Corp.; and Alan Tindall is the Polydeck regional sales manager for the West Coast. Polydeck Screen Corp. is a Spartanburg, S.C.-based manufacturer of modular synthetic screen media systems.